2004 Porsche 911 GT3
Year of manufacture2004
Exterior brand colourother
Chassis No. WP0ZZZ99Z4S698046
"two poles... two victories with two new lap records... this established us in the U.S."
-Peter Goebel - Farnbacher Racing USA Team Owner
Prolifically successful, the 911 GT3 Cup customer racing car, specifically the 996 variants, catapulted many private racing teams to the sharp end of their respective championships. Combine a quick car like a GT3 Cup, with a hungry team looking to make its mark like Farnbacher Racing USA, and a Porsche factory driver in Wolf Henzler, and you're almost certain to have an unbeatable combination.
According to factory documentation, this 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was completed on 12 November 2003, destined for Farnbacher Racing USA, and delivered via Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA). Looking to establish themselves quickly but cautiously in the U.S., team owner Peter Goebel and his Farnbacher Racing USA team hired the 2003 Porsche Supercup runner-up, Wolf Henzler to contest two highly competitive SCCA World Challenge races in the ten-race season. Remarkably, Farnbacher and Henzler swept both races entered (Infineon and Laguna Seca) with a hattrick of pole position, fastest lap, and race win! With a well-crewed team, great set-up, and expert driving, the Farnbacher team set its sights on the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season opener and marquee event, the Daytona 24 Hours.
Adding Dominik Farnbacher, Pierre Ehret, and Shawn Price to the driver lineup, regular driver Henzler put this GT3 Cup on pole, nearly half a second faster than the nearest GT qualifier. Starting up front, the foursome had a smooth, fast, and controlled race – something that cannot often be said about racing twice around the clock on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. When the flag dropped after 24 hours and 664 laps, once again this GT3 Cup found itself in victory lane for its third win in three races! With an unbeaten record, Farnbacher entered this car, again with Wolf Henzler at the wheel, for the entirety of the 2005 SCCA World Challenge season. Although they were unable to maintain a perfect record across the entirety of the 11-race World Challenge calendar, Henzler and Farnbacher USA captured five pole positions, three fastest laps, and two race wins at Mid-Ohio and in Denver on their way to fourth in the final championship standings. With an impressive five wins from 14 starts with pole positions in eight of them, this example of the 911 GT3 Cup was likely the fastest and most successful example racing in North America at that time.
After its very short but hugely successful professional career, the car was offered for sale by Farnbacher USA through European Locators, Inc. of Natick, Massachusetts in 2006, this GT3 Cup landed with Goodloe Suttler of PCA's Northeast Region, an owner who preferred closed course event Driver Education (DE) and open lapping days through PCA and other clubs rather than wheel to wheel competition. Service records are on file from Suttler's ownership from between March 2006 and October 2008. Prior to the consignor's addition to his collection in 2011, this Daytona 24 Hour class-winning GT3 underwent full mechanical refreshment including but not limited to a fresh engine from PMNA (dyno sheets from PMNA showing up to 489 hp are included with the car), fresh gearbox, new blue axels, new shifter cables, new hoses, and fresh Sachs dampers. Since his purchase has seen only a handful of light DE track days (<3 hours). A complete Motec suite of additional sensors, including a full Motec dash, was added to the car, while the stock dash was kept fully functional. A generous spares package also accompanies the car as well. Porsche proudly states that at the beginning of 2023, their 75th anniversary year, more than 5,000 911 Cup cars have passed into customer hands however; it is highly unlikely many of them can boast of being piloted by a Porsche factory driver, finishing as a class winner of the Daytona 24 Hours, and feature such a prolific winning percentage as this example. Sold with factory documentation and still adorned in the livery of its successful 2005 SCCA World Challenge season, it is likely still one of the fastest as well.