1994 Schuppan 962CR

Built with Japanese backing, Le Mans-winning driver Vern Schuppan created his very own street-legal Porsche 962. These cars were built as a tribute to his victory at the 1993 Le Mans behind the wheel of a Porsche 956. Since then, the Porsche 956 and its 962 IMSA-spec have become one of the most successful prototype racecars in history, claiming over 130 victories.

At the time, Schuppan was working directly with Porsche to develop a carbon fiber version of the car’s monocoque chassis. They received drawings directly from the factory to build the new car. Vern recalls “We contracted the UK company ‘Advanced Composite Technology’ to develop the tub and tool up to produce it, building an initial batch of five. Reynard subsequently took this over and built another five for our 962CR road car project, with a total order of 25 such chassis.”

Supposedly five or six examples were built by Modena Cars in High Wycombe and complied with either Japanese or German safety laws. Each of the road were entirely new since Schuppan manufactured his own chassis and body based on 962 designs. The only Porsche-sourced component was the engine which was the same used in 962C North American IMSA car, that is, the air-cooled, 3.3 liter, twin turbo version.

The price amount was recently modified from 2 500 000. Karl Ludvigsen wrote in his book, Porsche: Excellence was Expected, that the price was 195 million yen which would have amounted to 1.5 USD in 1994. In either case, the 962CR, when new, was one of the most expensive cars ever produced.

After payment failed to arrive when two cars were shipped to Japan, Schuppan was forced to declare bankruptcy. The 962CR remains as the only car Vern Schuppan has ever made.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Buckinghamshire, England
price $ $ 1,500,000
engine Air-Cooled Flat-6
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Twin Turbo
displacement 3294 cc / 201.0 in³
bore 97 mm / 3.82 in
stroke 74.4 mm / 2.93 in
compression 7.5:1
power 447.4 kw / 600.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 182.15 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 571.43 bhp per tonne
torque 650.0 nm / 479.4 ft lbs @ 6800 rpm
body / frame Carbon-Kevlar Composite Body over Cabron Fiber Chassis
driven wheels RWD
front tires 255/35ZR-18
rear tires 345/35ZR-18
front brakes Unassisted Ventilated Discs
f brake size 32 x 355 mm / 1.3 x 14.0 in
rear brakes Unassited Ventilated Discs
r brake size 32 x 355 mm / 1.3 x 14.0 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18.0 x 9.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18.0 x 13.0 in
curb weight 1050 kg / 2315 lbs
wheelbase 2794 mm / 110.0 in
front track 1665 mm / 65.6 in
rear track 1545 mm / 60.8 in
length 4280 mm / 168.5 in
width 1999 mm / 78.7 in
height 1074 mm / 42.3 in
transmission 5-Speed
top speed ~370.1 kph / 230.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~3.5 seconds