Porsche to reintroduce Carrera Cup in Australia -
World’s best one-make series set for Australian race tracks in 2011.
Australia. Porsche Cars Australia (PCA) will vigorously pursue the reintroduction of the Carrera Cup championship for 2011 following support overnight from Porsche in Germany to bring the world’s most exciting one-make racing series back to Australian race tracks.
The exciting news paves the way for PCA to now enter formal discussions with all key stakeholders for a possible return to the V8 Supercar calendar from as early as next year.
Carrera Cup was introduced to Australia in 2003 and ran up to and including 2009 through a third party service provider. The reintroduction of Carrera Cup would this time be exclusively managed and operated in-house by PCA.
“We have the chance for a fresh start, with an all-new race car and an all-new approach for Porsche Carrera Cup Australia,” says PCA Managing Director Michael Winkler.
“Motorsport is an important part of our brand and our business in Australia. We have been busy working behind the scenes on a sustainable and viable long term motorsport plan that places Carrera Cup at the forefront of our domestic racing.”
Porsche is already well represented in Australian motorsport through its current activities including the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia and Australian GT Championship, with the imminent return of Carrera Cup providing the top layer to the Porsche motorsport pyramid.
“There is a lot of genuine goodwill in local motorsport circles for the reintroduction of Carrera Cup,” adds Winkler.
“Our job is to now engage organisers, promoters, broadcasters, sponsors and of course potential teams so we can have a full grid for the start of 2011; as well as ensure we are in a position to deliver required outcomes to all stakeholders.”
Porsche will have an exciting new GT3 Cup Car for the 2011season – wider, meaner, louder and more powerful than before. Engine capacity is increased from 3.6 litres to 3.8 litres with a corresponding rise in power from 420 hp (309 kW) to 450 hp (331 kW).
The 2011 racer also features upgraded suspension, aggressive rear wing and improved aerodynamics front and rear. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox with the racer coming ex-factory with full roll cage and MoTec instrumentation.