The Porsche 956 was a Group C sports-prototype racing car designed by Norbert Singer and built by Porsche in 1982 for the FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was later upgraded to the 956B in 1984. In 1983, driven by Stefan Bellof, this car established a record that would stand for 35 years, lapping the famed 20.832 km (12.93 mi) Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6:11.13 during qualifying for the 1000 km Sports Car race. Read More
Porsche 956 Guide
To correspond with Group C racing first introduced by the FIA, Porsche launched the 956 as its top race car. In 1983 FIA had announced a new rule for the coming 1984 season – maximum allowed average fuel consumption of 51 L/100 km instead of earlier 60 L/100 km. As a result Porsche upgraded the 956, creating the 956 B with Bosch electronic fuel injection.
Notable Porsche 956 Cars & Chassis #s
There were ten 956 'Works Rothmans' factory chassis numbers. The factory still owns chassis #002. Both chassis #004 and #010 were used as crash test mules. Chassis #005 was broken up for spares, while #00' was a wind tunnel and development car that never raced. Chassis #007 was crashed at the Nurburgring in 1983 and now restored. Chassis #003 won Le Mans in 1983. Chassis #009 is the 1984 championship winning car. There we also many Porsche 956 Customer cars with over a dozen being built in total. Numbers start at 956-101 and this comprised of the Fitzpatrick, Kremer, Lloyd and Joest teams, plus a car for the German Obermaeir team. Of a total batch of 8 examples initially constructed, chassis #101 went to Kremer, #102 to Fitzpatrick, #103 to the American Preston Henn team - to go on to race in Japan. Chassis #104 and #105 went to the Joest team, Chassis #106 to Richard Lloyd, chassis #107 was kept by the works as a test bed for their TAG formula 1 engine. Chassis #108 went directly to the TRUST team to race purely in Japan and chassis #9 went to Obermaier. Fitzpatrick ordered a second car to compete at Le Mans that year, team Brun joined 956 owners in July and the final car went straight in to the Japan based Matsuda collection.
Porsche 956 Pictures, Galleries & Wallpapers
The Porsche 956 is all about technology and performance but at the same time it is still one sexy looking race car. Enjoy the design and all the little details in these Porsche 956 picture galleries.
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