Racing is Life...
… everything else is just waiting. Hardly any other GT car embodies this quotation of Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans as much as the
As a mid-engine two-seater car, the
The Clubsport is based on the road-going version of the
Production of the
Aside from its high-tech approach to shifting gears, the GT4 Clubsport is radically purist. Taken from the 911 GT3, its front axle further improves turn-in and high-speed stability. And the ABS and PSM were calibrated for the best grip on a wide range of racetracks in intensive tests. Additionally, the Clubsport has been lowered yet again to virtually scrape along the track, riding 29 millimeters closer to the asphalt in the front and 25 millimeters closer in the back than the street-legal GT4. Nonetheless, the focus of this extreme
By the end of 2015, each of the prototypes had clocked more than 17,000 kilometers and 180 hours of driving time on different tracks, in order to provide the best-possible car to experienced hands and gentlemen racers.
The fuel tank comes in three different sizes for different purposes: the 90-liter standard tank, a 70-liter version, and a 100-liter FT3 safety tank. The basic version of the GT4 Clubsport will race in the German VLN championship on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the British GT Championship, the
And how does this race-ready GT4 drive in comparison to, let’s say, its street-legal GT4 brother, which is hardly a slouch? Markedly hotter, like chili peppers from southern Mexico. As the driver, you are belted, networked, and wired into the car. The six-point racing harness pins you to the thin bucket seat, which is bolted directly to naked steel. The steering wheel—small, grippy, and with carbon-fiber paddles for the PDK—is the only means of communication with the outside world. The racing slicks respond to the slightest touch of the wheel and rapidly build up grip. As a mid-engine racer, the GT4 virtually flies through curves. You brake, turn in, zip through, and accelerate—all in a single flowing movement reminiscent of Maria Sharapova’s forehand. The Clubsport is even more agile than the street-legal version. Even more committed, more nimble, simply hotter than hot. And therefore perfectly spiced for the target group, consisting of ambitious young drivers in their first GT cars as well as the late-forties generation of gentlemen racers such as actor Patrick Dempsey.
Author Eckhard Eybl
Photographer Victor Jon Goico