New GT3 Cup car for Porsche Carrera Cup GB
The 911GT3 Cup car that will be raced in the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB was unveiled to teams and drivers at Oulton Park recently.
The stunning new car, already in use in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and several Carrera Cups around the world, will be introduced into the Carrera Cup GB car for 2011. Up to 28 new cars will be produced for the 2011 Carrera Cup GB and the first deposits were taken within minutes of the car being unveiled.
“This car is more of a step change than an evolution,” said Geoff Turral, general manager Porsche Cars GB. An increase in engine size from 3600cc to 3800cc has boosted power output to 450bhp, while a wider bodyshell is drawn from the GT3RS. Notable among a raft of detail changes is the rear wing, which is both wider and higher to increase downforce. “The new car is quite technically different to the existing car,” said Turral.
Reigning Carrera Cup GB champion and current Supercup racer Tim Bridgman spoke about the driving experience in the new car. “You can feel the extra power straightaway and it’s a move advanced racing car. The adjustments do more to the car and it is incredibly sensitive; it gives more scope to the drivers and engineers.”
The car will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (2-4 July) and will then be one of the cars to be raced by Carrera Cup GB Scholars Euan Hankey and Michael Meadows in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race at Silverstone on 11 July.
“We may have more demand than we can supply,” said Turral. “We are keen to create a strong market for the current cars so that our existing teams and drivers can step up to the new car.” Turral also reported strong interest from new teams looking to join the Carrera Cup GB grid for 2011.
The new Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, run by the Porsche Club GB, is expected to absorb a number of the current cars, while the creation of new GT3 Cup Challenges in several European markets for 2011 will further increase demand for the current cars.