Our latest 2.0-litre Cup car build recently debuted at Estoril, with a third place overall and first in Gentleman Drivers for David Danglard. David is a huge 911 fan and long-time friend of the team, with several endurance rallying successes under his belt over recent years, navigated by his wife, Susan. The circuit success in Portugal was very exciting and bodes well for the 2022 season.
David’s new 2-litre 911 racing car is an early chassis with an interesting history. Chassis number 300575 was one of the first cars produced and was purchased new in Hamburg by Willi Kauhsen, a name familiar to Porsche fans.
Kauhsen was a Porsche works driver in period, winning the Marathon de le Route in a 911S before going on to drive 908s and 917s at Le Mans, including the famous Pink Pig 917 alongside Reinhold Joest in the 1971 Le Mans 24 Hours. He later raced in America, driving the 1000-horsepower 917/10, before going on to start his own race team, running the works Alfa Romeos and winning the 1975 World Sportscar Championship as a constructor.
Willi drove the 1965 911 for a few years before converting it to RSR specification for racing. Willi Goebbels bought it from Kauhsen and used it in IMSA racing, including at the 24 Hours of Daytona, at Sebring and also in South America. A chance conversation led to the car being purchased by another former works driver, Brian Redman. Brian had the car during the early 1990s and gave it to Kevin Jeanette at Gunnar Racing for a ground up rebuild before racing it for several years in a lightweight configuration.
David came across the car several years ago and bought it on the basis of its compelling provenance, with the idea to return it to racing in Europe. The car has been rebuilt here at Wardington to 2.0L Cup specifications and runs our complete 2-litre specification, including our latest-spec engine. The livery is a nod to David’s French heritage; while he lives in the USA and has done for many years, he hails from La République.
Congratulations to David on a great debut and a beautiful car! We’re looking forward to seeing this 911 on the podium again in 2022.