Porsche 956

porsche 956

What kind of car is a Porsche 956?

The Porsche 956 was a Group C sports-prototype racing car designed by Norbert Singer and built by Porsche in 1982 for the FIA World Sportscar Championship.

How many 956B chassis are left?

A rare bird, even by 956 standards, this is one of just four chassis built for the world championship to what is now known as 956B specification. Of these just three survive, chassis 956/116 being completely destroyed in the crash at Spa in 1985 which tragically claimed the life of Stefan Bellof.

When did the Porsche 962 have a dual-clutch transmission?

Porsche tested its Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch transmission in the 956 in the early 1980s. PDK would be used in the Porsche 962, and would eventually make its way into production Porsches with the 2009 997 Carrera and Carrera S.

What is the difference between a Rothmans 956 and a Joest 956B?

Chassis 956/117 is the Joest back to back double Le Mans winner. The 956B is a customer version of the works Rothmans 956, with the same bespoke Singer profile chassis underside but and with an engine running full Bosch Motronic engine management. It may not sound like a big deal but it was.

What is the history of the Porsche 956?

On March 27, 1982, Jürgen Barth, the leader of Porsche racing department, takes the revolutionary 956 (chassis 001) to the Weissach test track for the first time.

Is this the most successful 956 car ever?

The 956 was one of the most successful sportscars ever. Here’s chassis 004’s history. Third at Le Mans and a string of seconds in other races made it the nearly car of the 956 clan Words: Gary Watkins. Photography: Alex P.

How many times has the Porsche 956 won Le Mans?

A legend was born at Le Mans in 1982. The 956 and its long wheelbase successor, the 962, went on to become the most successful prototype sportscar of all time. It claimed no fewer than six Le Mans victories, the last a full 12 years after its debut.

What is the difference between a Rothmans 956 and a Joest 956B?

Chassis 956/117 is the Joest back to back double Le Mans winner. The 956B is a customer version of the works Rothmans 956, with the same bespoke Singer profile chassis underside but and with an engine running full Bosch Motronic engine management. It may not sound like a big deal but it was.

What kind of car is a Porsche 962?

The Porsche 962 (also known as the 962C in its Group C form) is a sports-prototype racing car built by Porsche as a replacement for the 956 and designed mainly to comply with IMSA s GTP regulations, although it would later compete in the European Group C formula as the 956 had.

When did the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe come out?

As the electronics required to control the transmission became compact enough to be practical, the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (dual-clutch gearbox) (PDK) transmission was installed as a prototype in a Porsche 956 Le Mans racing car in 1983.

When did Porsche start using DCT transmissions?

DCT work continued from Porsche in-house development, for Audi and Porsche racing cars later in the 1980s, when computers to control the transmission became compact enough: the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (English: dual-clutch gearbox) (PDK) used in the Porsche 956 and 962 Le Mans race cars from 1983, and the Audi Sport Quattro S1.

What is the difference between dual clutch and twin clutch?

Not to be confused with Double clutch (technique). A dual-clutch transmission ( DCT) (sometimes referred to as a twin-clutch transmission) is a type of multi-speed vehicle transmission system, that uses two separate clutches for odd and even gear sets.

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