Le Mans (Part 2) - Porsche 956

In order to tie in with my first story about Le Mans, I would like to go back to real racing legends. The 51st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 18-19, 1983) had some personified legends.

Well-known names such as Hurley Haywood, Al Holbert, Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell or even Klaus Ludwig were among the starters.

Also, the American Formula 1 World Champion of 1978, Mario Andretti was at the start. He shared the cockpit with his son Michael Andretti and the Frenchman Philippe Alliot.

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The vehicle, which was piloted by the Andrettis, is itself a racing icon. We are talking about a Porsche 956, which 2.6L Turbo Flat-6 engine mobilized over 600 hp. This made the 850KG light race car over 350 KM / H fast.

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The 956 was used from 1982-1984, then replaced by the successor model 962. With the 956 great emphasis was placed on the aerodynamics - through optimization of the underbody, rear diffuser and the wing, the car become sucked by the negative pressure literally on the road. As a result, crazy cornering speeds were achieved.

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This Porsche used by Kremer was able to secure a third place behind the two Rothmans-Porsche.

Among the first 10 finish runs were 9 Porsche 956 - in the US then appeared a billboard with the headline “Nobody`s perfect”

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With this HPI miniature in scale 1/43, collector dreams were turned into reality, because the detailing convinced in full line. The processing of the engine is fantastic and the proportions are also very consistent.

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