Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

100th 24 Hours of Le Mans Competitor Sneak Peek: Ford Eagle Indianapolis III

Ford-45 (Briscoe, Westbrook, Hand; black with white fin), Gulf-12 (Mueller, Priaulx, Blaney), and Penske-44 (Chilton, Logano, Larson, pale yellow with red front fenders)
Ford-45 (Briscoe, Westbrook, Hand; black with white fin), Gulf-12 (Mueller, Priaulx, Blaney), and Penske-44 (Chilton, Logano, Larson, pale yellow with red front fenders)

[Three straight years of losing in the hands of Panoz-Chrysler at the American Le Mans Series compelled Ford to rethink its endurance program, and the new Eagle Indianapolis car is now powered by an all-new Ecoboost diesel V8 from the more successful Raptor Baja truck. Bolstered by support from Penske and technical input from Wiiliams to improve their electric supercharger, Ford is looking to mount a comeback, and hopefully win Le Mans in the process.]

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For ‘Merican Monday, I bring you a Ford Le Mans prototype, running an Ecoboost diesel V8 and a unique electric supercharger. Comments for this build are welcome.

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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 4th 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 of the cars come race day?

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