Porsche 956B-114

Factory-built car in identical spec to works Rothmans car, replete with fetching green Skoal-Bandit podium-winning livery.

Introduction

History

1984

1985

1986

A rare bird, even by 956 standards, this is one of just four chassis built for the world championship to what is now known as 956B specification. Of these just  three survive, chassis 956/116 being completely destroyed in the crash at Spa in 1985 which tragically claimed the life of Stefan Bellof. Chassis 956/117 is the Joest back to back double Le Mans winner.

The 956B is a customer version of the works Rothmans 956, with the same bespoke Singer profile chassis underside but and with an engine running full Bosch Motronic engine management. It may not sound like a big deal but it was. Fully electronic and integrated ignition and injection made much closer control of the combustion process possible. There were three distinct benefits: more power, better fuel consumption and a more progressive throttle response, largely because Motronic permitted much high compression ratios to be used. Although the first factory 956 was fitted with Motronic late in 1982, it would be 1984 before they got around to putting it onto customer cars, by which stage it had already developed the 962, first to race in North America and then, in 1985 as the 962C, in Group C.

956/114 did three full seasons with Fitzpatrick, first as a Skoal Bandit car, then in American 100 colours and finally as a Danone car. Although It never won in the hands of Thierry Boutsen at the Norisring and was second in 1000km races at both the Nurburgring and Mosport in 1984 and finished Le Mans three times, twice in 4th place and, in 1984, on the third step of the podium. It famously secured Derek Bell the world drivers title in 1986, which was decided by a tie breaker based on the race result at the Norisring race that year.

It has now been returned to Skoal Bandit livery and is fitted with full sprint bodywork with a high downforce nose and tail.

History & Results

Car No.TeamYearColoursHistory & Results
956B-114FITZPATRICK1984SKOAL BANDITFront runner, Led Le Mans - 3rd overall - pole at Spa, 2nd Nurburgring / Mosport etc
  1985AMERICAN 100'sLe Mans - 4th overall, 4th Shah Alam etc
   DANONELe Mans - 4th overall, 3rd Nurburgring, 4th Jerez etc.  Bell's drive at Norisring won him the '86 drivers title
    skoal Just fitted with fresh ex works '83 Le Mans qualifying engine

1984 Season - Skoal Bandit Sponsorship

Race DateRaceDriversCar No.Result
23/04/19841000Km MonzaT.Boutsen / D.Hobbs#33DNF
13/05/19841000 Km SilverstoneT.Boutsen / D.Hobbs#338th
16-17/06/198424 Hours Le MansD. Hobbs/ P. Streiff/ S. van der Merwe#333rd
15/07/19841000 Km NurburgringT.Boutsen / D.Hobbs#332nd
05/08/19841000 Km MosportD.Hobbs#332nd
02/09/19841000 Km SpaT.Boutsen / D.Hobbs#33DNF
16/09/19841000 Km ImolaD.Theys / Dievonne#33DNF
02/12/19841000 Km Sandown ParkT. Boutsen / D. Hobbs,#33DNF

1985 Season - American 100’s Sponsorship

Race DateRaceDriversCar No.Result
28/04/19851000 Km MonzaJ. Gartner / K. Acheson#33DNF
12/05/19851000 Km SilverstoneD. Hobbs / J. Gartner#33DNF
17-18/06/198524 Hours Le MansD. Hobbs / J. Gartner / G. Edwards,#334th
06/10/19851000 Km FujiJ. Gartner / M. Roe#33DNF
01/12/1985800 Km Shah Alam:F. Konrad / A. Miedecke,#334th

1986 Season - Danone Sponsorship

Race DateRaceDriversCar No.Result
20/04/1986Kouros Cup MonzaJ. Gartner / K. Niedwiedz#108th
09/05/19861000 Km SilverstoneE. de Villota / F. Velez#335th
31/05/198624 Hours Le MansE. de Villota / G. Fouche / F. Velez#334th
29/06/1986100 Meilen NorisringD. Bell#3311th
20/07/19861000 Km Brands HatchE. de Villota / F. Velez#33DNF
03/08/1986Trofeo Silk Cut JerezE. de Villota / F. Velez#335th
24/08/19861000 Km NurburgringE. de Villota / F. Velez#333rd
15/09/19861000 Km Spa-FrancorchampsE. de Villota / F. Velezv11th