With only minutes to go before the start of the race, here’s the last one of my trilogy of Guisval race cars - the 962C. It has been called the greatest race car of all time, and while these things are always debatable, it certainly must rank up there.
Porsche built it as a replacement for the 956 and it was designed mainly to comply with IMSA’s GTP regulations, although it would later compete in the European Group C formula as the 956 had. The 962 was introduced at the end of 1984, from which it quickly became successful through private owners while having a remarkably long-lived career, with some examples still proving competitive into the mid-1990s.
The car you see here was actually not one built by Porsche themselves. One noted problem of the 962 was a lack of stiffness in the aluminium chassis, which lead some teams to design a new chassis, and then buy components from Porsche to complete the car. In order to fix that, Richard Lloyd Racing’s GTI Engineering turned to Peter Stevens and Nigel Stroud to develop four 962C GTis, which featured entirely revised aero kits and aluminium honeycomb rather than sheet tubs.
And this is the car in question here, as raced by Derek Bell, James Weaver and Tiff Needell. It qualified 20th, and but only recorded a DNF. And for that race, it sported a slightly different body kit:
But, let’s not pick on the little Guisval too much - it’s pretty neat overall.
And now, I gotta go and watch - and go Tema Covfefe! (I have no idea who they are, but I like the name)