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Porsche revs up green vision with launch of new race car featuring natural fibre body parts.

Posted on Jan 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Porsche's Cayman GT4 Clubsport (picture courtesy of Porsche)."The driver and co-driver doors and the rear wing are made of an organic fibre mix, which are sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibres."

When you’re looking for one thing to do to help the environment, the first item you should consider is your car. Car manufacturer Porsche is aiming to aid racing drivers to do this. It has recently debuted its 718 GT4 Clubsport – the first production race car built with natural fibre body parts, according to Porsche.

It is an updated version of the 2015 GTS Clubsport, made for both amateur racers and professionals.

In a statement, Porsche (@Porsche) said that the principal focus was centred on improving lap times, enhanced drivability and the utilisation of natural-fibre composite body parts.

According to Porsche, the driver and co-driver doors and the rear wing are made of an organic fibre mix, which are sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibres and feature similar properties to carbon fibre in terms of weight and stiffness

The latest sports car features a 3.8-litre flat-six engine producing 313kW (425hp), along with a dual-clutch gearbox with six gears and a mechanical rear axle differential lock, which gives the car its power.

The 718 Clubman Sport is currently available for order and will be delivered beginning in February.

Porsche is the latest in a long line of car manufacturers that have unveiled green cars in recent years. In 2017, Japanese car company Mazda announced that it had been working in collaboration with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation to develop the new bio engineering plastic from the polymer isosorbide.

At the time, Mazda said it was able to use a non-toxic compound derived from plant-based materials. The unpainted plastic was also scratch and weather resistant to deliver a unique selling point for its customers. So, there were not only environmental benefits to this decision but also practical ones.


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