Motorsports Monday: 2009 Porsche Cayman S Interseries

Porsche history has always been intrinsically linked with racing since before they were even a company. From Mercedes-Benz to Auto Union and later Cisitalia, Porsche offered world-beating designs prior to establishment of its own independent racing heritage. Since the 1950s, they’ve never looked back, and every successive generation has their own legends that were born. For my father, it was the 908 and 917, while I grew up with the turbocharged whistle of the 956 and 962 dominating race tracks. To capitalize on this nostalgia, coupled with more gentleman drivers heading to the track every weekend than there ever have been, Porsche’s lineup has increasingly focused on track-biased cars. But that hasn’t stopped some from going a few steps further, and Napelton Porsche launched an interesting idea just before the turn of the decade.

Why not create a race series of equal cars, slap historic liveries on them, and hit the track? The Interseries was just that, with door to door action pitting the iconic color combinations of Porsche history at the hands of mere mortals. From the Salzburg 917 that first took Porsche to the Le Mans title to the unmistakable Rothmans colors, each of these cars wore a bit of what made the marque a legend for so many people. Everyone has their favorite design, so this series offered Porschephiles a veritable cornucopia of visual pleasure. Today, one of these cars has come up for sale:

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Motorsport Monday: 2011 Porsche Cayman S Interseries

Last fall, Paul wrote up a Jagermeister-livery Cayman S Interseries that reminded us how great these Caymans can look, and what a great deal they are relative to some of the newer 911 race cars. The Cayman S offers most of the performance of the 911 in a more affordable package, and that was topped by the introduction of the classic Porsche racing liveries, such as Martini Racing and Jagermeister. Today’s example is a bit newer than the previous example we looked at; a 2011 model with some Martini/Salzburg inspired graphics. To me, it looks great:

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Motorsport Monday Part 2: 2009 Porsche Cayman S Interseries

The Porsche Cayman always gets a bit of a bad rap as the Porsche for those who can’t afford a 911. To be honest, there’s a lot to like about this mid-engined sports coupe, most notably its on-track performance. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by track day enthusiasts and professional racers. Want proof? How about this 2009 Cayman S for sale in Ohio replete with Jägermeister livery.

Year: 2009
Model: Cayman S Interseries
Engine: 3.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 5,500 miles
Price: $90,000

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Considering a new track car, therefore:

2009 Cayman Interseries car built by Napleton Porsche for sale:

•Full Roll Cage with NASCAR-style door beams painted to match body color
•Custom Window net
•SFI-spec roll bar padding
•OMP HTE driver seat. No passenger seat.
•Schroth 5-point quick release harness
•Remote on–board fire system with 8 nozzles
•Electrical cut-off switch
•OMP steering wheel with adapter
•Quick release hub & roll bar hook
•Cayman Interseries Front splitter and GT3-style adjustable rear spoiler and base painted body color

•PSM manual cut-off switch mounted in carbon fiber center panel
•JRZ Pro adjustable remote reservoir shocks
•Fully adjustable Cayman Interseries spec front and rear sway bars with heim-joint drop links
•Hypercoil springs with helpers
•Solid spherical bearing upper shock mounting plates front and rear
•StopTech six-piston Cayman Interseries designed front calipers
•StopTech full floating front rotors with aluminum hats
•Performance Friction Cayman Interseries brake pads front and rear
•GRAND-AM GT-spec wheel studs and nuts

•Goodridge Stainless steel brake lines
•Porsche GT3 two -piece lower control arms front and rear with monoball bearings and adjustment shims
•Solid front and rear control arm bushings
•Adjustable front thrust/caster bars
•Spherical bearing tie rods with bump steer ends
•Rear toe links with bump steer adapters
•Porsche GT3 front-brake ducts
•NACA-style rear brake ducts and hoses
•Cayman Interseries-developed ECU flash for PCM, ABS and engine mapping
•Special JET HOT coated Cayman Interseries race exhaust system
•Additional center radiator, ducts, bracket and hoses
•Transmission oil cooler
•Weldon electric transmission oil pump
•Guard GT race limited slip with chrome-moly housing
•AIM Pista data recording dash
•Smarty Cam
•Jager Orange paint and decal package
•Two sets BBS wheels
•Brand new clutch and RRS flywheel
•3M paint protection

Excellent condition. Maintained by Wright Motorsports in Batavia, Ohio. Any questions regarding service or condition can be directed to Tim or Bob at 513-735-2300

Carter featured a similar 2006 Cayman S set up for the track last week. That car was almost $35,000 cheaper than this particular example. This one has less miles and an infinitely cooler livery, so it depends on what you’re looking for. Similar money will certainly net you a 911 set up for the track from multiple generations of the breed, but this is a fairly new, lightly used car looked after by well know specialists. If you want to grab people’s attention on the track, there are few better liveries to do it with than this one.

-Paul

Motorsport Monday: 2006 Porsche Cayman S

If you want to hit the track in a Porsche, there are many ways to do it. You can buy an old 911, spend a ton of money modifying it and keeping it running. You can buy an even older 911, spend a ton of money modifying it, and even more keeping it running. But if you want a great handling, well set up flat-6 car that’s both competitive and easy on the wallet – in Porsche terms – is to look towards the Cayman. I instructed a friend with a Cayman S a few years ago at Monticello and got a chance to drive his then-new PDK Cayman S back to back with another friend’s track-biased Lotus Elise.

