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Porsche lifts the covers on the New Cayman R

We’ve known since last summer that Porsche would launch a more sporting variant of the ever-popular Cayman before the year-end, and whilst speculation was rife about its nomenclature it was never likely to be called a CS.

Instead Porsche have chosen to call it the Cayman R and if you’re familiar with Porsche naming convention then you’ll already realise that such a distinction is important. The Porsche alphabet reserves the letter R for very special sports cars in its range: R for responsive and refined – but most especially for racy. Porsche claims that the new Cayman R combines all these attributes without compromise.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to compete in Race of Champions

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most popular race car ever. To date, over 2,000 vehicles have been delivered to customers around the world and compete in both national championships and the F1-supporting Mobil1 Supercup. And now, the 444 bhp GT racer from Weissach joins the official competition cars at the annual Race of Champions, where many of the world’s most talented and famous racing celebrities from diverse disciplines come together to fight for the Nations Cup and individual Race of Champions title.

Seperated at birth: Porsche’s 911 GT3 Cup and 911 GT3 RS road car

Time for a bit of gratuitous car porn for no other reason than it’s Friday evening and sometimes we all need a bit of a lift – in spirits. I make a point of watching as many of Porsche’s single-make Cup championships as possible, keeping track of the Carrera Cup GB which runs as a support series to the BTCC and also the Mobil1 Supercup that supports the majority of Formula One races.

We’ve got some great British Porsche drivers, not least Tim Harvey who won this year’s 2010 Carrera Cup GB, but we’ve also been pretty successful in the premier Mobil1 championship with Sean Edwards, Nick Tandy and last year’s Carrera Cup GB champion Tim Bridgman.

Nissan releases details of its 2011 GT-R

Nissan seem to be following in the foot-steps of their arch nemesis, Porsche, with a range of GT-R versions to mark the 2011 model year. Granted, there’s still a long way to go before they catch up with the 26 variants of 911, but if it works for ze Germans, then why not for Japan’s most revered sports car maker.