The Sauber C9/C11 – the most beautiful Sports Prototype of all time ?

we here at Rs2racer think it is.

With Le Mans just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to highlight this amazing machine.

The C9 was Peter Sauber’s magnum opus. By all standards a dominant thoroughbred . Having won Le Mans in 1988 and 1989 as well as the WSC series where it simply wiped the floor with the competition .

This was an era when prototype racing saw the likes of such beasts as the Mazda 787B, the Tom Walkinshaw Silk Cut Jaguar, the Porsche 962  and the fierce Nissan GTP car. I remember seeing all but the C9 run in the IMSA GTP series back in the 80’s.

What we love about both the c9 and c11 is the powerplant. Its Mercedes’ venerable M119 V8 that was found in cars like the 500SL, and the Porsche-Benz collaboration 500e which I personally had owned a while ago.

Sauber strapped on 2 turbos and something close to 950hp was the end result. Top speed at the Mulsanne straights was 250 mph ! I’m pretty sure the prototype cars don’t run anywhere near that speed today.

We’re diehard Audi nuts here, its even the moniker of our blog name. The Rs2 was Audi’s first Avant with over 350hp, a supercar even by today’s standards, but as brilliant as the R15 is, the Tdi motor is too quiet almost.

You knew when a C9 or C11 was running. Heaven and Earth moved …

Its a shame that Mercedes spends all their time and effort with the F1 car, Le Mans hasn’t been the same since they and Porsche stopped running in the top class.  Well at least Porsche is back in 2013…..maybe success  will prompt AMG to front a team.

 

Some in car comparisons….

Here’s Johnny Herbert taking “the” Le Mans winning Mazda 787B out of museum storage out on the Le Mans circuit. This wins for best sound .

 

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