Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup goes into Red Bull Ring doubleheader

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After an amendment to the Formula 1 calendar, Spielberg in Austria hosts the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup two times in a row. The programme outlines a double-header on the Red Bull Ring as support to the Styrian Grand Prix (25 to 27 June 2021) and the Austrian Grand Prix (2 to 4 July 2021).

The preview

Almost half of the 30-strong field has already notched up some experience on the 4.318-kilometre racetrack with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which was newly developed for the 2021 season. About a dozen Supercup drivers also compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, which held rounds five and six on the Styrian track a fortnight ago. However, there’s one difference: in the international Supercup, the ca. 375 kW (510 PS) four-litre naturally aspirated engine in the 911 GT3 Cup is powered by Esso Renewable Racing Fuel. The blend of fuels is predominantly made from renewable, bio-based components. 

“As expected, the spectacular start of the season in Monte Carlo underlined the high level of competition among the drivers and teams. Now we’re returning to a racetrack that is familiar to almost all of the competitors. Last season at the Red Bull Ring, the fastest 16 qualified within one second of each other. I think we can look forward to an extremely balanced playing field and some action-packed racing,” predicts Oliver Schwab, Project Manager Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

A hot favourite for this season’s title is the defending Supercup champion Larry ten Voorde. Driving for the GP Elite team, ten Voorde won the season opener in Monte Carlo and currently sits at the top of the leaderboard. Victory at the Red Bull Ring, however, has so far eluded the Dutchman. In the 2020 season, the two Spielberg wins were secured by Jaxon Evans from New Zealand and the Luxembourger Dylan Pereira. In the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, the victories went to Germany’s Leon Köhler and Laurin Heinrich. Pereira (BWT Lechner Racing), Evans (Martinet by Alméras), Köhler and Heinrich (both Nebulus Racing by Huber) are also among the favourites to win races two and three of the 2021 Supercup season. 

The first of the two Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup races at Spielberg takes off on Sunday (27 June 2021) at 12:30pm CEST. The TV channels Eurosport and Sky Sport and the streaming service f1tv.formula1.com provide a live broadcast. Fans can also follow the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup action with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at any time on the social networks TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup relies on Esso Renewable Racing Fuel

Porsche and ExxonMobil are implementing a two-stage strategy in the introduction of renewable fuels in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. This season, the racing vehicles will be powered by a blend of bio-based fuel. This advanced biofuel is obtained from food waste products. Additional components are blended in to enable the required fuel properties and combustion behaviour. 

In 2022, the next step will be to introduce synthetically manufactured eFuel. This Esso Renewable Racing Fuel is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85 per cent(1), when blended to current market fuel standards for today’s passenger vehicles . The partnership between Porsche and ExxonMobil aims to gain valuable experiences to find pathways toward potential future consumer adoption.

The schedule (all times CEST)

  • Friday, 25 June
    5:25 – 6:10 pm: Free Practice
  • Saturday, 26 June
    1:25 – 1:55 pm: Qualifying
  • Sunday, 27 June
    12:30 pm: Race (18 laps)

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Overall standings after round 1

1. Larry ten Voorde (NL, GP Elite), 25 points
2. Jaxon Evans (NZL, Martinet by Alméras), 20 points
3. Dorian Boccolacci (F, Martinet by Alméras), 17 points
4. Christopher Zöchling (A, FACH AUTO TECH), 14 points
5. Florian Latorre (F, CLRT), 12 points 

Main technical specifications: Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992)

Engine
Water-cooled six-cylinder boxer rear engine; displacement 3,996 cm3; ca. 375 kW (510 hp) at 8,400 rpm; max. torque 470 Nm at 6,150 rpm; max. rpm 8,750; fuel: Esso Renewable Racing Fuel.

Transmission
Porsche six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox; paddle shift with electronic shift barrel actuator; mechanical limited slip differential.

Body
Lightweight body featuring intelligent aluminium-steel composite design; welded-in roll-cage; doors, rear cover and rear wing made of CFRP; rear wing with ‘swan neck’ mounting; 110-litre FT3 safety fuel cell. Multifunctional CFRP motorsport steering wheel with quick-release coupling, shift paddles and illuminated push buttons; fire extinguisher system with electronic release unit.

Suspension
Forged aluminium control arms and top mounts; wheel hubs with centre-lock wheel nut; double-blade-type adjustable anti-roll bars; tyre pressure monitoring system. Front axle: double wishbone suspension. Rear axle: multi-link suspension.

Brake system
Two independent brake circuits, driver adjustable brake force distribution via brake balance system. Front axle: six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers; ventilated 380 mm steel brake discs; aluminium brake disc chamber. Rear axle: four-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers; ventilated 380 mm steel brake discs mounted on aluminium disc bells.

Wheels / Tyres
Front axle: alloy wheels 12J x 18; tyre dimension 30/65-18. Rear axle: alloy wheels 13J x 18; tyre dimension 31/71-18.

Weight / Dimensions
Base weight: ca. 1,260 kg; length: 4,585 mm; width: 1,920 mm (front axle) / 1,902 mm (rear axle); wheelbase: 2,459 mm.

Calendar Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2021

EventDateRacetrack
Round 120 – 23 MayMonaco
Round 225 – 27 JuneLe Castellet (France)
Round 32 – 4 JulySpielberg (Austria)
Round 416 – 18 JulySilverstone (England)
Round 530 July – 1 AugustBudapest (Hungary)
Round 627 – 29 AugustSpa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
Round 73 – 5 SeptemberZandvoort (Netherlands)
Round 810 – 12 SeptemberMonza (Italy)

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