Porsche has announced it will launch a race-spec Clubsport version of the Cayman GT4 at the LA Motor Show in November.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport uses the same 380bhp, naturally-aspirated, 3.8-litre flat-six engine from the 911 Carrera S as the road car. But it ditches the manual gearbox in favour of a lightning-fast dual-clutch unit with steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The only other major change to the running gear is front suspension lifted from the 911 GT3 Cup racer, rather than the GT3 road car. Otherwise, the Clubsport is essentially the same as the standard GT4.

All the obligatory safety features are present and correct, including a full, welded-in rollcage. The passenger seat has been thrown out, leaving just the one bucket seat with a six-point harness foir the driver in an interior that has been pared back even more than it already was. Porsche claims the Clubsport weighs just 1,300kg.

Porsche Motorsport will produce the Cayman GT4 Clubsport as its facility in Weissach. Porsche plans to homologate the car for racing around the world; there are probably a dozen series it would be elligible for in the UK alone.

Full details and images will be released at the LA show.

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By Only Motors