Porsche’s Cayman GT4 Rally has undergone a demo run on snow and ice as the Zuffenhausen manufacturer prepares for a return to rallying.

The motorsport department in Weissach is developing the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport to comply with the FIA R-GT regulations. The vehicle should be ready to contest the 2020 season.

Porsche’s decision to return to rallying was made following the launch of the Cayman GT4 Rallye Concept Car at the 2018 ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Positive feedback from the rally fan camp, teams, drivers and series organizers proved decisive in going ahead with the new development program.

In contrast to the concept vehicle, the future rally car will not be based on the Cayman GT4 Clubsport built up to 2018, but on the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport that was unveiled earlier this year.

The new customer sport racer, which is designed for GT4 series as well as clubsport and track day events, is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine producing 425bhp.

During development, focus was on performance, driveability and sustainability. In the construction of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, several body parts were made of natural-fiber composite material for the first time.