Alexander Pollich, President & CEO at Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. unveiled the company’s newest technological motoring feat – the 2017 911 GT3 Cup Car (991 II) at the Canadian International AutoShow 2017.
The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama is a one-make racing series based in Canada utilizing Porsche 911 GT3s.
The series features semi-professional drivers racing head to head in one of the largest single-make series in North America. The multi-class structure of the series teaches drivers essential skills for an eventual career in Porsche Supercup or the American Le Mans Series.
GT3 Cup Challenge driver Shaun McKaigue from the team Fiorano was present to help Alexander usher in the new race chassis to the press.
The 991 II Cup car features a wealth of upgrades from its predecessor (the 991). Similar on the surface in many ways to the base GT3 road car, the GT3 Cup is 100mm longer in its wheelbase (2,456 mm), fixed with more lightweight aluminium + steel composite in its chassis construction and outfitted with a paddle shift 6-speed sequential dog-type gearbox (for the first time ever.) Total weight (wet) is approximately 1,200 kg. Powered by a race-spec version of the latest direct injection 3.8L flat six. It puts 485 hp to the ground through a mechanical limited slip differential and revs to a blistering 8500RPM!
This is by all means a road going GT3 on steroids but with a super strict diet. Quite frankly, I’m pretty excited to see more of it in the near future being the Porsche enthusiast that I am. But then again, I’m just a sucker for fast, loud, mid-engined racecars so my opinion is biased.
Photography: Lawrence N. , Deep G.