The History of Porsche 956.110

The History

Designed by Norbert Singer the Porsche 956 was a Group C sports-prototype racing car built by Porsche in 1982 for the FIA World Sportscar Championship. For 35 years this car held the record for the fastest vehicle ever to lap the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, completing the 20.832 km (12.93 mi) circuit in 6:11.13 during qualifying for the 1000 km Sports Car race. 

With Porsche's first ever aluminium monocoque, the 956 used the Type-935 2.65 L turbocharged Flat-6, producing approximately 635 hp and later the first dual clutch gearbox - mated to a traditional 5-speed manual. The 956 made its debut at the Silverstone 6 Hour race with Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell driving for the factory team, soon followed by the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it famously achieved a clean sweep of the podium on its debut.

For the following year, after such total domination, initially seven customer versions of the 956 were built and sold to privateer teams competing in the 1983 World Endurance Championship. Just before Le Mans an additional car was built - 956.110 which was supplied to John Fitzpatrick Racing for use at Le mans and in the WEC. JFR was the first to use the 956 in the United States in the Cam-Am series - with a win at Elkhart Lake on its debut. A podium finish followed at Mosport.

Returning to the UK for the 1983 Grand Prix International 1000 km at Brands Hatch, Fitzpatrick and racing partner Derek Warwick triumphed - and became only the second team to ever beat the Works team, thanks in no small part to aerodynamic tweaks and developments. October 1983 at the 1000km Imola brought a 2nd place, with another podium at at the 1000km Silverstone in May 1984.

After the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1984, 956.110 was sold to a private collector and has had just two private owners since 1984, and has been owned by the Historic Porsche Collection since 2002. It remains the best and most original 'time warp' example of a 956 in the world, and is an ideal candidate for Preservation Class concours, or equally to run at the Le Mans Classic and Daytona 24 historic races.