I’ve been teasing some of you over on Instagram about my latest addition. Well, here it is, the LeMans 2015 winning Corvette C7.R by AUTOart.
I’ll keep this short. The C7.R was unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, a year after the debut of the roadgoing C7. Building on the success of the C5-R and C6.R, the C7.R used an updated version of the C6.R’s 5.5 liter V8. This engine, called LS5.R, featured direct injection to help it achieve ~500hp which was routed through an Xtrac 6-speed sequential trans-axle. The whole lot weighs 2,745 lbs with the driver and a full load of fuel in it.
In its debut season in 2014 it had 4 wins, at Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. 2015 saw the C7.R win only 3 races, but these weren’t just any races. The first win came at the 24 hours of Daytona with Jan Magnussen, Antonio García, and Ryan Briscoe at the wheel. The second win came at the 12 Hours of Sebring with the same drivers. Its final win though was the one that dwarfed them all, its class victory at the 24 Hour of LeMans. This is the car represented here, driven by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner,and Jordan Taylor.
When it comes to buying 1:18s my current buying habits fall into 2 categories. The first being $13 Costco Maistos (someone please stop me, I’m running out of space), while the second is mid range Minichamps and AUTOart race cars.
This C7.R is a first for me though, as its one of AUTOart’s new series of composite models which feature metal chassis parts with a composite (plastic) body shell. This is also a semi-sealed model with doors being the only opening features.
As you can see from the pictures, this leads to a stunningly tight model. The body lines are exceptionally crisp and the headlight elements perfectly fitted. The grille insert at the front is neatly executed as are the much simpler graphics of the modern livery (including Corvette Racing’s “Jake” logo on the hood).
Wheels and tires are, as usual on AUTOarts, pretty nice. The multi-color Michelin logo on the tires is really well done (that had to be a pain to get right)
You may have noticed a lack of interior shots, that’s because there isn’t much to show. The dark tint of the windows makes the interior dark, which hides the fact that that’s where AUTOart cut costs. This model was designed to look great on a shelf, and it definitely succeeds at that. As I start buying more expensive models more regularly (thanks paycheck) I’ve decided to focus my collection. I’ve settled on collecting Corvette GT racers and Porsche prototypes as both have a large selection and winning history.
Anyway, I’m really happy with this model and it’ll look great sitting on my shelves next to its older sibling, the C5-R.