A NASCAR racer “will test studded tires to the extreme” when it competes later this month in the GP Ice Race revival in Zell am See, Austria.
Also joining the event scheduled for January 19-20 are the famed “Fetzenflieger” single-seater and the KTM X-Bow, in which spectators will be offered rides around the icy racing circuit. The event, which revives the area’s ice racing history, is being organized by Ferdinand Porsche, a scion of the famed sports car-producing family, and Vincenz Greger, his business partner in Gregor Porsche Classic Cars.
The Red Bull NASCAR stock car is based on the vehicles that competed in the American racing series and has been used for demonstration runs at the Red Bull Ring, an Austrian race track. Its Toyota V8 engine generates more than 650 horsepower.
The Fetzenflieger dates to 1952 when Otto Mathe created his MA-01, a single-seater weighing only 490 kilograms (1080 pounds) and powered by a 1.5-liter Porsche engine that pumps out 130 horsepower. Despite being unable to use his left arm after a crash in 1934, Mathe was undefeated in the car, winning 20 races during the 1952 season.
The car is part of Oliver Schmidt’s Hamburg, Germany-based Automuseum Prototyp collection.
Also drawing interest will be the KTM X-Bow, a two-seat, four-wheel, ultra-light sports car with a rear-mounted 300-horsepower engine. Such rally stars as Ferdinand Stuck, so of Hans-Joachim Stuck, and Hermann Neubauer and Kris Rosenberger will drive the vehicle with spectators riding along in the passenger’s seat.
“During our event, every spectator will have the chance to get close to the action and the stars,” Ferdinand Porsche promises.