The Porsche 718 Cayman is set to bring the German automobile maker back to rally racing. Last week, the company announced that it plans to develop a purpose-built car that resembles the Cayman GT4 concept car unveiled last August. Back then, Motor Authority writer Viknesh Vijayenthiran wrote, “Should production go ahead, expect Porsche to offer a 718 Cayman-based rally car designed to meet R-GT classification, which the concept was built to. The class is designed for production cars with two-wheel drive and already features Fiat Abarth 124 Spider and Lotus Exige-based cars.”
What we now know is that the car Porsche intends to take up the challenge of the R-GT class will not be based on the previous 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Instead it will be related to the latest 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport launched in January 2019. It sounds confusing, but it isn’t really when you think about it. The new race car is simply modelled on the latest edition of the 718 Cayman. According to Porsche it has a “3.8-litre flat-6 engine will sit mid-ship and it make 425 horsepower.”
Those attending the Porsche Winter Event held before the GP Ice Race in Zell am See, Austria were able to see the new concept car, which has been designed for drivability and sustainability; two key factors in Porsche’s rally car engineering philosophy.
Why has Porsche decided to return to rally racing? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that during the 1980s, Porsche was a leader in this sport with its 911 SC RS and 959 Group B models. It seems that such was the Porsche fan enthusiasm for the concept model shown in 2018 that the firm decided it was time to get back into competitive motor sports. Plus, the customer racers who race the car in the R-GT class will have the chance to tap into a little bit of that greatness when the production rally car is ready for the 2020 season. Would you like to drive a Porsche rally car? It would be an offer that it would be hard to turn down!
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