Enter the Secret Porsche Racing Room at the Petersen Automotive Museum


The Petersen Automotive Museum is full of automotive history. None of their sections are as new as the Porsche Racing Prototype section of their vault. Now we get a tour of the vehicles there, how they are different and why they are so special.

Instead of the road-approved sports cars that most of the public know, these are all race cars with serious pedigree. Each of them saw real competition. And they’re all part of the Porsche 956 and 962 racing car family. It’s one of the most successful.

Mark Hotchkis is taking us on tour and it’s fitting. Not only is Mark an accomplished racing driver in his own right, but he also owns a Porsche 962. The car on which it is based, the 956 was the first racing car to feature an aluminum unibody chassis and aluminum chassis. ‘aerodynamic ground effects.

In fact, the 956 was so good that in its very first year of racing, 1982, it won at Le Mans. That’s not even the whole story either, as he led every lap and actually swept the podium finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The 962 evolved from it into a more refined racing car.

As Hotchkis explains, there have been many improvements, some of which are for security. Drivers of the 956 actually had their feet on the pedals in front of the front axle. In 962, this security issue was resolved.

Porsche has in fact sold a number of these racers to private teams and many can be seen in this collection. Each of these teams did their jobs with the car and tweaked elements of the design for their own benefit.

The collection is available for a short time, so if you’re in the LA area, go visit the Peteresen. The entire video features tiny details about the design and history of the race. Take a look below!

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