In the twisties, the Cayman didn’t have the go-cart feel of the Lotus for sure, but considering it completely stock, it wasn’t far off and it sure pulled harder on the straights! It was also much more forgiving and less-pucker inspiring than the Lotus; I’ve driven that particular Lotus on several occasions at several different tracks, and while it never got out of shape much at all during my drives the spinning top image was never far from my mind. When I drove the Porsche, that image couldn’t have been farther from my head – it was rock solid and confidence inspiring. Now a few years on, the Cayman has become a very popular race option and today’s example has been fully kitted for the track:

Year: 2006
Model: Cayman S
Engine: 3.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 39,000 mi
Price: $56,500 Buy It Now

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2006 Porsche Cayman S, Currently set up for PCA H Stock (with PCA logbook) but could easily run SCCA I Prepared, ITC, SCCA, NASA or even Grand Am with minor changes. Or super fast yet easy to driveTack Day car.

We began this project with a perfect Porsche certified pre owned 2006 Cayman S that had been female owned and had a VERY easy early life(car is technically still a CPO car), only race damage has been a broken bumper cover and headlight 3 races ago, interior was removed and car was sent to well known Robinson Racing in GA for custom cage, lowered driver seat sub-frame, custom bolt in passenger seat mount, window net etc. Car has a ton of room inside and easily acomodates our 6’2” 200lbs driver. Car has 4 podium finishes in 2013 with PCA club racing (wins at RRR and Road ATL, 2nd at COTA and 2nd at RRR with rookie driver). Only selling because have moved up to a 997 “Cup” and dont have room or time to race multiple cars.

Car was built by Porsche of Hilton Head SC, and Vertical Motorsports with all recent work, maintenance and track support by Autometrics.

UPDATE: Yes we are open to offers on our cars, feel free to call or email.

Below is a partial list of equipment on the car, Car is ready to race with no excuses and we are happy to answer any questions.

Custom 1 ¾ .095 cage by Robinson racing in cumming GA

OS Giken race LSD with custom stack up works great!

Fabspeed long tube race headers

Fabspeed race exhaust

Fabspeed removable turn downs(car is 101db)

A/C Delete

SAI Delete

Drop in Air Filter

2 Qt electric Accusump

Factory Porsche X51 baffles and swirl pots with .5 qt sump extension and billet filter

Porsche Motorsports air oil separator

Small crank pulley

New PS pump

Recent factory Clutch

Jump box plug on passenger side

Tarett competition billet shifter and new cables on Tarett risers

Super reliable fun and nationally compeditive PCA Club Race or super fast track day car

6K miles on car since build (4 races and test DE’s), 44K odometer miles, car runs strong and ready to race

Clear SC title in hand (car is still licensed and insured in SC)

Car weighs 3160lbs ready to race with 200 lb driver and ¼ tank of fuel

8 OZ race wheels (one set with fresh Hoosier Rains and one set ¾ tread R6)

Includes 2 factory keys and all orig. purchase paperwork CPO etc

Schroth center net

Schroth Hybrid HANS belts on driver (2017)

Sparco Pro ADV drivers seat

Sparco EVO passenger seat

Momo suede steering wheel with PTT on Porsche Cup quick release

GT3 rear adjustable toe links with lock out plates

Rennline tow hooks and towing tie downs F&R

Rennline rear sub frame tie brace

Tarett adjustable heavy rear sway bar with monoball end links

Tarett adjustable GT3 front sway bar and monoball end links

Braided stainless brake lines

Fresh PFC brake pads and recent rotors

Rennline Long race stud conversion in wheel hubs

Exterior emergency rear hatch release

997 GT3 lower control arms front and rear with tarett monoball inner halfs

KW Clubsport double adjustable struts with Ground Control (camber/caster) front monoball camber plates and Tarrett rear monoball uppers.

Aluminum KW lower race perches

Eibach springs with lower bearings for no bind

Litronic headlights (work great for night races)

Oyssey 650 lightweight battery in Rennline mount

Rennline Aluminum drivers floor panel

Porsche PCCB master cyl and Endless 650

Complete radio wiring harness and mount with PTT on wheel(currently set up for Digital Vertex but easy to convert to any)

Custom Master switch mount with dual actuation

Electric SPA Extreme Fire system with dual actuation

Traqmate wiring harness and control head

Cool Shirt cooler mount, hose and wiring with timer switch on dash

Transponder

Car has had recent corner bal and alignment

Cup center/side radiators and mounts including nose vent and inner fender liners, scoops etc.

ITC Carbon front Splitter and Porsche Tech Art rear wing (these alone were$4500)

We have over $90K in building this car, start racing today for a fraction of that. I am happy to answer any questions about the car during business hours-843 614 1516

To answer questions we are getting about lap times:

In 2013:

COTA- 2:33.3

ATL- 1:37.3

RRR- 1:17.5

VIR- 2:08.4

more photos at: autometricsmotorsports.com

The seller claims $90K invested, and that sounds about right from the look and build sheet. I’m not a fan of the alternately colored front bumper, but I am a fan of the Interseries classic 917 liveries, and my favorite has to be the Martini Racing “Hippie” 917 colors that appeared at both Le Mans on the 917LH and Watkins Glen on the 917K. Somehow, the swooping lines really suit the Cayman’s profile to me. Otherwise, I can’t say that there’s much I’d change here. It’s a solid build which I think is appropriately priced. It’s treading on early 911 GT3 street model money, and for the long term that’d be the smart car to buy. But if you want to have fun without worrying about long-term collect-ability, it’s pretty hard to beat this package in a Porsche!

-Carter