PORSCHE 962C KH
1990

PORSCHE 962C KH

1990 - 1st Brands Hatch / #1 - W. Lechner

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In 1990, the Team’s principal and driver, Walter Lechner, entered the Interserie Coupe Super Sports with a Porsche 962C KH sponsored by Walter Lechner Racing School and Jim Beam. Lechner won the fourth race of the Championship, held on the historic Brands Hatch circuit.

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SAUBER C9
1987

SAUBER C9

1987 - Norisring / #61 - Mike Thackwell

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The Sauber Mercedes C9 was a Group C race car, built by Sauber in partnership with Mercedes-Benz. Chassis was mainly an aluminium monocoque, with magnesium elements and carbon-fibre skins. It had double wishbone suspensions, with direct-action at front and rocker-arm at rear, as well as Speedline magnesium rims, 17” front and 19” rear, and Brembo cast-iron 14” disc brakes. In 1988, the car was powered the ‘M117’ engine, a twin turbo, 5 litres, V8, with semi-stressed function, which used the 500SL passenger car crankcase. The two valves per cylinder were controlled by a single over head camshaft, with chain drive. In qualifying specifications, the boost pressure was 1.2 bar, and power was 800 bhp at 7000 rpm. Torque had a very flat band from 3000 to 8000 rpm, which gave the Sauber C9 a great advantage in exiting corners. Overall weight was 865 kg. 
Mike Thackwell was fast, talented, young, but eventually “moved away from the highest level of motor sports”, as recently written in one of the very few interviews released. He drove the Sauber Mercedes C9 in 1987 at the Norisring “ADAC Würth Supercup” event.

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PORSCHE 962 IMSA
1988

PORSCHE 962 IMSA

1988 - 12h Sebring / #01 - A. J. Foyt, H. Haywood

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The Porsche 962 is a sport-prototype racing car created to replace the already successful Porsche 956, in order to allow it to race the IMSA and WSC Group C competitions. It was one of the most successful racing cars ever and it won several competitions all over the world:
– World Sport-Prototype Championship in 1985 and 1986
– 24h Le Mans in 1986, 1987 and 1994
– IMSA GTP Championship in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
– 24h Daytona in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1991
– 12h Sebring in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
The IMSA ‘GTP’ regulations required some modifications in comparison with Porsches designed for the Group C. Front axle was shifted 12 centimetres ahead, so that driver’s feet could stay behind the hubs of the wheels. The boxer 6 cylinders engine had a displacement of 3.2 litres, was air-cooled, with only one turbo, 2 valves per cylinder and one single overhead camshaft. The 12 Hours of Sebring in 1988, was won by this Porsche driven by A.J.Foyt and H. Haywood.

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PORSCHE 962C LH
1988

PORSCHE 962C LH

1988 - Le Mans / #18 - B. Wollek, V. Schuppan, S.V.d. Merwe

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Porsche 962 is a sport-prototype racing car created to replace the already succesfull Porsche 956, in order to allow its presence in the Americans IMSA and WSC Group C competitions. It was one of the most succesful racing cars ever and it won several competitions all over the world:
– World Sport-Prototype Championship in 1985 and 1986
– 24h Le Mans in 1986, 1987 and 1994
– IMSA GTP Championship in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
– 24h Daytona in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1991
– 12h Sebring in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
The ‘962C’ appeared for the first time at Le Mans in 1985. The engine was a boxer, 6 cylinders, with two turbos, liquid-cooled, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshaft. On the 3 factory cars engaged in the ’24 Hours’ in 1988, displacement had been increased at 3 liters. Even the tail had been updated. In those years, cars used ‘long’ shaped tails to have the less possible drag on the ‘Les Hunaudières’ straight. During qualifying, the works 962C reached a maximum speed of 391 kph. This car raced at Le Mans in 1988 in the red, white and yellow livery of sponsor Shell. The car was driven by Bob Wollek, Vern Shuppan and Sarel van der Merwe.

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LANCIA LC2
1990

LANCIA LC2

1990 - Le Mans / #54 - M. Monti, F. Magnani, A. Hepworth

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The LC2 was designed by Lancia to race in the Sport-Prototype category, according to the Group C regulations. It raced for the first time in 1983. Designed by Dallara, it was powered by a Ferrari engine, whose heads had been evolved from those of the 288 GTO; the electronic control unit was highly sophisticated and ahead of its time. The engine itself was a 90° 3 litres liquid-cooled V8, with two turbochargers, working at a maximum pressure of 3 bars; four valves per cylinder were driven by double over head camshaft. Overall the maximum power was 840 hp at 7000 rpm. Gearbox was a 5 gears Hewland unit, and rims were 15″ front and 17″ rear. Chassis was made of aluminium and magnesium while body was carbon fibre composite. The overall weight was 850 kg. Lancia LC2s were as quick as Porsches, in terms of pure speed, but lacked reliability. Lancia raced LC2 cars ex-works throughout 1986; later, and until 1991, it was raced by privateers only. A Lancia LC2 was entered by Team Mussato in the World Prototype Championship in 1986. This specific model of car No.54, driven by M. Monti, F. Magnani and A. Hepworth, raced in 1990 the 24 hours of Le Mans.

