Built with Japanese backing, Le Mans-winning driver Vern Schuppan created his very own street-legal Porsche 962. It wasn’t merely a race car rehashed for the streets. Numerous modifications and features distinguished the two.
The 962CR’s twin-turbo flat-six engine underwent refinements for drivability, delivering a robust 600 horsepower. Structurally, the 962CR embraced carbon fiber and aluminum in its chassis construction. Such lightweight materials, while enhancing speed capabilities, also ensured rigidity. Aesthetically, while the elongated rear and streamlined body echoed the 962’s design, the 962CR presented itself with a finesse befitting a supercar meant for public roads. Its integrated rear spoiler and headlights show that its shape wasn’t an “after-thought.”
Performance was mind-boggling, with a top speed of 230 mph and a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. In 1992, it was said to be the most expensive road automobile, with a price tag of US$1.5 million. Regrettably, Schuppan’s firm VSL shut down after just six automobiles were completed due to a combination of high manufacturing costs. Today, only four surviving examples are known to exist.
Watch the Schuppan Porsche 962CR in action as it is taken through its paces on the road and on a race track and enjoy that beautiful flat-six soundtrack!