Racing continues to be a source of innovation, often just to meet or beat the ever changing rules and regulations, always taking advantage of the latest and greatest technology. While Porsche dominated much of the 1970's and early 80's racing, there were many other successful cars produced and many of those are found here. This part of the collection chronicles racing from the early 70's up to the present day.

To see other Racing Sports Cars click on years: 1945-59, 1960-69.

Racing Sports & GT Cars from 1970 to Present

RACING SPORTS & GT CARS 1970-1979:

1970 Ford Boss 302 Trans Am Mustang: The 1970 Trans-Am season was better for Ford, with Bud Moore's Ford backed race versions of the Mustang dominating the series. Lower, lightweight and with better weight distribution than the street Mustang, the 302 cu. in.(5.0L) V8 has aluminum heads on an iron Windsor block, and produces around 470 hp. Parnelli Jones drove one of the two the Bud Moore Mustang's in the 1970 Trans Am, who along with teammate George Follmer, brought the Trans-Am championship to Ford.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1970 Chevrolet-Chaparral Camaro: 1970 was the pinacle year for muscle car development and the SCCA Trans-Am racing was being contested in full fury by all of the U.S. manufacturers. Roger Penske had left the series and the Camaro's in 1970 were built for racing by Jim Hall. The Chaparral-Camaro had a 304 cu.in. V8, which produces 475 hp and featured the new generation body style Camaro introduced that year. Hall and Vic Elford drove this car to victory at Watkins Glen and 4th place at Road America.
Model by TRUE SCALE 1/43
1970 Chevrolet-Chaparral Camaro: Ed Leslie was the primary driver of the second Chaparral team entry in the 1970 Trans Am. The Trans Am was at its zenith, with stiff competition from Ford and AMC. The Chaparral-Camaro's had limited success due to both limited development time and weight and Chevy's best days in the series were behind it. Ed Leslie's best placing was a 2nd at Lime Rock. Three Chaparral-Camaro cars were built, the lone survivor still races in Historic Trans-Am races around the USA.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1970 Plymouth Superbird: The Superbird was developed for NASCAR racing from Plymouth's Road Runner production cars. It took lessons learned from Chrysler's 1969 NASCAR season with the Dodge Charger Daytona, providing increased perfrormance and better aerodynamics. The 7.0L hemi V8 (426 Cu. in.) engine produced over 425 hp and was capable of over 200 mph. Plymouth usd the Superbird to lure Richard Petty away from Ford and he used it to great advantage, winning 18 races including Riverside with this car.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1970 Chevron B16: Brian Redman drove this car in the 1970 European 2-Litre Manufacturers Championship, winning the championship for Chevron and finishing in 2nd place in the drivers standings. The B16 had a 1800cc 4-cylinder Cosworth FCV engine which produced 245 hp. Redman finished in first place at Paul Ricard in this car. By the end of the season the Lola T280 was dominating the series and Chevron introduced the spyder version of the B16 to be able to compete.
Model by LIBRA MINIATURES 1/43
1970 BRM P154: The P154 was raced in the Can Am series and was powered by a 8.0L Chevy V8, which produced 760 bhp. This car was driven for most of the 1970 season by George Eaton and a sister car by Pedro Rodriguez. The car had promise, but BRM was over extended in their F1 effort and did not give it its proper due and it usually did not go the distance. The best finish was by Rodriguez at Riverside with a 3rd place finish. Click on image to see the Rodriguez car.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1970 March 707: Powered by a 8.2L aluminum block Chevy V8 producing 730 bhp, the Robin Herd designed the aerodynamic March 707 to dominate Group 7/Can-Am racing. Racing the final three rounds of the 1970 Can-Am, this car piloted by Chris Amon scored a fifth place at Donnybrooke and fourth place at both Laguna Seca and Riverside. A great start, but March chose to focus on F1 racing instead and did not return to the Can-Am.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43

1970 AMC Javelin: AMC began racing the Javelin in the Trans-Am serieis in 1968. By the 1970 season AMC brought in Roger Penske and his organization to run the program, with Mark Donohue as driver and engineer. Penske modifications significantly improved the handling of the Javelin and performance of the 5.0L V8 engine. Donohue won three races and AMC finished second in the Over 2.0L Trans-Am Championship in 1970,to the Ford Mustang.
Model by SMTS 1/43
1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda: Dan Gurney and his All American Racers (AAR) were contracted by Plymouth in 1970 to campaign cars for himself and Swede Savage to drive in the Trans-Am series. AAR built three of the dark blue cars for running in the series, but budget cuts at Chrysler meant Gurney would only drive the first two races of the season. Plymouth finished fifth in the 1970 Trans-Am Championship with no wins and just 15 points.
Model by SMTS 1/43
1970 Dodge Challenger: Sam Posey was the primary driver fr the Plymouth entry in the 1970 Trans-Am. It and the Cuda AAR benefitted from chassis and roll cage development by AAR. The Challenger unlike its sister car the Challenger held together better than the Cuda; with Posey taking three third place finishes at Kent Road America and Lime Rock and Dodge bested Plymouth in the points championship. The great Tony Adamowicz drove at Riverside but was a DNF.
Model by SMTS 1/43
1971 Datsun 510: BRE,in close conjunction with the Datsun factory, used their Datsun 2000 racing experieince to dominate the Trans-Am 2.5L class in 1971 and 1972. Powered by a 1.8L four-cyl.engine producing 150 hp, John Morton drove the sole car for the team in 1971, beating out John Weston in his Alfa Romeo for the class championship. Three cars were prepared for 1972, with Morton again taking the Championship.
Model by EBBRO 1/43

1970 Datsun BRE 240Z: Pete Brock's BRE Racing began its successful association with Nissan with the Datsun 2000. This led to development of the new 240Z. BRE and drive John Morton won SCCA's C Production championship in 1970 and 1971. From there, BRE moved on to the 510 and Trans Am, but Bob Sharp kept the Z car in the winners circle much of the next ten years.
Model by DEL PRADO 1/43
1971 Datsun 240Z: Datsun/Nissan had a very successful outing at the 19th East African Safari Rally in 1971. In it's first entry the 240/Fairlady Z won the Over-all Victory, Class Victory, Team Victory and Manufactures Championship. Edgar Hermann and Hans Shuller finished first in this car with team cars finishing second and seventh overall. Considered to be the world's toughest rally, the East African Safari routes through Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Model by IXO 1/43
1972 Datsun 510: Actor Paul Newman became an accomplished race car driver, winning several national championships in SCCA competition. He ran a Bob Sharp prepared 510 in the mid-70's. While qualifying at the SCCA Runoffs in 1973, he crashed heavily. The remains were put on a truck and hauled to Sharp's race shop, where after a few hours it was repaird and taken back to Atlanta for Newman to race. He finished 9th that year, 6th in 1975 and 3rd in 1976 in this car.
Model by TRUESCALE 1/43
1971 Alpine Renault A110 1800S: Alpine produced this Renault powered rally car of 1800 cc, producing 180 bhp and weighing just over 1300 pounds, into a world-beater. A 1-2-3 finish on the 1971 Monte Carlo rally, which was repeated again in 1973 by this car driven by Jean-Claude Andruet and Michele Petit. Based on a 1962 design and primarily production parts, the A110 gave way to more modern cars such as the Stratos which copied its size and rear-engine design.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43

