Porsche 956

The 24 Hours of le Mans

 

The Porsche 956 was a Group C sports-prototype racing car designed by Norbert Singer and built by Porsche in 1982 for the FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was later upgraded to the 956B in 1984. In 1983, driven by Stefan Bellof, this car established a record that would stand for 35 years, lapping the famed 20.832 km (12.93 mi) Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6:11.13 during qualifying for the 1000 km Sports Car race. The record was finally surpassed by Timo Bernhard in a derestricted Porsche 919 Evo on 29 June 2018.

The 956 made its debut at the Silverstone 6 Hour race, the second round of the World Championship for Makes with Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell driving for the factory. After missing the following round at the 1000 km Nürburgring for developmental reasons, the Ickx/Bell unit reappeared at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They led the race for the entire 24 hours, eventually taking the overall win - their third win together. As they had already won in 1981 with a Porsche 936 that had used an early version of the 956 engine, their car had started number 1. The two other factory 956 followed them, so the three factory Porsches finished 1-2-3 in the order of their starting numbers.

Boosted by this success, Porsche sold customer versions of the 956 to privateer teams such as Joest Racing, Obermaier Racing, John Fitzpatrick Racing, Richard Lloyd Racing, Kremer Racing and Brun Motorsport who raced them independently of the factory.

At the 1985 1000 km of Spa, Stefan Bellof died after his Brun Motorsport's 956 collided with the factory team's newer 962 that being driven by Jacky Ickx. Safety concerns over the 956 led to its eventual end as teams upgraded to the safer 962. The 956's last win would come courtesy of Joest Racing in the last race of the 1986 WEC season, in what also turned out to be the 956's last race.

 

1982        
Quartzo Q3050; Porsche 956 Long Tail; 1982 24h Le Mans 1st; Ickx & Bell; RN1 Spark; Porsche 956; 1982 24h Le Mans 1st; Ickx & Bell; RN1 HPI Racing 938; Porsche 956 LH; 1982 24h Le Mans 1st; Ickx & Bell; RN1 Minichamps 402 826503; Porsche 956L; 1982 Le Mans Winners Set; RN1, 2 & 3  
Quartzo Q3050; Porsche 956 Long Tail; 1982 24h Le Mans 1st; Ickx & Bell; RN1 Spark; Porsche 956; 1982 24h Le Mans 1st; Ickx & Bell; RN1 HPI Racing 938; Porsche 956 LH; 1982 24h Le Mans 1st; Ickx & Bell; RN1 Minichamps 402 826503; Porsche 956L; 1982 Le Mans Winners Set; RN1, 2 & 3  
1983        
Vitesse 190; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 2nd; Ickx & Bell; RN1 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans DNF; Mass & Bellof; RN2 Quartzo Q3051; Porsche 956 Long Tail; 1983 24h Le Mans 1st; Holbert, Haywood, Schuppan; RN3 Vitesse 190; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 1st; Holbert, Haywood, Schuppan; RN3 Vitesse 196; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 1st; Holbert, Haywood, Schuppan; RN3
Vitesse 190; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 2nd; Ickx & Bell; RN1 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans DNF; Mass & Bellof; RN2 Quartzo Q3051; Porsche 956 Long Tail; 1983 24h Le Mans 1st; Holbert, Haywood, Schuppan; RN3 Vitesse 190; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 1st; Holbert, Haywood, Schuppan; RN3 Vitesse 196; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 1st; Holbert, Haywood, Schuppan; RN3
         
