Video companion to the article we just posted (bit.ly/Dyson-Porsche-962), with some BTS of the 962 at Lime Rock Park and in the Dyson Racing shop getting restored for Rennsport.
The Porsche 962 is one of the most iconic race cars to come out of the 1980s, with versions competing in both IMSA GTP and the World Sportscar Championship's Group C. However, race cars typically need some cajoling to get going properly. Here is the list of start-up procedures for the 962.
This is what it was like to see the Group C giants face off, back in the day, when they were new.
The Porsche 956/962 twins won the first and the last 24 Hours of Le Mans they were entered in, twelve years apart. I'm not sure there's ever been any other sports racing car that was as successful for as long as this masterpiece.
What you see here is Le Mans on a Thursday afternoon. Tea time with Group C cars, basically. And it will make you wish it was 1989 again... acid wash jeans and all.
The 2014 round of the 24 Hours of Le Mans starts next weekend, and it will bring Porsche's return to the legendary track. While I haven't seen their latest poster yet, in the meantime, here are the ones from 1970 to 1998.
I found this when looking for a photo of the Porsche 962 for today's TMS, can you find any other examples of this awesome Tic Tac livery? Any other forgotten liveries?
The Goodwood Festival of Speed started this morning and already three cars have crashed. Two racecars and one concept car. How many more wrecks can we expect?
The Porsche 962 is one of the most successful, iconic racecars of all time, and for many of us, it is the iconic champion of our childhoods. Here's what it looks like to load one up into a trailer.
The Porsche 962 is one of the most storied of the company's many storied racecars. In 1987, wearing Rothman's livery, the 962 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, giving Porsche its record seventh consecutive victory. But, what's that monster like to drive? Let's find out.
Derek Bell, the British racing driver who looks like Iggy Pop wearing Lionel Messi’s haircut, has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times. He was recently a guest on Motor Sport Magazine’s monthly podcast and explained what it was like to drive the Porsche 962 down the Mulsanne Straight in the rain:
(Breathless.) And you know what that means? (Hyperventilating!) I have an eBay account! (Checking bank balance...) I could totally bid on this! (No cash!) Want. (Where's a Nigerian wire-transfer offer when you need it?) [Ebay]
It’s big. It’s fast. It’s held the lap record on the Nürburgring for 27 years. Ready?
In fact, he’s cooler than the entire current Formula One field with their square haircuts, too-neat sideburns and carbon fiber cars which don’t kill them on impact.
Ferrari wagon-izations and hypercars bathed in magnetizing yellow are just a couple hints the Sultan of Brunei is perhaps the most Jalopnik head of state in the whole world. Like us, he seems to have a maddening obsession with odd cars. However, what sets him apart is his seemingly unending pot of money with which to…