The two Gulf Aston Martin DBR9s performed superbly in the 2008 Le Mans race. Car 009, driven by David Brabham, Antonio Garcia and Darren Turner, won the GT1 class. The 007 car, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Andrea Piccini and Karl Wendlinger behind the wheel, finished fourth in the class.
For the first time in some years, Jaguar enthusiasts will now be able to cheer on an officially-backed Jaguar. The XKR GT3 retains the same supercharged, 4.3 litre quad-cam V8 engine as the road going car. The rules allow for alterations to some key components on the basis of durability required for high performance racing
With its front mounted supercharger, the 4.5 litre Bentley became the quintessential British sports car of the 1920s and 1930s. It was shaped from the earlier 4-cylinder 3 litre, but produced substantially more power with its blown engine. As such, it was a stunning road car and a perfect contender for endurance racing. Due to its dramatic appearances at Le Mans and successes in speed trials at the Brooklands circuit, racing and winning became synonymous with Bentley during this period and few other models capture this image as well as the 4.5 litre Bentley. The number 9 car featured in this kit, UU5872, is the original Birkin Team Car known as ‘Birkin Blower No.2’. This is the car that made a dramatic appearance at the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hour Race. In 1929, Bentley replaced the 4.5 litre and opted to race the higher capacity Speed 6. Three ‘Birkin Blowers’ were entered to compete alongside the Bentley Speed 6s at the 1930 Le Mans. In the event, only one ‘Blower’, Birkin’s own number 2 car, started the race. Under Walter Owen Bentley’s, tactical team management, Birkin’s role was to draw the Mercedes of Carraciola and Werner into a high speed duel which he successfully achieved. The Blower lead from the start, swapping the lead with the Mercedes throughout the night, until eventually the German car withdrew with a blown engine. Birkin’s success came at a cost, as he had to retire after 20 hours with a bent valve, leaving the two Speed 6s to take first and second place. The total production of the 4.5 Litre was 720 between 1927 and 1931. Of these, 55 were fitted with superchargers. Power: 240bhp Wheelbase: 3 metres Weight 1,930kg
Launched by the MINI WRC team during the 2011 World Rally Championship, the MINI Countryman WRC is the first rally car to bear the MINI label in the top level rallying since the 1960s. Much was made of this historical connection, with press events being undertaken using both the four wheel drive 300bhp 1,600 turbo charged MINI WRC, as well as historical forebear, the 1960s Cooper S.
Introduced in 2007, the updated MINI Cooper S featured a number of improvements over its predecessor. As well as improved interior space, the new Cooper S also introduced a new engine, now turbo rather than supercharged, that resulted in an output of 184bhp, with the dash to 62mph being covered in 7.0 seconds. Raced successfully across the World, the Cooper S looks set to continue the tradition of fast MINIs. This item is NOT a toy and is intended for modelling use Scale – 1:32