Porsche 956

porsche 956

What kind of car is a Porsche 956?

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.

What kind of car is a Porsche 959?

The Porsche 959 is a sports car manufactured by German automobile manufacturer Porsche from 1986 to 1993, first as a Group B rally car and later as a road legal production car designed to satisfy FIA homologation regulations requiring at least 200 units be produced.

What kind of engine does a Porsche 962 have?

The engine was largely based on the 4-camshaft 24-valve powerplant used in the Porsche 956 and 962 race cars. These components allowed Porsche to extract 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp) at 6,500 rpm and 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) of torque at 5,000 rpm from the compact and efficient power unit.

What kind of gearbox does a Ford 956 have?

The very first dual-clutch gearbox was also designed for the 956, mated to a traditional 5-speed manual. An improved chassis with better fuel efficiency from a Bosch Motronic electric system was developed for 1984, being termed the 956B.

How many Porsche 956s were built?

In total, twenty-eight 956s would be built by Porsche from 1982 to 1984, with an unofficial 29th chassis built from spare parts by Richard Lloyd Racing. The 956 was also the first Porsche to have ground effect aerodynamics.

How many times has the Porsche 956 won Le Mans?

A legend was born at Le Mans in 1982. The 956 and its long wheelbase successor, the 962, went on to become the most successful prototype sportscar of all time. It claimed no fewer than six Le Mans victories, the last a full 12 years after its debut.

What is the difference between a Porsche 956 and a 962?

The 962 was the 956 rejigged for IMSA rules, with a cage, a longer wheelbase putting the pedal box behind the front wheels and a single-turbo flat-six engine. That extra wheelbase can be spotted between the door shut and the front wheel well.

What happened to Porsche 956 004?

Former World Champion Alan Jones joined Schuppan in 004 at the Sandown 1000Km in Australia in December ’84. After one more start as a camera car at Silverstone in 1985, the racing career of 956 004 came to an end, but Porsche decreed that it wasn’t quite time for it to become a museum piece.

How much power does a Porsche 962 have?

Porsche would fit a number of variations of the same basic engine into the 962, all were turbocharged, air-cooled 6-cylinder boxers but capacity varied from 2.6 litres up to 3.2 litres, with the maximum power output reaching 850 hp. The dry weight of the IMSA-spec 962 is 850 kilograms, and the top speed is listed as “over” 350 km/h (218+ mph).

What is a 962C engine?

The cars run under World Sportscar Championship regulations were designated as 962C to separate them from their IMSA GTP counterparts. The 3.2L unit, which had been eligible under IMSAs Group 3 engine rules, was banned by IMSA in 1987.

When did the Porsche 962 first appear at Le Mans?

Porsche debuted the 962 at the 1984 24 Hours of Daytona with Mario and Michael Andretti driving the factory car which led the race until it retired during lap 127 with engine and gearbox problems. The first 962 to appear at Le Mans and indeed in Europe was also in 1984 when American Preston Henn entered one in the IMSA GTP class.

What is a Koenig Special Porsche 962?

The first company outside Porsche to modify a 962 into a road car was Koenig Specials, a German tuner who had previously raced 962s. Known as the C62, the car was completed in 1991 and featured entirely new bodywork in order to better adapt to German regulations.

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