• Aug 18, 2009
GTP Hotchkis Porsche 962 -- click image above to watch the video

In the mid-Eighties, Porsche released the 962, a long-wheelbase variant of the 956, to compete in IMSA's GTP class and later in Group C (as the 962C). Even though IMSA's GTP rules stipulated that only one (unfortunately named) KKK turbocharger could be used, the 962 was bloody-your-nose fast.

This past weekend at the Monterey Historics, Mark Hotchkis proved just how fast the 962 was/is by lapping half the field in his class during a ten lap race. That's kinda ridiculous. In fact, the only car that gave Hotchkis any trouble at all was a nine-year newer ALMS Kremer-Porsche Spyder K8 (the same type of car Derek Bell raced at his final Le Mans). Anywho, we've got a righteous video of the 962 quite literally eating up Laguna Seca at 10/10s after the jump. Oh, and that metal wheel Hotchkis's left hand keeps fiddling with? That's the boost dial which can summon up to 50 pounds of pressure. Put another way, crank your computer's volume all the way up. Thanks to Dan K for the video.

[Source: Grand Touring Prototype]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I was there back in the day. The 962 was not the fasest or the meanest car. But it was fast and bullet proof.

      The best sound went the the Group 44 Cats or the V12 Castrol cats.

      The most powerful went to Nissan and The Vette GTP. The always were fast but no where near as bullet proof. Nissan did better later but it took a while to sort out the cars.

      Even the Pontiac Spice and the Acura Spice cars were hard to beat in the GTP light class.

      GTO and GTU were great. There has been no better racing since.

      About a year ago I was in a meeting with Hotchkis and and we talked about the old IMSA and I was shocked to find they kept this car. I am glad he is able to show what once was.

      As for the top Porsche the 917-30 has yet to be topped. To see one run is to understand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always loved the Nissans and the Jags. Of course, by the time they could beat the 962, Porsche was moving on to the next thing...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've read somewhere that the old Group C racers are faster than some of the modern LMP cars due to less restrictive technologies. I guess the same claim has been made for group B rally and modern WRC. Is there any truth to any of this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Keep in mind that the porsche was running in traffic and being a historic race car I doubt it was being pushed 100%.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It looks like the last IMSA GTP/Gr. C cars were about as fast as the latest LMP cars. Aero rules were almost free for the GTP cars (around twice the downforce at the same speed). Power and weight seem to be similar with the modern diesels having higher torque. The new cars are 100-200kg heavier than the old cars. I would suspect the similarity in times has a lot to do with better tire technology.

        sources:
        mulsannescorner.com
        http://wsrp.ic.cz/imsa1992.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was just going of the fact that he seemed to be running around 1m23s based on my rough calculation using the video timer, the best LMP1 & 2's have run in qualifying is around 1m10s I believe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty fast, in comparison, just to show how fast modern sports cars have gotten, that is close to 15 sec slower around Laguna then modern ALMS LMP1 cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing how little engine noise there is. That is the only draw back from turbo charging in my book.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I shot video for the IMSA series back in the mid/late 80s and got to see these beasts from many advantageous trackside positions at Laguna, Riverside, Road America, etc. JAG V12s sounded unbelievable - like tearing silk! Let's not forget how many Camel Light, GTO and GTU class championships Mazda racked up in those days. For some years they owned those series. Don't know if it's still true, but at one time, the GTU RX-7 had won more individual races than any other race car, including the Porsche RSR.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow... the speed on the Rahal back straight is amazing, I have never seen anything clear the runup to the corkscrew that fast. He is taking it a bit easy on turn 1 though... He is also going alot faster then it looks like in that video,
      • 5 Years Ago
      To me, the 956/962 are the greatest racing cars ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Also KKK turbos = Borg Warner turbos. You could say Borg Warner to be nicer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It must have been uncomfortable to drive that car back in the day when you had to sit on top of those huge balls.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ahh, one of the best Porsche race cars, and those Lowenbrau versions always looked good. Would have loved to see one flying by when they use to race them in Miami.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember that car back in the day. 962's were amazing. I loved watching the Lowenbrau cars with Al Holbert.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember the Dauer 962 that people could buy. It was the Veyron of it's day, in a way, in that it came close to 250 mph top speed and 0 - 60 speed in under 3 seconds. Unfortunately, there was no rear windshield if I recall...or else it was so small it wasn't really usable.
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