Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
Alfa-25 (Reading, San Pedro, Viljanen) used to be in Matra, but transferred to Alfa Romeo and now drives the Alitalia-sponsored T55. Alfa-39 (Franchitti, Bentucci, Castroneves) races the car with a white front and fin highlights. Alfa-39 (Steiner, Bobbins, Kramer) has a yellow front and fin highlights.
Alfa-25 (Reading, San Pedro, Viljanen) used to be in Matra, but transferred to Alfa Romeo and now drives the Alitalia-sponsored T55. Alfa-39 (Franchitti, Bentucci, Castroneves) races the car with a white front and fin highlights. Alfa-39 (Steiner, Bobbins, Kramer) has a yellow front and fin highlights.

[Alfa Romeo’s long struggles with reliability and fuel consumption have hampered their push to win 24-hour and 12-hour races, despite the Tipo 55 being the third fastest car on the championship and taking wins in the sprint series. Which is why the only real change to the third rendition of the 55 is a much lower rev limit, slightly wider tires, and a return to a simpler rear wing. The big change was in the team itself, after Matra-10’s lead engineer Hector Sigil and drivers Grant Lloyd Reading, Ana Divina San Pedro and Seppo Viljanen signed a contract with the Italian team and set out to fix the problems plaguing Alfa Corse.]

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This Milano Monday, I present the “weakest team in the lead-up to Le Mans”, Alfa Romeo. Their Tipo 55QV/03 comes with a twin-supercharged 2.0-liter V8, and still utilizes a double flywheel KERS system.

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I finally got around to building a LEGO car in Tiny Turbo scale, thanks in large part to Flickr user //PROTOTYP, who dropped his 2015 Le Mans cars just as I was binge-watching both Truth in 24 films and races in Sebring and Le Mans from 2009 onwards.

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This is the 11th in a 16-part preview for a fictional 100th running of the endurance classic, where 48 (!!!!!!!!!) cars from 16 (!!!!!!!!!) manufacturerstackle the Circuit de La Sarthe and try to outlast each other for 24 hours.

The plan is to make all 48 cars, both individually and as a team, then pop Bluerender to get them rendered before this year’s Le Mans race. Vignettes, studio shots and on-site shots will come up by then. Oh, and did I mention that I will post instructions for all three come race day?

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