1999 - Presentation
#09 D. Theyes, S. Johansson, S. Ortelli
#10 J. Weaver, A. Wallace, P. Mcarthy
The Audi R8C, designed by Peter Ellerey and Tony Southgate, only took part in the 1999 edition of the 24h of Le Mans. It is still probably one of the most beautiful prototypes in Le Mans history. Unfortunately, its performance did not match its elegance, mostly for lack of development time. Racing Technologies Norfolk built a carbon fibre bodywork around a monocoque frame, all powered with a 358 cc V8 biturbo engine. James Weaver said that the R8C, at one time during the race, had become one of the best cars he had ever driven. None of the two competing R8Cs was able to reach the end of the race. In the following years, Audi opted for an open cockpit version of the R8 and the R8C became the basis for the Bentley Exp Speed 8 project, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2003. This model reproduces the “presentation” car in which the two sides differ in race number and driver’s name. Note that the model also correctly reproduces the shape of the trilobate air intake on the nose, replaced in the race version by a single gap intake.
The 911 GT1 EVO 98 was the car created by Porsche to compete in the GT1 category in 1998, at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA GT international championship. At the beginning, the GT1 were Grand Touring cars modified for the competitions, but in the last years they got more and more similar to racing prototypes. Porsche had already run in GT1 the years before, but the ‘98 car was a brand new model. This was the first car built by Porsche with a carbon composite monocoque chassis. Front and rear suspensions double wishbones with pushrod. Wheels diameter 18 inches; carbon brake discs, calipers wi th 8 pistons at front and with 6 pistons at rear axle. Six-cylinder flat engine, 3.2 litres twin turbo, 4 valves per cylinder, water-cooled, maximum torque 630 Nm at 5000 rpm, maximum power 550 hp at 7200 rpm. Six-speed gearbox with sequential change, trip le disc carbon fibre clutch. Fuel tank capacity 100 litres.
In 1998, the FIA GT championship was dominated by Mercedes, but Porsche was able to win the Le Mans 24 Hours. In the race at Silverstone, Alexander Grau and Andreas Scheld ran the car number 5 o f the German team Zakspeed Racing.
The 911 GT1 EVO 98 was designed by Porsche to compete in the GT1 category in 1998, at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA GT International Championship. In the beginning, the GT1 class was based on GT (Grand Touring) cars prepared for racing, but eventually they became racing prototypes. The ‘98 car was a brand new model from Porsche. This was the first car built by Porsche with a carbon composite monocoque chassis. It came with front and rear double wishbone suspensions with pushrod, 18” wheels, carbon brake discs. Engine was a six-cylinder, flat, 3.2 litres twin turbo, 4 valves per cylinder, water-cooled, unit, with maximum torque of 630 Nm at 5000 rpm and maximum power of 550 hp at 7200 rpm. Gearbox was six-speed sequential with triple disc carbon fibre clutch. Fuel tank capacity 100 litre. In 1998, the FIA GT championship was dominated by Mercedes, but Porsche was able to win the Le Mans 24 Hours. A. McNish and Y. Dalmas ran car number 7 In the FIA GT championship
1997 - Le Mans / #21 - M. Brundle, W. Taylor, J. Muller
The Nissan R390 GT1 was a racing car built to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1997 and 1998. The car was developed by Nismo (Nissan Motor Sport) and TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing). Powered by a 3.5 litre, biturbo, load-carrying engine rated at 600 hp, the chassis was a carbon fiber derivation of the TWR designed Jaguar XJR15. In the 1995, three cars with #21, #22 and #23 (23is NiSan in Japanese) were entered by Nissan Motor Sport with undeniably serious ambitions. The R390 driven by Martin Brundle was the fastest of the whole lot in prequalifying and it was very fast in qualifying too. The race however turned into an a together different story and the only surviving car at the end of the 24 hrs came in 12th overall.
Production of McLaren F1 GTR, directed by former Formula 1 engineer Gordon Murray, began in 1992 and ended in 1998. At that time, it was the fastest car ever built. The F1 GTR raced in Le Mans for the first time in 1995, winning outright, with 5 cars reaching the finish line in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th position. The car featured a monocoque carbon – fibre chassis and a BMW 5990 cc V12 engine. In 1997, the F1 GTR was developed into the Long Tail version. Number 27 raced in Donington, driven by Chris Goodwin and Gary Ayles.