Porsche Rennsport Reunion 7 is going down this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The automaker-organized occasion supplied followers the chance to have a good time Porsche’s racing historical past as soon as each few years and the marque’s traditional machines in addition to their drivers in motion yet another time. Racer had the distinctive probability to take a more in-depth take a look at three Porsche sports activities prototypes from three completely different eras.
The video options Holbert Racing’s Löwenbräu Special Porsche 962, Penske Racing’s DHL Porsche RS Spyder and Porsche Penske Motorsport’s present Porsche 963. Marshall Pruett, North American editor at Racer, alongside two-time Le Mans winner Patrick Long, took a strolling tour of those racing automobiles necessary in defining Porsche’s motorsports presence in North America
The Löwenbräu Special competed throughout IMSA’s unique GTP period in the course of the Eighties. The Holbert Racing 962 gained the IMSA GTP championship in 1985 and 1986 in addition to the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 1986 and 1987.
The RS Spyder was a well-known big killer within the American Le Mans Series in the course of the 2000s. The manufacturing unit prototype was destined to reign supreme in LMP2, a class meant for privateers. However, the RS Spyder additionally went toe-to-toe with Audi’s legendary LMP1 racers. The nimble Porsche gained the 2008 12 Hours of Sebring over the Audi R10 TDI, its higher-class competitor.
To shut, Pruett and Long mentioned the Porsche 963. The present prototype competes in IMSA’s revived GTP class, harkening again to the period of the 962’s dominance. The undertaking additionally rekindled the partnership between Penske and Porsche, and the RS Spyder closely influenced the fashionable hybrid machine. It was a nostalgic closing of the loop, with the previous main to the current and provoking the long run.