Over the last few weeks, I've been lucky to spend some time coaching at the best new racetrack in North America: Area 27.
It's been a pretty wild experience and I've had a chance to drive some interesting cars already. I figured I would use this blog as a place to chat about some of them, whenever I get a chance.
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
From the driver's seat
My first thoughts as I exited the pits in the Cayman GT4 Clubsport: Damn. Smooth. Expensive aged Canadian whisky smooth.
Porsche has pulled all of their strengths together to create the crispest racecar I may have ever driven. It was my first Porsche racecar experience, and although short, it left an impression.
The engine purrs as it climbs up in RPM's without hesitating. The PDK transmission is silky as you run through the gears. The suspension gives the car a fantastic direct feel and always leaves you with a feeling that you could have entered the corner with more speed. I drove the car with all aids turned off, but even with a mistake - it only mildly scolds you, rather than slapping you around.
At 385hp, the car is far from neck-snapping on acceleration. Rather, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport prefers to feed in power like a butler that's draping you in a freshly-woven silk robe. Even at speed with a full racing cage and a lack of creature comforts, the environment around the driver feels incredibly comfortable.
However, the car is far from tame or boring. It dances elegantly in the corners. It delivers every bit of grip that the tire is providing right into your fingertips and toes, handsomely responding to every input and adjustment.
My only regret is that I didn't have a chance to drive the car with slick tires. The rain tires I drove on were holding back the true performance of this car on a mostly dry track.
Regardless, the depths of refinement and quality in the build of the car are apparent and extremely rewarding for a driver behind the wheel. Well done Porsche, and congrats Nick, you're going to have a fantastic track partner in your new Cayman GT4 Clubsport.