A field of 25 brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars have arrived in Australia ahead of next week’s hand-over test event.
In preparation for the 2014 Carrera Cup season, the 460hp pure-bred race cars will be the centrepiece for a four-day hand-over event at Sydney Motorsport Park.
A completely new race car to its predecessor, the four days will serve as training for teams’ engineers and mechanics on servicing and repairing the German-built machine.
Drivers who have paid for their new 911 GT3 Cup car will then have one-and-a-half days of on-track testing with guidance from Ben Barker; the Briton has a season’s racing in the Type 991 GT3 Cup cars under his belt from competing in the 2013 Porsche Mobil1 Supercup season.
“All 25 cars have now landed in Australia, which is obviously exciting for the championship,” said Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager Cam McConville.
“Porsche currently has deposits for the majority of the cars. We are indeed ahead of where we thought we’d be at this time in terms of car sales and now only have less than a handful of cars still available.
“Next week’s Sydney Motorsport Park event will be important for teams to learn the technical and maintenance side of the cars, and for the drivers to adapt to the new cars, which take technology to a new level such as an aluminium composite chassis and a pneumatic paddle shift gearbox.”
Following the test, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will commence its season at the 2014 Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on February 27, 2014.