WARNING: The following story and images are likely to disturb some readers, especially Porsche fans!
These graphic images depict a brutal end to the life of a Porsche Carrera Cup car.
The scene is a Sims Metal recycling facility in Western Sydney and the car is a Carrera Cup chassis that had been damaged beyond repair in the hands of a Wall Racing customer.
Under Porsche Motorsport rules, Carrera Cup teams must destroy a written-off chassis – and provide proof of doing so to the manufacturer – before a replacement is issued.
This is because in cases such as this a new car is classified as a re-shell of the old and carries the same Porsche chassis number and racing logbook as its predecessor.
“The car has to be destroyed and shown that it’s been destroyed,” team owner and 2017 Carrera Cup Australia winning driver David Wall explained to V8 Sleuth.
“Once it is destroyed you send that (proof) through to Porsche and effectively the same chassis number can then exist.
“If you didn’t do that, you’d have all sorts of weird and wonderful things happening (with duplicate chassis).”
While Wall Racing has previously had damaged chassis squashed by a machine to satisfy Porsche’s requirements, the team’s sponsor Sims Metal completely shredded this car for recycling.
Consisting of an aluminium chassis, steel roll-cage and glass windscreen, the chassis was placed into the machine and shredded into small pieces that can be melted down and reformed.
“We went around to the plant and they showed me how it all happens,” said Wall.
“They stopped the plant to put it through, they took me up in the control room, and basically in 10 seconds they shredded it to the pile you can see in the photo.
“It’s pretty drastic, but it’s definitely not going to come back!”