OLD DOG, NEW TRICKS
The best answer was racing GT machinery. Why build prototypes when, for a lot less money, you could go racing quite fast with a car that already captures the public’s imagination? This was the 90s, after all, and this era gave the world a lot of supercars. A lot! Ferrari F40, Honda NSX, Lotus Esprit, Porsche 911/964 Turbo, Venturi 400, DeTomaso Pantera, Nissan Skyline GTR, Dodge Viper, Bugatti EB110…it seemed that anyone with some sort of road car could convert it to go racing, even at Le Mans.
Porsche’s answer to their problems already existed, and it was a road car...that wasn’t part of Porsches road car lineup.
Dauer was a down-on-its luck racing team that resorted to converting stockpiles of 962 racecars into roadgoing supercars in order to survive. Norbert Singer, the wily manager of Porsche’s racing department, with decades of experience poring over rulebooks, looked at this curious roadworthy supercar and found yet another loophole big enough to drive one of the old bright red Porsche tractors through.
The ACO’s 1994 rulebook allowed for production-based cars to enter, but they did not specify how many units needed to be sold to qualify. Armed with that knowledge, and possibly eyes burning with vengeance, Porsche’s logic dictated that Dauer’s car could be converted to race in the GT1 category. The undertaking was, for all intents and purposes, a complete factory effort and Dauer was a willing accomplice.
🏎: Dauer 962 GT1, Overall winner Le Mans 1994
📷: Rami Garcia @rambos5g .
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