New spec Porsches to benefit from Supercup activity
The Australian consignment of the new generation Carrera Cup cars are expected to gain development tweaks from the current season of European Porsche Supercup.
The Supercup Championship which runs in conjunction with F1 is the only Porsche series in the world to be running the new-spec cars this year.
A limited number of the Weissach, Germany, built 911 GT3 Cup racers have been allocated to Australia which will be available for the 2014 Carrera Cup Championship.
“Obviously there will be some improvements to the cars which are running in the current Porsche Supercup,” Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport manager Jamey Blaikie said.
“So we will have the benefit of the cars running 12 months overseas and there will more than likely be some tweaks here and there.”
Importantly Porsche Cars Australia and the parent company in Germany have committed to running the Carrera Cup in Australia for a minimum of another three-year cycle from 2014.
Of the 32 new model competition cars which have been built to date, 30 have been for the European Supercup while one of the two show cars broke cover at the bumper Rennsport event at Sydney Motorsport Park last month.
The current participants in the Australian Carrera Cup were given a first look at the new car at the Rennsport meeting and those customers have been given first right to purchase one of the new Type 991 machines until July 1.
Following that date existing Porsche clients who have shown prior interest in entering Carrera Cup will be given the opportunity to make a purchase.
If there are any remaining cars available from the Australian allocation new competitors can secure a car from August 1.
The price is $171,600 (Euro) which does not include freight, spare parts packages, duties and taxes.
An elaborate hand-over process in Sydney from mid-January will see two-days compulsory team training and two-days of compulsory on-track testing.