iRacing.com have today made available the first Porsche model ever to grace the simulation, with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup becoming available to purchase with immediate effect. Following the end of the EA exclusivity licence many simulations have secured the rights to represent Porsche on the virtual racetrack, and this 911 GT3 Cup for iRacing is the first of many expected new models to be brought online in the coming months. "This is great news for iRacing and for the 65,000 iRacers around the world,” says Kevin Bobbitt, Director of Marketing and Communications for iRacing.com. “Porsche’s success in sports car racing is without parallel, from Le Mans and the Nürburging to Daytona and Sebring. Porsche is the ideal partner for iRacing as we continue developing our sports car and endurance sim racing capabilities.” Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Specifications: Engine displacement: 3,996 cc (244 cu in) DOHC flat-6 Power output: 485 hp (357 kW) @ 7500 rpm Gearbox: 6-speed semi-automatic (paddle shift), dog-type manual transmission Weight: 2,878 lb (1,305 kg) including driver Fuel delivery: Fuel injection Aspiration: Naturally-aspirated Length: 4,564 mm (179 in) Width: 1,980 mm (78 in) Wheelbase: 2,456 mm (97 in) Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion Brakes: Aluminum six piston (front)/ four piston (rear) Suspension: McPherson strut (front)/multilink suspension (rear) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Release Trailer In other iRacing news, the development team have released their second 2017 season 1 update. Although rather compact in size, the new update does contain several small bug fixes to the general simulation and adds fixes for the flickering issue of the digital display's of the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore V8 Supercars occurring in certain circumstances. 2017 Season 1 Patch 2 Release Notes SIM Fixed an issue that in some cases could cause a crash, when entering or exiting the Garage while the portion of the replay being viewed shows your car in the world. Fixed a bug at tracks where the starting line is further down the track than the finish/timing line that could cause the leader of the outside pacing line to get black flagged for passing the leader when doing rolling starts. Replay Fixed an issue that could cause incident counts and progress towards driver-change requirements to be displayed incorrectly when watching a saved replay. EasyAntiCheat Updated SDK. Ford Falcon FG V8 Fixed an issue where the digital display would flicker and Z-fight with the graphics overlay. Holden Commodore VF V8 Fixed an issue where the digital display would flicker and Z-fight with the graphics overlay. Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car (991) NEW CAR AVAILABLE! The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car (991) is now available for purchase and use. iRacing.com is a premium online only racing simulation that is available to play right now. The first fruits of the new Porsche licence in the form of the 911 GT3 Cup can be purchased with immediate effect. Check out the RaceDepartment iRacing sub forum for all the latest news and discussions with regards to the simulation. Here you will find some excellent community created car setups and plenty of threads created by our wonderful iRacing community members. Head on over to the sub forum and get involved in the conversation today! Are you happy with the Porsche licencing deal for iRacing? Do you like the new car? Let us know in the comments section below!