1986 Porsche 962
When the 962 came out in 1984, FABCAR started to repair monocoques, and would eventually build seven monocoques for Al Holbert, Rob Dyson, Bruce Levin, and Hotchkis Racing. These seven HR chassis would prove to be stiffer than the Porsche built tubs, and this got the attention of the Porsche Factory. Porsche contracted with FABCAR to build all of their factory Group-C monocoques, and would also do all of the factory monocoque repairs worldwide.
This FABCAR built 962 IMSA prototype, number HR3, was delivered new by Holbert Racing (Porsche Motorsports N.A.) to Hotchkis Racing at the mid-season Camel Continental 500 at Watkins Glen on July 6, 1986. The car, sponsored by Wynn’s Engine Oil Products Company, was tested by Al Holbert and made its debut driven by Jim Adams and John Hotchkis Sr. However, in 1987 the car was in a small accident, and HR3 was taken back to the team’s shop, where it was disassembled and set aside until it was completely repaired in 1989. In 1990, the original and newly rebuilt tub debuted at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and raced for the rest of the 1990 and 1991 seasons, taking 3rd at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1991. After the 1991, the Hotchkis 962 was retired from active duty until 1997, when it returned to the track as a formidable vintage racer.
It appeared regularly at Historic Sportscar Racing events on the East Coast from 1998 to 2001. Most recently the 962 won the GTP category race at the 2009 Monterey Historics, and in 2011 it was the fastest 962 at Porsche Rennsport IV, running at the front of the pack with much newer RS Spyders.
This car is currently powered by a 3.2 single-turbo 962 engine built by Porsche Motorsport North America. The powerplant utilizes new Porsche 911 GT1 technology, including a forged crankshaft and lower end. With its two-valve heads, Garrett turbocharger, air-to-air intercooler, and Bosch Motronic fuel and ignition management system, the engine is estimated to produce a healthy 750-plus horsepower. The power is delivered through a Porsche five-speed transaxle and Metalore axles, and it is said to be stronger than Porsche’s original equipment. The four-wheel disc brakes are from Brembo, and the shock absorbers are Penske Racing.
This one-owner car is certainly one of the best-prepared 962s in existence, and is fully race-ready and actively maintained for the track. Most recently this car took 1st Place in the FIA IMSA GTP class at the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The car is supplied with its original HR3 tub.