It was a sad day in motorsport when Porsche officially announced that they were exiting the LMP1 Class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Having already proven their dominance in the racing class, Porsche decided it was time to move on to newer ventures. In fact, the company has confirmed that they will be joining the 2019 season of Formula E via a works team.
While the Stuttgart-based automaker is steadfast on further developing electrification for automobiles, the company's motorsport division appears to be cooking up something special, particularly for rally fanatics. Porsche Motorsport posted pictures on their official Twitter page of a highly modified Cayman. Dubbed the 'Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rally', it's a fully-working design concept that is set to make its debut at this year's round of Rally Germany in World Rally Championship (WRC).
Looking at the photos, the specially-tuned Cayman is fitted with rally-inspired equipment. It gets an extra of set of foglights at the front, more aerodynamic front and rear bumpers with OMP tow hooks and a huge roof scoop at the top. The Cayman also comes with skid plates for added chassis protection, and Michelin Pilot Sport dirt tires.
Details regarding its powertrain remain a mystery however. But since it's based off a Clubsport Cayman GT4, it's most likely powered by a naturally-aspirated flat-six that delivers 385 PS. Power is then sent to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission instead of a traditional six-speed manual. For better cornering and lighter curb weight, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport benefits from a race-spec mechanical locking rear differential and a stripped-out interior.
With its performance credentials and lightweight build, does this mean the Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rally Concept is a prerequisite for Porsche to join WRC? Not exactly. According to Porsche Motorsport, the concept itself was built to gather feedback from the rally scene. This means that if it's well-received and collects enough interest, a production version of the concept could make it into production later in the year.
Here's to hoping that Porsche succeeds in making the rally-inspired Cayman GT4 Clubsport Concept a reality.