24 Hours of Le Mans 1994-1997: “recycle” technology according to Dauer and TWR or Porsche | 24h-lemans.com

CENTENARY OF THE 24 HOURS – The Brand Story ⎮ It took 7 years for Porsche to take the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since the 1987 victory. Following 1994’s success again in 1996 and ’97, the company returned with two cars with twisty pedigrees: a prototype that became a GT and a car that was born as a Jaguar! In the words of Reinhold Zoest, the most successful team boss of the 24 Hours today. 1994: 962 LM, Porsche’s “lucky charm” For its 13th win at La Sarthe, Porsche will optimize the regulatory martingale based on the work of the brand’s faithful preparers. The story of the 962 LM began in 1993 when Jochen Dauer showed off a modified road-legal version of the 962 C at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Porsche 24 hours. The baptized Dauer 962 Le Mans (LM, hence) caught the attention of Norbert Singer, who designed every Le Mans-winning Porsche up to that point. In search of a new lease of life, the brand takes advantage of regulatory changes. In fact, the reintroduction of a car derived from the road GT at Le Mans is the legendary Porsche 917 of 1969: 25 copies made for approval in the “Sport” category. Thus, the displacement of the prototype was not limited to 3 liters. In 1994, one copy is enough. Accordingly, Jochen Dauer and Jochen Dauer agreed in 1994 to put two 962 LMs into service, with operation entrusted to Reinhold Joest. Porsche’s first participation in the works team since 1988 ended with Yannick Dalmas/Mauro Baldi/Hurley Haywood’s 13th win and Thierry Boutsen/Danny Sullivan/Hans Joachim Stuck third place. Two years later, an even more unique car will enrich Porsche’s award list. 1996-1998: Four Lives of Joest-Porsche TWR In 1991, Ross Brawn designed the Jaguar XJR-14 prototype (closed body) with a 3.5-liter Ford V8 engine derived from Formula 1. The following year, the TWR partnered with Mazda at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The XJR14 replaced the Ford V8 with a Judd V10 and took the emblem of last year’s winning 787 B. Renamed Mazda MX-R01, this model joined the lead race against Peugeot 905s at the beginning of the race and finished fourth, and in 1995, it made a more radical transformation. The turbocharged flat 6-cylinder Porsche engine in the 962 C now powers a prototype with an open cockpit! U.S. endurance racing didn’t go as planned due to rule changes. Reinhold Joest decided to take part in this strange combination in 1996 and 1997 24 Hours. This Joest-Porsche TWR WSC is Alexander Wurz/Manuel Reuters/Davy Jones and Michelle Alboreto/Stephane Johansson/Tom Christensen. In 1997, only one car made it to the top steps of the podium. Understanding that it’s better to make Reinhold Joest an ally than an enemy, not knowing that this car is the fourth and final incarnation of Le Mans in 1998 is under the color of the Porsche factory. Now the 911 GT1 that won that year, two cars that started under the name Porsche LMP1 98 were forced to retire. With these three wins, Porsche once again proved its technological science in car development and reading. Before returning to his basics in 1998, he won the general classification of cars with the brand’s iconic surname. Top to bottom (DR / ACO ARCHIVES): Joest-Porsche TWR at the time of the 1996 championship, Alex Wurz of Austria, the winner 22 years after first taking the wheel; Dauer-Porsche 962 LM at the stand in 1994; Like Wurz in 1996, Tom Kristensen won the first 24 hours in 1997. 1998 Michele Alboreto/Yannick Dalmas/Stefan Johansson’s Porsche LMP1 98, a trio of six wins in La Sarthe.
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