Porsche dealer, racer and former major league baseball pitcher CJ Wilson was allowed to drive the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport six months before the launch. It was an honor given under the strictest of confidentially and was undertaken in the middle of the Californian desert to ensure secrecy. He was given only five laps. His conclusion? Five laps turned into eight laps. Why? Wilson explained the experience as “perfectly addicting.” “I only returned to the pit because the fuel tank was nearly empty,” enthused Wilson.
By definition, addiction is the unavoidable desire for a certain experience. Our power of reason is secondary to this desire.
The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport shares the definition of addiction in physical form. The new 2019 mid-engine Porsche is a genuine “turnkey race car”. You simply need to take your Cayman GT4 Clubsport to the race track, climb in, buckle the safety harness, start the engine and drive off to satisfy your need.
As a mid-engined race car, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport feels directly connected to the track with brakes, steering and acceleration all part of fluid driving experience that only a Porsche can offer. A race car with the spirit of the early days of motorsport, a time when the heroes still drove their road cars to the circuit and returned home with the trophy. Its DNA is founded on the pioneering spirit of the marque where every facet of the machine embodies intelligent performance. The 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the embodiment of Ferry Porsche’s dream to build a sports car that also competes on the track.
The Cayman GT4 Clubsport adapts to your requirements, whether novice or ambitious amateur, track day with friends or a race in a GT4 racing series. The assistance systems, such as race track-optimized ABS and traction control, provide you with the confidence needed to drive your best laps. With a cockpit that is uncompromisingly minimalist and tailored to the driver’s needs, everything is focused on the experience of the person sitting behind the wheel. The six-point harness belt is attached to a narrow bucket seat bolted directly onto the bare metal. The small, anti-slip steering wheel is the direct means of communication for the pilot to the track, with carbon fiber paddle-shifters for accurate gear selection. The driver is professionally protected by a FIA roll cage.
Everything about the 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport exudes pure motor racing. Yet the running costs are within manageable limits, as there is no need to modify the engine and transmission for safe and competitive racing. The center of gravity of this extreme Cayman is in the middle of the car, as close to the driver as possible to maximize handling and driving “feel”. The six-cylinder mid-mounted boxer engine between the axles ensures agility creating a direct connection between your nerve endings and the drivetrain, chassis and steering. Excuses? None.