This is the Courage-Oreca LC70 run by Team Oreca-Matmut in the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, recreated by IXO in 1/43 scale. It was powered by a Judd 5.5L V10 and its performance in the race was absolutely unremarkable. But, as you can see, the livery is remarkable, and that’s literally the only reason I have this one in my collection.

Driven by Marcel Fässler, Olivier Panis, and Simon Pagenaud, the car qualified 13th (overall and in class) and ended up with a DNF after 147 laps, finishing well behind the majority of the field. But that livery!

IXO is a budget brand when it comes to collector grade 1/43 scale, but it’s hard to tell in these pictures. They’ve done a pretty decent job recreating this fantastic livery. The model does feel cheap in-hand and the gaps around the wheel wells are not really up to snuff, but overall this thing is pretty decent considering that it’s much cheaper than most high-end 1/43s.

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As you can see, they did a pretty fine job with the interior too.

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One thing IXO consistently does pretty well is carbon fiber. It’s not real carbon fiber, of course, but the textured plastic on this wing looks pretty good.

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