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The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (known as Porsche Michelin Supercup prior to 2007)[1] is the international stock car production racing series supporting the FIA Formula One World Championship organized by Porsche AG.

Porsche Supercup
CategoryOne-make racing stock production car by Porsche
CountryInternational
Inaugural season1993
Drivers16
Teams6
ConstructorsPorsche
Engine suppliersPorsche
Tyre suppliersMichelin
Drivers' championGermany Michael Ammermüller
Teams' championAustria Lechner MSG Racing Team
Official websiteporsche.com/international
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

Porsche Supercup drivers compete in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. On average, 24 race cars take part in each race. Most circuits visited by the series are European, although circuits in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, the United States and Mexico have been included in the calendar as well.

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HistoryEdit

Since 1993 the Porsche Michelin Supercup has run as support to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The number of races has grown from the original nine to total 13 in 2006, although decreasing to 11 in 2017.

Racing carsEdit

911 Cup (Type 964)Edit

 
Porsche 911 Cup (964)

For the inaugural 1993 Porsche Supercup season the 964 Cup (used in Carrera Cup from 1992) based on the 964 Carrera RS (itself based on the earlier 1990 964 Carrera Cup) was the vehicle of choice. Compared to the road car the Cup race car features a similarly stripped-out interior and retains the catalytic converter, 18 inch magnesium wheels and ABS but was lowered by 20mm, featured a full roll cage and no passenger seat.

911 Cup 3.8 (Type 993)Edit

 
Porsche 911 Cup (993)

Based on the 993 Carrera 2 and used in the Porsche Supercup for seasons 1994–1997. Updated in 1995 with aero parts from the new Carrera RS, followed by a five-horsepower increase to 315 PS (232 kW; 311 hp) at 6,200 rpm in 1996. 216 units were produced in total.

911 GT3 Cup (Type 996)Edit

 
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (996) front (Pictured racing in Carrera Cup France)

Raced in the Porsche Supercup seasons 1998–2001. Basis for the upcoming 996 GT3 road car, featuring a 3.6 litre boxer engine on basis of the GT1 block. For the 1999 season the engine output was increased to 272 kW (370 PS; 365 bhp) and 370 N⋅m (273 lbf⋅ft) at 6,250 rpm. The car managed the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in four seconds, with a top speed of 286 km/h (178 mph). For the 2001 season the GT3 Cup received modified aerodynamics including an enlarged rear wing and improved cooling.[2][3]

  • Engine displacement: 3,600 cc (220 cu in) naturally-aspirated flat-six
  • Bore × stroke: 100 mm × 76.4 mm
  • Power output: 265 kW (360 PS; 355 bhp) at 7,200 rpm, 360 N⋅m (266 lbf⋅ft) at 6,250 rpm
  • Redline: 8,000 rpm
  • Gearbox: 6-speed manual transmission
  • Tyres: Pirelli slick; "245/645-18" front, "305/645-18" rear
  • Brakes: 330 mm brake disks front/rear, ABS standard
  • Fuel cell capacity: 64 L (14 imp gal; 17 US gal)
  • Weight: 1,140 kg (2,513 lb)

911 GT3 Cup (Type 996 II)Edit

 
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (996 II) front

Raced in the Porsche Supercup seasons 2002–2004. For 2002 the GT3 Cup received several changes based on the 996.2 Carrera and Turbo models, including Turbo-style headlights. The new body significantly improves aerodynamics and cooling. Engine output is increased to 280 kW (381 PS; 375 bhp) and 380 N⋅m (280 lbf⋅ft), further changes include improved transmission cooling, a lightened exhaust system and other light-weighing measures across the car.[4] For the 2004 season the car received further upgrades. Engine output is once again increased slightly, to 287 kW (390 PS; 385 bhp) at 7,200 rpm and 390 N⋅m (288 lbf⋅ft) at 6,500 rpm. Gear ratios of fourth, fifth and sixth gears have been shortened. An 89-litre fuel cell improves endurance racing capabilities. In the interior changes are made to enable the use of the HANS device.[5]

  • Engine displacement: 3,600 cc (220 cu in) naturally-aspirated flat-six
  • Bore × stroke: 100mm × 76.4mm
  • Power output: 280 kW (381 PS; 375 bhp) at 7,200 rpm, 380 N⋅m (280 lbf⋅ft) at 6,250 rpm
  • Gearbox: 6-speed manual transmission
  • Tyres: Michelin slick; "24/64-18" front, "27/68-18" rear
  • Brakes: 350 mm brake disks front/330 mm rear, ABS standard
  • Fuel cell capacity: 64 L (14 imp gal; 17 US gal)
  • Weight: 1,140 kg (2,513 lb)

