The Porsche Michelin Supercup has long been one of the most eagerly anticipated events supporting the Formula One Grand Prix circus. Enthusiasts worldwide have been thrilled by the sight of packed fields of identical cars driven – mainly – by rising stars, engaged in some of the closest-fought racing to be found anywhere. The Supercup series visits legendary European venues such as Monaco, Monza and Spa, and following the recent revival of the US Grand Prix, held at Indianapolis, crossed the Atlantic for the first time in September 2000. Porsche Michelin Supercup races take place immediately after the Sunday morning F1 warm-up session as a prelude to the main event. Participants require an FIA international ‘C’ licence and, of course, a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The latter is the race-prepared version of the 911 GT3 road car, in this 1999 model’s specification boasting a maximum power output from its 3.6-litre flat ‘six’ of 360bhp and a top speed of 188mph. All Cup cars share identical mechanical specification and use the same Michelin tyres, making every race an exacting test of the driver’s skill alone.
This left-hand drive Porsche 911 GT3 was originally prepared for CUP racing in 2000. With just 3 hours running time on the engine it was most recently used on test at Goodwood where it performed faultlessly.