The Porsche 962 is a sport-prototype racing car designed to replace the Porsche 956, in American IMSA and Group C WSC races. It was one of the most successful racing cars ever and won several prestigious events around the world including:
World Sport-Prototype Championship in 1985 and 1986
24 Hours of Le Mans in 1986, 1987 and 1994
IMSA GTP Championship in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
24 Hours of Daytona in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1991
12 Hours of Sebring in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
The IMSA "GTP" regulations required some modifications compared to the Porsche 962 designed for Group C racing. For example, the front axle was moved 12 centimeters forward to ensure the driver's feet would stay behind the center line of the front wheels.
The Porsche 962 IMSA featured a 6-cylinder engine displacing 3.2 liters - it was air-cooled with a single turbocharger and 2 valves per cylinder with a single overhead camshaft.
The Porsche 962 IMSA was raced by American privateers - one of the best known teams was Bob Akin's red #5. Bob Akins along with co-driver James Weaver reached 4th place at the Daytona Finale 3 Hours in October 1988.