• Cayman GTR build by Road Scholars

    Title: Cayman GTR build by Road Scholars
    The guys at Road Scholars have created something quite special this time, dubbed the 'GTR'.   

    Based on a 987 Cayman, it's been modified quite considerably including a custom widebody conversion, an enlarged 911 engine (4.2-litre), various GT3 RS parts (including carbon ceramic brakes), an exquisite-looking CAE ‘Ultra Short Shifter, a completely reworked interior and much more besides.

    Watch the video and decide for yourself, but whether you love it or hate it there is no question it's been created and finished to a very high standard as you'd expect.  



    This is supposed to be a regular piece about Motoring Icons who would have hopefully at least a tenuous link somewhere in history with Porsche.  However unless you keep a keen eye on the latest Nurburgring lap times or are a Porsche fan, you’ve probably not heard much of this chap and so household name he isn’t.  But in the Porsche world he is very well known, the question is why and where’s he come from….who is Walter Röhrl? 
    Walter Röhrl was born on 7th March 1947 in Regensburg, Germany, growing up he was an accomplished skier and became a ski instructor. His CV would probably say something like “German rally and auto racing driver, with victories for Fiat, Opel, Lancia and Audi as well as Porsche, Ford and BMW. Currently senior test driver for Porsche road cars”.
    Röhrl made his name in rally driving during the golden era of the Group B rally cars which required skill, guts and a steely nerve at the very least, real men’s rallying. But it wasn’t just taking part in this hairy chested ordeal that made him famous, it was winning the first rally he entered in 1968 at the age of 21. From there he went on to many successful titles, numerous podium finishes and won the WRC twice. That would in itself be a successful career for many, but not for Röhrl.

    In 1987 Röhrl entered the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado, his tool was an Audi Sport Quattro S1 endowed with over 600 horsepower. Back then the road which is now mainly covered in tarmac was a treacherous gravel track which snaked its way around 156 corners to a height of over 14,000ft. Röhrl finished there that day, smashing the record by 22 seconds and the first to break the 11 minute mark.
    Röhrl was also successful in road racing events, and has won many plaudits including being elected Rallye Driver of the Century in Italy, Rallye driver of the Millennium in France, and quite blushingly referred to once as a “Genius on Wheels” by Niki Lauda.

    So what of his work for Porsche, so far he’s been connected with many other manufactures with a racing heritage, and whilst having occasionally raced in Porsches over the years it wasn’t until more recently that his name has really been synonymous with Porsche. His position as senior test driver requires amongst other jobs, to set fast lap times in new Porsche cars round the Nürburgring Nordschleife (do jobs get any better than that?). Doing this since the early 1990s and having been involved in the development of many of the more exciting models that Porsche produce. In July 2004 Röhrl set the then lap record for a production car at the Nürburgring in a Porsche Carrera GT, the very car that more recently Röhrl described publicly as the first car he has driven that he is scared of, following the untimely death of the actor Paul Walker.
    There is so much more that can be written on Röhrl’s career to date, numerous achievements in fact, from 4 wins at Monte Carlo to being the youngest person to win the WRC in 1980. I could go on, but I’d suggest that a more animated view of the master at work is a short YouTube search away. In the meantime we certainly have no hesitation in welcoming Walter Röhrl into our hall of fame, one of his less prestigious titles we accept but one of huge appreciation.

