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Porsche’s 962C, The Ultimate Street Car: Video

 

There’s a reason that race cars go fast on the track, and that street cars (generally) don’t. Cars built for racing are constructed without regard to ride comfort, with the primary focus being on weight savings, handling and driver safety. Cars built for the road are generally focused on safety first, comfort second and performance third.

While we’re willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort in the name of handling, we seriously doubt that we’d enjoy driving this Porsche 962C on the street as much as its unnamed Japanese owner does. Even though the 962C was built for endurance racing, occupant comfort was last on its list of priorities.

The 962C in this Luke Huxham MotorHead video, found on Jalopnik, uses a carbon fiber monocoque instead of the aluminum monocoque found in racing versions of the car. Though designed for the street by former Porsche racer Vern Schuppen, this 962C still packs a 630 horsepower punch from its twin-turbo, 2.65-liter flat-six engine and uses suspension components from various 956 and 962 models.

Given the Porsche's curb weight of just 1,870 pounds, that combination would produce some impressive acceleration and handling, yet the car reportedly suits “any style of driving.” We know a lot of drivers, and we can’t think of too many that we’d be giving the keys to, if the car were titled in our names.

The car’s mysterious owner first fell in love with the 962 while watching it dominate endurance racing in the 1980s. In fact, he calls the Rothmans-liveried car his “ultimate adoration,” and we certainly can’t argue that point. Driving a car like this on the street involves a significant amount of compromise, proving once again that love really is blind.


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