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...
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!