    Merry Christmas 2017

    Title: Merry Christmas 2017
    Its that time of year when I subject you all to my thoughts, reminisce on the previous 12 months and contemplate the next 12.  
    Its a little over two years now since the club was born and since then I genuinely believe there have been some significant milestones reached and the club has grown both in member numbers (nearly 1,000) and in reputation.  We've been approached by one or two car magazines now to assist with features and input to relevant editorial pieces.  We've developed relationships with a number of well know Porsche indys some who offer to host our club meets, and the Super Sausage loves us more than the Honda owners club! (source: @Beanoir).  
    All of these are great achievements which many of you have helped to contribute towards, so thank you. 
    The Admin and Moderation team constantly work hard to ensure that the website, social media platforms and forum is kept running smoothly.  We do rely on members to alert us to issues particularly relating to the general performance of the website, some of you (@DJMC) are particularly efficient at such matters - i'm sure i'd be far less busy without you .  We try to correct the issues raised, but some of a more technical nature can often keep us scratching our heads with little in the way of solutions being found for months on end.  Keeping a website going can be a mine field of jargon and tech sometimes! 
    Big thanks to @Andy this year for keeping up with Mod duties and helping out with the social media stuff whilst dealing with the fun of fatherhood, i'm sure 2018 will bring a better balance of sleep vs. semi functional human existence!   
    Next year we'll be focusing more on getting out there, more regular local meets and more representation at national events.  Its great when members offer real support for the club and our presence at Beaulieu this summer wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for @Nail it taking on the job of arranging our spot at the show - huge thanks Duncan!  The meet at RPM Technik in January promises to be a great venue with the guys there really rolling out the red carpet for us, so it would be really great to see a good turnout, looking forward to that.  
    I encourage every member who wants to contribute to come forward with feedback, ideas and spare time, we'll consider most things!  
    Christmas is very nearly upon us, so I wish you all and your families a very merry Christmas.  Enjoy the down time and in between; in the words of a famous Porsche guru, "Get Out and Drive"

    The OC Team 

    Cayman OC Meet at RPM Technik

    Title: Cayman OC Meet at RPM Technik
    The guys at RPM Technik have kindly offered to host a Cayman OC meet at their HQ!
    We will be treated to breakfast (Bacon rolls and drinks), a guided tour of their premises and workshops, various cars on display including their latest CSR Cayman and the RPM GT4, a guest speaker with a Q&A session.   
    RPM will be opening up on the Sunday morning just for the event, for us, so can people please put their names down on the list so we can keep track of numbers for the day to ensure there is enough parking space on the day.  
    9:00 - Breakfast
    10:00 - Guided Tour of RPM
    10:45 - Guest Speaker 
    12noon - Finish
    Date: Sunday 14th January 2018
    Location: RPM Technik, Units 6&7, Old Airfield Industrial Estate, Cheddington Lane, Long Marston, Hertfordshire, HP23 4QR

    Cayman Owners Christmas Wish List

    Title: Cayman Owners Christmas Wish List
    As the silly season approaches there tends to be 2 questions that everybody struggles to answer, one being the obligatory “what are you doing for Christmas?” (although in my house that question has been asked as early as June by the in-laws).  The next question that can often be tricky for the ‘person who has it all’ is “what do you want for Christmas?” 
    So, we’ll try and make it easy for your dear other half/parents/children/work secret Santa – we’ve made a list for any Cayman fan to hand over whenever that question is asked!
    Cayman T-Shirt - £15 (Amazon)

    Any Cayman owners wardrobe would be ill equipped without at least one item of clothing paying tribute to our favourite 2 seater coupe. 

    Get your Cayman T-shirt here
    Porsche Boxster and Cayman: The Complete Story - £25 (Amazon)

    We reviewed a copy of this book by Johnny Tipler last year and it contains much of what any Cayman owner would expect to read about.  The complete story…up to a point, but that shouldn’t put you off – just keep a look out for the next chapter!
    Buy your copy from Amazon here
    Cayman GT4 CS 1:18 Scale Model - £85 (GT Spirit and Amazon)

    Once those Christmas decorations have been put away the house always looks a bit bare, fear not you could now have something to adorn your mantelpiece all year round….right?  GT Sprit make some nice scale models and this 1:18 scale GT4 is no exception.  Available to buy on Amazon
    Buy your scale model GT4 CS here
    Radio Controlled Cayman R - $35 (Various)

    Whose life would not be complete with such a toy!?  Given the humble cost of this RC model, we think it represents a relatively faithful reproduction of the much loved Cayman R and provides for a good few hours entertainment chasing the pets around the front room after a few too many glasses of eggnog on the big day!
    Buy your Radio Controlled Cayman R here
    Project Cars 2 - £25 (Zavvi)

    Project Cars 2 is not for the casual gamer, but for those who take their racing sims far more seriously (some take it very seriously!).  This edition brings a nice list of Porsche cars to the game, one of which is a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. 
    We're definitely fans of this one, see you online!

