Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lord of the Rings

The 24 hours of Le Mans is one the oldest, most prestigious and important automobile race in the planet. Proof of its enduring appeal is the timeless Hollywood film ‘Le Mans’. I tend to believe its lasting allure is the sport car manufacturers bringing in their new hardware for punishing endurance and reliability testing. Eventually these tested car components do find its way into their road going cars for customers. LM consequently is a high profile, exciting and competitive arena for new car technology with proven positive results. No wonder the 24 Heures du Mans lord it over all other circuit!

Starting with the new millennium, one car manufacturer has lorded over the winning circle in LM. The assault started in the year 2000 up to 2005 with the Audi R8 completely dominating the circuit. Of course interrupted only in 2003, by the Bentley Speed 8, which too is technically a revamped R8. Actually the Audi works R8 was conveniently absent from the 2003 race, to give way to its sibling in the VW Group. Thus Bentley was able to enjoy a much important commemorative victory. It has to be noted that the 5 (+1) victories came in the form of petrol powered VWAG V8 powerplant.

2006 to 2010, saw the shift from petrol to diesel powered Audi LM cars. First being the winning R10 TDi (Turbo Diesel Injection) of 2006 to 2008, a grand slam of 3 years in a row. Not bad for an oil burner! One has to mentioned that 2009, was for Peugeot, in again a diesel racer. To cap the decade, the Audi R15 TDi sealed the 9 total wins for the Ingolstat car company. Hence making Audi, the ‘4-circle marque’ tied with Ferrari in 2nd place for most wins of all time in Le Mans.

 From Paul's Model Art 1/43.

This particular model, a gift from my brother-in-law a few years back :-)

The Le Mans 2006 winner...

...AudiR10 TDi

Very first diesel powered to win in  Circuit de la Sarthe .

Headlamp, tow hook & carbon fiber detailing.

Audi Sport cockpit.

Shell & Bosch taking care of the fuel system.

A glimpse of the floor/cockpit detailing.

Rapid diesel fuel filler for 90 litres tank full of VPower.

 This is where you mostly see the competition; at the side mirrors!

O.Z. magnesium forged wheels shroud in Michelin, providing the grip for the conquering TDi...

 ....of the 4-ring margue and currently the lord of Sarthe!


Marcjan Minipassion - 1:43 said...

In my opinion it's the best LeMans car ever built. But the BMW LMR also fine ;) Great stuff Erwin!

interdomin said...

Fantastic shoots!!!

komenda said...

Hi Marcjan, it sure is shaping to be a legend of Le Mans. The BMW is a good car as well.
Appreciate it, thanks :-)

komenda said...

Glad you liked the pics, Interdomin :-) Thanks!

danielh said...

these are very detailed for the scale of 1:43! and the parts i like most is tthe front lower wings as shown indicated that was a carbon fiber detailing!

nice race car and nice gift too!!

komenda said...

Yes Danielh, the PMA detailing is outstanding in 1:43 IMHO. There is much to like about this particular model, i agree with you on the carbon fiber wind splitter :-) and of course since this is a RAOK, makes it more special :-)
Cheers & Thanks!

Kin said...

Hi sir Erwin Komenda,

I almost collect this beautiful Audi R10 24 hours Le man endurance super star.

"Magnificent Collection".

Congratul...& Lucky you.


komenda said...

Hello Kin,
Happy you liked it :-)
Audi of course has the road going R8, hope you can share a test drive report in the near future.
Appreciate it & Thanks.

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

great car and great shots too! my second best option to collect, better than formula one if i may say, and it has a lot of history too, and great racing cars also! :-)

congrats Erwin! :-)

komenda said...

Thanks Mike :-)
Endurance racing cars is a great collecting theme! Totally agree with you :-) on that.... I have been smitten by them many years ago :-)