Tech 9 Update
2006 will be a very busy year for Phil Hindley’s Tech 9 outfit.

The Merseyside-based team will be back to defend its 2005 GT3 crown in the British GT Championship, with a pair of Porsche 996 GT3 Cup cars.

dailysportscar.com“One of the driver squads is already set and we’re looking for names to put into the final frame for the other car, and for our GT2 Porsche RSR (elft), which we’ll run in the British Championship if there is interest out there,” commented Phil Hindley on Thursday, at the NEC. “This is THE car to beat the Ferraris, it’s an entirely unraced car and we have all of the expertise and experience to take the fight to the rest.”

The British GT Championship is just part of the 2006 tale, as Tech 9’s efforts in the UK have been recognized internationally: the team have been given the go ahead for a three car entry in the new for 2006 FIA GT3 Championship.

“We’ll be running three Porsche 997s in the new championship and there is a lot of interest from drivers. We have some already signed up but there is a lot of talking still to do and there are still opportunities available.”

The racing programmes though are only part of the Tech 9 story: Hindley also operates as the UK importer for TechArt, a company which “is to Porsche what AMG is to Mercedes”.

For that read a company that provides a full range of mechanical and cosmetic upgrades for the whole Porsche range.

That includes a full upgrade for the Porsche Cayenne: dubbed the TechArt Magnum, the car presents a very aggressive aspect and while the principle changes are cosmetic, the show car - “The fastest works van in the world” - also features a very effective suspension upgrade which visibly lowers the car. Not good news for the Cayenne’s off-road capabilities, but then how many Cayennes have you seen go off road?

The car can also be upgraded to an astonishing 600bhp: time will tell just how many of these monsters will be sold, but Hindley is in the right place to find an available market.

South Manchester, just a short stretch of motorway from Tech 9’s base, has the highest number of Cayennes per capita of anywhere in the UK, the area being a favourite roost for the well paid players from both Manchester football clubs, and others in the North West of England.

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