    Buy Project Cars 2 here

    718 GT4 Spotted

    Title: 718 GT4 Spotted
    So, could this be the much anticipated 718 GT4?  With some familiar styling cues, GT4 sized brakes and back end seen on the Spyder it certainly looks like to could be. 
    Perhaps the more important question is...which engine is wrapped up in there..? 

    British Legends Edition 911 Carrera 4 GTS

    Title: British Legends Edition 911 Carrera 4 GTS
    Another month, another limited edition from Porsche, this time in the form of the 'British Legends 911 Carrera 4 GTS'.  One of three versions being released by Porsche to celebrate the successes of Porsche factory drivers Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy, each is specified with a range of bespoke Alcantara details inside and subtle exterior stripes.  
    The one featured here is the Sapphire Blue Metallic British Legends Edition and celebrates Porsche driver Derek Bell and his 1982 Le Mans victory.
    Being built in very limited numbers, expect this to be as easy to get your hands on as Weinstein's diary.   


    Cayman OC Meet at RPM Technik

    Title: Cayman OC Meet at RPM Technik
    The guys at RPM Technik have kindly offered to host a Cayman OC meet at their HQ!
    Details to be refined but there will be a guided tour of their workshops, various cars on display including their latest CSR Cayman and the RPM GT4 and the RPM team around to chat about the cars. 
    You will also be very glad to know that a cafe van serving drinks and bacon sandwiches will be open and serving.  
    RPM will be opening up on the Sunday morning just for the event, for us, so can people please put their names down on the list so we can keep track of numbers for the day to ensure there is enough parking space on the day.  
    Time: 9am-12noon
    Date: Sunday 14th January 2018
    Location: RPM Technik, Units 6&7, Old Airfield Industrial Estate, Cheddington Lane, Long Marston, Hertfordshire, HP23 4QR
    More details closer to the time, but this should be a really good event to get out and beat the new year blues and blow away the cobwebs!  
    For those unfamiliar with RPM Technik, they are a well known independent Porsche specialist and individually they are enthusiasts.  https://rpmtechnik.co.uk


    RPM Technik - 981 Cayman CSR

    Title: RPM Technik - 981 Cayman CSR
    RPM Technik have revealed their latest CSR creation based on the 981 Cayman.  RPM are famous for their track focussed versions of other Porsches, most notably based on the 996 and 987 but this promises to be an exciting addition to the lineup and offers potential owners a well researched and tested track focussed version of what is already a fantastic driver's car.  
    The 981 CSR has been developed from track data gathered via testing at Spa Francorchamps and Millbrook Proving Grounds, and in consultation with former Carrera Cup and BTCC Champion, Tim Harvey. 
    The 981 CSR includes the following list of upgrades and modifications; 
    Engine, suspension and running gear
    CSR lightweight clutch and flywheel assembly sports exhaust system CSR Limited Slip Diff Custom design CSR low-ratio crown wheel and pinion to shorten the very long 981 gear ratios  Re-designed front brakes which incorporate large six-pot callipers and floating discs Modified Ohlins coilover suspension combined with stiffer ARBs 19-inch HRE alloy wheels complete with Michelin Cup tyres full geometry setup, including ride height and corner weighting on the very latest Biessbarth geometry equipment Exterior
    CSR Aero spoiler, CSR rear diffuser and an uprated front bumper  CSR driving lights CSR decal set Interior
    CSR rev counter CSR steering wheel CSR sill trims, racing harnesses re-engineered pedals to assist heel and toe downshifts CSR unique build plaque
    The 981 CSR is available to order now as a full conversion for £34,995.  Off course as with all CSR models the conversion can be undertaken on a modular basis or it can be built to a customer’s own specification. 
    We are looking forward to seeing and hearing more about the 981 CSR in January at the OC meet!  


    Become a Club Contributor and gain extra benefits!

