Sauber Mercedes C9
Hi folks, this is my most recent build. It’s an old Tamiya 1/24 kit of the 1989 Le Mans winning group C car. The car was a continuation of the partnership between Peter Sauber as a constructor and Mercedes as the engine builder. The number #63 car took the win with the #61 Sauber Merc coming in second, and the #62 car taking a respectable fifth place. The 1989 cars were nicknamed the “Silver Arrows” due to their relatively simple but striking ( and now iconic ) liveries.
The engine featured in the C9 was the Mercedes M119 5.0l twin turbo V8. It was capable of 720 bhp but was limited to 650 bhp to conserve fuel for the 24 hour endurance race. The car itself complete with the engine weighed in at only 905kg. It was clocked at 247mph on the Mulsanne straight!
The car actually has a special place in my heart as it was my favourite group C prototype on Playstation’s Gran Turismo. I must have done thousands of virtual laps in the #63 car over the years.
I snapped up this kit on E bay for a really good price. The bundle included a Scale Motorsport photo etch set, a couple of sheets of carbon fibre decal and the windscreen masks. I painted it using a mixture of Tamiya Acrylics and Alclad 2. I did a work in progress build on this one over in the automotive group category for anyone wanting to know more about the build and painting stages.
The kit itself was good fun to build. It wasn’t as easy to put together as a modern Tamiya kit, but it is still a Tamiya, so no major complaints, just some parts needed a little adjustment or gentle persuasion when assembling!
Thanks very much for looking, and a big thank you to those who followed the work in progress.
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