First Coast Gears: Living the dream, five racing Porsches to be delivered in Jacksonville Friday

11:28 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Five very lucky people will be taking delivery Friday of 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars at Brumos Race Shop in Jacksonville to commemorate its 2011 Rolex GRAND-AM GT championship.

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The cars are the final five produced with North American specifications for the 2012 model year, according to Brumos.

The buyers are being flown in from across the country for the reveal, each of which paid $269,259 plus taxes.

Brumos reports the cars will look just like the current Rolex Grand-Am car that Leh Keen and Andrew Davis drove to the 2011 GT championship.

Porsche reports on its media site that the 911 GT3 Cup car has raced in dozens of professional sports car series and one-make cup competitions all over the world, including the Rolex GRAND-AM Sports Car series, where the car has won multiple championships.

Porsche Motorsport upgraded the standard Cup car engine to Grand-Am spec, with more than 450 horsepower, which offers higher performance through additional torque, and added other features such as brake and wheel steering sensors, a "blipper" system for easier down-shifting, and Motec data acquisition system with predictive lap timing information and other function monitoring.

Another touch to ensure they are a future collectable includes a model identification badge on the rear deck "911 GT3 Cup 4.0," and a chassis ID plaque with full vehicle name and complete VIN number.

"The partnership between Brumos Racing and Porsche Motorsport goes back many decades, and we are proud and honored that Brumos is celebrating their successful 2011 comeback into GT racing with a commemorative championship edition of our 911 Cup race car.

This is the first time that Porsche Motorsport North America has offered a special limited edition of a race car," said Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc.

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