Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

100th 24 Hours of Le Mans Competitor Sneak Peek: BMW Proto-M CSLi LMR

BMW-27 (Lisbon, Ickx, Allister) is the car with an all-blue fin. BMW-29 (Muller, Bergmeister, von jenner) is the car with a blue front end and M colors on the stripe. BMW-37 (Besson, Revedy, Zscekolova) is the new BMW Art Car, with the multicolored splotches.
BMW-27 (Lisbon, Ickx, Allister) is the car with an all-blue fin. BMW-29 (Muller, Bergmeister, von jenner) is the car with a blue front end and M colors on the stripe. BMW-37 (Besson, Revedy, Zscekolova) is the new BMW Art Car, with the multicolored splotches.

[BMW’s sudden fall after sweeping the World Endurance Championship three years ago shocked everyone, and issues within BMW Motorsport only exacerbated the problem. A dominant 1-2-3 win at last year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours, however, provided a big boost to the team, and this year’s CSLi racer is proof that Munich’s chariots are now ready to fight Audi, Porsche, and Sauber-Mercedes-AMG. A redesigned 4100cc V10 and batteries—the most power-dense of the battery-based LMP’s—are fitted in a reliable (read: unchanged) chassis, and all-new star drivers for BMW-37 will be what M shall bring to 100LM.]

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My birthday present to BMW’s 100th is a prototype from a speculative 100th 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s late, but better than never.

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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 10th in a 16-part preview for a fictional 100th running of the endurance classic, where 48 (!!!!!!!!!) cars from 16 (!!!!!!!!!) manufacturers tackle 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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