Nerd’s Eye View: Porsche 962

Nerd’s Eye View: Porsche 962

by Khiem Dinh

Khiem Dinh is an engineer for Honeywell Turbo Technologies at the time of this writing.  All statements and opinions expressed by Khiem Dinh are solely those of Khiem Dinh and not reflective of Honeywell Turbo Technologies.

Cover photo snagged from interwebs due to poor cell phone picture quality…

About 13 miles, and a thousand feet of climbing later I was greeted by a plethora of Porsches with a smattering of BMWs, McLarens, and even a Bugatti Veyron. The car that really caught my attention however, was this Porsche 962.

 

Sorry about the crappy photos, I didn’t have much storage space on the bike for a real camera and the camera on my phone sucks. We had to grab the cover image online.
Aero back in the day was much simpler lacking the flow-through type aero of current prototype cars. I’m guessing those openings under the headlights are for the front brake ducts. A bit of the bodywork is carved out to expose the tow hook. The indentations in the bodywork for front end retention points probably would not be allowed in today’s modern aero where the engineers try for reduce every little bit of aero drag possible.
Multi-piece BBS wheels were common in racing. Nowadays, the wheels are one-piece magnesium.
AP Racing calipers clamp on steel rotors mounted to aluminum hats predating the carbon ceramic brakes of the current cars.
Airflow to the engine and heat exchangers goes through the side pods.

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