This won't be easy to fix.
Porsche recently spent a year and a half restoring a classic 1987 Porsche 962C race car to its former glory. Coincidentally, there’s another 962C that urgently needs repairing. Footage shared by Auto Addiction from a recent race event at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium shows the moment a vintage Porsche 962C lost control and slammed into the tire wall, causing significant damage to the front end.
As the 962C approaches the start-finish line, the back steps out, sending the car spinning into the nearby wall. The hard impact destroys the front clip and rips one of the doors off. The windshield was also detached from the frame in the brutal crash.
Fortunately, the impact happened at a relatively low speed, preventing the unknown driver from suffering any serious injuries. After the dust settles, the driver can be seen walking away from the wreckage without needing any assistance. He even picks up pieces from the car that were scattered across the track in the crash. The exact cause of the crash is not known, but it looks like the boost from the twin-turbocharged flat-six kicked in just before the crash happened.
Without modern driver assists like traction and stability control, these turbocharged race cars were a handful to drive, even at low speeds. Let’s hope the 962 C can be rebuilt because the vintage race car is reportedly valued at $1.2 million.
Replacing the Porsche 356, the Porsche 962 C made its racing debut in 1984. With a longer nose and a steel roll cage, the 962C was safer than its predecessor, but these drivers still took risks every time they sat in the cockpit. Tragically, driver Stefan Bellof was killed while racing a 962 in 1985 at the same race track where this accident happened.
The Porsche 962C is also notable for being the first car fitted with Porsche’s ubiquitous dual-clutch transmission offered in road cars like the new Porsche 911 GT3.