966, brainchild of renowned Porsche restoration artiste
Kevin Jeannette, paved the way for the World Sports Cars
and later open top prototypes that dominate modern sports
car racing. Based on a 962 chassis, the design inspiration
was the three time LeMans winning 936.
the platform for the 966 (a Chapman 962 monocoque) was well
past its prime, the 966 held its own against IMSAs
best finishing as high as sixth at the Grand Prix of Miami
in 1991 (after starting 22nd) and fourth at Lime Rock in
1993. The car also attracted a number of the sports car
worlds finest drivers including Hurley Haywood, John
Paul, Jr., Derek Bell, and Justin Bell.
favorite, the 966 also attracted a number of sponsors and
appeared in a variety of livery. The most popular of the
paint schemes was probably the BF Goodrich Armed Forces
car where more than 5,000 Daytona fans made donations and
signed 966-001 in support of the armed forces in Desert
Storm. The 966s final livery resulted from Sunoco
sponsorship at Lime Rock and Road America in 1993 and pays
tribute to the legendary 917-30.
Chapman-built Porsche 962 aluminum monocoque.
3.2 litre, air cooled cylinders and heads, six cylinder
boxer. Two valves per cylinder. Twin turbochargers. Over
Fully synchronized 5 speeds plus reverse.
Brembo vented dual circuit discs with four piston calipers.
Dry Weight: Under 2000 pounds.
Top Speed - over 180 miles per hour in high downforce configuration
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