Porsche has announced it will be putting the Cayman GT4 Rallye Concept it debuted last year into production, allowing teams to buy the mid-engine rally racer and enter it in sanctioned rally events.
The German automaker built one example of the Cayman GT4-based rally concept last year and said it would be gauging interest from race teams in a potential production model. Not only has the automaker now announced it will build the rally stage-destroying Cayman, it will also base the production car on the much improved Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car it showed in January, which is more powerful, lighter and more agile than the pre-update model.
Porsche demoed the concept version of the car for the public this past weekend, with Austrian racing driver Richard Lietz piloting it for fans at the Porsche Winter Event held just ahead of the GP Ice Race in Zell am See, Austria. It marked the first time the rally Cayman had run on snow and ice, with Porsche having previously tested the car on tarmac, dirt and gravel. It wasn’t the first time the public got to see the Cayman GT4 Rallye in action, however, with Romain Dumas (he is everywhere) driving it as the course car in the 2018 ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Porsche has also conducted private tests with the 3.8-liter flat-six race car.
In a statement, Porsche said “the response from the rally fan camp, teams, drivers and series organisers was a decisive factor in going ahead with the new development programme.” The rally car is built around the FIA’s R GT regulations, which are for rally cars based on production vehicles. Other vehicles in the class include the Fit 124 Abarth Rally and Porsche 911.
Porsche says deliveries of the production Cayman GT4 Rallye will commence in 2020.