Estoril Classics: Three Porsche 962 C on track

Estoril Classics: Three Porsche 962 C on track

Estoril Classics has a list of luxury cars, with machines that made history visiting the Circuit of Estoril. One of the most talked about prototypes is the Porsche 962. In Estoril we can see three in action.

This is the opportunity that all fans of motor sports have, during the event that is considered one of the most important in the world dedicated to classic racing, to see up close the icon of motorsport changing on the track, on the 7th, 8th and. October 9.

The Porsche 962 was born from the 956, the model of which the German brand designed the new regulations of the FIA, Group C, and the creation of the story of Norbert Singer discussed at Silverstone in 1982.

With a lightweight aluminum chassis and a turbocharged 2.65 liter ‘Flat-6’ engine with a ‘venturi’ bottom, the new endurance racing Porsche quickly took over as the standard by which all other cars were measured. , monopolizing the top step of the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1982 to 1985 inclusive.

However, there was a failure in the 956 that forced Porsche to build the 962 for the 1985 season – the drivers’ feet were in front of the front axle, which prevented the model from competing in the United States, in IMSA.

Norbert Singer went back to the drawing board and lengthened the wheel, but he didn’t stop there. With the competition increasing in strength, the German magician put the evolution of the previous engine, and its capacity increased to 3.2 liters, while maintaining the charge.

In fact, the car was a success and was also introduced to the World Sports Car Championship, continuing the exploits that Porsche already had on the track against Lancia, Sauber Mercedes, Jaguar, Nissan and Toyota.

In the sporting arena, the 962C, as the ‘World’ driven version was known, symbolized Le Mans and the championship in a blunt way.

In the La Sarthe race, the German car won the 1986 and 1987 editions. In the Makes World Championship from 1985 to 1987, in twenty-nine races, the 962C won thirteen, which clearly shows the competitive ability of the car taken by Norbert . Singer.

The 962 would still have its last breath at Le Mans.

The ACO re-introduced in 1993 the possibility of GT cars competing in its races and Jochen Dauer presented in the same year the road version of the 962, which by the new regulations was not competitive in the French race, due to excessive weight and restrictions. very small.

Porsche, sensing the opportunity, simply had to take the Dauer car and fit it with thinner tires and a block, which would still be larger than used by the racing 962C, to return to La Sarthe.

With the help of Joest Racing, a team close to the German brand, Porsche put two Dauer 962s on the track for the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The ‘Porsche GT’ wasn’t the fastest on the track, but with a bigger tank than the LMP1s of the time, it gained a lot of time in the pit, winning the French classic. The style created by Norbert Singer thus ensured his last victory in the world’s most important endurance race, nine years after his debut on the track.

In its time, the 962C never raced at the Estoril Autódromo, despite the Portuguese track being part of the provisional world endurance championship calendar in 1986, as the opening event, something that did not happen at the time.

Estoril Classics is an opportunity for all fans to watch one of the most famous cars in the history of Le Mans and Porsche with Nicolas d’Ieteren, Hans-Jörg Hübner and Lars Erik Nielsen each entered a 962C for each in the Group C race. .

The success of the Zuffenhausen car went beyond the track and was a huge commercial success, as an estimated 91 chassis were built, 75 of which were sold to private teams.

Some of them made major changes to the 962C, as was the case with Kremer, which used a carbon chassis to replace the aluminum one. The two cars that will visit us between the 7th and 9th of October are the models modified by Kremer, and which defended their colors at Le Mans in 1990 and 1991, the latest carbon monocoque sports car dressed in black and red which symbolizes the partnership. with Yokohama. The third example is a car in factory configuration, having been one of the last built by Porsche.

As always, tickets can be purchased through the official Estoril Classics website, as well as physically at FNAC, Worten, El Corte Inglês and CTT Correios. of the Estoril Autódromo paddock.