1972 Matra MS670 (LE MANS WINNER): Graham Hill and Henri Pescarolo gave the Equipe Matra-Simca Shell team its first outright win at Le Mans in 1972. This car finished 10 laps ahead of the other team car which took second place with Francois Cevert and Howden Ganley driving. The rule change that went into effect at Le Mans in 1972, limiting engines to 3.0 litres favored Matra with its developed 3.0L V12.
Model by IXO 1/43
1973 Matra MS 670B (LE MANS WINNER): For 1973, Matra planned an all-out assault on Le Mans with four entries and against stiff competitoin from Ferrari and Gulf-Mirage. This car piloted by French drivers Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larrousse won and it was to be the second of three consecutive wins for Pescarolo. Powered by a Matra V12, producing 450 hp. A MS 670B set fastest lap.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1974 Matra MS670B (LE MANS WINNER): Much to the delight of the French fans, Matra won Le Mans again in 1974, again with the duo of Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larousse that won Le Mans in a MS670B in 1973 and the third straight Le Mans win for Matra. Pescarolo put this car on the pole and Jean-Pierre Jarier in another Matra set fastest lap during the race.
Model by ALTATA/IXO 1/43
1975 Ligier JS2: Jean-Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil drove to a 2nd place finish sandwhiched inbetween the Mirage cars at Le Mans in 1975. Powered by a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine (3.0L V8), the Ligier JS2 was based on the glass fibre bodied JS2 production car. Guy Ligier has always been a favorite of mine, primarily because of his rugby exploits for France, but also as an independent manufacturere who achieved success both at Le Mans and in F1.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43

1975 Gulf-Mirage GR8 (LE MANS WINNER): Derek Bell and Jackie Ickx drove this car to first place at Le Mans in 1975, powered by a detuned Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8. John Wyer's JW Automotive built, prepared and ran the Gulf sponsored Mirage cars at Le Mans after the GT40 and Porsche 917 culminating in the 1975 Le Mans win before the team was sold. A GR8 finished 2nd at Le Mans in 1976. I was fortunate to have the model signed by Derek Bell.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1975 Gulf-Mirage GR8: Vern Schuppan and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud finishe third overall at Le Mans in 1975, behind their winning sister car and a Ligier JS2. Despite electrical problems, this car was only six laps down at the finish of the race. This car (Chassis #802) was raced again at Le Mans in both 1976 and 1977 (with Schuppan) and finished 2nd both years. The GR8 was a great car for Le Mans with a low drag coefficient and good downforce from the rear wing.
Model by IXO 1/43
1975 Gulf-Mirage GR8: After Le Mans in 1975, the sportscar team of John Wyer disbanded and Gulf withdrew from sponsorship for awhile. The team and equipment, along with most personnel was aquired by Harley Cluxton and his USA based Grand Touring Cars. They brought both GR8's back to Le Mans in 1976. Even though this car lost its rear bodywork with 15 minutes left, a hasty repair preserved a second place finish for Jean-Louis Lafosse and Francois Migault.
Model by IXO 1/43
1975 Gulf-Mirage GR8: Harley Cluxton's Grand Touring Cars entered the GR8 (Ch. #802) again at Le Mans in 1977. This time powered by a 2.0L Renault turbo V6, with primary sponsorship from Elf Lubricants, and Renault Sport. Vern Schupan and Jean-Pierre Jarrier brought the car home in second place, the third straight podium finish for this chassis at Le Mans. The team was managed by John Horsman and received the counsel of John Wyer, who had sold the team to Cluxton in 1976. The Renault engine used in the GR8 was the same used in the Renault-Alpine 442 and produced just under 500 bhp.
Model by IXO 1/43

1973 Lancia Stratos HF: Sandro Munari and Manucci were winners of the 1973 Tour de France. Using a 2418 cc, 65° dohc V6 Ferrari engine, producing 280 hp, the Stratos was a dominant rally car in the 70's. Lancia won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championship titles, including the 1975-77 Monte Carlo rallys.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1975 Lacia Stratos HF Turbo: The Lancia Stratos was a dominant force in world rallying in the 1970'sand started a new era of purpose built rally cars. Some Stratos were entered in road course competition, but were never as competitive as they were in the rally world, although a Stratos won the 1974 Targa Florio. Lacia built two turbocharged Stratos for Group 5 competition. Powered by a 2.4L Ferrari Dino V6 engine producing 560 hp,with a single KKK Turbocharger, Christine Dacremont & Marianne Hoepfner drove this car at Le Mans in 1977. They retired, classified 47th due to engine failure.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1976 Chevrolet/Greenwood Corvette: I remember John Greenwood running his fast Corvettes in IMSA in the mid-70's to early 80's. The Spirit of Le Mans was the meanest, widest and noisiest competition Corvette ever built. Greenwood was paid by the organizers to bring his widebody Corvette to Le Mans in 1976. Having wrecked his at Sebring, Greenwood modified customer Rick Mancuso's car (Ch. #CC007) and produced this 700 hp 7.0L V8 powered monster Corvette. The body styling came from Chevrolet design to provide downforce on the Mulsanne Straight were the car did ober 220 mph! Driven by Greenwood and Bernard Parniche, the car started 9th, but failed to finish due to a split fuel cell. Mancuso raced the car at Daytona and Sebring, as well as during the 1977 IMSA season, which is when I saw it run.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43

