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  Dauer 962 LM Sport
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1994
Numbers built:2 (Racing cars)
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 30, 2018
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAs a driver and entrant, Jochen Dauer had been a very successful Porsche 962C proponent. As the legendary Group C car's career draw to a close, Dauer recognised its potential as the basis for a very high performance road car. In 1991, he acquired five unused 962C chassis from Porsche and started the development of what would become the Dauer 962 LM. Using Porsche chassis 962-169, the first road car was unveiled at the 1993 IAA in Frankfurt.

During the development process, Porsche provided backdoor support in the form of parts and expertise. At the launch in Frankfurt, the project received closer inspection by Porsche motorsports engineer Norbert Singer. He discovered that the car could very well form the basis for a competition car as part of the new GT1 regulations. These required a road going version for homologation but a production run of one was sufficient. GT1 cars would be very much favoured over the existing Group C cars to encourage the development of new cars.

With Singer at the helm, Porsche ramped up the involvement in the project and set about converting the Dauer 962 LM back into a racing car. Considering the car's origins this was not a very complicated affair. Most of the work focused on the aerodynamics. Whereas the 962C had derived most of its downforce from the ground effect tunnels that ran on either side of the engine, the GT1 regulations stipulated that a flat bottom had to be used. This prompted a careful redesign of the bodywork but the car remained instantly recognisable as a 962.

Underneath the all-new Kevlar composite bodywork, the Dauer 962 LM Sport was still very similar to the 962C it was originally derived from. It featured an aluminium monocoque with a three-litre version of the venerable flat-six engine that was similar to the one fitted to the road car. As per the GT1 regulations, it was fitted with a pair of intake restrictors, which limited the performance to around 600 bhp. This was nevertheless more than the pegged back Group C cars, which is what had sparked Singer's interest in the first place, along with a lower minimum weight and larger fuel tank.

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