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#6 Team Penske Porsche 963: Mathieu Jaminet, Nick Tandy, Dane Cameron
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How Porsche's Daytona hiccups evoked the premiere of its Group C king

Porsche’s 963 didn’t fare as well as hoped on its debut in the Daytona 24 Hours last month, but neither did its spiritual predecessor the 962 – and look how that turned out…

Porsche has made no bones about its new 963 prototype being the heir to its ultra-successful 962 of the 1980s and 1990s, with its plans involving a factory team and customer cars on both sides of the Atlantic. So far, it’s proving to be a tribute act in more ways than one.

To remind you, the 962 itself was a successor to the 956, designed to fit IMSA’s GTP demands with a longer wheelbase, extended by 12cm at the front so the driver’s feet were behind the front axle. A steel roll cage, instead of aluminium, and a single-turbo engine, rather than the pair that the 956 boasted, were also required.

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