Innovative safety measures of the new 911 race car to be used in the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season have received praise by Australian motorsport governing body, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, based on the series-production Porsche 911 GT3, is a pure-bred race car which will be used exclusively in next season’s Carrera Cup championship.
Porsche has implemented modern technologies and innovations into the new GT3 Cup model; improvements including performance, efficiency and driver aesthetics.
However, improved safety features of the new 911 race car have drawn admiration from CAMS, with its Track Safety Manager, Bruce Keys, commending Porsche’s focus on improved driver safety.
“The significant advances in driver safety built into the latest Porsche Carrera Cup Car sets new standards for a one make series,” said Keys.
“The adoption of the very latest technology and FIA Standards in safety cage design, driver seat retention and security, together with the innovative driver extrication and vehicle recovery facilities are welcomed by CAMS.”
The new 911 GT3 Cup features an improved safety roll cage, along with a new racing safety seat, which meets the very latest FIA requirements, that wraps around the driver to provide more protection to the head and shoulders.
A unique feature to the 911 GT3 Cup is a rescue hatch in its roof. A new addition to the GT3 Cup, the innovative hatch provides improved access for medical staff to the driver and allows for an easier extraction of a driver should it be required.
Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager, Cam McConville, is looking forward to introducing the new car to teams ahead of a highly anticipated 2014 Carrera Cup season.
“Porsche has improved the new 911 GT3 Cup car in every way from its predecessor – the current Carrera Cup car, which in itself is a fantastic vehicle,” said McConville.
“Externally, the car looks impressive but it’s when you look beneath the skin that you see the rewards of Porsche’s expertise. The new car is safer, has increased performance and provides a greater experience for the driver – all elements that have made this car so highly sort after for next season.”
The new 911 GT3 Cup cars arrive into Australia in early 2014, when they will be delivered to customers at a hand-over event.