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This is a scale model kit to be assembled by an adult; it includes all the parts as indicated, but it does not include glue or paints.
What amount of details! This model of the winning car in 2003 of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has parts made of various materials, such as white metal, resin, photo-etched parts, turned metal parts for the rims, with beautiful red and blue tightening nuts
, rubber tires, decals that include several of the carbon fiber and kevlar patterns
, as well as various types of cables. All this will allow you to reproduce the real model with maximum fidelity. After assembly, several of its parts can be removed, such as the doors, the rear hood or the front cover, to be able to appreciate both the interior and all the mechanical parts. If you want it, hurry up, they fly!
Additional details for the Bentley Speed8
model car kit:
- Manufactured by Model Factory Hiro in 1/12 scale with reference MFH-K739 (also listed as 4580011507393, K739 and K-739).
- Raced at the 24 Hours Le Mans in 2003.
- Includes CNC metal parts, metal parts, photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, seatbelt fabric, turned metal parts, vacuum formed parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, other materials, assembly instructions and painting instructions.
- Package measures 263 mm x 355 mm x 104 mm (width x depth x height), weighting 1423 g (review pending).
- Box barcode 4580011507393 (GTIN/EAN)
- Featured in newsletters 415, 416 and 531.
It could be said that the automotive world owes a lot to Dr. Ferdinand Piech, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche. First as a promoter of the Porsche 917 program, which won at Le Mans in 1970 and 1971, and then within Audi, when he also thought that Audi should be present in the World Rally Championship with the Audi Quattro. That is why it is logical that, already as president of Volkswagen and having directed the acquisition of Bentley in 1998, he chose the world of racing, and more specifically the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as the way to relaunch the brand, with a 3 years program.
Curiously, at the same time Audi was developing two prototypes to compete in the 1999 season, one open called the R8R and the other closed, the R8C Coupe. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans the Audi R8Rs were more competitive, finishing third and fourth, while both R8C Coupés failed to finish.
When Piech announced that Bentley would return to Le Mans, albeit as Audi competition, it was decided that Bentley would do so by competing in the closed LMP GTP class, while Audi would do so in the open LMP 900 division. So, the Audi R8C would become the Bentley EXP Speed 8 Coupe, which was handed over to designer Peter Elleray for upgrading, and although it was initially intended to use the Bentley W12 engine, being tested in a Lola chassis, its high weight and lack of performance caused that it was finally decided to return to the 600-hp 3.6-liter turbocharged Audi V-8.
4 units were built for the 2001 season, and the team in charge of maintaining and assisting the Bentleys in the race would be that of Richard Lloyd, who had already managed an Audi team in the BTCC and the Audi R8C Coupé in Le Mans in 1999.
Two cars were entered at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2001, the first for Andy Wallace, Butch Leitzinger and Eric van der Poele, and the second for Martin Brundle, Stephane Ortelli and Guy Smith. The Bentleys started the race from seventh and ninth on the grid, in heavy rain. Surprisingly, after half an hour, Brundle was leading the race, but rainwater began to seep into the cabin, misting up the windscreen and damaging the gearbox electronics. After countless problems, the Bentley of Wallace, Leitzinger and van der Poele managed, after several comebacks, to finish in a more than worthy third position behind the two Audi R8R.
For 2002 the Bentley EXP Speed 8 underwent several modifications, which included increasing the displacement of the engine to reach four liters, although it was not enough to finish on the podium. Audi took the victory again, and with the rest of the positions of honor, the Bentley having to settle for fourth position, 14 laps behind the winner.
After three wins in a row, the factory Audi team did not participate in the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans, which certainly seemed like a maneuver for Bentley to achieve the goal of winning Le Mans. Even the Audi drivers became part of the Bentley team. In addition, the Speed 8 was updated again, focusing on aerodynamics and engine management, with new restrictors on the intake due to regulatory changes. Two cars were entered at Le Mans in 2003, and to keep it all home, the main opposition came from three factory-supported privateer Audi R8s.
Finally, Bentley achieved the goal of winning at Le Mans, with the #7 car driven by Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Guy Smith, followed by the team's second unit, and with two Audi R8s immediately behind them.
In 2004, it was again an Audi R8R that took the victory, without a Bentley presence on the grid. It was no longer necessary...
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