DAYTONA BEACH, FL - January 3 - After a string of successful shakedown sessions including a full 24-hour test last month, the Brumos Fabcar Daytona Prototype powered by Porsche has finalized its technical specifications in anticipation of The Rolex 24 at D aytona practice days today through Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
"Fabcar and Dave Klym have done a great job conceiving, developing and constructing a fast and reliable chassis for this new Grand American Road Racing class, and we are pleased to be involved as an engine builder. The shakedown sessions have gone well - now we will see how fast the car is against the competition," said Alwin Springer, president of Porsche Motorsport North America.
The final engine specifications show the Porsche 911 GT3 RS-based six cylinder, 3.6-liter motor developing 470 horsepower at 8500 rpm under the Grand-Am prototype rules. This is the same basic engine that will power the 911 GT3 street car scheduled to make its North American market debut this May.
"As usual for Porsche-powered cars at Daytona, the Fabcar Porsche will not have the most power of the new cars which will compete at the Rolex 24, but our engine has won every 24 Hours of Daytona it has competed in, with every GT victory since 2000, and we 're confident that the Brumos Porsche Racing team and Fabcar have the chassis all sorted out," said Springer.
In fact, right after the endurance test at Daytona at the beginning of December, Klym took the car to the Lockheed wind tunnel in Marietta, Georgia, where a 9000 horsepower, 35-foot fan generated air speeds of 200 mph blowing tufts of wool and smoke around the car. The car tested to achieve minimum drag through the air - a must when facing the high banks at Daytona.
In the tradition of Hurley Haywood and the late Peter Gregg, who won five Rolex 24 races between them under the Brumos banner, the two Brumos Fabcars powered by Porsche will carry the numbers #58 and #59.
Car #59, lead by veteran crew chief Jim Bailie, will include lead driver and five-time 24 Hours of Daytona winner Hurley Haywood, along with J.C. France, Scott Goodyear and Scott Sharp. Car #58, with previous Brumos crew chief Mike Collucci in charge, has lead David Donahue at the helm, with veterans Mike Borkowski, Wayne Jackson and Canadian Chris Bye. Both cars will contest the entire Grand-Am season, although driver pairings have not been determined for future events.
Porsche is the most successful powerplant in the history of the 24 Hours of Daytona, where it has collected 54 class and 19 overall wins in the race's 40-year history. In fact, in recent years, Porsches have made up almost one-half of the overall entry li st.
Porsche's first win in the Florida classic came on Feb 4, 1968 with Peter Gregg and Sten Axelsson piloting a 911 to a class win in the under two liter class for Trans Am cars. The marque's latest victory in the 24 hour enduro came last year when Californi an Kevin Buckler, New Yorker Michael Schrom, and Porsche factory pilots Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmesiter took The Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS to the GT class win.
PORSCHE DAYTONA 24-HOURS FACTS (updated 1/03/03)
Overall Wins: 19
Class Wins: 54
Porsche 911 Wins: 28 Overall and Class Victories
Initial Overall Win: 1968
GT Class Wins: 20
20 Race Winning Streak (overall or class): 1966-1987
Finished 1-2 overall in 11 Daytona 24-Hours
GT class winner finishing second overall: 2001
From 1977 to 1988, Porsche had compiled 12 consecutive overall wins
GTX Series Winner: 1978-1981
GTP Series Winner: 1982-89, 1991