    Title: Become a Club Contributor and gain extra benefits!
    Following feedback from a few members we’ve made a few changes to the website and the Club Contributor and Donation packages we offer. 
    Firstly as I’m sure you are all aware, the club is maintained by the Team voluntarily. The time the Team put in I know is appreciated and the payment is the pleasure we get from running such a great website for a great base of members cantered around the cars we have a passion for.
    Additionally the Team increasingly have to dig into their own pockets to maintain the various elements of running a website and forum.  The costs of domain name renewals, hosting costs and cloud space are regular costs and some also increase as the member base grows.  We generate a small portion of the overall costs from advertising revenue, but as you may be aware we also offer club stickers, donation options and the ability to become a Club Contributor.  The latter now comes with additional benefits so that the cost gives these members who do wish to upgrade from now on some tangible benefits which include;
    Promotion to the Club Contributor Group on the forum to recognise your contribution 1 club window sticker 1 standard sticker  a selection of CaymanOC calling cards increased file upload limits access to all areas of the website less adverts visible on the website  
    We have tried to make these changes in a way that is not mandatory for members to donate/contribute (i.e. maintaining a subscription free club and website) which is an ethos we will continue to maintain but of course we greatly appreciate everybody's contribution here at CaymanOC. 
    Any feedback as always is welcome

    Electric Porsche Cayman e-volution revealed

    Title: Electric Porsche Cayman e-volution revealed
    Porsche has created an all-electric Cayman, and its called the Cayman e-volution.  The car has been on display at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Porsche's home town of Stuttgart.
    The Cayman e-volution is a one-off and was first developed nearly 2 years ago.  This car has been updated with Porsche's Turbo Charging (PTC) system.  The e-volution was created wth the intention of demonstrating how electric cars can still offer sportiness, despite dynamic disadvantages such as increased weight. 
    The Cayman e-volution has a range of around 120 miles and can reach 62mph in 3.3sec – 1.1sec quicker than the current range-topping 2.5-litre 718 Cayman S, with the quick-shifting PDK gearbox.  One unusual aspect to this Cayman is the four-wheel drive system (although not to electric sports cars), the car is limited to 120mph and has a 38kWh capacity in its lithium-ion battery pack which provides a range of about 120 miles.
    Porsche says the car is a hint at things to come and that it offers a flavour of what to expect from its first production electric vehicle, the Mission E. 



    Cayman 718 GTS Official Launch

    Title: Cayman 718 GTS Official Launch
    Porsche has officially announced the release of the new 718 GTS models.  
    As we reported earlier this month, the new Cayman GTS will be powered by the same 4 cylinder turbo charged engine in the S model with a slight increase in both power and torque (360bhp and 317lbft respectively). The increased power compared with the existing 718 S has been achieved via a revised intake system and turbocharger tweaks
    The 718 Cayman GTS costs from £59,866 and the new car is available to order now, with the first deliveries in December. 
    The car will come standard with a manual gearbox.  Other standard equipment includes a Sport Chrono Package, torque vectoring with a mechanical limited-slip differential and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which reduces the ride height by 10mm.
    The maximum torque of 317lb ft is available from 1,900 to 5,000rpm. With the PDK gearbox and the launch control function of the Sport Chrono Package, the 718 GTS can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.1sec.
    The Cayman GTS will have a maximum speed of 180mph. The EU Combined economy is 34.4mpg, with 186g/km of CO2 emissions.
    The GTS notable differentiating external features are a revised front end, with black-tinted lenses over the Bi-Xenon LED headlights. At the rear, the black theme is continued on the lights and badging, with black exhaust tailpipes. The customary black GTS logos feature either side. 
    In keeping with the usual GTS appointments there are Alcantara sections on the seats, which are electrically adjustable, along with Alcantara on the steering wheel rim, centre console and armrests.
    Accompanying the Cayman GTS will be a Boxster GTS and both cars are available to order in PDK dual clutch transmission. 





    KDH Creative - 'Ratty Cayman'

    Title: KDH Creative - 'Ratty Cayman'
    KDH Creative have created a rather interesting look on a Cayman using a liquid wrap and which involves several layers of a rubber based productive to provide a more lifelike look than a vinyl wrap would.  The look has been combined with some classic Martini style graphics for a truly unique piece of car art.  
    More photos and the artists website here:  http://www.kdhcreative.co.uk/#/porschemartiniratlook/


    Photo credits: KDH Creative

    West Coast Custom's Cayman based Porsche 356

    Title: West Coast Custom's Cayman based Porsche 356
    Take a closer look at this 356, nothing odd? Look again.  

