In Weissach, Germany at the Porsche Motorsport headquarters, preparations for the new LMP1 sports prototype in the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours and the sports car World Endurance Championship are being made.
"The first roll-out of our new LMP1 car is planned for mid-2013," announced Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche AG Board of Management Member for Research and Development, on Saturday on the occasion of the end of season Porsche Motorsport 'Night of Champions' celebration. "The car will be run by our own factory 'works' team based here at Weissach."
Fritz Enzinger, running a new department for the program, will head the LMP1 project while Head of Porsche Motorsport Kartmut Kristen will continue to be responsible for all other motorsport programs worldwide.
In other news, though, the new 911 GT3 Cup has been revealed, and as you can see, it's awesome, and how could it be anything else, the GT3 Cup is the most successful racecar in the world.
Since 1998, 2,395 have been sold to customers worldwide, and they go virtually unchanged. This new race car is the motorsport version of the forthcoming 911 GT3 road car, and it's also the first race car built on the 991 chassis. The new 911 GT3 Cup will run exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013.
Powered by a 3.8-liter flat six, the GT3 Cup makes 460hp at 7,500rpm, a 10hp increase over the outgoing model. A six-speed dog box developed by Porsche Motorsport sends power to the rear, and for the first time ever in a Porsche Cup car, gear changes are made via paddles on the steering wheel.
The wheels are also a new development from Porsche Motorsport, with center-locking and some meaty Michelin race slicks. Lurking underneath the spokes is an upgraded brake system, bigger and better than the last GT3 Cup, using aluminum six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.
For this new model, a big emphasis lied on driver safety. With a new roll cage design and newly-developed seat which is distinctively shaped around the head and shoulders, the GT3 Cup is geared to survive a big it. Further, a rescue hatch in the roof gives easy access to the driver for easy extraction in the event of a crash.
"The new 911 GT3 Cup is much easier to drive at the limit," said Porsche factory race driver Timo Bernhard, who was closely involved in the development of the new racer. "The car is excellently balanced. The new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. Apart from that, the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive!"
Sold exclusively in white, the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is produced in Stuttgar-Zuffenhausen on the same assembly line as the road cars. It's then set up for general circuit racing and tested by a pro before delivery to customers. You can have one for $181,200 Euro, or $231,481.76.
Nick Tandy wins Porsche Cup - the best private driver in 2012
After his first full season in international GT racing, British racing driver Nick Tandy (28) can celebrate winning the Porsche Cup as the best private Porsche driver in the world. On the occasion of the 'Night of Champions', Nick Tandy received the Porsche Cup from Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Porsche AG. Additionally, Tandy was awarded a new Porsche 911 Carrera S.
During the past season, the British driver scored a total of 7,510 points. Second-placed Raymond Narac was awarded 30,000 Euro, and third-placed Paolo Ruberti 25,000 Euro. The Porsche Cup is endowed with a total value of 253,000 Euro. In the competition initiated by Ferry Porsche, drivers earned points in 18 GT and prototype race series worldwide as well as at selected long distance endurance races.
Professional race driver and part-time farmer, Tandy, from Bedford, headed into 2012 as the reigning Champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. He raced a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR run by the experienced Manthey Racing team in the International GT Open. Sharing the cockpit with Porsche factory 'works' driver Marco Holzer, he won five races. And in the ADAC GT Masters, Tandy competed for the Geyer & Weinig EDV - Schutz Motorsport squad at the wheel of a 911 GT3 R. With team-mate Christian Engelhart, he scored four victories. Tandy earned further points towards the Porsche Cup competing for Flying Lizard Motorsports and TRG in the ALMS. In the British GT Championship, he manned the cockpit of a Team Motorbase 911 GT3 R at selected rounds. After John Fitzpatrick (1972, 1974, 1980) and Tim Sugden (2005), Nick Tandy is the third Briton to be honoured with the Porsche Cup, which has been awarded by Porsche since 1970.