• The Iconic Porsche 962 C Has Been Restored to its Original Condition

  • Porsche has finished restoring one of its most iconic racing cars of all time. The revered 962C. It took the team at the Porsche heritage center and Porsche Museum, a year and a half to carry out the restoration
  • The restored race car, Chassis #09 was reunited with its driver, Hans-Joachim Stuck had to wait nearly 35 years to see the 962 C once again
  • Stuck won the famed ADAC Würth Supercup with the Porsche 962 C back in 1987
  • Porsche buff or not, this race car has a rich racing legacy and was responsible for the development of the PDK, which is Porsche's Dual Clutch transmission
  • The PDK has to be one of Porsche's most significant contributions, not just to racing technology, but also to road cars. The 962 was also used as a test vehicle to fine tune aerodynamics
  • Stuck's race engineer at the time, Norbert Singer along with Armin Burger and Traugott Brecht from Historic Motorsport division were in charge of the restoration of the 962 C
  • While the team did have a base car at their disposal to begin work
  • Several parts including the cylinder heads, had to be manufactured from scratch
  • Pretty much everything had to be rebuilt from the ground up. The underbody, the radiator layout, and numerous other body parts were modified along the way
  • Once the bodywork was ready, the car's original livery designer Rob Powell was brought in to replicate the iconic look from 1987
  • He had to do it the old school way, with stencils and layers of tape, referring to old sketches from back in the day
  • Following the masking, the car was painted and with that, the 962 C's original Shell livery began to take shape
  • With that, the Porsche race car was now in its final stage of restoration, with just some final finishing touches left
  • With No.17 back on its side, the 962 C was revived. The end results are truly magnificent. Norbert Singer recalls the glory days of the 962 C
  • For Hans-Joachim Stuck, this reunion was a homecoming of sorts. The 70 year old driver said that he had goose bumps when the car was revealed to him, nearly three decades on
  • Stuck then hits the test track. For him, the 962 was incredibly special because Stuck says that he did not have to share it with teammates
  • He also adds that driving the 962 C was both mentally and physically challenging, however it was very rewarding nonetheless
  • The 962C will be shown at several events over the course of the upcoming year. We wonder what other special cars does Porsche has lurking its plant in Weissach. Swipe up To get an in-depth overview of this 962 C's restoration

The 962 C played a pivotal role in the development of the PDK transmission and has been brought back to its former glory after 18 grueling months of work

Porsche has refurbished a very special 962 C. The car seen here is chassis #009, which was completely restored to its original state by the Heritage Department and the Porsche Museum over the course of 18 grueling months.

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The Porsche Museum’s Sound Night event saw this very special race car, making its first public debut a few weeks ago. It was also a momentous occasion for famed German race car driver, Hans-Joachim Stuck, also known as Strietzel. He was personally involved in the car’s development and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, twice at the helm of a 962.

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The restored 962 C was finally seen in its original Shell livery, which was a sponsor at the time. It donned the colors black, yellow, and red. It wore the #17 from the SuperCup’s second round, during the 200 Miles of the Norisring in 1987.

The 962 Story

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The restored race car, Chassis #09 was reunited with its driver, Hans-Joachim Stuck had to wait nearly 35 years to see the 962 C once again

Hans-Joachim Stuck had to wait nearly 35 years to see his fully restored Porsche 962 C at the Weissach development center. Stuck, now 70, won the renowned ADAC Würth Supercup with the Porsche 962 C over three decades ago, in 1987.

With a smile, Hans-Joachim Stuck touches the car's left-wing and adds, "It's like coming home."
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Having earlier tested Porsche’s then-new, dual-clutch transmission, the PDK (Doppelkupplungsgetriebe), in the first race series of the Group C class prototypes, the PDK went on to become one of Porsche’s most significant contributions to technology and racing.

“I’m a big fan of the Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission and proud that I was allowed to test it in the 962 back then. Being able to keep my hands on the steering wheel when changing gears at full throttle felt great right from the start,” - Stuck
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Stuck won the famed ADAC Würth Supercup with the Porsche 962 C back in 1987

This was a novel semi-automatic gearbox concept that replaced the usual shift lever with two buttons on the steering wheel, one for upshifting and the other for downshifting. Today, this gearbox technology is popular, especially on race cars, but when you realize that the Porsche 962 clinched the 1986 championship with PDK, you can appreciate how forward-thinking the Germans were at the time. The car was later used as an aerodynamics test vehicle in Weissach before eventually becoming part of the automaker’s collection.

“We kept passing this car in the warehouse. Then, about a year and a half ago, we decided to get it out of there, transfer it to Weissach and start working on it,” says Burger.

The Restoration

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Stuck’s race engineer at the time, Norbert Singer along with Armin Burger and Traugott Brecht from Historic Motorsport division were in charge of the restoration of the 962 C

The classic Porsche 962 C was completely rebuilt by Armin Burger and Traugott Brecht. Everything had to be rebuilt from the ground up, including the underbody, redesigned flat bottom, radiator layout, and numerous other body modifications.

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While the team did have a base car at their disposal to begin work

While the staff from back then were delighted to help, some components, such as the cylinder heads, had to be remanufactured. Especially because the 962 C’s technology is being altered as part of its restoration - the crew is reconstructing the underbody.

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Burger then goes on to take former livery designer Rob Powell and veteran race engineer Norbert Singer onboard. Powell brought in layers of tape, stencils, and sketches from 35 years ago. Powell places the 962 C back into its red and yellow shell.

