Rumours are mounting regarding a Cayman GT4 rally car.
Stuttgart is currently working on a rally derivative of the the GT4 based on the previous gen car. The company’s motorsport arm posted on Twitter the other day a series of images of a rally car study based on the current Cayman GT Clubsport. The car will serve as a course car later this month during the Rallye Deutschland and is going to be driven by Romain Dumas, none other than the new record holder at Pikes Peak with the I.D. R electric rally car.
Porsche has not been forth coming with details of the drive train and other interesting bits, but has said it will decide on a production version later this year. The car appears to be based on a 981 GT4 Clubsport, but with extra modifications customary to a rally car such as the light pod on the bonnet, a roof air intake, and a very flat underside presumably for both protection and aerodynamics.
We await news and will be watching to see how this develops. It will be the first time Porsche has entered a factory car into a rally event since the very early 1980s.
Hi all, after a chat with Nick on Sunday, we agreed that the club should put more events on ECT, and I sort off said I would see what I could do lol. Anyway so before I get stuck in, I feel I need to introduce myself to you all, some will know me others not.
Have owned 2 Porsche Cayman's, 981 GTS and GT4 and before that I have a long history with the Ford RS range and over the 25 plus years I did many roles for the club, one being involved with sorting and running shows, so I have a good back ground in sorting stuff, anyway enough off that and back to what's this post is all about.
So then shows, trips and meets. I would like to try and sort more stuff out for us all, as seeing a nice stand full of Cayman's and the owners chatting and enjoying themselves is what it's all about and with many shows over the summer month's I am sure we can arrange more meets and hopefully a trip.
So any ideas on what you would like to see a stand at then please let me know and as long as we get a few that want to do it I don't mind arranging it.
I don't mind sorting tickets out ( as done all that in the past and still have a car only account set up just for tickets ect) but a few ideas that I have right now are
Weymouth Porsche on the prom 13th July
Silverstone classic, runs from 20th to 22nd July
Yorkshire Porsche festival 5th August
WEC 6 hours of silverstone 17th to 19th August
Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche 2nd September
Porsche club national concours 22nd September
Plus we have the A5 meet at the supper sausage and may be a trip down to the Ace cafe.
But one trip I would really like to sort out is a few days away in the alps, the ring on the way back may be, as I feel that would be a fantastic driving trip away.
Also lots of Porsche track days up and down the country that might be of interest.
I am off to LeMans next week and once again that is a great trip.
Anyway cheers for reading this and hope that you would like to maybe do one, or even a few. But as said ideas are more than welcome
More info and discussion thread: http://www.caymanoc.com/forums/topic/1328-sorting-out-stands-and-meets/
Porsche has announced its 600-hp Tesla opponent will be called the Taycan.
This Friday Porsche introduced the official name of its new electric GT car that will take on Tesla's Model S marking 70 years of Porsche sports cars.
Taycan, roughly translated as "lively young horse," references the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which features a leaping horse.
"Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom," Porsche chief Oliver Blume said in a statement. The car is expected to be open for orders in early 2019, with deliveries being taken later that year.
Powered by two synchronous motors generating more than 600 hp, the Taycan can do 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in less than 3.5 seconds. The vehicle has a driving range of more than 500 km (310 miles) on a single charge under NEDC testing.
We will be keeping a very close eye on this car and welcome potential new Taycan owners here at CaymanOC. Forget flat-4 shinnanigans, here's the future people, is it bright...?
Meanwhile, enjoy this official trailer from Porsche.
So the debate will always continue, but as Catchpole rightly points out in this video by Carfection, Porsche have listened to their discerning customers have have recently re-introduced the manual box on it's GT3.
Andreas Preuninger, head of Porsche’s GT program, recently commented that the GT3 “is full of systems that make sense on the track, but for the purist, there may be something lost”. He also added “it is our long-term goal to have the customer decide between the two approaches”.
Most interestingly though is the 911.2 GT3 is actually a 6 speed box rather than the 7 speed manual found in other Carrera models. It will be interesting to see what approach Porsche take with the upcoming 718 GT4 model in this regard.
From the land of the rising sun has emerged a 987 Cayman like no other. It is often phrase head in Cayman circles "what if Porsche put the GT3 engine in a 987". Well, now its been done, and this time in a package which appears so thoroughly executed.
Allow me to introduce M’s Machine Work's Cayman GT3.
The car is the work of Takayuki Mizumoto, a Japanese motorsport engineer. Mizumoto-san is the proprietor of M’s Machine Works, an outfit that designs, builds and manufactures bespoke components for the Super GT race series, a race series for road-going cars made famous for being incredibly fast. This latest project car from Mizumoto-san however is not a race entry, it's a road legal track toy - for pleasure!!
Taking a closer look at the spec of this hooligan Cayman the obvious place to begin is the engine, which in fairness needs very little introduction. The Mezger derived lump is from a 997 GT3 Cup car providing c. 450bhp. OK, so it has been done before, we know Jurgen Alzen Motorsports entered a similar set-up in the GT4 series, but they were not road legal...and they didn't look this good! The transplanted engine is kept alive using a Motec ECU and the engine is mated to a manual 6 speed transmission with a custom LSD. One hopes with some form of adjustment to the final drive.
Cosmetic surgery has been performed quite extensively making the resemblance from a base 987 quite distant. The front end has been reconfigured with 997 GT3 facelift but with a few custom teaks and downforce enhancing upgrades including a carbon fibre splitter, oversized dive planes and a more aerodynamic flatter floor. Mizumoto-san has increased the track by some noticeable margin on the car, the result is a car requiring some rather extreme wide arches. The rear of the car is barely recognisable as a Cayman of any known species with hardly any bumper to speak of, a rear wing that quite honestly is super-massive and a rear diffuser spanning nearly the whole width of the car. This an extreme make-over, but one which has genuine performance enhancements at the core of its design.
The interior of the car has not escaped the motorsport inspired treatment either, a race spec steering wheel, fully fitted roll cage, air jack, poly windows and a whole other heap of goodies adorning the stripped out cabin again point to this being a seriously specced racer.
Finishing touches include the lightweight Volk wheels, super sticky Advan tyres and plenty of vinyl die-cuts plastered across the car. This is certainly an impressive machine and track times posted by Mizumoto-san are even more so. With a 100kg weight saving over a GT4 and plenty more power you'd hope so though.
There are rumours of a MkII car which will feature a GT2 engine instead of the naturally aspirated GT3 motor, we await news...
With winter now firmly behind us we have arranged our normal ‘spot’ for a Cars and Bacon Sarnie meet at the Super Sausage Cafe near Towcester.
Date: Sunday 29th April
Time: 9am until Midday
Location: Super Sausage Cafe, Towcester
Be handy to get an idea of numbers so we can manage the space with the Chris and Gail at the Cafe.
See you there!!