Porsche 956

Porsche conceives the 956 for the 1982 Le Mans 24-hour race and the Sports Car World Championship. Diffusers generate low pressure under the car which suck the 956 to the track surface. This technology is new for sports prototypes and increases the cornering speeds considerably, giving Porsche a decisive advantage over the competitors. The debut at Le Mans yields a triple victory, and factory driver Jacky Ickx goes on to win the Sports Car World Championship. The 956 and the successor model 962 C dominate prototype sport to the end of the eighties. The car with the chassis number 956107 is used as a test mule and plays a role in the development of the TAG Turbo engine. On 6 May, 1983, the Formula One motor mounted in the 956 clocks up the first kilometres on the test track at Weissach. In the autumn of the same year, the car can be seen – now decked out in mother-of-pearl – at the Frankfurt International Motor Show IAA. Finally, the Porsche Museum adopts the race car, which is now restored to the livery of the 1980s Porsche works squad.

Model Year: 1982
Engine: 6-cyl. flat, turbo
Displacement: 2,649 cc
Power Output: 456 kW (620 hp)
Weight: 850 kg
Top Speed: 360 km/h

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