1973 Lancia Stratos HF: Sandro Munari and Manucci were winners of the 1973 Tour de France. Using a 2418 cc, 65° dohc V6 Ferrari engine, producing 280 hp, the Stratos was a dominant rally car in the 70's. Lancia won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championship titles, including the 1975-77 Monte Carlo rallys.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1975 Lacia Stratos HF Turbo: The Lancia Stratos was a dominant force in world rallying in the 1970'sand started a new era of purpose built rally cars. Some Stratos were entered in road course competition, but were never as competitive as they were in the rally world, although a Stratos won the 1974 Targa Florio. Lacia built two turbocharged Stratos for Group 5 competition. Powered by a 2.4L Ferrari Dino V6 engine producing 560 hp,with a single KKK Turbocharger, Christine Dacremont & Marianne Hoepfner drove this car at Le Mans in 1977. They retired, classified 47th due to engine failure.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1974 AVS Shadow DN4: In 1970 Don Nichols founded Advanced Vehicle Systems(AVS) and began producing the cars known as Shadows. The cars were designed to limit areodynamic drag and be powered by some of the most powerful engines avaialble. Their distinctive black UOP sponsored livery were popular additions to the McLarens and Porsches which dominated the Can-Am grids in the early 70's. In 1974, the DN4 was introduced with Jackie Oliver and George Follmer as team drivers. Powered by a Keith Black prepared 8.7L aluminum block Chevrolet V*, producing 900hp, Oliver won the final Can-Am Championship in 1974. This is Follmers car from that season. He had two second place finishes behind Oliver.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1978 Toyota Celica: Entered into the 1978 Acropolis Rally, a rally held on very dusty, rough and rocky mountain roads around Athens during the Greek hot summer period, Toyota sponsored this Greek entry driven by Evangelos Gallo and co-driver Andreas Arkentis. Due to the nature of the rally, with a mix of rough, twisty mountain stages and coupled with blistering heat and choking dust, the Acropolis Rally is one of the toughest on the world rally circuit. This car finished 8th overall and 1st in class.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1978 Alpine Renault A442B (LE MANS WINNER): The third time was a charm for the Alpine Reanualt team at Le Mans, winning with Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at the wheel. The A442B was a continuation of the cars which ran the preceeding two years, powered by the 2.0L V6 Renault-Gordini turbocharged engine, the car produced over 500 bhp. In full qualifying trim it achieved a top speed of 236 mph on the Mulsanne straight, making it the fastest car ever produced by Renault.
Model by Altaya/IXO 1/43
1979 Ford Capri Turbo Gr. 5: Based on the production Capril Mark III and powered by a 1.4L inline four cylinder engine based on the Cosworth BDA twin-turbo engine, the Capri Turbo was built by Zakspeed to compete in Group 5 events. The cars were built around a tubular chassis and had Kevlar body panels. This car (Chassis #ZAK Gr. 5 00279) began life as a Zakspeed team car in Division II of the 1979 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM) series, where it was driven with success by Klaus Ludwig & Harald Ertl. In 1981it was sold to Jürgen Hamelmann who campaigned the car in 1981 and had 5 podium finishes and 9 races placing in the top 5.
Model by QUARTZO 1/43
1979 WM Peugeot P79/80: Serge Saulnier, Jean-Louis Bousquet & Denis Morin co-drove the Ecurie WM Esso team entry at Le Mans in 1980. WM was the race team of Gerard Welter and Michael Meunier, both working for Peugeot as head of design and senior engineer respectively. With Peugeot's blessing and assistance, they developed Peugeot's production based PRV V6 engine for racing. Turbocharged, the 2.7L twin-turbo engine developed 500 bhp and a top sped of 218 mph. The P79/80 was an update of the previous yerar's car. Suspension failure causd an accident and took this car out of the 1980 Le Mans race while in 5th place, the team classified 26th. Its sister car placed fourth overall.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43

RACING & GT CARS 1980 - 1989:

1980 Rondeau M379B (LE MANS WINNER): Jean Rondeau was the first driver to even win Le Mans in a car bearing his own name. Powered by the evergreen Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 engine, the Rondeau was a continuation of the Inaltera design and ran at Le Mans in the GTP class. Co-driving with Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, Rondeau was able to hold off Jackie Ickx at a very wet Le Mans in a Porsche 908/80 for the win. The tube framed Rondeau's engine produced 460 bhp and had a top speed of over 200 mph.The victory was fulfillment of a boyhood dream for Rondeau who grew up and had his shop a few miles from the Le Mans track.
Model by IXO 1/43
1981 Rondeau M379CL: With the success at Le Mans in 1980, Rondeau brought five cars to Le Mans in 1981. This is one of the three cars entered in the LM-GTP class, with Jacky Haran, Philippe Streiff and Jean-Louis Schlesser sharing the driving. Jacky Ickx turned the tables this year on Rondeau with a Porsche victory, but this car starting in 28th position had a relatively trouble free run, finishing 2nd overall and 1st in class just ahead of its sister car. Jean Rondeau operated his racing factory outside of Le Mans and having grown up there, was a local hereo. He was tragically killed in a train/car accident in 1985.
Model by IXO 1/43
1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo: The Montecarlo was a successful turbocharged Group 5 racer and was used by Lancia to win the FIA's 1980 World Championship for Makes and 1981 World Endurance Championship for Makes. Michele Alboreto, Eddie Cheever and Carlo Facetti drove this Martini Racing entry at Le Mans in 1981, finishing 8th overall and 2nd in class. The Le Mans Montecarlo used a 1.4L turbocharged four cylinder engine producing 440 hp and a top speed of 170 mph. One of the key reasons for the Montecarlo's success, was the Dallara tuned chassis and suspension. It is the most successful racing Lancia.
Model by BEST 1/43
1982 Lancia LC1: The LC1 featured a chassis built by Dallara and 1.4L straight-4 Lancia engine with a single turbocharger (460 bhp) used in the Lancia rally cars. This gave Lancia a Group 6 prototype competitor, which proved to be fast, if unreliable. Wins at Silverstone and the Nurburgring showed the potential. A talented team of drivers (Teo Fabi, Michelle Alboreto and Ralf Stommelen) campaigned this car at Le Mans in 1982. Engine problems in the 8th our forced them out of the race and and overall classification of 33rd.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1982 Dome RC82i(March): Eliseo Salazar, Chris Craft and Nick Mason raced this Ford Cosworth powered Dome RC82i at Le Mans in 1983 in Group C. They failed to finish the race due to a blown clutch and were classified in 40th position. The RC82i was built on a March chassis and powered by the long-distance racing version of the Cosworth DSV, the DSL V8 of 3.3L. It was raced at Le Mans three times in 1982-84.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1982 Sehcar (Sauber) C6: Launched in 1982 as the Sauber SHS C6, Sauber compaigned two cars with GS Sport, selling them at the end of the season. Brun Motorsport bought and modified the cars, renaming them Sehcar C6. Brun could not make the car any more competitive than Sauber and abandoned the Cosworth DFL at the end of 1983. At Le Mans that year, Ludwig Heimrath, Jr., David Deacon and Jacques Villeneuve, Sr. failed to finish. This car (#82-C6-02) ran at Le Mans seven more times up to 1994, never placing higher than 23rd.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1983 March 83G: One of the most distinctive IMSA GTP cars that raced in the series, was the Red Lobster sponsored car driven by David Cowart and Kneper Miller in 1984-85. It was first owned by Al Holbert who scored four IMSA wins in 1983 on his way to the championship in the car. Powered by a 5.7L Chevrolet V8 which produces 640 hp, in the 1983-85 seasons, the car (Chassis 83G-03) was raced in 28 races, with ten top 10 finishes, including two wins at Daytona.
Model by REVELL 1/32
1983 March 83G: The famous Red Lobster 83G (Ch.#3), which finished 3rd at the 1983 Riverside 6 Hour driven by Kenper Miller and Mauricio DeNarvaez, started in 8th. Engineers Robin Herd and Adrian Newey redesigned the aluminium honeycomb monocoque chassis used in the BMW M1C to take a wide variety of engines. This became the March 82G, which to take advantage of ground effects, the beautiful body had a gaping hole between the front fenders that fed the air to the massive under body Venturis. This gave unusual shape gave the car the nickname 'lobster claw', a natural for Red Lobster sponsorship. The car was revised for 1983 as the 83G and four cars were built to IMSA GTP specifications.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1984 Ecosse C284: Hugh McCaig resurected Ecurie Ecosse in 1983, when he bought a de Cadenet Lola. Ray Mallock extensively modified the chassis and fit new bodywork to the car, making it the Ecosse C284, powered by a 3.0L Cosworth DFV V8 engine for Group C2 racing. At Le Mans in 1984, Mike Wilds was teamed with David Leslie and David Duffield and the Ecosse proved to be the fastest C2 in practice with a speed over 200 mph. The team suffered fuel pump failure in the 7th hour and did not finish. Three weeks later, the car was written off in an accident at Brands Hatch.
Model by AUTOMANY 1/43
1984 Gebhardt JC843: Built by Gunther and Fritz Gebhardt, the JC843 was built for the C2 class in the World Sports Car Championship. Its powered by a 3.0L Cosworth-Ford DFV V8 engine. Driven by John Sheldon/Steve Earle/Ian Harrower at Le Mans in 1985 for new owner ADA Engineering. They finished 16th overall and 2nd in the C2 class. ADA had success with the car in C2, it also ran again at Le Mans in 1986, finishing 8th overall and again 2nd in class. It had been fitted with a 3.3L Cosworth-Ford DFL engine for the 1986 season.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1985 MG Metro 6R4: The Metro 6R4 had very little in common with the production Metro cars, other than it did retain a Metro look. Austin Rover engaged Williams GP engineering to design the space frame car. They created a rear engine, four wheel drive rally car to Group B specs, powered by a 3.0L six-cylinder engine that would do 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 120 mph. The 6R4 was the only naturally aspirated Group B car and its early success gave way to the turbo powered cars. On the 1986 Tudor Webasto Manx International Rally, MG's would place 1-2. This car driven by Harri Toivonen and Neil Wilson retired. TWR bought the factory team and spares at the end of the '86 season. The engine in the 6R4 would find its way into the Jaguar XJ220
Model by IXO (modified) 1/43
1985 Rover SD1 Vitesse: Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) took over race preparation of the Rover Vitesse SD1's for the BTCC and ETCC. British Leyland realized the potential in the SD1 and were keen to capitalize on motorsport success to boost flagging sales. TWR did their magic and the 3.5 L Rover V8 engine produced approximately 340 bhp. This allowed the team to dominate touring cars in 1983, Rover stripped of its title over protest by BMW on the size of rear wheel arches. TWR concentrated on Jaguar XJS in 1984, but in 1985, Walkinshaw and Win Percy won six of the ETCC rounds in this car; finishing just behind Volvo in the Championship.
Model by NEO 1/43

