The dream of driving the 911 GT3 Cup car of the Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Championship can now be realised following the addition of the latest Porsche racers to the Porsche Sports Driving School.
Two of the very latest Carrera Cup cars are now full time additions at Porsche’s highest level of driving tuition – Level 5 GT3 Cup – at Queensland Raceway.
Replacing the 2006-model GT3 Cup cars previously used at the school; the new 2011-spec vehicles feature 3.8-litre water-cooled flat six engines, replacing the previous 3.6-litre units, with an increase in power from 294 kW (400 hp) to 331 kW (450 hp) and modified bodywork which provides better aerodynamics and increased grip.
When the level-five GT3 Cup programme was introduced in 2006, Porsche Sport Driving School was the first Porsche programme worldwide to use the factory-built race car in its curriculum.
The exclusive course allows enthusiasts to sample the thrills of the latest Carrera Cup car at Queensland Raceway under the tuition of experienced V8 Supercar and former Carrera Cup drivers including Jonathon Webb and Alex Davison, and led by former Bathurst 1000 winner Tomas Mezera.
As part of GT3 Cup, participants drive over 40 laps of Queensland Raceway with the use of in-car radio communication, a race engineer to analyse race car set-up and data overlay which, along with the expert instructors, helps participants master the subtleties of driving a race car – a package valued at $6,500.00.
Porsche Cars Australia Sales and Marketing Director, Kevin Nicholls, suggests the new additions to the fleet will improve the already impressive programme. “Since the introduction of this programme in 2006, the driving school has strived to improve the abilities of our customers; starting from beginners learning how to get the most out of a Porsche road car through to our elite driving programme, using purpose-built race cars on an actual race track,” said Nicholls.
“The Australian Porsche driving school was the first worldwide to use the GT3 Cup cars and it is the ultimate step in the five-tiered Porsche Sport Driving School. Customers who are very serious about improving their driving ability have something to aspire to when graduating through the different levels of the driving school.”