We all know that the Porsche 962 would be a surreal experience to drive on the track. But nothing can make the experience as personal as an up-close point-of-view footage that includes the glorious sound from the Porsche 962’s 800-bhp turbocharged flat-six engine screaming to glory at a race track.
This video was taken by Skylar Robinson, who had to opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 1986 Porsche 962 at the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorspors Reunion. While Robinson creates the perfect surreal experience for folks on the internet, he also reminisces his father Chip Robinson’s memories who won the 1987 IMSA GTP Drivers’ championship behind the wheel of a similar Porsche 962.
While the Porsche 962 was primarily designed as an IMSA GTP race car prototype that would replace the 956, the car gained decent popularity among racing leagues since its inception in 1984. Soon after, the 962 was seen racing in America as well as in European Group C formula series. Private owners and teams preferred the 962 as it offered solid performance, efficiency and reliability, extending the car’s long-lived racing career. The Porsche 962 was seen racing around the world’s circuits and proving competitive even during the mid-1990s, a full decade after its launch. During its lifetime, the Porsche 962 won the World Sportscar Championship twice in 1985 and 1986, the IMSA GT Championship every year from 85′-88, interserie championship from 87′-92, Supercup series from 86′-89′ and the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship from 1985 – 1989. Apart from these accolades, the Porsche 962 also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1986 and 1987 with Derek Bell, Al Holbert and Hans-Joachim Stuck behind the wheel.
In the video you can hear the turbocharged flat-six engine in the Porsche scream past the stands as it unleashes its full power on asphalt. I can only imagine the havoc those turbos would be creating when they suddenly spool up mid-corner, sending out an insane burst of power straight to the rear wheels.
Turn up the volume on your surround sounds speakers and jump right into the video below.