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PORSCHE 962C 85
1987

PORSCHE 962C 85

1987 - Le Mans / #11 - G. Fouché, F. Konrad, W. Taylor

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The Porsche 962 is a sport-prototype racing car which was designed to replace the all-conquering Porsche 956, in order to comply with the updated Americans IMSA and WSC Group C rules which mandated a different positioning of the driver’s feet. The Porsche 962’s body and aerodynamics were routinely modified by various private teams during the racing season. For this reason, Porsche 962 came often with modified nose and tail, as well as with custom wheel arches, air intakes and wings. Almost all private Porsche 956 were converted to 962 specification between 1985 and early 1986. The ‘962C’ appeared for the first time at Le Mans in 1985. The engine was a liquid cooled, 6 cylinders boxer unit, with two turbos, 4 valves per cylinder and double overhead camshaft. This car raced for Kremer team at Le Mans in 1987, driven by F. Konrad, G. Fouche and W. Taylor and painted in Leyton House livery.

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PORSCHE 956 KH
1985

PORSCHE 956 KH

1985 - Hockenheim 1000km / #20 - G. Berger, W. Brun

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The Porsche 956 and later 962 models could be assembled with two different rear wing configurations: “low downforce”, used mostly in Le Mans where the 6.5 km Hunaudières straight required a very low drag at the expense of downforce, and “high downforce”, for twistier circuits. Regardless of the configuration, Porsche 956 and 962 cars were the cars to beat in any Group C competition in the early 80’s. This car, driven by Gerard Berger and Walter Brun, raced the 1000 km of Hockenheim, which was part of the 1985 FIA World Endurance Championship.

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LANCIA LC2
1986

LANCIA LC2

1986 - Brands Hatch / #06 - A. De Cesaris, B. Giacomelli

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The LC2 was designed by Lancia to race in the Sport-Prototype category, according to the Group C regulations. It raced for the first time in 1983.
Designed by Dallara, it was powered by a Ferrari engine, whose heads had been evolved from those of the 288 GTO; the electronic control unit was highly sophisticated and ahead of its time. The engine itself was a 90° 3 litres liquid-cooled V8, with two turbochargers, working at a maximum pressure of 3 bars; four valves per cylinder were driven by double over head camshaft. Overall the maximum power was 840 hp at 7000 rpm. Gearbox was a 5 gears Hewland unit, and rims were 15″ front and 17″ rear.
Chassis was made of aluminium and magnesium while body was carbon fibre composite. The overall weight was 850 kg.
Lancia LC2s were as quick as Porsches, in terms of pure speed, but lacked reliability.

Lancia raced LC2 cars ex-works throughout 1986; later, and until 1991, it was raced by privateers only.
A Lancia LC2 was entered by Team Mussato in the World Prototype Championship in 1986. This specific model of car No.6, driven by Andrea De Cesaris and Bruno Giacomelli, raced the 1000 km of Brands Hatch.

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TOYOTA 88C
1988

TOYOTA 88C

1988 - WEC Fuji 1000km / #45 - A. Andskar, A. Gilbert-Scott

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The Toyota 88C is a sports car prototype designed by Toyota in 1988, according to the Group C specifications. The car, designed by Dome, was an evolution of the 87 model. It was powered by a 2.1 litre, water cooled, 680-hp, 4 cylinder turbocharged engine unit, named “3S-GT”, with 16 valves driven by double over head camshaft. The chassis was an aluminium monocoque, whose composite bodywork was made of carbon fibre and kevlar. Team Toyota Auto Beaurex Motorsport raced the 1988 WEC 1000 Km of Fuji with a Toyota 88C, sponsored by STP, bearing race number 45. The car was driven by Andrew Gilbert-Scott e Steven Andskar.

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NISSAN R90V
1990

NISSAN R90V

1990 - Fuji 500km / #85 - T. Wada, O. Nakako

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For the 1989 season, rather than relying again on chassis built by March, Nissan had developed the R89C model in conjunction with Lola. The car featured a kevlar and carbon-fibre based monocoque chassis fitted with Nissan’s new twin-turbo VRH35 3.5L V8 DOHC engine which was mounted in a stressed installation for better chassis rigidity, delivering up to 950bhp. Despite Nissan’s efforts, the 1989 World Sportscar Championship season was rather unsuccessful for Nissan, as their cars lacked reliability and speed. The beautiful R89C was only able to score points in three races and finished the season in fifth place in the championship for teams. This model raced the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990. Its suspensions and aerodynamics were modified, as in the twin car entered by Courage Competition, but it was painted in the distinctive silver-grey livery of its main sponsor Men’s Tenoras. This was the sole Nissan R89C shod with Yokohama tyres. Car numbered 85 was driven by A. Olofsson, T. Wada, M. Sandro Sala.

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