as soon as Jim Busby's 962s were delivered back in late '84, just prior
to the 1985 Daytona 24, did the team begin to tinker with the
At first the modifications were relatively simple and consisted of
changes and relocating the turbo and related plumbing.
by the late 80s it was clear the old-dog 962 needed much
962 was 1982-tech, actually 1980/81 considering when it was designed,
raced in 1990 (nearly)” says Jim Busby. Michael Colucci
a bit more, “The areas of weakness were the chassis (not very stiff
5350 lbs per degree)...not as much down force as the Nissan, Jag, and
the Toyota…” Busby’s team embarked on a substantial
in order to improve overall torsional rigidity and aerodynamic
in early 1988 (above and to left) showed that the modified car was 3/4
to 1 second quicker
than the standard 962. Ultimately it was uncertain where the
came from, so many modifications were made. "(it) Was faster
stop watch and that’s all I was concerned with," say Colucci.
the aero downforce was improved and Jim Busby makes a point of
that with the standard 962 you'd have to lift for the kink at Road
not so with the updated car.