1988-1989 Busby Porsche 962
Images copyright Lee Self
Text copyright Michael J. Fuller
West Palm Beach 1988.  The nose is a standard 962 part with a splitter added to the front blanking off the underfloor "funnel" inlet.  The rear end aero has been completely revised as well. 
Columbus, 1988In a search for front downforce, Colucci purchased a Porsche 956 nose from the factory, specifically a low downforce Le Mans version, and cut and shut it to fit the 962.  The 956 nose, being about 5” longer than the 962’s, allowed the rear wing to be moved forward by a similar amount (and still maintain the maximum legal length and therefore floor area).  The revised nose moved the center of balance forward some 8" and increased front downforce around 20%.  With more front downforce, more rear wing could be run, and thus higher total downforce.  The standard 962 nose was retained as an alternative when running at the relatively high speed/low drag tracks such as Daytona and Road America.
West Palm Beach, 1988Engines were developed and maintained by Ed Pink, though this would change in '89 when the Miller sponsorship, in a deal led by Alwin Springer following Al Holbert's death, was parceled to Busby in order to lure them back to Andial .  This would see the Busby cars switch to the very famous gold, white, and green Miller High Life colors. 

The large duct on the engine cover feeds the huge intercooler located above the engine.  The side duct branching off of the back end of the intercooler inlet feeds the turbo.  The NACA ducts feed air into the rear brakes.

West Palm Beach, 1988The bodywork ends just aft of the rear wheels and the double element rear wing is lowered to further interact with the tunnels.  The depth of the endplates is very evident, sealing nearly all the way to the track surface.
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