Ever since the launch of the water cooled 911, introduced in 1997, Porsche have produced a variety of race cars based on the road-going model, continuing to do so as that car evolved over the years. For the 2016 season, the Stuttgart-based company have widened the motorsport range by launching a race-ready variant of the GT4 road car, slightly confusingly called the GT4 Clubsport (given a ‘clubsport’ package is available as an option for the road car).
The new car is powered by the same 991-derived 3.8 litre flat six, producing 385 hp through a software-tweaked variant of the company’s double-clutch PDK gearbox, ensuring lightning-fast gear changes through the steering wheel mounted paddles (as featured in its big brother, the 991 Cup). There is of course a full roll cage, approved seat with 6-point harness, plumbed-in fire extinguisher – and absolutely no carpets or sound deadening. Homologation is planned for race series such as the VLN Long Distance Championship Nürburgring, the European SRO GT4 series, the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, the Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and for club races run by the Porsche Club of America.
Text: Chris Valentine; images: Porsche