To carry out real-world testing of a near-production GT circuit racing car, Porsche has provided a special Cayman GT4 Clubsport as the course car for the ADAC Rallye Deutschland in Germany this weekend. A course car does not compete but starts each stage ahead of the competing cars to ensure that the conditions are safe and also to give advance notice to spectators that the rallycars will be coming by shortly.

Driving the car will be is Porsche works driver Romain Dumas (France), considered one of the best all-rounders in the motor racing scene. For the last 12 years, the Le Mans winner has contested rallies around the world with his own team. Frenchman Dumas has also won the legendary Pikes Peak hillclimb in America 4 times and holds the course record there. Factory drivers Richard Lietz and Timo Bernhard are also seasoned rally drivers and were involved in the test programme with the Cayman GT4 Clubsport concept rallycar.

The Cayman GT4 Clubsport, which has been campaigned at clubsport level worldwide since the 2016 season, is powered by a 385-ps 3.8-litre flat-six engine. The mid-mounted engine drives the rear wheels and has a Porsche dual clutch transmission (PDK). For rallying, full underbody protection has been fitted while an energy-absorbing foam element, as used in WRC cars, has been mounted in the doors.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how the rally world responds to our FIA R-GT concept study,” says Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice-President Motorsport and GT Cars. “I would like to invite every interested driver and team principal to visit the service park and take a close look at our rally concept car. Based on the feedback and the interest from potential customers, we will then decide by the end of the year whether we’ll develop in the mid-term a competition car for near-standard rallying based on a future Porsche model.”

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