1983 Porsche 956 - chassis 956-105

Vehicle Details

Year: 1983
Make: Porsche
Model: 956
Chassis #: 956-105
Exterior Color: New Man Livery
Interior Color: Black
Porsche created the 956 during the early 1980s for FIA Group C competition. The design and components of the vehicle would further evolve over the years and become known as the 962. The 956 project was lead by a very determined and experienced project manager named Norbert Singer, who had his sights set on winning the 24 Hours of LeMans race. With Derek Bell and Jacky Ixckx, the factory team drivers, the cars easily dominated the season and won the championship for the team.

The 956 was an evolution of the 935 and 936 cars which had proven to be very competitive racers. Porsche chose to stick with the tried-and-true, reliable flat-six engine which had powered the Porsche 936 to a LeMans victory. It was fitted with an electronic engine management system to help reduce fuel consumption. The FIA had imposed a limit of 100 liters per fuel tank size and allowed only 25 refuelings. The idea was to add an extra level of difficulty for teams and to inspire creativity and innovation. By doing so, they were hopeful that new technology would be born that could trickle down to production vehicles.

Work completed on chassis number 956-005:

When we first received the car, we disassembled the car, sent the suspension out for crack-checking, rebuilt the uprights, stripped and painted the suspension, rebuilt the suspension, rebuilt the transmission and added a limited-slip differential, replaced the fuel cell, replaced the fuel pumps, installed new belts, repainted selective areas of the exterior, rebuilt the water pumps, installed new master cylinders.


General figures:
Years of activity: 1983-1986
Number of races: 47
Total entries: 47 (contains 40 finishes and 7 retirements, finishing ratio: 85%)

Wins: 2 Additional class wins 0
Second place finishes: 3 Top 3 finishes not applicable
Third place finishes: 9 Races finished on podium 14
Best result (count): 1st (2x) Pole positions 1
Notes of interest:
Most frequent drivers: Volkert Merl (18), "John Winter" (14), Dieter Schornstein (13), Kees Kroesemeijer (9), Hans Heyer (6), Bob Wollek (4), Clemens Schickentanz (4), Walter Lechner (4), Klaus Ludwig (3), Ludwig Heimrath, Jr. (1), Ludwig Heimrath (1), Mauricio DeNarvaez (1), Max Cohen-Olivar (1), Pierre Yver (1), Paul Belmondo (1), Hubert Striebig (1), Henri Pescarolo (1), Rolf Stommelen (1), Marc Surer (1), Klaus Niedzwiedz (1), Franz Konrad (1), Gianpiero Moretti (1)
Most frequent makes: Porsche (47)
Most frequent types: 956 (47)
Most frequent tracks: Norisring (7), Nürburgring (4), Zeltweg (3), Most (3), Spa (3), Le Mans (3), Kyalami (2), Imola (2), Hockenheim (2), Diepholz (2), Monza (2), Silverstone (2), Siegerland (2), Zolder (1)
Most frequent countries: D (20)
, I (5), GB (4), B (4), A (3), CS (3), F (3), ZA (2), J (1), CDN (1), AUS (1)

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