1985 Lamborghini Countach QVX: The QVX was a Group C race car to contest the 1986 World Sportscar Championship season. It used a Spice built chassis and a developed Lamborghini Countach's V12 5.7L engine. The car was commissioned by Lamborghini's British importer who wanted to race a Countach in Group B, but could not since there were not enough production cars made for homologation. So instead, turning to Group C, with factory assistance in engine development a car was constructed which showed great potential. Tiff Needell and Mauro Baldi were enlisted as the car's drivers, but as often the case in racing; limited funds limited the QVX to one race. Needell placed high enough in the twonon-championship rounds of the 1986 500 km at Kyalami to place fifth overall.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1985 March 85G: Using a Porsche turbocharged 962 engine, this 85G (Chassis #85G/06) was raced in the IMSA series in with limited success. The best finish being 5th at Road America. It was sold to Richard Cleare who made his third run at Le Mans in 1986 with this car. Teamed with Lionel Robert and Jack Newsum, the private team placed 14th overall and 1st in the GTP class. Cleare raced the car in other rounds of ther World Prototype Championship in 1986, but it only other success was a 1st in class at Silverstone in 1987.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1986 Nissan GTP ZX-T: Using a Lola T810 chassis, Electramotive Engineering developed the GTP ZX-T for Nissan to compete in the IMSA GT Championship. The GTP ZX-T was named due to its shared engine with the production Nissan 300ZX, a turbocharged 3.0L V6. The GTP ZX Turbo engine was highly modified for racing. 1986 was a development season for the team, with the car showing signs of the competitive form it would take on in subsequent seasons. Tony Adamowicz, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Don Devendorf drove this car (#T710-3) at the inaugural race for the GTP ZX-T at the Lowenbrau GP of Miami in 1986 and finished 10th. It was raceed through the 1990 season, winning the Miami race in 1987.
Model by TRUESCALE 1/43
1988 Nissan R88C: Using a March designed body work and aluminium chassis, Nissan developed a new engine for its Group C car in 1988. Using a 750 bhp twin-turbo V8,the new R88C was better than the previous R87E, but still off the pace of the Jaguars and Porsches which dominated Group C. For Le Mans in 1988, Nissan entered this car driven by our friend Mike Wilds, Win Percy and Allan Grice. They finished in 14th position overall.
Model by EBBRO 1/43

1985 Lancia-Ferrari LC2-83: Lancia's effort in the World Sportscar Championship from 1983 to 1986, powered by Ferrari turbocharged V8 engines of 2.6 or 3.0L. Reliability hampered the LC2's efforts for race wins. At Le Mans in '85, Bob Wollek and Alessandro Nannini led the race early, reliability issues again forced the team to drop out of the lead and they ultimately finished in 6th position, 14 laps down to the winner.
Model by IXO 1/43
1985 Lancia-Ferrari LC2-83: Finishing seventh at Le Mans in 1985, Henri Pescarolo and Mauro Baldi. In the first couple of years of the Group C, the LC2 was the only serious threat to Porsche's domination. Two championship races were won by the LC2 and in its three years of activity Lancia finished second in the World Championship behind Porsche. The LC2 remains as the only Italian car ever constructed for Group C racing.
Model by IXO 1/43
1988 Audi 200 Quattro Trans Am: Audi enlisted Group 44 to prepare two team cars for competition in the '88 Trans Am series. Hurley Haywood won the drivers championship with 8 wins out of 13 races. This car driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck won at Cleveland. Powered by a 2.1L 5-cylinder turbo producing 550 bhp, these cars were quick and with their all-wheel drive, out handled (manhandled?) the competition.
Model by MINICHAMPS1/43
1989 Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz (LE MANS WINNER): The Team Sauber entry driven by Jochen Mass, Manuel Reuter and Stanley Dickens won Le Mans in 1989, with team cars also in 2nd and 5th positions. After two years of trying, the C9 dominated Group C racing in '89, winning all but one race. Its all-alloy, turbo-charged 5.0L V8 engine produces 720 bhp and a top speed of over 240 mph. The Silver Arrows of Merceds reborn!
Model by IXO 1/43

RACING & GT CARS 1990 to 1999:

