The T80 was a 3000 hp behemoth designed to shatter LSR. Unfortunately World War II broke out just before the record attempts, so we never will know how fast it could really go.
1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight #15
Pilots: B. Grossman, B. Cunningham
Team: B. S. Cunningham
Race: 9th GC (2nd GT 4.0 class) at Le Mans in 1963
Spark - S2104 (resin)
This morning I stumbled upon the video from Petrolicious. To resume the story, the car was a barn find, but the new owner opted to keep it as he found it. Gave it a total mechanical overhaul, but everything else is how it was when the car was found in a shed in Japan.
I’m a big fan of originality and character in a car, but I have to say that to see such a lovely vehicle like that all covered in rust makes me uneasy. I for one would try to leave some patina but the ugly time scars would have to go.
What would you do? Keep it as is or restore it?
1999 Audi R8R #8
Pilots: F. Biela, D. Theys, E. Pirro
Team: Audi Sport Team Joest
Race: 3rd GC (2nd LMP class) at Le Mans in 1999
Ixo - LMM 137 (diecast)
March 12th, 1969, is an important date for some gearheads (like yours truly). On this day, 50 years ago, at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche unveiled the 917. It was a very important car for the manufacturer, since it was their shot at attempting an overall win at Le Mans. As history shows us, the begining was really rough, but in the end the 917 won not once but twice at La Sarthe.
The first 917 ever, chassis #917-001, has been restored to it’s original condition of that famous homologation photo. After a painstaking and meticulous job that took over an year, the car is ready and is now displayed at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
Up above is a nice short video (3m40s) about the 917 by The Wheel Network.
1986 Mazda 757
Pilots: M. Galvin, D. Kennedy, P. Dieudonné
Team: Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd
Race: 7th GC (1st GTP class) at Le Mans in 1987
Spark - S0641 (resin)
Christian von Koenigsegg has a new car out, and of course it’s an hypercar. The Jesko was officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, earlier this week. Up above you have Christian himself explaining some of the engineering and the ideas behind the car. If you have 36 minutes available and are a gearhead like me, watch it. Well, I am a confess a Ksegg fanboy, but nonetheless it’s still ice cool.
And yes, I really need one for the W-143 Garage.
How I transformed Minichamp’s 1975 Carrera RSR #58 into the 1976 Carrera RSR #77 class winner.
Full write-up HERE.
1976 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR #77
Pilots: J. Rulon-Miller, T. Waugh, J-P. Laffeach
Team: Tom Waugh Racing
Race: 14th GC (1st in IMSA class) at Le Mans in 1976
Minichamps - 430756958 (diecast/mod)