Porsche prepares its rally comeback with the 718 Cayman

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After decades of missing out on the action, Porsche will once again return to rally racing. The company announced last Friday that it would develop a specially designed factory rally racing car modeled on the Cayman GT4 Rally concept car presented last August.

The factory race car, intended to fight in the FIA-sanctioned R-GT class, however, will not be based on the previous 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Instead, Porsche’s new rally machine will be based on the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport unveiled earlier this month. The model debuted as a race car and previewed a successor to the previous Cayman GT4. A 3.8-liter flat-6 engine will be found amidships and will produce 425 horsepower, according to the brand.

Porsche 718 Cayman rally car concept, Austria

Handling and durability are at the forefront of the rally car’s engineering program, and Porsche has said several body parts will likely mimic the natural fiber composite material of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for construction.

The concept car made its debut on snow and ice at the Porsche Winter Event held ahead of the GP Ice Race in Zell am See, Austria last weekend. There Richard Lietz, currently third in the WEC GTE-Pro class, drove the car to highlight its cold weather performance.

Porsche 718 Cayman rally car concept, Austria

Porsche 718 Cayman rally car concept, Austria

Porsche made the final decision to develop a new rally car after a formidable response to the concept car last year. Although many may not remember it today, Porsche was synonymous with greatness in rallying throughout the 1980s with its heroes 911 SC RS and 959 Group B. Customer drivers who drive the car in the class R-GT will have the chance to experience some of that grandeur when the production rally car is ready for the 2020 season.


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