This is the only sentence you’ll need to remember this week: Porsche is returning to rallying.
Come 2020, Porsche will be fielding its fiendish weapon for the World Rally Championship, compliant with FIA R-GT regulations.
Porsche’s future tarmac-crunching, gravel-spraying rally car will be based on the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport unveiled in early January.
Unique to the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, several body parts are made of natural-fibre composite materials.
The new customer sport racer, designed for GT4 series as well as clubsport and track day events, is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-6 pumping out 425hp.
A decisive factor in Porsche’s rally return was the “positive response” of the launch of its Cayman GT4 Rallye concept at the 2018 ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
“The comparatively low operating cost of the new R-GT-regulation vehicle is a major advantage, thanks to its close affinity to the production car,” Porsche said.
Porsche is no stranger to rallying.
Recall the beautiful Rothmans-liveried Porsche 959, which blasted to overall victory at the 1986 Dakar Rally.
The Porsche 953, based on a four-wheel-drive version of the 911, also won the Dakar Rally.
In the late sixties and early seventies, Vic Elford and Björn Waldegard celebrated major triumphs with the Porsche 911 at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally.
Sit by your TV screens and watch this beauty tear across your screens like it’s the 1980s all over again.