Carbon fiber can be found in every aspect of modern life, but it was very exotic in 1993. With the introduction of Jaguar’s XJR15, Porsche found themselves between a rock and a hard place. They were struggling in sales because they only offered the 911 and the 968. Emissions laws put the air-cooled engine on death row, so Porsche was fighting an uphill battle.
Nevertheless, they would not allow their competitors to field a new supercar without offering something better. So they turned to their factory driver Vern Schuppan for help. He won LeMans in 1983 behind the wheel of a 956, and he was in the process of building his own supercar. Porsche decided to fully support his efforts, and the result is the Porsche Schuppan 962CR.
With the support of Japanese investors, he hired Michael Simcoe to design the body. Back then he was a designer at Holden, but he is now GM’s VP of Global Design. For power, Porsche delivered a 3.2-liter flat-six with giant turbos. Air-cooled cylinders and water cooled heads allowed it to make 850 horsepower, so the headed to LeMans.
Sadly the investors got cold feet and backed out before the cars met the homologation rules, but the owner of this car was smart to preserve it with only 1 mile on the odometer. Street legal 962s are among the rarest Porsches for sale, so we suggest a new GT2 RS instead. Better performance along with A/C and a warranty? Click the link below to see great offers from our dealers.