PORSCHE 962C 85
1987

PORSCHE 962C 85

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

CA34a

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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LOLA ASTON MARTIN DBR1-2
2009

LOLA ASTON MARTIN DBR1-2

2009 - Le Mans / #008 - A. Davidson, D. Turner, J. Verstappen

CA31c

The Lola-Aston Martin B09/60, also known as the Aston Martin DBR1-2, is a Le Mans Prototype LMP1 sports car, designed and built by Lola Cars International, jointly developed with Prodrive for Aston Martin Racing, conceived to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Le Mans Endurance Series Championship. The model was powered by the same atmospheric engine used on the Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 , that, thanks to the larger air restrictors allowed in the LMP1 category for production based blocks, reached 660 Hp. The motor itself was made of aluminium, with a displacement of 5.935 cm3. Chassis consists of a carbon fibre monocoque designed by Lola and developed by Prodrive and Aston Martin. Specifically, the aero package was redesigned in order to match technical and marketing needs. The front of the car was redesigned to bear an unmistakable Aston Martin grille shape. The model was painted with the traditional ‘powder blue’ and orange Gulf Oil pattern, due to the oil company sponsorship. Racing numbers 007, 008, 009 are a clear reminder of what sort of cars is dnven by James Bond … This particular model, n.008, raced the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009, driven by J. Verstappen, A.Davidson, D.Turner.

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NISSAN R390 GT1
1997

NISSAN R390 GT1

1997 - Le Mans / #21 - M. Brundle, W. Taylor, J. Muller

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The Nissan R390 GT1 was a racing car built to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1997 and 1998. The car was developed by Nismo (Nissan Motor Sport) and TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing). Powered by a 3.5 litre, biturbo, load-carrying engine rated at 600 hp, the chassis was a carbon fiber derivation of the TWR designed Jaguar XJR15. In the 1995, three cars with #21, #22 and #23 (23is NiSan in Japanese) were entered by Nissan Motor Sport with undeniably serious ambitions. The R390 driven by Martin Brundle was the fastest of the whole lot in prequalifying and it was very fast in qualifying too. The race however turned into an a together different story and the only surviving car at the end of the 24 hrs came in 12th overall.

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NISSAN R89C
1990

NISSAN R89C

1990 - Le Mans / #82 - H. Regout, C. Los, A. Cudini

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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.

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FORD MKII
1966

FORD MKII

1966 - 3rd Le Mans / #05 - R. Bucknum, D. Hutcherson

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TOYOTA 86C
1986

TOYOTA 86C

1986 - Le Mans / #36 - G. Lees, M. Sekiya, S. Nakajima

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The Toyota Dome 86C is a sports car prototype designed by Toyota in 1986, according to the Group C specifications. The car, designed by Dome, was an evolution of the 85C model. It was powered by a 2.1 litre, water cooled, 630-hp, 4 cylinder turbocharged engine unit, named “DOHC”, 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. This car raced at Le Mans in 1986, driven by G. Lees, M. Sekiya and S. Nakajima and painted in Leyton House livery.

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PORSCHE 956 LH
1984

PORSCHE 956 LH

1984 - Le Mans / #47 - J. Lässing, G. Fouché, J. Graham

CA02i

The 956 model was created by Porsche in 1982 to compete in the new Group C category. It was replaced in 1985 by the similar 962 model.
It was one of the most successful racing cars ever: it won four 24h Le Mans competitions consecutively, in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and the World Car Manufacturer title three times.
The car was powered by a 2.650 cc engine. Its monocoque aluminium chassis was new for Porsche, previously known for their space frame design. Through this change, the regulated minimum weight of 800 Kg was reached.
Car n.47 raced the 1984 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by George Fouché , Jürgen Lässig and John Graham

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PORSCHE 956 LH
1984

PORSCHE 956 LH

1984 - 3rd Le Mans / #33 - D. Hobbs, P. Streiff, S. van der Merwe

CA02h

The 956 model was created by Porsche in 1982 to compete in the new Group C category. It was replaced in 1985 by the similar 962 model. It was one of the most successful racing cars ever: it won four 24h Le Mans competitions consecutively, in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and the World Car Manufacturer title three times. The car was powered by a 2.650 cc engine. Its monocoque aluminium chassis was new for Porsche, previously known for their space frame design. Through this change, the regulated minimum weight of 800 Kg was reached. This car, driven by Philippe Streiff, Sarel van der Merwe, David Hobb, they reached 3th place at the 1984 Le Mans 24 Hours racing for the Skoal Bandit – Fitzpatrick Racing.

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PORSCHE 956 LH
1983

PORSCHE 956 LH

1983 - Le Mans Winner / #3 - V. Schuppan, H. Haywood, A. Holbert

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The 956 model was created by Porsche in 1982 to compete in the new Group C category. It was replaced in 1985 by the similar 962 model.
It was one of the most successful racing cars ever: it won four 24h Le Mans competitions consecutively, in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and the World Car Manufacturer title three times.
The car was powered by a 2.650 cc engine. Its monocoque aluminium chassis was new for Porsche, previously known for their space frame design. Through this change, the regulated minimum weight of 800 Kg was reached.
The victory of the Porsche n.3 of Holbert, Haywood and Schuppan on the n.2 of Ickx and Bell came mainly thanks to the American driver: the loss of a door had damaged the radiator and caused an engine bank to overheat, but Al Holbert, a mechanical engineer, managed to complete the race, despite the smoking engine that seized immediately after the finish line, that he crossed only 17″ ahead of Derek Bell … who in the meantime had run out of fuel. Notice how this edition was dominated by the Porsche 956 with 8 cars in the first 8 positions.

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