Thunderflash Design

Derek Bell

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All Hail the King

The Porsche 956 was built by Porsche for entry into the World Sportscar Championship in 1982 after the introduction of Group C regulations. Weighing just 800KGs and powered by a 635BHP, 2.65L Flat-6, the car was Porsche's first to integrate ground-effect aerodynamics, and the car was fitted with a pioneering transmission system ubiquitous in today's cars - the dual-clutch gearbox. The car was fitted with one of two rear-spoiler designs: a larger, high-downforce variant for shorter circuits, and a longer, lower rear wing for the Le Mans 24 Hours where minimised drag on the near four mile long Mulsanne Straight was essential. The car in the print is fitted with the larger wing, and is identical to the car that the late Stefan Bellof drove to a 6min 11second lap of the Nürburgring in 1983, a record unbeaten until 2018 when it was surpassed by the ballistic Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo. The 956 was the dominant force in Group C racing, taking the outright Le Mans class win in 1983 - 1986 and various sportscar wins and titles before becoming obsolete in 1987 due to a change in FIA safety regulations.

Derek Bell is Britain's most successful racing driver having amassed five Le Mans 24 Hour titles (1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987 as well has having clocked an eye-watering 246MPH on the Mulsanne Straight on a 1971 test-day in a Porsche 917L, a record), also finishing on the podium in 1983, 1985, 1988, 1994 and 1995, the World Sportscar Championship title in 1985 and 1986 and the Daytona 24 Hours thrice in '86, '87 and '89. These major titles were mostly claimed with Porsche with the dominant 956/962.

The car presented in this print was used by Bell and Stefan Bellof to win the 1984 World Sportscar Championship Spa-Francorchamps 1000KM.

Size: 50cm x 70cm
Paper: 269 gsm matte litho-realistic paper
Catalogue Ref: 2018:L.03/DB
Limited to a production run of 350 prints

Colours may vary slightly on paper from how they appear on the website.

Picture frames shown in site imagery may not be representative of available 50cm x 70cm frames. Please check with your local frame provider for more details. The artwork is packaged and posted in a triangular postal tube.

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