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The first time we put a 3.8L engine in a PDK Cayman for track duty was 2014 and it quickly became known as the "Honey Badger!" In February of that year car owner Craig O'Brien ordered his 981 and said "i want something with PDK that will run down anything in a straight line AND in the corner." Shortly thereafter, The "Honey Badger" was born.
Starting life as a 2.7L base Cayman with PDK transmission we installed the 3rd center radiator from Porsche that no longer comes standard and a 3.8L engine which also is...or was not...standard. Then we began with the aftermarket modifications; the car has a pair of Sparco Pro ADV fiberglass racing shells that are sitting on PCNA 996 GT3 seat sliders and Brey Krause side mounts that allow simultaneous usage of the OE seat belts OR the Schroth enduro belts that are mounted to the 4-point BGB harness bar that is powdercoated in PCNA red. The 3.8L 991 engine's airflow was further improved via the IPD competition plenum and a set of stainless steel Cargraphic race manifolds mated to Sport Rear Silencer mufflers. The "Honey Badger" still has its stock interior and license plate and therefore requires something a bit more quiet than a full blown race exhausts system. We removed the OE shocks and springs and replaced them with 2-way adjustable remote reservoir JRZ RS Pro coilovers and then added RSS Tarmac Series monoball lower control arms, toe links and sway bar drop links for the upgraded 991 GT3 front sway bar. Added suspensnion rigidity came from the additional Windrush Evolutions front engine mount. In an effort to improve corner entry and exit grip we installed a Guard Transmission clutch type limited slip differential for PDK and then bolted super stick Hoosier GT slick tires to the lightweight 3-piece Forgeline GA3R racing wheels that are mounted on MSI Racing Products metric Porsche wheel studs. The car's Techart rear wing base and uprights are used to mount its Crawford Composites 72" IMSA spec GT3 Cup wing in an attempt to add high speed grip to a car that already has an abundance of it.
This car typically sees the track 20 - 25 days per year and in 2 years has only required a fluid flush, tires, brakes and fuel to keep terrorizing unsuspecting GT3 owners.