Cougar C26S

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    In the turmoil created by the regulation changes for the 1991 Sports Car World Championship -as it had rather pointlessly been renamed by the FIA- there was a slow uptake in the 3.5L C1 class and so a class of cars complying with the previous rules were allowed to race once again. The Cougar C26S was the latest Courage Competition product, using a twin-turbo 3.0L Porsche engine as opposed to the F1-type units that were now supposed to be standard in the Championship and this placed the car in what was known as Category 2.

    At Le Mans that year the Category 2 cars made up the majority of the field and included various 962’s, along with some Jaguars, Mercedes’ and others. The C26S pictured (#007) of Robert/Migault/Raulet qualified 20th but rose to finish 11th ahead of the last-placed and only surviving C1 car (a Spice!), Porsche-powered cars making up a third of the finishers. Despite the chassis number only three other cars were made.

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