Ten examples of the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR will seek perfection in the car’s Pirelli GT4 America series debut at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on March 1 – 3. The ten customer teams entering the mid-engine race car are among the most recognizable names in recent Porsche motorsport history in North America. Included are two entries each by The Racers Group (TRG), Flying Lizard Motorsports and NOLASPORT. Bodymotion Racing, BGB Motorsports Group, Kelly-Moss Road & Race and Park Place Motorsports each bring single entries to the series formerly known as the Pirelli World Challenge GT4 class. All will contest twin 60-minute SprintX races on the 3.4-mile, 20-turn track.
The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR is the latest development of the successful mid-engine sports car from the German-marque. In developing the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, the focus was put not only on improved drivability and faster lap times but also on the sustainable use of raw materials. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first production race car to feature body parts made of natural-fiber composite material. The driver and co-driver doors and the rear wing are made of an organic fiber mix, sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibers and feature similar properties to carbon fiber in terms of weight and stiffness.
Powering the 718 GT4 Clubsport is a 3.8-liter flat-six engine producing 425 hp (313 kW), a 40 horsepower increase when compared to its successful predecessor. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via the Porsche PDK dual-clutch gearbox with six gears and mechanical rear axle differential lock.
The Round 1 of the weekend and the season is scheduled to take the start at 2:05 p.m. ET/1:05 p.m. local/CT. Round 2 will have an 11:10 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. CT on Sunday morning.