McLaren F1 GTR
Happy New Year everybody! This is the completed article from my recent work in progress that some of you have been following. Thanks for the kind words and advice along the way.
To many this car will not need an introduction! It is the 1995 Le Mans winning McLaren #59 car from the GT1 class. The car itself was actually on loan to Kokusai Kaihatsu racing and if my sources are correct, this is the original GTR prototype. The drivers were Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya and JJ Lehto. Between them they managed to rack up 298 laps of the famous circuit between the 17th and 18th of June, and were followed closely in second place by the Courage Competition C34 #13 with 297 laps, and the Harrods Mach One Mclaren GTR #51 in third with 296 laps.
The engine is a BMW S70 6.1 V12 and had to be restricted to 600 bhp in accordance to the racing regulations at the time. This actually gave it less power than the road version! But due to the stripped out cockpit and replacement carbon fibre and brakes, the end product was still a lot faster overall. The McLaren was not as fast as some of the other prototype racers competing at the event, but was said to have the advantage of reliability due to its production based origins. So there you have it, slow and steady wins the race!
The kit itself is from Fujimi in 1:24. I would have liked more engine detail, and if you followed the WIP I tried my best, but I can’t really fault what was in the box. The fit was perfect and the decals were brilliant. It is pretty much built out of the box with the exception of the Scale MotorSport carbon fibre decals and the cockpit electronic wiring. The Sparco racing harness was aftermarket also.
If I was to have any criticisms of the kit though, I would have to say that the ride height at the back of the car is a little to high… I double checked in case this was my own error but it isn’t… for a change! And the instructions and box are in Japanese! But that’s my fault for not having a basic grasp of Japanese!
Cheers for the interest and happy modelling in the New Year!
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.