1991 Chevy Lumina: Ken Schrader has always been one of my favortite NASCAR drivers. After Rookie of the Year Honors in 1985 and moving to Hendrick Motorsports in 1988, Schrader had his best NASCAR seasons in the early 90's. Driving this car, he finished 9th in the driver points standing during the 1991 season, with two wins. As well as having the talent and skills as a driver, Schrader is an engaging personality and great ambasador for morotsports.
Model by QUARTZO 1/43
1991 Mazda 787B (LE MANS WINNER): Using Mazda's R26B rotary engine, the 787B was developed for Group C and IMSA racing during the 190-91 seasons. The four-rotor R26B featured three spark plugs per rotor and had a maximum power output of 900 hp, which was limited to 700 hp during the race for longevity. The 787B used Porsche's five-speed gearbox. This car is the winner of the 1991 Le Mans 24 hour, with Volker Weidler, Johnny Herbert and Bertrand Gachot at the controls.
Model by IXO 1/43
1992 Peugeot 905 (LE MANS WINNER): The team of Derek Warwick, Yannick Dalmas, and Mark Blundell won Le Mans in 1992. In addition, Warwick won the drivers title and Peugeot Talbot Sport won the manufacturers title of the Worlds Sports Car Championship in 1992. The 905 has a carbon fiber chassis combined with a light alloy 3.5L naturally aspirated V10 engine producing 650 bhp, which was very similar to F1 engines of the time.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1993 Peugeot 905 EVO 1C (LE MANS WINNER): Eric Hélary, Christophe Bouchut and Geoff Brabham drove this car to victory at Le Mans in 1993. Although there was no World Championship that year, there of course was a 24 Hours of Le Mans and Peugeot put a true crown on the 905's career by scoring a 1-2-3 victory. That was the last time the 905 was raced and Peugeot turned their focus to Formula 1 as an engine supplier for McLaren.
Model by IXO 1/43

1992 Toyota TS010: Jan Lammers, Andy Wallace and Teo Fabi (all ex-Jaguar drivers) teamed up to drive the Toyota TS010 entered by TOM's (Tachi Oiwa Motor Sport), a factory supported racing team and tuner. Designed by former Jaguar designer Tony Southgate, the car carried over several XJR styling cues. Powered by a V10 of 3.5L, producing 600bhp, the TS010 was serious competition in Group C, this car finishing 8th at Le Mans in 1992, its sister car 2nd to Peugeot.
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1992 Toyota Celica GT-4WD: 1992 Monte Carlo Rally winner with Luis Moya and Carlos Sainz. Sainz holds the WRC records for most career starts, podium finishes and points. The Toyota Celica GT-Four is a high performance model of the Celica liftback, with a turbocharged 3S-GTE engine, and full-time AWD. It was created to compete in the World Rally Championship, whose regulations dictate that a manufacturer must build road-going versions of the vehicle in sufficient numbers. Carlos Sainz won the 1992 World Rally Championship.
Model by TROFEU 1/43
1992 Toyota Celica GT-4WD: Rallye de Portugal 1992, this Toyota Europe entered machine driven by Markku Alen finished 4th. The Celica GT-Four ST165 made its World Rally Championship (WRC) debut in the 1988. Toyota's most successful rally car, it won the WRC Driver's Championship in 1992, and the WRC Manufacturer's and Driver's Championships in 1993 and 1994. I have a friend in Canada that owned one of these cars and it was truly phenomenal in the snow and ice.
Model by TROFEU 1/43
1993 Toyota Celica GT-4WD: The 1000 Lakes Rally, or Rally Finland is the fastest event on the World Rally Championship calendar. Now known as the Neste Oil Rally Finland, the rally is driven on wide and smooth gravel roads, featuring blind crests and big jumps. In 1993 Finnish rally star Juha Kankkunen with French co-driver Denis Giraudet won the rally in this Group A Toyota. 1993 saw Kankkunen win the World Rally Championship, his fourth and one of his 23 wins over his career.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43

1993 Eagle-Toyota MkIII GTP (SEBRING WINNER): Driven by Juan Manuel Fangio III and Andy Wallace to victory at Sebring in 1993, it was the second consecutive year the pair had driven this car to the winners circle at the twelve hour race. Designed and built by Dan Gurney's All-American Racers, the Mk III's dominated IMSA GTP racing in '92 & '93. They scored 21 of 27 races, including 14 straight earning Toyota the manufacturers title and Fangio II the drivers title both years. A Toyota 2.7L four, turbo producing 700 bhp provided the power to smoke the competition in the IMSA Camel GTP class.
Model by TRUE SCALE 1/43
1994 Toyota 94C-V: Toyota Team SARD finished in 2nd place overall (1st in class) at Le Mans in 1994, with Eddie Irvine, Mauro Martini and Jeff Krosnoff at the wheel. The car was powered by the R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8, which produced about 600 bhp. This was the swan song for Toyota's Group C efforts and they moved on to production based cars for racing and ultimately, the GT-One project.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43
1998 Toyota GT-One: Developed by Toyota Team Europe in Germany, the GT-One was built to contest the GT1 class at Le Mans and compete against the might of Mercedes and Porsche. Raced at Le Mans in both 1998 and 1999, this car (Ch. LM804) was 1 of 7 built and powered by its 3.6L twin-turbo V8, was as quick as the competition. Although it crashed in '98, it finished 2nd in '99 (from pole position), with Ukyo Katayama, Keiichi Tsuchiya and Toshio Suzuki driving.
Model by IXO 1/43
1998 Toyota GT One: Keiichi Tsuchiya, Ukyou Katayama and Toshio Suzuki drove this Toyota Motorsports entry to 9th place overall at Le Mans in 1998. The GT-One was originally developed for GT1, but was eventually adapted to Le Mans protoype racing for 1998. The carbon fiber chassis car was developed by Toyota Team Europe in association with Dallara, the mid-engine prototype being powered by a 3.6 L Twin-Turbo V8, producing 600 bhp. At Le Mans 1998, Martin Brundle set fastest lap in one of the team GT-One's and the thrird team car held 2nd place until the final hour when transmission failure left this car as the sole GT-One survivor.
Model by ONYX 1/43

