The Porsche 962 arrived on scene in 1984 as essentially a Porsche 956 for the IMSA/US market. A biturbo version was used in competition racing in Europe, while an IMSA version with a turbocharger featured in North America. The 962 C was based on the 956, with a 120 millimetre longer wheelbase and competed in LeMans. It differed from the IMSA version. The driver trio Stuck/Bell/Holbert was victorious at Le Mans in 1987. Porsche offered the 962 to privateers to race on their own and they were hugely successful. Read More
Porsche 962 Guide
The Porsche 962 arrived on scene in 1984 as essentially a Porsche 956 for the IMSA/US market. IMSA mandated that the driver's feet had to be behind the front wheel centerline. Therefore Porsche needed to change the 956 to accommodate this difference and ultimately that meant redesigning the monocoque and giving the car a new designation. The 962's monocoque was basically a stretched 956 tub with one primary difference. The result was that the 962's front overhang was shorter (in order to stay within the maximum regulated length) with the added bonus being that the car was less pitch sensitive compared to the 956. The IMSA Porsche 962 was known simply as the Porsche 962, while in FISA Group C1 format, the 962 was known at the Porsche 962C. There is a lot of overlap so we decided to simply combine these into one guide below.
Notable Porsche 962 Cars & Chassis #s
Initially, Porsche built 10 works team chassis numbers. Chassis #001 was built for IMSA, and is now in the Porsche factory museum. Chassis #002, #003 and #004 were the 1985 and 1986 Rothmans world championship team cars. Chassis #005 was a sprint car and was only raced once as a Rothmans car. Chassis #006 is in the factory museum. Chassis #007 and #008 were the new lightweight Rothmans cars for 1987 and raced until after Le Mans (#007 was crashed prior to 1987 Le Mans). Chassis #009 was the replacement Supercup car for the crashed #005. Chassis #010 was the last works car built, and was designed specifically to win the 1988 Le Mans 24 hrs. After withdrawing as a factory race team in 1988, Porsche built 6 more factory numbered chassis for the works supported Joest team, these being numbered Chassis #011 to #016. After the works withdrew in 1988, the privateer teams needed to carry on their own development to stay competitive with the Jaguars and Sauber Mercedes. In all, it is estimated that there were approximately 19 complete case built by Porsche for IMSA and another 16 cars made by others using Porsche (and their own) parts. For Group C, Porsche made about 54 cars completely and another 37 cars were made by others. In this 37 units includes the Dauer street and GT1 cars.
Porsche 962 Specifications & Performance
We broke the Porsche 962 specs into two broad segments, but the reality is that the car was optimized and changed over the years so these numbers are estimates more than exact.
Porsche 962 Engines (Over the Years)
Ignore wikipedia (it is wrong). Here are some of the configurations and engines used by the Porsche 962s used over it's racing life.
Porsche 962 Pictures, Galleries & Wallpapers
The Porsche 962 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 962 picture galleries.
Porsche 962 Videos
Experience the Porsche 962 in these engaging and awesome videos. We recommend you turn up the volume to be transported back to the days of insane racing cars.
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