The opportunity to drive a 515-horsepower Porsche race car on a challenging track does not come very often — make that almost never when there is only one of its type in existence — but we were fortunate to spend a full day recently with the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ANDIAL EDITION at Oklahoma’s Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.
ANDIAL is a name synonymous with Porsche and victory. It is claimed that the tuning company, formed in the late 1980s, has claimed victories on every major racetrack in this country. As time passed, its founders retired and the company focused on smaller specialty projects, but its relationship with Porsche stayed strong. In early 2013, it was announced that the Porsche Motorsports North America, Inc. (PMNA) had purchased the brand.
Word came last year that ANDIAL would build just five of a new race car crafted on Porsche’s successful Type 997-derived GT3 Cup car. Each would be fitted with a tuned 4.0-liter flat-6, upgraded brakes with a Bosch ABS M4 kit, and a six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox enhanced by a pneumatic paddle-shift upgrade.
The video provides an exclusive look behind the concept, design and re-assembly of the Cup car to ANDIAL specifications, including interviews with Dieter Inzenhofer and Alwin Springer, two surviving ANDIAL founders, and Jens Walther, President and CEO of Porsche Motorsports North America. The owner of the Porsche, Klaus Viljanmaa, adds his insight, while Michael Harley, AutoWeb’s Editor-in-Chief, gives us his driving impressions of the very special $250,000 race car.