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GT4 Clubsport Trackday vs. GT4 Clubsport Competition: A Brief Tutorial

Updated: Jan 24

The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, as many Porsche enthusiasts know, is a race car based on the popular 718 Cayman GT4 road car. The Clubsport comes in several varieties, the most common being the “Trackday” and “Competition” variants. This raises the question of which is right for prospective buyers.

The Clubsport Trackday and Clubsport Competition have more similarities than differences. Both are single-seater, near-standard production-based race cars, not intended for street use. Both are powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine, which produces 425 hp and 313 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Porsche dual-clutch (PDK) gearbox with six gears and a mechanical rear-axle differential lock. Both the Trackday and Clubsport “borrow” technology from their 911 GT3 Cup brother like their lightweight spring-strut front suspensions, and each is equipped with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat, and a six-point safety harness.

Key Differences

The entry-level “Trackday” version is designed to be easier for novice drivers to handle and maintain. The vehicle features a fixed shock absorber setup while the anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control assistance systems ensure forgiving handling. Although the Trackday isn’t street legal, it can be serviced at any authorized Porsche center, ideal for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable working on their own cars or hiring a pit crew.

As the name suggests, the “Competition” version is intended for serious wheel-to-wheel racing and is optimized for maximum performance. The shock absorbers can be adjusted in three stages. The safety fuel tank has a capacity of 30 gallons, suitable for long-distance events. (The one on the Trackday holds 21 gallons.) Thanks to a brake balance system, the balance bias can be infinitely adjusted between the front and rear axle. An integrated air jack system ensures fast pit stops, and the quick-release racing steering wheel comes from the 911 GT3 R.

Regardless of which version you choose, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a highly capable yet accessible racecar for both novice and expert drivers. As we say at Isringhausen, both are safe, fast, and fun.

If you have additional questions, contact one of our racing specialists today. We have years of track experience and are happy to share our expertise with you.

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