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.
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.
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.