track-club are heading to the USA for the inaugural Circuit of the Americas 24 Hour race – held just a few weeks after the US Grand Prix at the amazing GP facility in Austin, Texas the track-club team have prepared a freshly built Porsche 991 GT3 Cup into Endurance spec for the race.
The car started life as a standard 991 GT3 Cup in the famous Porsche Supercup series and was purchased from a German team earlier this season. After a couple of test days and track days to allow the drivers some familiarisation the car was stripped back to it’s shell and a full rebuild was undertaken. The engine and gearbox have been rebuild by the factory and all other critical parts replaced or refreshed including the dampers, driveshafts and radiators.
Specialist watch supplier Chronext have sponsored the car (www.chronext.com) which has now been prepped for endurance racing with the additional of a light pack suitable for night driving, a driver drinks system and coolvest system to help them cope with the Texas heat and then the even hotter temperatures when the car heads to Dubai for another 24 hour race in January. The Matt Reeves designed livery was then applied in house and the car heads to America from Southampton on 19th October
A Racelogic Video VBox HD, Autotel pit to car radio, rear view camera system and Bosch M4 ABS have all been added with all the additional electronics controlled through a bespoke PDM – power distribution module to avoid any interference with the Porsche factory electricals.
Team Principal Stephen Docherty said that the the team firmly believes in creating as good an environment in the car as possible – “drivers are in the car for up to two hours at a time, the temperatures in the cockpit in Barcelona last year reached over 50 degrees C and a race car at 4am in the pitch black can be an intimidating environment so whilst our primary focus is reliability, very close to this is helping the ‘reliability’ of the driver”.
The tema have prepared many different spring and endurance cars but this will be the first time out racing with a Porsche however they hope to add another car during the 2018 season which will run alongside existing commitments to the British GT championship and Lotus Elise and Lotus Cup club series.
COTA will be the teams tenth 24 hour race having competed in previous Dubai races as well as Barcelona 24 Hours, Paul Ricard and twice at the Silverstone 24 Hour race.
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