By Damon Lowney
The Dude abides: New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport gets more horsepower (and hemp)
Porsche Club of America
Porsche, in a quest for the sustainable use of raw materials, has made the doors and the rear spoiler out of natural, organic fiber composites — ingredients include flax and hemp. According to Porsche, the natural fiber composite has similar weight and strength properties to carbon fiber. We applaud Porsche’s forward thinking regarding sustainable materials in its race cars.
In developing the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, the focus was put not only on further improved driveability and faster lap times but also on the sustainable use of raw materials. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first ever production race car to feature body parts made of natural-fiber composite material. The driver and co-driver doors and the rear wing are made of an organic fiber mix, which is sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibers and features similar properties to carbon fiber in terms of weight and stiffness.