The Porsche Cayman Interseries may not be one of the most popular racing series in the world, but if you’re a Porsche -loving fanatic, it’s about as close as it gets to enjoying all the Porsche Caymans your heart desires.
What makes it even more appealing, as far as a spectator is concerned, is that the car owners racing their Caymans are required to outift their cars with pre-selected classic liveries. What does this mean? It means that if you’ve been a fan of Porsche racing for a long time, you’re going to recognize all those timeless liveries that these Caymans are adorned in. From the Rothmans Porsche to the Gulf Oil Porsche to the Martinis Porsche to the LeMans 959; you can take your time checking out all the liveries you recognize. And for what’s it worth, the race itself was also pretty exciting.
It’s been a while since we last saw the RUF CTR3 in action, so when word got around that one of these rare supercars went out to stretch its legs on a race track, we just had to scoop up any form of video evidence of the CTR3.
Much to our delight, the car still looks insanely awesome and still comes with that unmistakable power underneath its hood. In case you’ve forgotten, the RUF CTR3 comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter flat six cylinder engine, which produces an output of 700hp at 7,000rpm. The car can also accelerate from 0-100 kmh in only 3.2 seconds and comes with a topspeed of 375 kmh.
Art. You either love it or you don’t...understand it. There’s really no middle ground.
Fortunately, some people have grown to love ’art’ and all of its complicated intricacies, even down to the seemingly mundane interpretations that actually have more to them than meets the eye.
Unfortunately, I am not one of them.
Take this 27-second video by Ron English, titled "How to Explain Art to a Dead Hare", for example. Combining a rabbit stuffed toy, prosthetic blood, and a Porsche Cayman , English takes all of 27 seconds to get his point across. Sadly, I wasn’t really paying that much attention to the little bunny, instead focusing intently on that shiny, white Cayman that lays waste to the rabbit after running it over. And yeah, I gotta give points for the fake blood too, but what’s with the eerie little girl singing in the background? You have to watch it to see what I’m talking about.
If you own a 2006-2008 Porsche Cayman, you might want to take a look at Techart’s Aerokit I program for your car. You may be surprised to find out that the tuner can improve both the car’s performance and its aerodynamics.
Starting with the exterior, the tuner is offering a front add-on spoiler, side skirts, a rear spoiler that reduces lift on the rear axle, and TECHART Formula wheels with sizes up to 20".
At the heart of this mid-engine sports car lies the displacement of 3.8 liters. The increase is facilitated by a bore enlarged to 99 millimeters with the corresponding larger special pistons and by the installation of a special crankshaft. The engine conversion also includes sports camshafts. A modified intake manifold with special air filter system and an aluminum header provide ample combustion air. The result is an output of 370 hp, a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph.
For the interior, the tuner is offering aluminum sport pedals and a Techart sport steering wheel coated in three types of leather. You can also receive illuminated door sill panels bearing your own signature.
It happens in Germany where the Boxster, Boxster S and Cayman, Cayman S models will be available with four new packages: Comfort, Infotainment, Design and Design Sport. The design packages come with exclusive options which were previously reserved for the Boxster Spyder.
Comfort package (2.606 euro) includes: Bi-xenon headlights including dynamic cornering light, dynamic range control, headlight washers and LED daytime running lights, wind deflector, automatic air conditioning, rain sensor, an embossed Porsche crest on the headrests and cruise control for automatic speed control.
The Infotainment package (3.141 euro) includes: Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with touch screen color display, RDS radio with dual tuner, CD / DVD drive and navigation module, Sound Package Plus with 7 speakers and 185 watts total output and mobile phone preparation with Bluetooth interface.
Design package, priced at 3.831 euro includes: 19-inch Boxster Spyder wheel painted in black, dual exhaust tip, roll bar painted in black, mirrors painted in black, air intakes painted in black, model logo painted in black and black air vent.
And finally the Design Sport package, priced at 6.747 euro adds to the Design package a new front lip spoiler and a modified rear spoiler.
It was only a few weeks ago the German sports car make Porsche unveiled the Boxster Spyder , an even lighter version of the entry level open air Stuttgart special. In order to make the Boxster even more competitive, Porsche’s engineers managed to ditch over 150 pounds sports car by using light weight material for larger body parts like aluminum doors before stripping it down to 1275 kg by removing the air conditioner and then the electrically operated convertible top.
