Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

100th 24 Hours of Le Mans Competitor Sneak Peek: Porsche 939 Hybrid

Porsche-46 (Dumas, Lieb, Jani; orange with polished-silver highlights) Porsche-6 (Rockenfeller, Bonanomi, Alburqueque; NewMan throwback livery), and Porsche-7 (Hartley, Bamber, Tandy; throwback psychedelic Martini livery)
Porsche-46 (Dumas, Lieb, Jani; orange with polished-silver highlights) Porsche-6 (Rockenfeller, Bonanomi, Alburqueque; NewMan throwback livery), and Porsche-7 (Hartley, Bamber, Tandy; throwback psychedelic Martini livery)

[The 100th World Endurance Championship saw two high-profile team and driver trades, but while the Matra-Alfa trade was borne out of necessity, the Joest-Porsche move was borne out of rebellion after disagreement with how Audi Sport was run. They come in this year just in time to see the new 939, which has departed from the 929 series by using an old-school configuration: a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six. The KERS system, however, is all new, an adaptation of the heat recovery system Ferrari is using. Porsche has reservations, but also know that this new team is the crew that won Audi’s last Le Mans, and can give Porsche some extra push to get back on top.]

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I apologize for the long hiatus, so I start off with Porsches in NewMan, Psychedelic Martini and orange liveries. The 939 has a new 3.6-liter flat-six and heat-waste + braking KERS.

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I finally got around to building a LEGO car in Tiny Turbo scale (again), 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 13th 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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