1994 Chevrolet Lumina: In 1994, Dale Earnhardt achieved a feat that he himself had believed to be impossible, he scored his seventh Winston Cup championship, tying Richard Petty. 1994 was the last year for the Lumina body style, to be replaced by the Monte Carlo. Driving for Richard Childress Racing, Earnhardt earned the nicknames "The Man in Black" and "The Intimidator" for his aggressive driving style and his fearless approach to competition. He won 76 NASCAR races in his career, including the Daytona 500 in 1998. Unfortunately, he was killed in a last lap accident at the same track in 2001. He was one of the sports truly legendary figures.
Model by RACING CHAMPIONS 1/43
1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo: Jeff Gordon is one of the most popular drivers in the current era of NASCAR. He backs up his boyish good looks with great driving talent. He has won the Daytona 500 three times and the Cup series championship four times driving for Hendrick Motorsports. In 1995, Gordon won his first championship, two years after his rookie season. 2013 will mark Gordon's 20th season in NASCAR, still capable of winning the championship!
Model by ACTION 1/43
1996 Chrysler Viper GT-R GT1: Dominique Dupuy, Perry McCarthy and Justin Bell drove this entry for Société Viper Team Oreca at Le Mans in 1996. They failed to finish due to a blown engine on the 96th lap. Developed in conjunction with Chrysler, Oreca and Reynard Motorsport, the GTS-R was the racing variant of the Dodge Viper, created to contest the GT1 class at Le Mans and other European races as well as the North American IMSA series. The Viper's 8.0L V10 produced 600 bhp and had a top-speed of close to 200 mph. The GT1 was discontinued for the GT2 in 1997, with Vipers finishing 1-2 in their class at Le Mans.
Model by UNIVERSAL 1/43
1997 Lister Storm GTL (G-Force): The Lister Storm uses the 7.0L V-12 Jaguar XJR engine used in the Jaguar Group C and IMSA GTP cars. The GTL was introduced in 1997 as an improvement on the GTS GT1 class car, with more aerodynamic bodywork. It scored a 4th in class finish at Daytona, Two Storm GTL's were entered at Le Mans in 1997, this car having been driven by Julian Bailet, Thomas Erdos and Martin Skaife. Unfortunatelt gearbox issues forced them out early, being classified in 40th place. The GTL project was dropped in favor of the Lister GT development.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1995 McLaren F1 GTR (LE MANS WINNER): Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya and JJ Lehto drove this car to 1st place at Le Mans in 1995. The F1 features a 6.1-litre BMW S70 60° V12 engine and it was conceived as an exercise by designer Gordon Murray in creating what its designers hoped would be considered the ultimate road car. The GTR is the custom built racing version, of which 28 were built and this is one of 9 built in 1995.
Model by IXO 1/43
1995 McLaren F1 GTR: Mark Blundell, Ray Bellm and Maurizio Sandro Sala finished 4th at Le Mans in 1995, 3rd in class behind two other F1 GTR's, including the race winner to the left. 1995 was the total domination year of Le Mans by GT1 cars. Competing in the BPR Global GT Series, the McLaren introduced a modified engine management system that increased power output however, air-restrictors mandated by racing regulations reduced the power back to 600 hp.
Model by IXO 1/43
1997 McLaren F1 GTR: Jean-Marc Gounon, Pierre-Henri Raphanel and Anders Olofsson drove to 2nd place overall, first in class (GT1) in the Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren entry at Le Mans in 1997. A total of 10 GTR's with "long-tails" were built in'97, with the BMW S70 V12 engine downsized to 5990cc to prolong engine life. It retained its 600 bhp however, and reached a top speed of 197 mph on the Mulsane Straight.
Model by IXO 1/43
1998 Nissan R390 GT1 (Astec-TWR): Satoshi Motoyama, Takuyo Kurosawa and Masami Kageyama brought the Nissa Motorsports entry home in 10th place, 9th in class at Le Mans in 1998. Nissan had four of their GT1 class cars place in the top ten at Le Mans that year. Powered by a 3.5L VRH35L twin turbo DOHC V8, producing 641 bhp. The car's styling group was led by Ian Callum, and the mechanical and aerodynamic design led by Tony Southgate, both of Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR).
Model by VITESSE 1/43

RACING & GT CARS 2000 - present:

2000 AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM: Thomas Jager drove this car in the revived 2000 DTM Championship, supporting teammate and series champion Bernd Schneider. These were highly modified, V8 powered, tube frame, carbon fiber silhouette bodied racers (although the roof and roof pillars do originate from the production car). The engine power is limited to 470 hp.
Model by AUTOART 1/43
2001 Lister Storm GT: The Storm Gt was created to compete in the FIA GT Championship in Europe. This car was campaigned from the 2001 season, with the Lister team taking a 2nd place in the championship in 2003. Powered by a Jaguar 7.0L V-12 from the XJR Group 6 cars, the Storm produced 546 bhp and was capable of 208 mph. This is how the car was campained in the final season (2005) before Lister concentrated on the Storm LMP for Le Mans, as driven by Justin Keen and Liz Halliday.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R: The C5-R is a grand touring race car base on the C5 Corvette and built by Pratt & Miller in conjunction with GM..Raced in the American Le Mans series as well as at Le Mans, the C5-R was one of the most dominant forces in GT racing. This car (Chassis #004) was driven primarily by Andy Pilgrim during the '01 season. Joining Pilgrim for the Rolex Daytona 24 Hour in 2001 were Dale Earnhardt Sr. & Jr., as well as Kelly Collins. They placed 4th overall and 2nd in class. Sadly, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was killed a couple of weeks later in a crash at Daytona during the NASCAR race.
Model by ACTION 1/43
2001 Dome S101: Dome returned to Le Mans as a manufacturer in 2001, after having entered a modified version of the 1999 Le Mans winning BMW LMP V12 in 2000. For '01, Dome had a completely new carbon fibre / aluminium honeycomb chassis. Powered by a 4.0L Judd V10, the S101 produced 600 bhp for Jan Lammers' Racing for Holland team, with Donny Crevels & Val Hillebrand. Qualifying fourth, Lammers led Le Mans until electrical problems ended their promising debut race.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2001 Bentley EXP Speed 8: In 2001 Bentley returned to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race after a gap of 73 years, with Eric van de Poele, Andy Wallace, and Butch Leitzinger, finishing in 3rd place. The Bentley has a strong resemblance to and shares some technology with the Audi R8C, using the engine from the Audi R8, a 3.6 litre turbocharged V8. From its debut, the primary object was a win for Bentley and Volkswagen Gruop domination at Le Mans.
Model by IXO 1/43
2003 Bentley EXP Speed 8 (LE MANS WINNER): By the late 90's, Bentley was owned by the Volkswagen Group. This allowed close collaberation with the Audi Racing Team for the Bentley project. The engine from the Audi R8, a 3.6 litre turbocharged V8, was used as the initial powerplant in 2001, upgraded to 4.0L and 600 hp in 2003. The Bentleys ran 1-2 almost the entire Le Mans in 2003, finishing in that order, with this car placing 1st. It was driven by Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Guy Smith, with Kristensen putting the car on pole.
2003 Saleen S7-R: Powered by a Ford V8 engine with 600 bhp (199 mph), the Saleen S7 is a limited-production, carbon fiber bodied, high-performance American supercar. At Le Mans in 2003, Jean-Francois Yvon, Walter Brun and Jesus Diez de Villaroel for Konrad Motorsports, but were unable to qualify fast enough to make the 50 car field and were the second reserve car for the race. Reliability problems plagued the cars. When they the cars did finish, various victories were scored in the highly competitive FIA GT Championship against their main rival, Corvette.
Model by IXO 1/43

2003 Maserati Trofeo: The Maserati Trofeo is a racing version of the 4200 GT that was introduced in 2003. It is powered by a 4.2L V8 which produces 414 hp. The Trofeo weighs 550 lbs less than a stock coupe due to being stripped of all unnecessary weight and the use of carbon fiber body panels. A Trofeo racing series was organized for enthusiasts, with a per-race rental charge of about $20,000. This is the presentation car from the press launch of the racing series.
Model by IXO 1/43
2003 Lister Storm GT: For the 2003 FIA GT Championship season, Lister ran this car with regular drivers David Sterckx and Andrea Piccini. After finishing 2nd at the Spa 24 Hours test race, they were joined by Gabriele Lancieri and Gaving Pickering for the 24 Hour race. They finished 10th. Lister Racing placed 2nd in the Team Championship in 2003, following their championship seasons in 2001 & 2002. This car was raced once more in the 2004 season and retired as Lister focussed on the Storm LMP project.
Model by Altaya/IXO 1/43
2003 Lamborghini Murciélago GT RG-1: Only nine Murciélago R-GT's were built for competition in conjunction with Audi Sport and Reiter Engineering who primarily campaigned the cars in the early stages. The cars competed in the FIA GT1 Championship, American Le Mans series and at Le Mans in 2006, 2007 & 2009. Rear wheel drive, driven by a 6.0L V12 putting out 580 bhp, these cars had potential, but lacked total commitment from Lamborghini to properly test and sort these cars out. This car, raced at Le Mans in 2006 by the Japanese Lamborghini Owners Club But was not classified at the finish, with Marco Apicella, Kouji Yamanishi & Yasutaka Hinoi driving.
Model by METRO 1/43

