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Thursday 27th September 2012

Chris Harris video: Porsche 962

The trademark intense Harris stare gets that bit more intense, courtesy of one of Porsche's most legendary racers



The Porsche 962 was the most prolific sports car racer of the 1980s. It dominated Group C and IMSA, and cemented Porsche's reputation as the maker of the most robust prototype racers in the world.

Pressure? What pressure?
Pressure? What pressure?
This is the car that won Le Mans in 1987. I wrote about driving it up the hill at Goodwood earlier this year.

A taste of its performance was always going to be frustrating, so I asked the question you shouldn't really ask: "Can we drive it properly please?"

The reply came a month ago. Yes, we could drive the car at Weissach, Porsche's own test track. This was both good and bad. Perfect for story synergy because this is where the 962 was developed. Bad for personal and professional safety because there is literally no run-off around most of the lap.

Adding to an already perfect itinerary, the Porsche Museum which prepares these old cars, said it had invited Norbert Singer along. If you're a student of Le Mans, that's like being told you're going to watch the local cricket team and discovering I.V.A Richards will be opening for the opposition.

And if that wasn't enough here's the bloke behind it
And if that wasn't enough here's the bloke behind it
His CV spans 30 years of Porsche Motorsport success, beginning with the 917 in 1970. Should the 2014 return of Porsche to top-level prototype racing bring victory, it will be the first without Herr Singer involved.

I won't say much more. Days like these don't come very often, and we've all experienced the disappointment of meeting heroes who don't fulfill the expectation. The 962/Singer combination exceeded everything I could have hoped for.

Enjoy the vid.


 

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Steff

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Pure Porsche porn...

Erich Stahler

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Excellent and her Singer is a great bloke, not often are people behind such great cars that open.

dan1502

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Reminds me of being driven around Brands Hatch in this...


graemel

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Another excellent video Chris. No drifting in this one eh wink A mate still owes me a run in his 962. I'd like to think that one day it might still happen. Just to be able to say. Yep I've driven a 962 around a race circuit, life would feel that bit more complete. In relative terms I would be interested to see if you agree that they are not that difficult to drive. They are after all a purpose built race car. Having been brought up on a diet of race 911's, even a race GT3RSR is still a converted road car by comparison.

men3cac

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You lucky git
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SmartVenom

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Wow, just wow.

Chris you have the best job in the world.

StuB

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Excellent clip, thanks.

Rawwr

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If I was any more jealous I think I'd prolapse.

Motorrad

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you lucky, lucky bd.

and Norbert Singer- what a man.

Edited by Motorrad on Wednesday 26th September 20:41

Gatsods

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Such a pretty car when you compare it to modern LMPs now as well. Great vid.

kentmotorcompany

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I also noticed a distinct lack of drifting.

Lovely video though.

Cheib

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Superb car, superb vid and I love it when someone who is just obviously so brilliant is able to explain things so simply.....he talks a bit like I.V.A Richards batted yes

You must be getting quite a reputation for Porsche to let you have a play in that!

kiteless

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Great video, thoroughly enjoyed that thumbup

Looking at the 962, it's such an iconic shape that reeks of speed. I suspect if you asked someone who has never seen a Group C racer to draw one, they'd draw the outline of a 956 / 962; much in the same way if you asked a non-guitar player to draw an electric guitar, they'd draw an outline of a Stratocaster.

God, that flat-6 sounds butch as well.


LaurasOtherHalf

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I promise I wont mention the panamera thread (err, oops).

But thanks for that, my favourite sports car of all time thumbup

Lucky, lucky boy!

YorkshirePudding

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Harris, you're a lucky bd.


Himself

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Fascinating stuff about the aero. Lovely livery too, is it just me that misses cigarette advertising in racing cars (can't stand smoking though)?

KP

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Absolutely fantastic....

Mavican

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Cheque is in the post from BAT Chris. ;-)

These Group C/Imsa car are still really evocative, and the noise is addictive.

motor mad

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Utterly brilliant

Dustyw536

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I dont normally comment on these things but that was absolutely fantastic!
What a hero
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