Dauer 962 LM

Price
$ 853 Thousand
Top Speed
252 mph (mph)

Dauer 962 LM is one of the most impressive supercars to have been ever built since it was the first ever supercar to be rechristened for road use. Hence it was no wonder that it could out-perform perform popular compatriots like McLaren F1s. The Porsche 962 endurance race car being the most popular racing car ever built was a phenomenal success in its heydays winning five World Sportscar Championships and 6 Le Mans although at times it did face resistance from the likes of Jaguar XJR series and the Silver Arrow (Mercedes-Benz). Hence, to pay homage to the Porsche 962′s sporting triumphs and on account of the “Supercar Boom” of the 1990s, Dauer decided to create the ultimate Supercar by modifying the iconic Porsche thereby creating the design of the 962 LM supercar.

Review

The engine used in the Porsche 962 was the Le Mans specific 2994cc water cooled twin cam operating 4 valve cylindrical engine with turbochargers and individual inter-coolers. Thanks to a sufficiently-high compression ratio, the car's engine was able to deliver a jet setting 730 hp at 7,600 rpm and an impressive engine torque of 517 lb ft at 5,000rpm. The above figures translated to a spell binding engine strength of 240hp per litre, which was even greater than the Porsche’s 911GT1 that derived its engine directly from the 962's racing unit, but could manage only a measly 172hp per litre. Engine power was fed through a 5-speed manual gearbox to the four large-diameter wheels and tires which were balanced by practical double wishbones. Industry analysts were initially skeptical about Dauer’s power rating as well as its performance claims, but all such apprehensions were put to rest when the car clocked zero to 100km/hr in an astonishing 2.6 seconds and 200km/hr at a super quick 7.2 seconds. And with a top speed of 252 mph, the Dauer sped the McLaren F1 by a neat 11 miles/hour.

Interior

Although the Dauer 962 was equipped with air-conditioning and ABS, it still couldn't overcome the practical limitations faced by the Porsche racing car in reconverting it to a fully fledged roadster. The car’s cabin was too cramped for comfort since the Porsche was in fact a single seater, which prompted Dauer to squeeze in two seats in the limited cockpit space and thereby resulting in the driver and passengers scraping with each other. Moreover, since the driving seat was positioned off the center line, the driver's head nearly stroked the rounded side windows. 

Leg space was even worse as it was impossible to get in and out of the car without removing the steering wheel, just like the racing car. The cramped legroom was largely attributed to the broad door sills in the Dauer which were widest of all the supercars and required stepping on the sills and detaching the steering wheel to enter the seats of the car. There was a luggage compartment inside the right door shelf that could take several customized carbon fiber cases, but given the cramped seating arrangements inside, not many people would prefer using the Dauer as a touring or shopping car. Dauer did not tinker much with the basic structure of the original Porsche as one can still find two radiators placed on the left door shelf behind the luggage compartment.

Exterior

The chassis was more or less unchanged from the original Porsche since the Dauer used a similar Kevlar body covered steel tubular space frame that was advanced enough for its time, but not as firm as the monocoque carbon fiber of the McLaren. The Dauer’s springs were made of titanium, with height-adjustable dampers like Porsche 959. The car’s riding height could be lowered with just a flick of a switch while running at high speeds, thus effectively utilizing the ground-effect under tray to enhance the ride stability of the car. Poor rear visibility was another troublesome aspect of the Dauer's design since any form of rear vision depended on side mirrors that were positioned at considerable distances from each other thereby reducing visibility and difficulty in reverse parking. Contrary to the rear end woes, the forward vision was fairly good on account of big and penetrating windscreens.