Dauer 962 LM
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Dauer 962 LM

Dauer 962 LM

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.

Interior

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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

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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.

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