Group C Series - Porsche 962

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The Porsche 962 was built by Porsche as the successor to the infamous 956, together these
Group C cars had arguably the longest frontline international career in motorsport history 
totally dominating an era of Group C racing that is still talked about and fondly remembered 
today.

The reason for the introduction of the 962 was to allow the car into IMSA racing in the States 
as the 956 was banned as the drivers feet were ahead of the front axle centre line. Hence the 
962 was made with a longer tub to bring the drivers feet further back. The championships won by teams campaigning the 962 included the World Sportscar Championship title in 1985 and 1986, the IMSA GT Championship every year from 1985 to 1988, the Interserie 
championship from 1987 until 1992, all four years of the Supercup series (1986 to 1989), and the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship.

During the early years of the career of the 962, the car was one of the most dominant cars in motorsport. The championships won by teams campaigning the 962 included the World 
Sportscar 1985 until 1989. The 962 also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1986 and 1987 as well as later winning under the Dauer 962 badge in 1994.

The presence of strong factory teams, such as Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Toyota, competing against privateer 962s eventually led to the car becoming less successful in the later 1980s. Despite the presence of new cars and manufacturers, 962s would continue to 
win races into 1993.

Technical Specifications:

Chassis: Bonded and riveted aluminum monocoque.

Composite Carbon and Kevlar body panels.

Engine: 3.0 litre, water cooled, six cylinder boxer. Four valves per cylinder. Twin turbochargers. Over 850 bhp.

Transmission: Fully synchronized 5 speeds plus reverse.

Brakes: Brembo vented dual circuit discs with dual calipers.

Dimensions: Length – 193.0”, Width 78.7”, Height – 39.2”, Wheelbase – 108.3”

Performance: Top Speed – over 220 miles per hour.

This particular chassis is numbered 118 which has a huge history although it is known that Kremer used this chassis number on a number of cars, as was often the case with privateer teams using the Porsche 962. The privateer teams commonly used a Thompson built chassis, made in the UK, when building their cars.

Period

5/1/86 24 HOURS LE MANS, Gartner/Merwe/Takahashi, Kremer-KENWOOD #10,DNFu2028  u2028Written off and re-tubbed by Kremer with a Thompson chassis using the 962-118 Thompson chassis plateu2028u20281-2/8/87 –Wunstorf, Interseries, Kris Nissen, Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2, 2nd Sponsored by SAT – car no.16 


3/4/88 – Hungaroring, Kris Nissen, Pole, Fastest Lap, Race 1, 1st. Race 2, 9th. Car no. 10 

24/4/88 –Hockenheim, Interseries – Kris Nissen, Pole Position, Fastest Lap and Race winner.  Sponsored by Yokohama, car no. 10

24-6-88 – Norisring, 200 Mile Nurnberg - Kris Nissen, DNS, accident in qualifying. Sponsored by Aeroscope

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