“This is very important, for example, so that the painters can plan the cut-out correctly. By the way, I still think the color combination of yellow and red looks modern,” says Powell
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For Hans-Joachim Stuck, this reunion was a homecoming of sorts. The 70 year old driver said that he had goose bumps when the car was revealed to him, nearly three decades on

Apart from the restoration of the 962 C, a second surprise awaited Hans-Joachim Stuck a few meters away from the Weissach track. He found his 1987 racing outfit and was ecstatic to see that it was still in good condition.

Conclusion

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The classic race car has been not only dusted off but has been brought back to its former glory, thanks to Armin Burger and Traugott Brecht from the "Historic Motorsport" department.

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He also adds that driving the 962 C was both mentally and physically challenging, however it was very rewarding nonetheless

Over the coming year, the fully restored Porsche 962 C will make many more appearances. Plans for driving and presentation events are underway for the upcoming ‘40 years of Group C’ anniversary. With this 962 C’s restoration, Porsche aficionados might be giddy at the prospect of what else might still be lying around underutilized at the plant grounds in Weissach.

Watch the 962 C’s restoration in the video below

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Hans-Joachim Stuck has had to wait almost 35 years for a reunion with the fully refurbished 962 C and its first rollout. So the surprise was all the greater when the silk cloth was drawn back to reveal the vehicle at the Weissach Development Centre. The racing car from the Porsche Heritage and Museum department has been restored to its original 1987 condition over the past year and a half. “It feels like coming home,” smiles Stuck, stroking the car’s left wing. The racing driver says he has nothing but fond memories of the victorious car with the racing number 17. “By arranging this reunion after more than three decades, we have not only surprised Hans-Joachim Stuck, we have also taken a little journey through time. The history of the motorsport story surrounding the 962 C is unique,” says Achim Stejskal, Head of Porsche Heritage and Museum. At the Weissach Development Centre, where the vehicle was first built and now has been restored to its original condition, Stuck also meets his race engineer of the time, Norbert Singer, and designer Rob Powell, the man responsible for the car’s black, yellow and red livery.

It is 35 years since the now 70-year-old won Germany’s prestigious and fiercely contested ADAC Würth Supercup. During the inaugural series for Group C sports car prototypes, he tested the then-new Porsche dual clutch transmission (PDK) at racing speed. The vehicle’s appearance changed before the second race, the Norisring 200 miles, when Shell came on board as a sponsor. Porsche also competed in yellow and red the following year and Stuck worked hard to successfully defend his Supercup title. This 962 C then began its second life as a test car in the aerodynamics department at Weissach, later serving as a reference vehicle for the sports car manufacturer’s corporate collection.

Armin Burger and Traugott Brecht from Historic Motorsport were jointly responsible for the racing car’s rebuild. “We kept passing this car in the warehouse. Then, about a year and a half ago, we decided to get it out of there, transfer it to Weissach and start working on it,” he Burger. He and his team had to rebuild many parts because they were long gone. “The cooperation with the other departments from Porsche was great. We found almost everything we needed within a radius of just 30 metres,” says Burger. At the very beginning of the reconstruction work, he invited Powell and Singer into the historic motorsport workshop. “When you hear the right people talking by the vehicle, everything immediately becomes clear. We learned an incredible amount from two witnesses who were right there when it all happened,” he adds. The experts completely rebuilt the underbody, changed the arrangement of the radiators and made many other bodywork adjustments. Then they presented the Supercup championship car to European media at a journalists’ workshop at the Weissach Development Centre.

Livery designer Powell brought along various thicknesses of tape, stencils and design sketches from 35 years earlier. “Stucki immediately liked the design of my first sketch,” he recalls. Stuck gives him an affirmative nod over the roof of the car while the designer tapes the lines and applies a stencil to the front headlight: “This is very important, for example, so that the painters can plan the cut-out correctly. By the way, I still think the colour combination of yellow and red looks modern,” says Powell, putting the rolls of tape over his arm, ready for the numerous questions from the press. Stuck, who was involved in the development of the car, also takes questions and waits for his turn to do the first laps on the run-in and test track. “I’m a big fan of the Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission and proud that I was allowed to test it in the 962 back then. Being able to keep my hands on the steering wheel when changing gears at full throttle felt great right from the start,” he says. Today, PDK is available in every Porsche.

A second surprise awaits Stuck just a few metres from the test area, when he discovers his red racing suit from the 80s and is delighted to find he still fits into it. “For me, the time with Porsche was the most successful of my entire career,” he says, putting on his white star-decorated helmet and climbing in. Unlike the basic model, the 962 C has a wheelbase that’s 120 millimetres longer and pedals that are mounted behind the forward-mounted front axle. “We gave Stucki a very warm welcome at Porsche. He was always one of the drivers whose feedback I could interpret accurately, like the data from a sensor,” reveals Singer, who first introduced an aluminium monocoque with the 956 Group C car and its direct descendent the 962, as well as the Ground Effect underbody. Stuck starts his first lap on the two-and-a-half-kilometre test track in Weissach and all the spectators fall silent as they watch the Group C racer. “The car automatically takes me on a journey back in time and brings back many fond memories. I will never forget the atmosphere at the race tracks,” smiles Singer.

The 962 C made its first public appearance a few weeks ago at the Porsche Museum’s digital Sound Night. It will make many more appearances over the coming year, with driving and presentation events planned for the upcoming ‘40 years of Group C’ anniversary. “The 962 C was one of the few cars I was allowed to drive on my own, without team-mates and with exactly the setup I wanted. You never forget a car like that,” Stuck concludes, promising: “In 2022, we’ll celebrate the 40th in style!”

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