AP: New 997-based Porsche to be unveiled

Porsche Unveils Awesome New Carrera Cup Asia Racing Machine In one of the most exciting new developments in Asian motorsport, Porsche Asia Pacific will this week unveil the new 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup which will take to the region's...

Porsche Unveils Awesome New Carrera Cup Asia Racing Machine

In one of the most exciting new developments in Asian motorsport, Porsche Asia Pacific will this week unveil the new 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup which will take to the region's race tracks from the start of the 2006 season.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia was launched in 2003, and immediately took the region by storm, generating massive interest and raising the levels of motorsport competition and professionalism to new heights. In just two seasons, its signature brand of fast, close racing has earned legions of dedicated fans and an international field of truly professional racers.

Television coverage of the series, which already runs in to hundreds of millions Asia-wide, was recently boosted with the addition of a further 21 China broadcasters confirmed for the 2005 season, including CCTV5, Beijing TV, Shanghai TV and Guangdong TV.

The number of 997-based 911 GT3 Cup cars for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2006 season is limited to 18 and, as the car will not be available to private purchasers until the following year, Asia's leading sportscar competitors are expected to leap at the chance to get behind the wheel of this remarkable automobile as early as next February.

Commented Porsche Asia Pacific's Managing Director, Christer Ekberg: "The Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia is about to take the next exciting step. We already have a field which includes some of the most talented sportscar drivers in the world, not just in Asia, extraordinary media exposure, astonishing on-track competition -- and it's all about to move up a level with the arrival of the awesome new racing Porsche. The series is going from strength to strength and we can see no limits to its future"

The new car will make its Asian debut at the Shanghai Motorshow on April 21, before touring the region at Porsche Centre showrooms in Kuala Lumpur (May 14), Bangkok (June), Seoul (July 13), Hong Kong (August), Beijing (September), and Shanghai (September - October).

For Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia drivers, the new features incorporated in the 997-based Cup car will mean even faster, closer racing than ever before. The six-speed sequential gearbox makes gear shifting faster and more failsafe, while the ABS brakes are replaced in the new car by tandem racing master cylinders and an in-car brake bias adjustment control. This feature will enable racing drivers to brake later and gain maximum braking effect.

The revised front end aerodynamics will further improve handling, and the full digital read out data logging dash (MOTEC) will assist drivers and engineers by providing more data. In the ultra-competitive world of the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia, data logging is critical in determining where drivers can gain that crucial fraction of a second.

The Carrera Cup series have long been recognised as the pinnacle of "one make" sportscar racing across the world, and the concept is for drivers to compete in identical racing Porsche machines with only minimal modifications permitted. The famous reliability of Porsche technology ensures that it is driver skill alone which dictates success on the race track, resulting in the thrilling racing for which the series has become so well known.

For drivers, the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia provides a comprehensive, centrally managed Service package, which includes technical race services, mechanics, spare parts, and transportation and logistics services. Series partners and two of the most famous names in international motorsport, Michelin and Mobil1, provide the best in tyre and lubrication technology as well as on-the-ground technical support.

For sponsors, the series offers major media exposure, myriad marketing opportunities, extensive television syndication, world-class hospitality at each event -- and the prestige of association with the prestigious marque, Porsche.

Add to this a full calendar of races across Asia, including Formula 1 support races in Malaysia and Shanghai, and the season grand finale at the Macau Grand Prix, and it is clear why the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia has become so quickly and firmly established.

Supporting the Porsche Infineon 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 to led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant. Porsche Infineon 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 Infineon Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group

The Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia runs as part of the Asian Festival of Speed, organised by Malaysian-based Motorsport Asia Limited.

About Infineon
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multimarket sectors, for applications in communication, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2004 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.19 billion with about 35,600 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.

-porsche.asia

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