The link between Brumos and Porsche dates back to the 1950s, when it was one of the first Porsche dealers to purchase cars from Porsche of America. In the 1960s, Brumos, under the direction of its new owner, took the company from a dealership to the top of the racing world with its high-performance Porsches.
Brumos went on to become one of the most successful racing teams in road racing history and in Porsche history. In 2011, Brumos had yet another great racing season, taking home the Rolex GRAND-AM GT Championship and adding to its legacy. In commemoration of this victory, Brumos is having five special edition 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racecars manufactured and they will offer them for sale in their dealership in Jacksonville, FL.
This just isn’t any old GT3 Cup car that a racing team can order from Porsche. This one is special in many ways, including a nice bump in power and some special styling specially ordered by Brumos. The big question is whether this is a true performer on the track or if this is nothing more than a pretty trailer queen to haul to car shows.
Click past the jump to read our full review on this special edition 911 GT3 Cup and find out the answer to that important question.
On the outside, the Brumos Racing Edition Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will look just like the one that won the Rolex GRAND-AM GT Championship. It will boast the same coat of white paint and livery – decals, stickers, etc. – that the Brumos 911 wore in that championship run.
On the rear end, you are going to get the large spoiler that you would have seen on the 2011 Brumos Porsche 911 with polished uprights – the vertical panels on each end of the spoiler. To help protect the paint, this 911 will come with a DigiShield cover on the front bumper and hood. A DigiShield is a thick rubberized film that sticks to the paint to help resist chips in the paint from rocks and other debris.
On the inside, you are getting just what you’re paying for, a racecar. There is not much information given on the interior, but we do know that it will feature a carbon fiber dead pedal, a carbon fiber floorboard, and a carbon fiber dashboard that houses a Motec display.
We can also safely assume that this model will come with only a single racing seat, racing steering wheel, and a 5-point raging harness. There will also be a roll cage installed from the factory.
Engine and Drivetrain
To avoid giving too much information to competitors, Porsche kept the drivetrain outline understandably bland in its press release. The 2012 Brumos Racing Edition Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will boast a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder racing engine built by Porsche Motorsport North America builds for Grand-Am teams. This engine will pump out over 450 horsepower, but remains eligible for competition in SCCA, Porsche Club of America, and Porsche Owner’s Club competitions. Though its horsepower is lower than a stock 911 GT3 RS 4.0, this special edition 911 gets its performance increase from additional torque. Unfortunately, Porsche did not make the precise torque number available.
The transmission, which no real specifics are offered on, features a blipper system, which uses a series of solenoids to allow its driver to downshift without using the clutch. This not only decreases shifting time, but also prevents traction loss in wet conditions.
When Can I Get One?
Unfortunately, there is no concrete release date, which will make snagging up one of these five special edition 911s very difficult.
These five special edition racecars will go for a whopping $265,259, plus tax, which is an $80,259 bump over the 2012 GT3 RS 4.0’s base MSRP. That’s quite a hefty markup, but you are getting a one-of-five special edition racecar, so what price were you really expecting?
It is very unfortunate that Porsche had to keep these special edition cars’ performance numbers and specifications somewhat under wraps to protect its racing teams. Even with the numbers being obscured or completely unavailable in many cases, we still find this special edition 911 GT3 Cup car extremely intriguing and worth every last penny, especially for an avid racer looking to move up the ranks.
Styled identically to the championship Brumos Cup car
Properly tuned engine for road racing
Very high price
Porsche only gives us small portions of info
No suspension information whatsoever
SANTA ANA, Calif. – June 28 – Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc., in conjunction with Brumos Racing, the motorsports division of Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Florida, will offer a special edition of five 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars to commemorate its 2011 Rolex GRAND-AM GT championship.
The 911 GT3 Cup car, the most successful production-based race car in history, races 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.
These five cars, which will be the last five 911 GT3 Cup cars with North American specification produced for the 2012 model year, will feature the 4.0 liter racing engine, which Porsche Motorsport North America builds exclusively for Grand-Am teams. The cars, which will be eligible to race in SCCA, Porsche Club of America, Porsche Owners Club and other similar competition, will feature the famous Brumos livery and other exclusive Brumos-only touches. Porsche Motorsport will upgrade the standard Cup car engine to Grand-Am spec, with more than 450 horsepower, which offers higher performance through additional torque, and add 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. These five cars will feature an exclusive 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, and, with the featured strong four liter engine racing engine and the exclusive Brumos detailed features, the happy owners of these cars will have a lot of fun at the track with the unique and beautiful cars,” said Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc.
The Five racers will be delivered with a certificate of authenticity from Porsche Motorsport North America in a special ceremony including dinner with Hurley Haywood, Leh Keen and Andrew Davis at the Brumos AutoWerks & Collection in Jacksonville.