Seeing as the new Spyder was such a success, Porsche plans to apply a similar treatment to the fixed roof version of the baby 911 . The special edition sports car will be called the Porsche Cayman Club Sport and although there is no rag top opening actuators to get rid of the design team from Zuffenhausen has figured out a way to make up for it. Aside from the weight reduction, the Club Sport Cayman’s flat six will put down a total of 320 HP to the rear wheels, a factor that can quickly be translated into enhanced performance.
This may be the first time that you’ve heard about the Berlin based tuning firm XTR Carchip, but after taking a look at this wide body super sport Porsche Cayman X-Wide, XTR is a name that you won’t soon forget. Built on top of a Cayman S platform, XTR reworked almost every square inch of sheet metal in order to create the track ready machine wearing a set of gold BBS racing rims measuring 18 inches in diameter and shod with sticky Pirelli rubber that lays before you. Complete with a detachable carbon fiber reinforced plastic front splitter for more civilized use and a full jungle gym surrounding a pair of GT3 spec Recaro buckets and matching four point Scroth racing harnesses making it the ideal track day toy.
Although the X-Wide looks like it is a purpose built fire breathing beast, the mid engine flat six remains a bit tame and only benefits from a Super Sprint Magnum cat back exhaust and a slight ECU retune that brings the wide body Cayman’s maximum output up to 310 HP, raising the car’s top speed to 177 MPH. However this is just the beginning, because XTR is also working on a twin turbocharged version that will produce upwards of 850 HP. So it would appear that the X-Wide is simply a test mule for XTR Carchip’s future plans, and boy do they seem big.
An enormous hurricane – Ida, as it was called - ravaged the East Coast a week ago and it’s being hailed as the worst one to hit Virginia and the Carolinas in a long time. And while there’s nothing remotely funny about natural disasters of this magnitude, this photo of a Porsche Cayman getting buried in sand along Cape Hatteras in North Carolina was – in the least bit – mildly amusing.
Good luck getting that out of its sinkhole, and on a more important note, we hope everyone is alright from that part of the US.
Legal battles involving trademark claims are nothing new.
This one, however, is a little surprising considering that the two protagonists come from completely different industries.
In the blue corner is German carmaker Porsche . On the red corner, it’s footwear designer Crocs.
Their squabble: the rights to use the name ‘Cayman’ in their products.
Porsche is claiming that the name ‘Cayman’ is trademarked for its exclusive sports car and that Crocs, which sells a plastic cog bearing the same name, should refrain from using ‘Cayman’ again. Predictably, Crocs is staying on course and in a statement that was filed in their quarterly reports, the footwear brand has stated that they will “vigorously defend themselves against these claims”.
We haven’t gotten further comments from the two squabbling brands although if you ask us, we don’t think that these two are risking anything by just letting things go. Apart from catering to distinctively different markets, it must be pointed out that a Porsche Cayman costs around $50,000 while a pair of Crocs Cayman sells for just a shade under $30.
Big difference, don’t you think?
The German tuning specialists Techart have just relased a new lineup of high performance modifications for the Porsche Boxster and Cayman models. The aero is available in two flavors, somewhat conservative with only a front lip and a rear wing, or all out including a wide body conversion that includes the LED driving lights, sculpted side skirts, sleeker side mirrors and the Techart Vario or VarioPlus threaded chassis high performance suspenion. Techart is offering a racing exhaust system for the flat six powered Porsches that can be finished off with either a glossy or black chrome finish. The aftermarket manufacturer then utilizes their signature Formula wheel to beef up the diminutive Porsches.
The upgrades don’t stop with the exterior, the interior receives a few upgrades like a sport chronometer, TECHART 3 spoke sport steering wheel, new trim on the doors and carbon/stainless steel doorsills with illuminated logos. The sport buckets are wrapped in soft leather and dressed up with decorative stitching in the owner’s choice of colors as well as a trio of aluminum sport pedals and a healthy helping of carbon fiber. So now no matter which Porsche you drive Techart CEO Thomas Behringer has a tuning program for you.