911 GT3 Cup (Type 997)Edit

 
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (997) front

Raced in the Porsche Supercup seasons 2005–2009. The 997-based Cup car features significantly improved aerodynamics and lightweight CFRP parts, including doors, rear body panels, engine deck lid and rear wing. Parts of the suspension are adopted from the GT3 RSR.[6]

  • Engine displacement: 3,598 cc (220 cu in) naturally-aspirated flat-six
  • Power output: 294 kW (400 PS; 394 bhp) at 7,000 rpm, 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) at 6,500 rpm
  • Bore × stroke: 100 mm × 76.4 mm
  • Redline: 8,200 rpm
  • Gearbox: 6-speed sequential manual transmission
  • Tyres: Michelin slick; "24/64-18" front, "27/68-18" rear
  • Brakes: 380 mm front/350 mm rear brake disks
  • Wheelbase: 2,355 mm (93 in)
  • Track (front/rear): 1,515 mm (60 in)/1,780 mm (70 in)
  • Weight: 1,120 kg (2,469 lb)

911 GT3 Cup 3.8 (Type 997 II)Edit

 
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (997 II) front

Raced in the Porsche Supercup seasons 2010–2012. Based on 997.2 GT3 RS, the car features a new 3.8 litre engine, an enlarged rear wing adopted from 911 GT3 Cup S measuring 1.70 m (67 in), additional Unibal joints on the track control arms and front and rear sword-shaped anti-roll bars with seven position settings each and a steering wheel mounted Info Display with 6 switches. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and deliveries began in the same year. The base MSRP of the European model was €149,850 (before tax).[7][8]

911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)Edit

 
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991) front

Based on the Porsche 911 GT3 type 991, this 911 GT3 Cup was used in the Porsche Supercup for the seasons 2013–2016.

  • Engine displacement: 3,797 cc (232 cu in) naturally-aspirated flat-six
  • Bore × stroke: 102.7 mm × 76.4 mm
  • Power output: 338 kW (460 PS; 453 bhp) at 7,500 rpm
  • Redline: 8,500 rpm
  • Fuel: Esso unleaded 98 RON (103 RON)
  • Gearbox: 6-speed paddle-shift sequential manual transmission
  • Wheels & Tyres: Michelin slick; "27/65-18" on 10.5Jx18 ET28 front, "31/71-18" on 12Jx18 ET53 rear
  • Brakes: 380 mm front/rear brake disks, no ABS (can be retrofitted)
  • Fuel cell: 100 L (22 imp gal; 26 US gal) FIA FT3
  • Length: 4,547 mm (179 in)
  • Width: 1,851 mm (73 in)
  • Height: 1,280 mm (50 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2,458 mm (97 in)
  • Weight: 1,200 kg (2,646 lb)

911 GT3 Cup (Type 991 II)Edit

 
The Austrian Thomas Preining in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991 II) used since 2017

Raced in the Porsche Supercup since the 2017 season. Based on the latest 911 GT3 road car it features a larger 4.0-litre flat-six boxer engine, improved aerodynamics and an enlarged escape-hatch in the roof and is priced at 189,900 Euro excluding taxes.[9]

  • Engine displacement: 3,996 cc (244 cu in) naturally-aspirated flat-six
  • Bore × stroke: 102 mm × 81.5 mm (4.02 in × 3.21 in)
  • Power output: 357 kW (485 PS; 479 bhp) @ 7,500 rpm
  • Torque: 480 N⋅m (354 lbf⋅ft) @ 6,250 rpm
  • Redline: 8,500 rpm
  • Fuel: Esso Synergy™ Supreme+ Premium 98 RON unleaded
  • Gearbox: 6-speed paddle-shift sequential manual transmission
  • Wheels & Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport slick; "27/65-18" on 10.5Jx18 ET28 front, "31/71-18" on 12Jx18 ET53 rear
  • Brakes: 380 mm front/rear brake disks, no ABS (can be retrofitted)
  • Fuel cell: 100 L (22 imp gal; 26 US gal) FIA FT3
  • Length: 4,564 mm (180 in)
  • Width: 1,980 mm (78 in) incl. mirrors
  • Height: 1,246 mm (49 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2,456 mm (97 in)
  • Weight: 1,200 kg (2,646 lb)

Fuel and motor oilEdit

ExxonMobil has been official fuel supplier of Porsche Supercup since 1996 season under Mobil brand in 1996-2006 later ExxonMobil brand in 2007-2013 and later Esso in 2016-present. The current fuel type of Porsche Supercup is Esso Synergy™ Supreme+ Premium 98 RON unleaded racing gasoline. Mobil 1 also has been official motor oil supplier of Porsche Supercup since 1996 season and utilizing Mobil 1 Racing fully synthetic 0W-40 racing lubricant to improve fuel economy and extending engine life.

