Porsche’s story of the 962 begins with its predecessor: the acclaimed 956. Born in 1982 as an entrant for the FIA’s all-new Group C World Sportscar Championship, the 956 was outfitted with many “firsts” for the Porsche brand: an aluminum monocoque chassis, a double-clutch system, and aerodynamic ground-effects. Powered by the same turbocharged flat-six that was mated to its predecessor, the 936, the 956 produced a staggering 635 horsepower and weighed just under 1800lbs.
It was well into last year that I first crossed paths with Khyzyl Saleem’s work. In front of me was a Mercedes SLS, clad in canards, vents, cables, and wires. Vibrant paint, lights, and details, worn and damaged from abuse.
I first laid eyes on this Albert Blue 911 at the annual HAWK event held at the historic Road America circuit. It was tucked neatly away under a tent Accumoto had set up to support its race crew. Pedestrians circled it with their thumbs on their chin, the knowledgeable ones picking out the subtle details that separated the car from “just another early 911.
The Volkswagen Beetle was born from necessity, and has established itself as one of the most influential cars in the world. In its wake, it has brought forth a variety of variants and successors; and while many have earned their own accolades and acclaim, few have captured the particular spirit and endearment of Volkswagen’s Karmann Ghia.
The 2015 season of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship has officially begun, marked by each season’s inaugural race: the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. As a test of endurance for both man and machine, the Rolex 24 begins the season by filtering the weak and feeble from those that persevere. Those that make it to the race’s end have withstood nearly every challenge motor racing can deliver.