Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
As the flagship series of Porsche’s worldwide one-make race championships, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has run exclusively as support to Formula One since 1993. The brand trophy series offers teams, drivers and sponsors the most attractive environment in international motor racing. This season, drivers from 19 countries take up the challenge.
Many drivers regard the gripping and hotly-contested Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as the best chance to prove themselves with excellent performances and ultimately move up the career ladder into GT and prototype racing. The tradition-steeped one-make championship also serves as a perfect business platform for partners, sponsors and teams. The 30-minute sprint races featuring the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup are contested just prior to the Formula 1 Grands Prix, with the 2017 season featuring double-header events at the season-opener in Barcelona, in Spa-Francorchamps and at the season finale in Mexico City.
Excellent business platform
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, as the spearhead of Porsche’s one-make race series worldwide, provides not only a riveting stage for drivers, teams and sponsors but also offers drama and excitement on the racetracks and an excellent business platform.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Organisation arranges the race series for customer teams. The comprehensive service for customers and partners ranges from the delivery of turn-key Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, the positioning of the series alongside Formula 1, the organisation of the championship, through to TV arrangements and workshops for the team technicians. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup offers drivers and teams professional international motorsport at reasonable costs. Long-term planning and stable sporting and technical regulations ensure consistency.
Springboard for gifted drivers
Talented youngsters and ambitious teams pit themselves against seasoned specialists and use the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup to showcase their talents. The series has proven itself as an excellent springboard, with Earl Bamber as a classic example: In 2014 the New Zealander contested his first full Supercup season as a Porsche Junior, promptly clinched overall victory and was promoted to the Porsche factory team. In 2015 he was not only one of the driving forces in the 911 RSR, but also competed for the LMP1 works team. With Nick Tandy and Nico Hülkenberg, Bamber clinched the 17th overall victory for Porsche at the Le Mans 24-hour race in the 919 Hybrid. Another Porsche Junior to climb the ladder into the Porsche works team is Sven Müller, the champion of the 2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
This season, two Porsche Juniors contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Matt Campbell from Australia and Norwegian Dennis Olsen. Like all Porsche Juniors, they each receive a funding package worth 200,000 Euros from Porsche towards their 2017 campaign.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Behind the ongoing success of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as a race series is the close competition as well as the absolute equality of chances. Lining up on the grids for the 2017 season is the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the 991 II. Power, aerodynamics, longevity, safety, cost efficiency – many aspects have been improved on the new 911 GT3 Cup. The new front and rear aprons optimise the airflow, with FIA rain lights integrated into the design for the first time. Extra sensors on the car augment the information content of acquired vehicle data. This increases the potential of the data analysis.
Safety, too, has been improved: the enlarged roof hatch provides easier access to the driver. In addition, the proven bodyshell of aluminium and steel hybrid construction satisfies all safety requirements. The new engine offers even greater power output than before. This four-litre six-cylinder boxer unit delivers up to 357 kW (485 hp) at 7,500 rpm. Drive force is transmitted to the rear axle by a racing clutch and a Porsche six-speed sequential dog-type transmission. A key advantage of the new drive system: To reduce operating costs, Porsche has managed to double the engine and transmission run times before the first revision is due. All race cars are technically identical, as are the Michelin tyres and the fuel. Victory or defeat is totally dependent on the skill of the driver and the astuteness of the team in setting up the racers to each racetrack.
Nations League offered as a new category
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup includes the following classifications: The A-drivers’ category, B drivers’ category, a team and rookie classification, and for the first time a Nations League. For this attractive classification for nations, 16 drivers who contest the entire series were nominated by the Porsche subsidiary or Porsche importer from their respective countries. The Nations League underlines the internationality of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and strengthens the cooperation with customer teams all over the world. As the competitors are predominantly young upcoming racing drivers, the new classification also fits excellently into Porsche’s successful youth development programme.
Attractive prize money
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is a championship with an A and B drivers’ classification, a team and rookie classification as well as a Nations League. The awarding of points and prize money is defined in the regulations. Per season, Porsche pays out almost 800,000 Euros in prize money. But not only the winning drivers and teams of the A category can look forward to this additional reward. The rookie and B categories are also well endowed. The winner of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup also receives a valuable non-cash prize. There is no prize money in the Nations League, only points.
Live on TV
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup enjoys a great spectator following. On average, more than 100,000 racing fans witnessed the gripping races live on the grandstands, with millions following the series on television. The stations Eurosport and Sky Deutschland, Great Britain and Italy broadcast all rounds of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup live or delayed-to-live. Moreover, highlights and background reports are televised. After each race, Formula One World Championship Limited (FOWC) makes footage available to TV stations around the world, allowing viewers on five continents to witness the race action. The comprehensive marketing concept makes the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup an effective publicity platform, with strong representation in print media, on the Internet and global TV coverage in more than 100 countries.
The 2017 races
|12-14.05||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona/Spain (Races 1 & 2)|
|25-28.05||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo/Monaco (Race 3)|
|07-09.07||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg/Austria (Race 4)|
|14-16.07||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone/Great Britain (Race 5)|
|28-30.07||Hungaroring, Budapest/Hungary (Race 6)|
|25-27.08||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa/Belgium (Races 7 & 8)|
|01-03.09||Autodromo Nazionale, Monza/Italy (Race 9)|
|27-29.10||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City/Mexico (Races 10 & 11)|