Month: March 2020
Is Porsche thinking on getting back to prototype racing? At Le Mans?
According to Motorsport.com, that might be a possibility. If so, Porsche is considering the new LMDh class, that supposedly should start in 2021. Nobody knows much about this new class, but basically it will allow the same car to compete both in WEC and IMSA races. Everything is on hold right now because of the pandemic, but if Porsche is actually thinking about it, maybe there’s hope for the future of endurance racing.
REVIEW – 2019 Honda Civic Touring
2019 Honda Civic Touring ? (pw) - ? (diecast)
So far no pics, only a rendering, and not much to see. But Gordon Murray (yes, that Gordon Murray) is working on a new supercar. Not much has been revealed, it’s called T.50 and will be powered by a ground-breaking V12 from Cosworth. According to their website it will be naturally aspirated and deliver 650 hp. It will also be the “highest-revving engine ever in a production car”. From their website you can see the engine actually being tested, so I think the T.50 will actually come to life. Très cool! 😎
Some of Le Mans’ greatest pilots
Some years ago Petrolicious published a story about five of the most fantastic pilots to race at La Sarthe. I read this story on their site when it came out, but Einstein here didn’t bookmark it. And of course, afterwards, for the life of me I couldn’t remember where I read it 😣. Last night, from nowhere, the story appeared again in my Facebook feed. But this time I’m sharing it.
Not a long article, but with some terrific photography of the era. So, if like me you’re into the stories that make Le Mans THE greatest race on Earth, click here.
REVIEW – 2005 Porsche 911 (996) GT3 RSR #80
2005 Porsche 911 (996) GT3 RSR Pilots: P. Long. S. Neiman, J. van Overbeek Team: Flying Lizard Motorsport Race: 18th overall (4th in GT2) at Le Mans in 1996 Minichamps - 400066480 (diecast)
THIS is a serious model
Remember the Amalgam models? Pfft, forget them. A child’s toy, nothing more. THIS is a serious model. This is totally out of this world! I was surfing around and found this video. Jonny Smith (from Fifth Gear) posted this on his channel this Monday. I already knew about Russell Lord’s Escort model, but this is the first time I see a very nice interview with him.
One word: unfrigginbelievable 😲😲😲
Le Mans 2020 postponed
What can I say? This was a given 😷. According to WEC’s website the race will occur on September 19th and 20th. I think it’s pretty logical to assume that by June the COVID-19 epidemic will be dying down, but it will take longer for the world to get back to normal again. So September is probably a safe bet.
REVIEW – 1960 Lola Mk. I #45
1960 Lola Mk. I Pilots: C. Vögele, P. Ashdown Team: Lola Cars Ltd Race: DNF (S 1.1) at Le Mans in 1960 Spark - S1129 (resin)
How to be blown away, in scale
Amalgam models. A little big for my tastes (or better, for my house), but oh well, go big or go home, right? These are 1:12, but they offer models in smaller scales, even in 1:43 (but with less opening features, obviously). Still, the big ones are absolutely out of this world, with working features that are borderline unbelievable. But since the price tag on these gems is also in the big leagues (making the price of an 1:18 CMC sound as peanuts), the models are as rare as the 1:1.