Porsche 962 video review: driving the Group C icon at Goodwood

Published: 18 May 2022

► Driving the legendary Porsche 962
► A Group C hero tested at Goodwood
► Join James Taylor onboard

Group C prototype racing was a high watermark of 1980s motorsport and Porsche was king, competing – and usually beating – seriously fast cars from Jaguar, Lola, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota at some of the world’s most famous races, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.

So when CAR magazine was offered the chance to drive the Porsche 962 once raced by Hans-Joachim Stuck, we leapt at the chance. Our opportunity came at the 2022 Goodwood Members Meet and on one gloriously sun-kissed spring evening deputy features editor James Taylor got to drive one of his childhood heroes around the West Sussex track.

You can read the full eight-page feature in the June 2022 issue of CAR magazine, available at all good physical and digital newsstands right now, and don’t miss our behind-the-scenes video above. It’s a rare chance to get up close with one of Porsche’s sporting heroes.

Watch James grinning like a kid in a sweet shop, as he wrestles with chassis number 009 – the car that won the Germany-based Group C Supercup championship in 1987.

Porsche 9

It might be a period racer knocking on 35 years old, but it’s still viciously quick: the visceral 3.0-litre flat six turbocharged to produce some 730bhp and the original PDK twin-clutch gearbox (one of the first in the VW empire) now replaced with a tactile manual transmission.

Enjoy the video – and be sure to sound off in the comments below.

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet