AUS: Clipsal, round one to see new Porsche 997s

WORLD RECORD POTENTIAL BY $7M GERMAN THOROUGHBREDS A World Record is set for the making in Australia in March when 25 brand new 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars take to the track at the Clipsal 500 for round one of the 2006 Wright Patton ...

WORLD RECORD POTENTIAL BY $7M GERMAN THOROUGHBREDS

A World Record is set for the making in Australia in March when 25 brand new 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars take to the track at the Clipsal 500 for round one of the 2006 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia.

It is believed that, never before, have 25 brand new race cars lined up on the grid for an internationally sanctioned motorsport circuit event.

The more than $7.25 million of brand new Porsches all arrived into Melbourne this week to be prepared for their Australian racing debut at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from March 23 to 26 - the first round of an eight-round national championship.

The 25 hardcore racing machines, shipped to Melbourne from the home of Porsche in Germany, will be the exclusive race car in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia -- the fastest and most successful one-make championship in Australia.

Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup CEO Jamey Blaikie said the new 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car could set a *World Record at its first racing appearance in Australia.

"We can't wait to get all of these 25 magnificent cars out on the track for round one in Adelaide, when we believe we will break the World Record for racing the most number (25) of brand new cars in any internationally sanctioned motor racing championship round," said Blaikie.

"This new car continues Porsche's leadership in motorsport engineering and producing fast, lightweight yet powerful and safe high performance racing cars. It will certainly excite and exhilarate drivers, teams and crowds Australia-wide with its enhancements from last year."

Today (Friday January 13) representatives from each team will participate in a one-day workshop conducted by Porsche Cars Australia in Melbourne on the differences and modifications on the Type 997 Cup from the previous version, the Type 996.

The workshop will be focused on the MOTEC data acquisition system and the new Hollinger six-speed sequential gearbox.

The Porsche training workshop is a first for a professional motor racing category in bringing together all competing teams in a championship to learn the features and intricacies of the new cars.

The new features of the 997-based Cup car will mean even faster and closer racing than ever before in the Australian series.

The six-speed sequential gearbox makes gear shifting faster, 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 readout data logging dash (MOTEC) will assist drivers and engineers by providing more data.

With 10 weeks until the Clipsal 500, teams are currently finalising their driver line-up for 2006 and will shortly commence testing the new 997-based Cup car around the country.

- END OF RELEASE -

* An application has been made to Guinness for verification of the World Record.

BACKGROUND

Twenty-five drivers from Australia and New Zealand in 25 brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) cars will be vying for prestigious championship acclaim in 2006. Exhibiting innovation, emotion, aspiration and fascination, the marque is Porsche and the championship is the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia.

The Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia is the primary support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series. The championship, now in its fourth season in Australia, will travel to nine events (eight official championship rounds) in five states in 2006 and exhilarate crowds of more than 1.3 million people.

All cars in the 2006 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia were developed and built by Porsche's racing headquarters in Weissach, Germany. With a top speed in excess of 300 kilometres per hour, the lightweight, high performance vehicles have a 400 horsepower, 6 cylinder Boxer engine which revs to 8000 RPM, producing a sound that is distinctly Porsche.

The championship is proudly sponsored by Wright Patton Shakespeare which offers a full range of financial services products from superannuation and insurance through to home loans and investment property. Wright Patton Shakespeare consists of four specialist companies -- Finance, Realty, Financial Services and Law.

Porsche is the Official Racing Vehicle, Michelin is the Official Tyre Supplier, Mobil 1 is the Official Automotive Lubricant Supplier and TAG Heuer is the Official Chronograph Supplier.

-cupcar.au-

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Porsche