RegulationsEdit

Two sets of slick tyres may be used per car and weekend. The number of wet tyres is unlimited. The tyres are identical for all competitors and are not permitted to be pre-warmed or chemically treated.

ChampionshipsEdit

Driver championshipEdit

Points are assigned to the first 15 finishers of each race and all races count. To receive points a driver must compete in multiple races per season. Since 2008, there have been two bonus points awarded for the driver who secures pole position in qualifying.

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th Pole
Points 20 18 16 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 2

Team championshipEdit

The points of the two best drivers of each team are added up. At the end of the season Porsche rewards the three best placed teams with prize money.

Prize moneyEdit

In 2006 and 2007, Porsche AG pays around 820,000 euros to drivers and teams. Per race the winner receives 9,000 euros, the runner-up 7,500 euros and the third placed driver 6,500 euros. For a 15th place 1,400 euros are paid. Additionally, the 2006 or 2007 champion receives a Porsche road car. The driver with the fastest laps will be given a premium watch from Porsche Design.

In 2015, Porsche says it pays "more than 730,000 Euros in prize money to drivers and teams. In addition, the overall winner receives a special prize. The winner of the rookie classification receives an additional prize of 30,000 Euros providing he/she reregisters for the following year’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup."[10]

ChampionsEdit

Dutch driver Patrick Huisman is the most successful driver in the series, having won four straight titles between 1997 and 2000, followed by René Rast with three titles and Jeroen Bleekemolen and Richard Westbrook with two titles each. The reigning champion is the German driver Michael Ammermüller, who has also won back-to-back titles the championship in 2017 and 2018.

Season Champion Team Champion Car Model
1993   Altfrid Heger   Porsche Zentrum Koblenz Porsche 911 Cup Type 964
1994   Uwe Alzen   Porsche Zentrum Koblenz Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 Type 993
1995   Jean-Pierre Malcher   JMB Competition Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 Type 993
1996   Emmanuel Collard   JMB Competition Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 Type 993
1997   Patrick Huisman   Olaf Manthey Racing Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 Type 993
1998   Patrick Huisman   Olaf Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996
1999   Patrick Huisman   Olaf Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996
2000   Patrick Huisman   Olaf Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996
2001   Jörg Bergmeister   Farnbacher Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996
2002   Stéphane Ortelli   Kadach Tuning Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996 II
2003   Frank Stippler   Farnbacher Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996 II
2004   Wolf Henzler   Farnbacher Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996 II
2005   Alessandro Zampedri   Walter Lechner Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2006   Richard Westbrook   Jetstream Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2007   Richard Westbrook   HISAQ Competition Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2008   Jeroen Bleekemolen   Jetstream Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2009   Jeroen Bleekemolen   Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2010   René Rast   Al Faisal Lechner Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 II
2011   René Rast   Veltins Lechner Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 II
2012   René Rast   Lechner Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 II
2013   Nicki Thiim   Attempto Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991
2014   Earl Bamber   VERVA Lechner Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991
2015   Philipp Eng   Lechner Racing Middle East Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991
2016   Sven Müller   Lechner MSG Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991
2017   Michael Ammermüller   Lechner MSG Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991 II
2018   Michael Ammermuller   BWT Lechner Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991 II

PopularityEdit

At the Grand Prix circuits during 2006 an average of 125,000 spectators witnessed the action from the grandstands at each round. According to Porsche AG races attracted 22 million TV viewers worldwide, most of them in Europe where Eurosport provides regular coverage.[11]

Porsche Carrera CupEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ExxonMobil Named Title Sponsor of Porsche Supercup". Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2007-03-05.
  2. ^ "98-00 - 911 GT3 - Story". racecam.de. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  3. ^ "2001 - 911 GT3 Cup - Story und Facts". racecam.de. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  4. ^ "2002 - 911 GT3 Cup - Story und Facts". racecam.de. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  5. ^ "2004 - 911 GT3 Cup - Story und Facts". racecam.de. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  6. ^ "2006 - 911 GT3 Cup - Story und Facts". racecam.de. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  7. ^ Joseph, Noah (2009-08-26). "Pavlov's Bell: Porsche reveals, prices new 911 GT3 Cup racer ahead of Frankfurt debut". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  8. ^ "2008 - 911 GT3 Cup - Story und Facts". racecam.de. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  9. ^ "New 911 GT3 Cup with ultra-modern drive" (Press release). Porsche. 2016-09-29. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  10. ^ "Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup". Porsche AG. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup website". Retrieved 2007-03-05.

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