ANDIAL Edition Porsche 911 GT3 Cup being driven by owner Klaus Viljanmaa from Wichita, Kansas
Santa Ana, California - November 24, 2014 - The first ANDIAL-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, owned by Porsche Club of America (PCA) member Klaus Viljanmaa (Wichita, Kansas), has been completed and is now running in PCA events, signaling the start of completion of five specially prepared ANDIAL Edition race cars.
Ever since ANDIAL founders, the late Arnold Wagner, Dieter Inzenhofer and Alwin Springer (the company got its name by combining two letters from each of their names) left Vasek Polak Porsche in 1975 to form their own high performance Porsche tuning shop, the name has been synonymous with success in North American sports car racing.
When the last active owner Dieter Inzenhofer retired in 2013, he made sure the legendary ANDIAL name stayed in the Porsche family when Porsche Motorsports North America, Inc. (PMNA) announced it had purchased the brand for future use. That future use has become PMNA's new name to refurbish and modify Porsche racecars for private customers.
The Viljanmaa 911 GT3 Cup, which started life as a 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge entry, was in good shape when it came to the new ANDIAL shop in Santa Ana earlier this year, but Klaus wanted a refreshed racer to give him all the latest Porsche Motorsport advancements.
The heart of this reconstruction was replacement of the car's 3.8-liter Cup car engine with a 4.0 liter race motor, upgraded with factory GT3 R internal engine parts, replacement of appropriate plumbing connections, and special ANDIAL Gold Emblem intake manifolds, pushing the car from 450 to 515 horsepower.
Video of Vilganmaa's Andial Edition Porsche 911 GT3 Cup can be found at the following link:
Chassis enhancements Klaus had done to the car included two-way adjustable Motion Control Suspension dampers, and enhanced brakes with a Bosch ABS M4 kit, while the driveline was upgraded with the installation of the latest transmission for this chassis, the Porsche 997/63 six-speed dogbox sequential gearbox fitted with K-P-M pneumatic paddle shifter system. Add the upgraded Motec C185 color logger display, and the PMNA technicians produced a race car its founders would be proud of.
"We are thrilled to see our first ANDIAL Edition race car competing successfully in PCA events, and we look forward to complete the limited edition of five very special cars for our customers. I am sure they will be among the highlights of the upcoming Rennsport Reunion next October " said Jens Walther, president and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America.
"When we move into our new facility in Carson, California next year, we will have even more space and greater capability to take in these projects," said Walther.
Porsche racecars prepared by ANDIAL won IMSA GT and Supercar Series championships, the SCCA World Challenge, four Pikes Peak class titles and the 24 Hours of Daytona six times. Alwin Springer left the company in 1997 to run Porsche Motorsport North America until 2004 and remains a consultant with PMNA, Wagner passed away in 2011 and Inzenhofer retired in 2013.
Some of ANDIAL's major Porsche sports-car-racing accomplishments included:
--The 24 Hours of Daytona saw ANDIAL-prepared Porsches in the winner's circle from 1983-1987 and again in 1989. In the 1987 race, the first-through fifth-place finishers were in ANDIAL-powered cars.
-- Winning the IMSA Supercar Series championship in 1992.
-- IMSA-GT Championships in 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987; North American GT-1 Endurance Cup Championship in 1994 and GTS-2 in 1996.
-- Winning the SCCA World Challenge championship in 1994.
-- Class wins at Pikes Peak in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
The impressive list of drivers that campaigned ANDIAL-powered Porsches include Al Holbert, Mario and Michael Andretti, Al Unser, Sr. and Jr., A.J. Foyt, Derek Bell, Rolf Stommelen, Johnny Rutherford, Danny Ongais, The Whittington brothers, Bob Wollek, Harald Grohs, Hurley Haywood, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Jim Busby, Pete Halsmer and Jeff Zwart.
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