    Its looks like a 356, but just a bit wider, and much bigger wheels and a then there's that hump right behind the passenger seat...
    It's a 356 body that's been lengthened and widened to fit over a 987 Cayman chassis. Created by the world renowned West Coast Customs, and it's featured on this week's episode of Jay Leno's Garage.
    Ryan Friedlinghaus, the CEO of West Coast Customs, told Leno it took around eight months to build, and no expense was spared. All the glass had to be custom-made for this car and the bodywork is all steel.  A great job by the looks and all without any fibreglass, to top it off (pun intended) it has a removable hard roof! 

    718 Cayman vs. 981 GT4

    Title: 718 Cayman vs. 981 GT4
    A comparison....for a bit of light hearted Friday amusement!   
    Tire Rack's Jonny Lieberman goes for a drive in his friend Derek Powell’s Porsche Cayman GT4. Why? Because Lieberman suspects the new Cayman S, in typical Porsche fashion, is just as capable as the top dog from the previous iteration of the mid-engine two-seater. The two hop into the brand-new, four-cylinder, turbocharged 718 to see if there’s any truth to Jonny’s Lieberman’s assertion. After coming to no definitive answer while blasting around California’s Angeles Crest Highway, the boys decide to take both Caymans to the Streets of Willow to see what pro driver Randy Pobst can make of them. Is the new 718 Cayman S good enough to beat and beat up on the GT4? Watch and find out!

    New GT4 successor "very close"

    Title: New GT4 successor "very close"
    Porsche is understood to be “very close” to making a decision to go ahead with a successor to the GT4.
    Porsche’s GT division brought us the 911 GT3 Touring package undoubtedly following the success of the Cayman GT4, and now we understand that something even closer to our hearts could be next.

    “The GT4 showed us there was demand for a pure driving Porsche with a manual gearbox,” said Frank Walliser, Porsche’s VP of Motorsport “This theme of ‘pure and simple’ is a success in other fields too, like scrambler motorbikes and single-speed bicycles. People like simplicity.”

    “A GT car drives like it does because all the suspension components are changed. And the investment has to be recouped with the price. You can’t downsize the idea of a GT car.”
    The introduction of the 718 saw Porsche dropping six-cylinder engines from the Cayman in favour of four-cylinder turbo engines.
    hints from Walliser that a successor to the GT4 is also likely to have six cylinders.
    Watch this space….
    Who is Frank Walliser?

    Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser joined Porsche as a mechanical engineering student in 1995.
    With a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering specialising in combustion engines and technology management, Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser held the position of General Manager of Motorsport Strategies at Porsche from 2003 to 2008. As the overall project manager of the 918 Spyder from November 2010, he was responsible for the development of Porsche’s ground-breaking super sports car.
    Porsche motorsport is familiar terrain for Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser. A native of Stuttgart, Walliser took over as the Vice President of Motorsport at Porsche on 1st October 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the worldwide GT motor racing activities for both the factory team and Porsche’s customer teams. He will also be responsible for GT production sports cars, while remaining as project manager for the 918 Spyder project.

    360hp Porsche 718 Cayman & Boxster GTS are coming

    Title: 360hp Porsche 718 Cayman & Boxster GTS are coming
    Porsche is currently finalising the new GTS models for the Cayman and Boxster. The 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS are expected to be officially unveiled later this year at the LA Motor Show on 1-10th December
    Both the Cayman and Boxster GTS are powered by a tweaked version of the 2.5-litre, turbocharged, flat-four engine. The motor is expected to develop 360hp, representing an increase of about 15hp over the engine found in the current Cayman S and Boxster S.
    Spy shots at the Nürburgring have spotted the cars being tested and sporting a new front bumper and twin central exhausts. Besides this, the GTS-spec models will also feature the traditional GTS refinements, including suspension upgrades with electronically controlled adaptive dampers and a slightly lowered ride height.  Along with the PASM, both cars will also likely to get the Sport Chrono package.

    Porsche GT2RS sets Nordschleife world record

    Title: Porsche GT2RS sets Nordschleife world record
    Ok so it’s not a Cayman, but the new Porsche GT2 is an awesome machine and one we love.  

    Whilst the fastest lap time of Nordschleife is not the only benchmark of a fine sports car, the achievement is impressive nonetheless.