AP: 2008 season news announced

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Powering Ahead in 2008 One-make sportscar racing at its very best, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is already looking ahead to its sixth season in 2008, with the announcement that 18 of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars...

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Powering Ahead in 2008

One-make sportscar racing at its very best, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is already looking ahead to its sixth season in 2008, with the announcement that 18 of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars will be exclusively available for racers intending to compete in the series next year.

The new car, built by Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, Germany, boasts a 420bhp engine, an increase of 20bhp over the current model, additional torque, and an upgraded gearbox. Design modifications, which combined with the engine upgrades will further enhance performance ensuring even faster and more exciting racing next season, include the bumper panel from the GT3 road car at the rear.

Demand for the 18 available cars is expected to be high, with a number of potential new drivers hoping to join what has quickly become the pinnacle of professional sportscar racing in the region next year. Commented Porsche Asia Pacific Manager Motorsport Michael Dreiser: "We are certain that our existing and potential new drivers will all be thrilled with the announcement of the new car for next season. The caliber of racing is increasing each year, and the enhanced performance of the new car will ensure this continues amongst both our professional and non-professional competitors. Racing fans across the region can look forward to even closer, more thrilling races next year from a tremendous field of drivers."

The 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car was first introduced to Asia at the start of the 2006 season, and is the same racing car competing in the Carrera Cups around the world as well as the prestigious Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup which supports the European and Middle East rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia supports the Malaysian and Chinese rounds of the Championship during its 12-round season, which culminates in a spectacular season-closer at the Macau Grand Prix in November. The series also runs as part of the Asian Festival of Speed, organised by Malaysian-based Motorsport Asia Limited.

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant. Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport. The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

-credit: porsche.asia

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