Posts Tagged ‘Le Mans’


A couple of weeks ago Peugeot launched the successor to their 908 HDi FAP which it had been racing at Le Mans since 2007. The 2011 908 looks similar to the older car but features a V8 turbo diesel rather than the V12.

Diecast Models

Posted: October 15, 2009 in Diecast
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DSCF2429I thought that I would blog about some of the diecast models that I have accumulated over the years. I have quite a few and will have many more posts to come on the subject. All of these models are 1:43 scale.

 To the left are three models that are all racing cars, as are most of my models. The first one, to the left is a Toyota TS010 that competed at the 1993 Le Mans 24 hour race and was driven by David Brabham. The model is from IXO models. The centre model is a Mazda 727 from the 1983 Le Mans race and was made by Bizarre Models, whilst the model on the right is the 1967 Ford XT GT that won at Bathurst and was made by Classic Carlectibles.DSCF2364

 

Above are some Nissans sports racing cars from over the years. The extreme left model is Quartzo’s Nissan R391 froDSCF2375m the 1999 Le Mans race. Next to it are a Nissan R89C from the 1989 Le Mans and a Nissan R91CK from the 1991 Daytona 24 Hours, a race which it took victory. Both of these models are by Japan’s Q-Model, while the car on the extreme right is a Nissan R390 by Quartzo, which took third place at the 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours.

The final two models that I will showcase in this post are both Martini Lancia’s. I do think that the red white and blue Martini livery is the best. At the left is a Madyero white metal model of a Lancia LC2 from the Monza 1000kms of 1983, whilst at the right is a Lancia LC2 of 1982 by Le Mans 43. 


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I am currently working on mega-post on the history of Audi’s participation in the American Le Mans Series and in the Le Mans 24 Hours. I will look at the various Audi models to have taken part in their sportscar programme since 1999, from the R8R to the current R15TDi. I will look at the brilliant results that they have achieved in the last decade that have made them the most successful racing car company of the last ten years (Yes, even more successful than Ferrari!).

Audi R15

Posted: February 15, 2009 in Le Mans, Motorsport, Sport
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Audi have posted this High Resolution picture of the forthcoming R15 on its website. Looks very aggressive and will probably give the Peugeot’s a good run for their money. Of course we won’t know until Sebring next month.

Audi R15 Tdi First Picture

Posted: February 14, 2009 in Le Mans, Motorsport, Sport
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Here’s the first picture of Audi’s new Le Mans challenger, the R15 Tdi.

At first sight it looks a little like a cross between the R8 and the R10.

For pictures of Audi’s past Le Mans challengers click here.
For a picture of a concept drawing of what one of Audi’s designers guessed the car would look like according to the proposed (but now scrapped) Le Mans rules for 2009 click here.


aston20martin20lmp1_b144ea3c-c99f-4654-a837-78f6f284415bDue to all the heat and my inherent laziness, I forgot to post this picture of Aston Martin’s LMP challenger for the Le Mans 24 hours in June. This Gulf liveried car has been made in conjunction with Lola and uses Aston’s V12 engine that should enable it to compete for the title of best petrol car. If it has some luck it may even be able to score a podium place, although the battle for overall victory will undoubtedly be between the diesel powered Peugeot 908s and Audi R15s.


The Porsche 996 GT1 of 1998, better known as the 911 GT1 won only a single race in it’s career. Fortunately it was the only real race that counts, the 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours, but if it was not for this very lucky victory, the car would be considered a major flop.

The winning 911 GT1 visited Melbourne in 2007 for the Phillip Island Historics, and also posed for photos at Southbank.
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After its victory at Le Mans the only other thing of note that the car did was some aerobatic work at the 1998 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Fortunately driver Yannick Dalmas was unhurt and the car was able to be put back together again.