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Russell Sheldon
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Here's another picture of the prototype version of the Slot.it Porsche 962, found on Italia Slot:-



The photo below is a P956 with lights, fitted by Roberto Addia of Team Sicily.



I really don't know if the production version of the P962 will have lights -- I certainly hope so, on the "long-tail", at least. I'd prefer a short-tail version without lights.

With kind regards

Russell
 

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Lights are something I can take or leave but am struck with admiration for the incredibly tidy wiring layout in there. It's a masterpiece!
 

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Allan Wakefield
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I am abit peed off with sites claiming exclusivity for Slot.It 962 pics.
I suggest a trip to the Dictionary as more than a few pics of this car appeared here on SlotForum at the beginning of November 2003!

Check here for starters....

Porsche 956/962 comparison
 

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Alan Tadd
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I'm sure it looks very nice, but is it that much of a leap forward, (body wise) from the Scalextric Porsche?



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Alan
 

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Hi.

Given the years that have passed since Scalextric's designe, their's is still an excellent model - one does not become Scalextric by pure chance! Besides, the P962 being what it is, things cannot be changed from the real thing.

However, we have tried to put the technology of the year 2004 to good use - putting in all the details like in the P956 with special attention to track handling and decoration detail.

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Maurizio
 

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Hi all,

I'm new to "grown up" slot racing. I'm from Johanneburg, South Africa dn I really had to dig deep to find some people that races. It seems to be a very secrative bunch.

Anyway, I would just like to know what's the correct term for these cars, like this Porche and the other Le Mans types.
 

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Allan Wakefield
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QUOTE Anyway, I would just like to know what's the correct term for these cars, like this Porche and the other Le Mans types.

Bloody Gorgeous?
 

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QUOTE Anyway, I would just like to know what's the correct term for these cars, like this Porsche and the other Le Mans types.
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Swiss, you are correct!

Maurizio, agreed the Scaleys are good (actually much better than the standard of the day when they were made), but your Slot-it models are just plain fantastic! Bellissimo (if you'll excuse my attempt at italian spelling sans dictionary)

Mampara, you could add - dominant, legendary and a few other adjectives to Swiss's comment, however you are looking for the technical class that these cars ran in...

They were classified by the FIA as 'Group C' cars. They (956/962) dominated Le Mans from 82-87. They were a mainstay in 'Sport-protoype' racing for over a decade 82-95!

There were various championships they ran in over the years: the World Endurance Championship for Makes for one. Others can fill in the list as I am not expert here.

Best, Ken R
 

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Russell Sheldon
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Hi Mampara!

Hoe gaan dit? Hartlike welkom by SlotForum! Daar is heelwat Suid-Afrikaaners hier!

There is quite a lot of slot racing at all levels in South Africa, especially in the Johannesburg / Pretoria area. In fact, the South African Model Car Association (SAMCA) has been organising national events ever since 1963!

A good starting point would be to visit the Slot Cars South Africa website, which lists the contact details of some of the clubs. There are quite a few more.

To add to Ken Rs reply, the designation of the cars depends on the era raced, but they are generally known as Sports Prototype cars. The long-tail Porsche 956/962 Le Mans cars (as produced by Slot.it) raced in Group C, as did the short-tail versions in other World Sports Car Championship series races. The short-tail versions also raced as IMSA GTP class cars in other series (mainly in the USA and Japan).

This is my favourite version of the 956:-



Between 1953 and 1961, the world championship was known as the Sports Car World Championship, and the title went to the leading manufacturer. At end of 1961 the FIA introduced the GT (Grand Touring) championship, technically ending the sports car championship, although the organisers of the Targa Florio, Le Mans, Nurburgring and Sebring races offered the Challenge Mondiale de Vitesse for prototype sports cars.

In 1968 the FIA introduced a new World Sports Car Manufacturers Championship for Competition Sports Cars (Group 4) and Prototypes (Group 6). This was still for manufacturers only. A new championship was introduced in 1972, ending the distinction between Group 4 and 6 cars, and was called the World Championship for Makes for Prototype Sports Cars (Group 5) and GT Cars (Group 4).

From 1976, only Group 5 cars were allowed to race, and in 1981 a drivers championship was introduced for the first time. Group C was the Sports Prototype class introduced in 1982 along with Group A and Group B for production cars. The series ran in varying forms from 1982 until 1993, when a change of engine regulations killed it. The championship was renamed again in 1986, becoming the Sports-Prototype World Championship.

Kind regards

Russell
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