A brand-new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, which was buried under mud for three days after floods in Slovenia, is being taken care of by a German company. They are betting that they can still get the car running, even though there is a chance the project will fail.
At first glance, the sports car didn't look too bad when it was delivered to German tuning company RS Dynamics at the end of last December. The black bodywork looked great and apart from the plastic wrap over the driver's side window, it looked as Cayman as any other car. However, the car's interior tells a different story: the car spent no less than three days submerged in mud, German magazine “Auto Motor und Sport” reported.
The owner had parked the expensive sports car in an underground garage to protect it from the elements. He had only driven the car 758 kilometers when disaster struck. On August 3 and 4 last year, Slovenia was hit by heavy rains, causing serious floods and landslides. Thus, the Porsche 718 Cayman was buried under a huge layer of mud and water.
Parts of the car have turned green, the dashboard is covered in a thick layer of mud, the seats are so dirty they appear beyond repair, and the smell of mud wafts almost unmistakably from photos of the floor mats and other upholstery.
It therefore made sense for the insurance company to declare a total loss for the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS with a value of at least 220,000 euros. The engine is stuck, the car won't start, and the dashboard won't light up.
However, the car was purchased by a company in Frankfurt, which sold it to RS Dynamics, a tuning shop based in Solingen, Germany. They are convinced that they can start the car again. The team is calling the Porsche revival “Project Seacret” and is promoting it extensively on social media.
Before an expensive car can race on the road again, a lot has to happen. Items such as printed circuit boards, electronics, and wiring can be completely thrown into the trash due to corrosion. The entire interior would also have to be replaced and the engine would have to be completely disassembled anyway. The Germans hope it will be worth it. In terms of value, they'll probably have some wiggle room, as a used Cayman GT4 RS is also an expensive car.
GT4 RS is the sports version of the Cayman. Powered by the 500 hp 4.0-litre engine from the Porsche 911 GT3, the roaring Porsche accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. The maximum speed is 315 km/h.
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