Flying Lizard is looking to be super fast this year in their new Porsche 718 and ReporterDarius.com went along for an interesting ride around the Circuit of the Americas.
Wet, wild and fast teams from the Pirelli GT4 SprintX/GT4 America East / GT4 America West series have converged on Circuit of the Americas for the 2019 season and the early season vibes look to be interesting for all teams – including racing mainstay Flying Lizard Motorsports.
But it’s the first time that many teams get to test their new cars out on track. Flying Lizard Motorsports is one such team. A week ago, Flying Lizard Motorsports quickly turned around their new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport to get it race ready.
But let’s look over the base model of the Porsche 718. Back early this year in January, Porsche revealed their new racing machine with a bevy of improvements and technical updates. Not to mention the 3.8-litre flat-six engine that’s capable of producing 425 horsepower. That 425 is about 40 more than what the previous model could produce.
The power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Porsche dual-clutch gearbox with six gears and mechanical rear axle differential lock. The lightweight spring-strut front suspension is taken from its big 911 GT3 Cup brother. The impressive racing brake system features steel brake discs all round also.
Porsche didn’t just aim for the motor area either when making the new car. There is considerable use of raw materials for the car in the doors and the wings.
The new Porsche is already showing well on track too. Flying Lizard Motorsports sat at the top of their class in practice session two with a time of 2:17.661. Their only other nearest “rival” on track is another 718 Cayman from NOLASPORT.
Let’s take a lap around Circuit of the Americas with direction from Robby Foley in the 718 Cayman.