New Porsche Carrera Cup cars land in Australia
The new generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars have landed in Australia ahead of the 2018 Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia season.
A fleet of 25 cars was unloaded in Melbourne late last week, making for a total of 26 cars now in the country.
Delivery was expected mid-month, but delays in the container ship’s voyage from Europe meant the cars only arrived last week.
The delay forced Porsche to scrap a planned group test at Winton, with teams now set to hold their own tests in the coming weeks, with a Porsche engineer present at each.
“We’re thrilled to have all 26 911 GT3 Cup cars in the country and starting the process of delivering these race cars for some eager race teams and drivers,” said Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager, Troy Bundy.
“The feedback on the new 911 GT3 Cup from overseas has been sensational and they certainly look the part. We’re looking forward to hosting many new and returning teams and drivers for what is anticipated to be one of our best seasons to date.”
Visually, the new cars feature a more angular design in comparison to the first generation 911 GT3 Cup car, with a 4.0-litre normally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine replacing the 3.8 litre unit used previously.
Of the 26 cars in the country, only 25 were initially earmarked for sale, but interest saw the category elect to make the spare car available to a competitor.
The series will therefore boast a capacity field, with all 26-cars having been sold.
The eight round Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season kicks off at the Adelaide 500 on March 1-4.
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