Davis, who co-drove the current Brumos Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to the championship last year with Keen, is honored that Brumos and Porsche have taken this step to commemorate their championship.
"I have been extremely fortunate to spend the majority of my racing career behind the wheel of the Porsche GT3 Cup car. Knowing the car as well as I do, it’s no surprise that it holds a very special place in my heart. Having the opportunity to sit behind the steering wheel of the legendary Brumos Racing Porsche 911 is truly a dream come true. Keeping all of that in mind, I can’t begin to describe what a great honor it is to have both Porsche and Brumos recognize our 2011 Grand Am Rolex Series Championship by the release of a commemorative edition race car."
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 4.0 Brumos Commemorative Edition cars will retail for $265,259 (plus applicable taxes) , and will come with a long list of Brumos-installed special features that include a carbon dead pedal, carbon floorboard under the pedals, carbon dash panel for the Motec display, digishield cover for the front bumper and hood, front debris screens, polished rear wing uprights, and special Brumos livery and paint.
Brumos has an incredible racing history that spans five decades. From the days of Brumos founder, Hubert Brundage, through Brumos’ current Vice President Hurley Haywood’s incredible stretch of 10 major endurance victories, including 5 times winning the Daytona 24 Hours, 3 times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 2 times winning the 12 Hours of Sebring, the record includes dozens of championships.
“These Commemorative Edition race cars are a great tribute to the special relationship that Brumos and Porsche have had since the beginning of both organizations. As one of the very first Porsche dealers to buy cars from Porsche of America in the 1950’s, Brumos is the right organization to offer these special vehicles to five special buyers who will own a truly unique race car,” said Haywood, now retired as a driver, but still active with the race team.
It was Brundage’s friend and customer, Peter Gregg, a former Naval officer, who purchased Brumos in August, 1965 after Brundage’s death and launched the dealership and himself on a course that would take both to the top of international sports car racing. The awesome white Brumos Porsches bearing the now world-famous red-over-blue stripes won six IMSA GT Championships and three Trans-Am titles in just ten years.
The reputation of the dealership grew right along wîth the racing team. It was Gregg’s unblinking dedication to perfection and performance to provide the very best – the best product, the best service and the best people he could find.
Peter Gregg died in 1980, but the traditions he established and the legend he created endured. Brumos Motorsports success continued wîth a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a record fifth win at the 24 Hours of Daytona that year.
Dan Davis, along with 18-year Brumos veteran Bob Snodgrass, acquired Brumos in 1990 and focused the dealership’s mission on its competition using Porsche racing as the foundation of Brumos sales, service and parts marketing concepts.
In 1991, Brumos entered a two-car Porsche team in the newly created IMSA SuperCar series, winning three straight manufacturer’s championships for Porsche wîth a pair of traditional white, red, and blue 911 Turbos. Brumos Vice President and international champion, Hurley Haywood, led the Brumos Racing championship team and has played a significant part of the IMSA series campaigning factory Porsche GT2 race cars with great success.
Snodgrass died in 2007, and Dan Davis continued both the racing and dealership tradition at Brumos, winning the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall in a Porsche DP prototype, and culminating in the 2011 Grand-Am GT title – the latest in Brumos’ portfolio of 15 championships.
“We have always raced the cars we sell, and that’s what gives us such a good reputation with our Porsche customers,” said Davis, “but, with these Brumos Commemorative Edition 2012 911 GT3 Cup cars, we have reversed our slogan to ‘sell what we race.’”
Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) is the Porsche factory division that supports customer racing activities throughout North America. PMNA sells race cars and parts, offers technical support on and off the track and supports owners of all Porsche race cars, current models and vintage cars. Porsche is the only manufacturer that offers this kind of professional service to all customers through the PMNA home base in Santa Ana, California, and at the race tracks by utilizing the PMNA Motorsport parts trucks. For more information, go to www.porschemotorsport.com, and click on PMNA Business Information.
The Brumos Companies were founded in the mid 1950’s with a dedication to exceed the expectations of its customers in both sales and service. The rich heritage of Brumos Racing is reflected in superior leadership across the Brumos dealerships which contribute to the Brumos Companies’ strong reputation in the Jacksonville community. Along with Brumos Racing, there are 6 dealerships among the Brumos Companies: Brumos Motor Cars, Mercedes-Benz; Brumos Porsche; Lexus of Jacksonville; Lexus of Orange Park; Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park and smart center Jacksonville. In addition, Brumos recently added two more operations to serve the Jacksonville community: Brumos Collision Centers for auto body repair and Brumos AutoWerks for the repair and maintenance of exotic and classic cars. For more information go on-line to www.brumos.com.