Spark 43LM83; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 1st; Holbert, Haywood, Schuppan; RN3 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 6th; Ludwig, Johansson, Wolleck; RN8 True Scale TSM151210; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 6th; Ludwig, Johansson, Wolleck; RN8 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans DNF; Fitzpatrick, Hobbs, Quester; RN11 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 4th; Merl, Schickentanz, de Navarez; RN12
Spark 43LM83; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 1st; Holbert, Haywood, Schuppan; RN3 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 6th; Ludwig, Johansson, Wolleck; RN8 True Scale TSM151210; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 6th; Ludwig, Johansson, Wolleck; RN8 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans DNF; Fitzpatrick, Hobbs, Quester; RN11 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 4th; Merl, Schickentanz, de Navarez; RN12
Minichamps 430 836514; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 8th; Palmer, Lammers, Lloyd; RN14 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 8th; Palmer, Lammers, Lloyd; RN14 IXO; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 8th; Palmer, Lammers, Lloyd; RN14 Minichamps 180 836914; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 8th; Palmer, Lammers, Lloyd; RN14 Vitesse 194; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 5th; Fitzpatrick, Edwards, Keegan; RN16
Minichamps 430 836514; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 8th; Palmer, Lammers, Lloyd; RN14 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 8th; Palmer, Lammers, Lloyd; RN14 IXO; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 8th; Palmer, Lammers, Lloyd; RN14 Minichamps 180 836914; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 8th; Palmer, Lammers, Lloyd; RN14 Vitesse 194; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 5th; Fitzpatrick, Edwards, Keegan; RN16
Minichamps 180 838918; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 7th; Plankenhorn, Wilson, Lassig; RN18 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 7th; Plankenhorn, Wilson, Lassig; RN18 Minichamps 430 836518; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 7th; Plankenhorn, Wilson, Lassig; RN18 Vitesse 192; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 3rd; Andretti, Andretti, Aliot; RN21 Minichamps 180 836921; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 3rd; Andretti, Andretti, Aliot; RN21
Minichamps 180 838918; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 7th; Plankenhorn, Wilson, Lassig; RN18 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 7th; Plankenhorn, Wilson, Lassig; RN18 Minichamps 430 836518; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 7th; Plankenhorn, Wilson, Lassig; RN18 Vitesse 192; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 3rd; Andretti, Andretti, Aliot; RN21 Minichamps 180 836921; Porsche 956L; 1983 24h Le Mans 3rd; Andretti, Andretti, Aliot; RN21
Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 10th; Henn, Schlesser, Ballot-Lena; RN47        
Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1983 24h Le Mans 10th; Henn, Schlesser, Ballot-Lena; RN47        
1984        
IXO; Porsche 956B; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7 IXO LM1984; Porsche 956B; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7 Quartzo Q3072; Porsche 956 Long Tail; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7 Spark S0998; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7
IXO; Porsche 956B; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7 IXO LM1984; Porsche 956B; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7 Quartzo Q3072; Porsche 956 Long Tail; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7 Spark S0998; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 1st; Ludwig & Pescarolo; RN7
Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 9th; Needell, Sutherland, French; RN17 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 7th; Sigala, Larrauri, Gouhier; RN20 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; de Cadenet, Faceti, Vanoli; RN21 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 2nd; Rondeau & Paul; RN26 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Lassig, Fouche, Graham; RN47
Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 9th; Needell, Sutherland, French; RN17 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 7th; Sigala, Larrauri, Gouhier; RN20 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; de Cadenet, Faceti, Vanoli; RN21 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans 2nd; Rondeau & Paul; RN26 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Lassig, Fouche, Graham; RN47
1985        
Spark 43LM85; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 1st; Barilla, Ludwig, Winter; RN7 Minichamps 180 856907; Porsche 956L; 1985 24h Le Mans 1st; Barilla, Ludwig, Winter; RN7 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 5th; Hytten, Fouche, ven der Merwe; RN10 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 8th; Lassig, Pareja, Regout; RN26 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 4th; Gartner, Hobbs, Edwards; RN33
Spark 43LM85; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 1st; Barilla, Ludwig, Winter; RN7 Minichamps 180 856907; Porsche 956L; 1985 24h Le Mans 1st; Barilla, Ludwig, Winter; RN7 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 5th; Hytten, Fouche, ven der Merwe; RN10 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 8th; Lassig, Pareja, Regout; RN26 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 4th; Gartner, Hobbs, Edwards; RN33
Minichamps 183 856933; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 4th; Gartner, Hobbs, Edwards; RN33 (L)        
Minichamps 183 856933; Porsche 956; 1985 24h Le Mans 4th; Gartner, Hobbs, Edwards; RN33 (L)        
1986        
Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1986 24h Le Mans 3rd; Follmer, Morton, Miller; RN8 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1986 24h Le Mans 4th; de Villota, Velez, Fouche; RN33      
Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1986 24h Le Mans 3rd; Follmer, Morton, Miller; RN8 Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1986 24h Le Mans 4th; de Villota, Velez, Fouche; RN33      
1988        
Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1988 24h Le Mans 11th; Lassig, Yver, Wood; RN72        
Vitesse; Porsche 956; 1988 24h Le Mans 11th; Lassig, Yver, Wood; RN72        

Site Home   24 Hours of Le Mans Home
Last Edit: 14/05/2022   Page Added 08/05/2022