Porsche recently debuted the 718 GT4 Clubsport as the first production race car built with natural fiber body parts. It is an updated version of the 2015 GTS Clubsport, made for both amateur racers and professionals. When building the 718 GT4 Clubsport, Porsche notes that the principal focus centered on improving lap times, enhanced drivability and the utilization of natural-fiber composite body parts.
These parts are in both driver doors as well as the rear wing, and natural fibers like hemp and flax are the primary composites chosen for said pieces. These fibers feature many similarities with carbon fiber and allow the vehicle a lighter weight of 2,910 pounds. The latest sports car features a 3.8-liter flat-six engine producing 313 kW (425 hp), along with a dual-clutch gearbox with six gears and a mechanical rear axle differential lock, which gives the car its power.
The automobile comes in two distinct versions, the “Trackday” model and the “Competition”.
“Trackday” is meant for amateur drivers whose aim consists of private track usage. Its features include; a fixed shock absorber system, ABS and a traction control program that may be deactivated when at maximum limits, a rescue hatch in the roof, a handheld fire extinguisher and an FIA regulated 80-liter safety fuel cell. The “Competition” model offers a more intricate suspension system, made for national and international racing. The “Competition” includes an adjustable shock absorber, a 115-liter safety tank for long-distance drives, a quick release steering wheel, an automatic fire extinguisher and various adjustment options catered to the individual driver’s needs.
The 718 Clubman Sport is currently available for order and will be delivered beginning in February.