2005 Pescarolo C60 Hybride: Pescarolo Sport were World Sports Car Champions in 2005 & 2006 and with Emmanuel Collard, Jean Cristophe Boullion and Erik Comas driving, finished 2nd behind the winning Audi at Le Mans in 2005 in this car. To meet new regulations, Pescarolo rdesigned their Courage C60 chassis for 2005, with new aerodynamic body work and the new Judd 4.7L V10 engine. Pescarolo finished 2nd again with this car at Le Mans in 2006.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43
2005 Lotus Exige 240R: The Exige is the coupe version of the Elise and is powered by the same 1.8L DOHC Toyota built (Yamaha designed) engine. In the limited 240R versions, the engine is supercharged and produces 243 bhp! Perfect for racing, with a car that was designed to produce maximum downforce and weighs just over 2,000 lbs. This is a 'what if" exercise by Old Irish Racing to produce a Exige in GT3 race trim.
Model by AUTOART 1/43
2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R: The French team of Luc Hand Aventures entered this Corvette C6.R (Chassis #003) at Le Mans in 2008 & 2009. The entry finish 16th overall and 2nd in the GT1 class in 2009, driven by Yann Clairay, Xavier Maasen and Julien Jousse, the second straight GT1 podium finish for the team. The C6.R was built by Pratt & Miller and General Motors for competition in endurance racing in 2006, with a 7.0L V8 which produces 600 hp.
Model by IXO 1/43

2006 Hendricks-Chevrolet Monte Carlo: I had the opportunity to drive this car at Texas Motor Speedway in the Spring of 2007. I did 30 laps in one of the 600 hp NASCAR style stock cars as part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience. I had never driven anything with that much weight and horsepower that fast. My fastest lap on the 1.5 mile oval was an average of over 153 mph. Fun!, Fun!, Fun!
Model by ACTION 1/24
2007 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP: The Team Peugeot Total entry combined Pedro Lamy, Stéphane Sarrazin and Sebastian Bourdais at Le Mans in 2007. The trio finished in 2nd place behind the winning Audi. Sarrazin put this car on the pole. The Peugeot 908 is powered by a 5.5 L V12 HDi diesel engine, the maximum size allowed by Le Mans Prototype rules. Its power output is 730 horsepower. The 908 was the second diesel engined sports car designed by a major manufacturer for racing at Le Mans and in the Le Mans series.
Model by IXO 1/43
2008 Courage Oreca LC70-Judd: Olivier Panis, Simon Pagenaud and Marcel Fässler drove this LC70 for Team Oreca at Le Mans in 2008. An accident on the 147th lap took the trio out of the race. The sister team car finished in 8th position. After sorting out the Courage chassis, now powered by a Judd V10 engine, the LC70's 5.5L engine producing 650 bhp was a contender for Oreca which had purchased Courage for their race car production capabilities and excellent chassis..
Model by IXO 1/43
2008 Courage-Oreca LC70 E: At Le Mans in 2009, the Signature Plus team of Pierre Ragues, Franck Maileux and Didier Andre finished 11th overall and 10th in the LMP1 class. This car finished 8th the preceeding year at Le Mans and is the sister team car to the other Courage-Oreca in the collection. Campaigned in the Le Mans series in 2008 & 2009, this car consistently brought home top five finishes.
Model by IXO 1/43

2008 Saleen-Ford S7-R: The French team of Christophe Bouchut, Patrick Bornhauser and David 'Hallyday' Smet drove this Larbre Competiton S7R to 28th place overall and 6th in the GT1 class at Le Mans in 2008. Using a Saleen-Ford 7.0L V8, producing 700 hp and capable of 200 mph, the Saleen was successful for this team apart from Le Mans, winning the 2008 FFSA GT Championship.
Model by IXO 1/43
2009 Peugeot 908 V12 HDI FAP (LE MANS WINNER): Peugeot Sport Total won Le Mans in 2009 with David Brabham, Marc Gene and Alexander Wurz teaming up to break Audi's grip on Le Mans. Four 908s were entered into the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, three by Peugeot, and a 2008 model by Pescarolo, which crashed. It was a 1-2 finish for Peugeot, 16 years after Peugeot's last win at Le Mans, making 2009 Peugeot's third win at Le Mans.
Model by IXO 1/43
2010 Citroen C4 WRC: Former World Drivers Champion Kimi Raikkonen and fellow Finn Kaj Lindstromas co-driver finished in 5th place overall on the 2010 Rally of Turkey. Raikkonen left the Ferrari F1 team qafter the 2009 season to drive a Citroën C4 WRC for the Citroën Junior Team in the World Rally Championship . The Rally of Turkey finish was this best of the season. The C4 WRC is based on the C4 production car and isa 4wd car powered by a 2.0L DOHC inline -four cylinder engine producing 315 bhp. From 2007-2010, the C4 WRC scored 36 victories in the World Rally Championship, most of them with Sébastien Loeb at the wheel.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43
2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP600-4: Frédéric Fatien, Fabien Giroix, Karim Al Azhari, and Andrea Barlesi drove this entry for Gulf Racing (UAE) in the Pro-Am class at the Spa 24 Hours in 2011. A faulty clutch ended their race. Despite the Gulf colors, the car only completed one race in the Blancpain World Endurance Series for GT3 cars in 2011. Powered by a 5.2L V10 mid-engine producing 605 hp, the aluminum chassis cars weer widely raced with succes in GT3 events around the globe.
Model by FUJIMI 1/43

2014 Audi R8 LMS Ultra : Winner of the 24 Hours of Spa in 2014 with Marcus Winkelhock, Rene Rast and Laurens Vanthoor sharing the driving duties in the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT entered car, racing in the GT3-Pro division. They set pole position in the 5.2L V10 powered car. Producing 562 bhp, the R8 LMS Ultra is a lighter, stronger, more powerful and more aerodynamic car than its predecessor the R8 LMS. The R8 LMS Ultra was first introduced in 2012 and is sold to Audi privateer customers to use in GT3 series such as the Blancpain GT Series.
Model by SPARK 1/43
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2014 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: The SLS AMG GT3 is a race car version of SLS AMG Coupé, developed in accordance with the GT3 regulations introduced in 2011. According to AMG, however, the 6.2-liter V-8 will likely make 600 horsepower Limited edition #30 of 700. The first edition of the Hankook 12H Zandvoort finished with a fantastic victory for the Car Collection Motorsport Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, driven by Peter Schmidt, Christian Bracke, Mirko Schultis and local hero Renger van der Zande. The team won the race after an exciting battle in the opening hours with the Scuderia Praha Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia.
Model by SPARK 1/43

AUDI DOMINANCE AT LE MANS

2000 Audi R8 (LE MANS WINNER): Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro were teamed by Audi Sport Team Joest for the 2000 Le Mans and brought Audi their first win at Le Mans. Audi would win Le Mans five times with the R8. It was powered by a Audi 3.6L V8 twin-turbo that produces 610 bhp. The R8 was a redevelopment of the Audi R8R (open top LMP) and Audi R8C (closed top LMGTP)
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
2001 Audi R8 (Dallara) (LE MANS WINNER): The trio of Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Tom Kristensen drove this winning Audi Sport Team Joest entry at Le Mans in 2001. It was a solid 1-2 finish for Audi as the Joest team captured Le Mans for the second consecutive year. This car (Chassis #503) was used in both the American and European Le Mans series, taking wins in five of the eleven races it was entered into in 2001, with four second place finishes, including Sebring.
Model by IXO 1/43
2002 Audi R8 (Dallara) (LE MANS WINNER): Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Tom Kristensen repeated their previous years win at Le Mans in 2002. This made the third consecutive victory at the Le Sarthe Circuit for the Audi Sport Joest Team. Audi swept the first three places at Le Mans that year and continued its dominance in endurance racing on both sides of the Atlantic. It is one of the most successful racing sports cars ever having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005 (five of the seven years it competed). In 2006, the petrol fueled R8 would give way to the diesel powered R10.
Model by IXO 1/43
2004 Audi R8 (Dallara) (LE MANS WINNER): With its win streak broken by Bentley (which was mostly an Audi) the year before at Le Mans, Audi was in the Winner's Circle again in 2004. Seiji Ara, Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen drove the Audi Sport Japan entry and lead a 1-2-3 finish again by Audi at Le Mans. This was Kristensen's fifth straight win at Le Mans. In 2005 he would make it six!
Model by IXO 1/43

2005 Audi R8 (LE MANS WINNER): ADT Champion Racing fielded two cars for Le Mans in 2005. This Florida based "privateer" team won the three most prestigious sports car races in the world in 2005: the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Tom Kristensen, JJ Lehto and Marco Werner drove this car to victory at Le Mans for the team in 2005.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2005 Audi R8: The second ADT Champion Team car finished third at Le Mans in 2005 with Frank Biela, Allan McNish and Emanuele Pirro driving. It finished behind its team car which won and the Pescarolo C60 Hybrid which placed second in a tight race. 2005 would mark the end for the R8 and the Champion team scored numerous victories with the car in its final season, including the American Le Mans Series championship.
Model by IXO 1/43
2006 Audi R10 TDI (LE MANS WINNER): Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner brought victory at Le Mans again to Team Joest and Audi in 2006. They would win again for Audi the following year. The R10 TDI won its maiden race at Sebring in early 2006, before its victory at Le Mans. It was the first diesel powered car to win either of those events.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43
2006 Audi Q7: Audi supplied its 4WD SUV as safety and medical cars at Le Mans in 2006.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43

2007 Audi R10 TDI (LE MANS WINNER): Powered by its 5.5 litre V12 TDI DPF twin-turbo, mid-engined, longitudinally mounted aluminium diesel engine which produces around 700 hp, the R10 is the first diesel powered car to win Le Mans. First in 2006, 2007 and again in 2008. This is the winning 2007 car driven by Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner.
Model by IXO 1/43
2008 Audi R10 TDI (LE MANS WINNER): In 2008, Audi won its 5th consecutive Le Mans and the 8th win in 9 years with this entry by Audi Sport. Rinaldo Capello, Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen teamed up for the winning drive. It was Kristensen's eighth win at Le Mans and the Danish driver holds the record for the most wins. The Audi held off the two Peugeot entries for the win and the French team settled for second and third places (for now).
Model by IXO 1/43
2009 Audi R10 TDI: Audi lost is domination of Le Mans in 2009, with Peugeot occupying the top two spots. Audi did however have three cars in the top ten, including this car driven by Christijan Albers, Christian Bakkerud and Giorgio Mondini, finishing 9th overall,
Model by IXO 1/43
2010 Audi R15 TDI Plus (LE MANS WINNER): Mike Rockenfeller, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas won Le Mans in 2010 as Audi Sport took the top three places with the R15 TDI Plus. Like its predecessor the R10, the R15 TDI uses a turbocharged diesel engine, although a V10 vs. a V12 in the R10. The R15's 5.5L turbo diesel puts out 590 bhp. Audi were able to match pace with the Peugeot's at Le Mans and pushed them to their limits. The winning team set a new distance record for the 24 hours at 3,362 miles, a record that had stood since 1971. They also tied the lap record.
Model by IXO 1/43

2011 Audi R18 TDI (LE MANS WINNER): Regulation changes required the development of a new car for the 2011 racing season and the R18 was developed. Because of mandated changes in pit stop length, a closed coupe was constructed since there was no longer an advantage to have an open car. The engine regulations also changed and the R18 has a smaller 3.7L turbo-diesel V6, which still produces 537 bhp and gets better fuel economy than the R15. Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer drove the Audi Sport/Team Joest car to victory, Audi's 11th in 13 years.,
Model by SPARK 1/43
2012 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (LE MANS WINNER): The same team and the same drivers in 2011 were triumphant again at Le Mans in 2012. Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer driving for Audi Sport/Team Joest, gave Audi its 3rd consecutive victory at Le Mans. The R18 e-tron quattro is the hybrid version of the R18. It delivers power to the front wheels via an electric motor, giving the car four (quattro) wheel drive at speeds above 75 mph. This allows the car to have a smaller fuel cell and thereby save additional weight. This was the first Le Mans victory for a hybrid and Audi captured the top three places.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2013 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (LE MANS WINNER): Audi won its fourth consecutive Le Mans and Audi Sport Team Joest its third at the 2013 Le Mans, which was the 90th anniversary of the first race. Driven by nine time winner, Tom Kristensen, three time winner Allan McNish and Loic Duval, Audi dominated the race with its three team cars, placing two cars on the podium with a first and third place finish to the Toyota TS030 Hybrid. Audi's TDI 3.7L Turbo V6 hybrid diesel proved once again its strength and power, with McNish setting pole in this car and Andre Lotterer in the #1 Audi.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (LE MANS WINNER): Audi Sport Team Joest captured their 4th consecutive Le Mans win in 2014, which was the 5th connsecutive win for Audi and the 13th win in 15 year as Audi has continued its dominance of Le Mans. The wining drivers this year were Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Tréluyer, with Lotterer setting the fastest lap of the race at 150.5 mph. Audi finished Le Mans 1-2 in 2014, the second Joest team car holding off Toyota from a repeat of second place. Will Audi continue its dominance in 2015, or will Toyota, NIssan or Porsche steal the crown?
Model by SPARK 1/43



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PLEASE NOTE: From 1968 into the 1990's tobacco companies sponsored many significant race cars. In the interest of historical accuracy, Old Irish Racing chooses to display models in our collection as historically accurate as possible. While seeing a tobacco advert on a car gives me no more desire to go smoke than seeing a car makes me want to go suck on its exhaust pipe. If tobacco (or alcohol) adverts on race cars offend you, please go look at nice pictures of bunnies and kittens on another site.