Modelcar (slot)racing means
building scale(d) models of 1/1 racecars and (after all those hours
of carefull building something most people cherish in a showcase) going
to the track and actually race them...hard.
As this website's theme is Sports Endurance racing from the Gr. C era
till present, our aim was to build a database with references to all
the Group C, GT, GTP and LMP's that have been modelled in 1/24 or 1/25
scale. As it turned out this was a gigantic task and even though we've
put these pages live..one that is far from finished.
And it probably never will be..finished as more cars and models are
hit the tracks each month. But we've given it our best shot, for most
of the Gr C's and GT1's if their's a model its now in the database......so
we hope you'll enjoy our Cars & Model pages for what they are.
A reference list to create scale sportscars...
Main purpose of the Cars & Models pages is to serve as a reference list
for the slotracer who wants to build an accurate, true to scale sportscar.
For each 1/1 sportscar that we've included in the database you will
find references as to where and when it raced, which models are available
and who makes them.
Comparing the dimensions of the 1/1 cars and their models listed in
the database will show you their scale accuracy can also give you an
idea of their potential performance. Besides the individial racer/modellist, these pages can also serve
as a reference list for those who write the rules for the races the
slotcars compete in. After all the database was initialy created to
collect and display all relevent data for the rules of the former 1/24
Slotracing Le Mans Series.
...and Modelcar rules.
If you want to organize races for scale modelcars, your first and
last reference should always be the 1/1 example of the real racecar.
So we've gone through great lenghts to collect as much relevant data
on the real cars as possible. And most relevant are lenght, width and
height, as these are the dimensions that must be reduced to scale in order to
turn it into an actual true to scale slotcar. Funny enough we've found
that quite a few models are not true to scale at all!.
The latest devellopment found at some of the Slotkit manufacturers is
to "improve" the dimensions of their models to get a better
performance. This is a very dangerous devellopment as if left un attended,
modelcars of the future will be come less true to scale and more and
more like the winged lexan thingies that besides their names bare no
resemblance to a real car anymore!
All the model database wants to offer you is the facts, and nothing but the facts.
All models have
been measured sevral times and by several people. Real car data has
been checked and counterchecked with several sources where possible. But
it is up to you as rulemakers to decide which Car or Model will fit
your races and which won't.
Note: These pages are presented here as a service to the (slot)race
car modeller, and not for any direct benefit to any particular vendor
or manufacturer. No endorsement or guarantee is offered or implied based
on a model's inclusion or omission in the database
How to use the Cars & Models pages
Source References, many thanks to.......
Browse the left menu to select one of the cars in the database and you"ll
get a short intro withgeneral info of the 1/1 Sportscar. By clicking
on "full story" you can see the complete Car profile. For
each car there's a list of liveries in the left colum in which a specific
car has raced. You can click on each of the liveries to get more info
such as where and when that car raced, who drove it and with what result.
Last but not least .... the Models.......with each car you get a list
of all the available Models you could use to build your 1/24 slotcar,
and who makes them. Wherever possible we've tried to include a short
description of each model contents and some more info on what is needed
to convert the model into a slotcar.
The Sportscar Model data base is an example of the almost limitless source
of information the world wide web can be, specially the latest webchild
has been very helpfull. But whatever the source, most of the records
and images in this dabase have come from Sportscar enthousiast like you
and me. Without their devotion, time and effort, on (web) publishing this
material, these pages would not have been possible.
The "Holy Bible" for all race enthousiast looking for an images
of a car in a specific race must be www.racingsportscars.com
the website dedicated to the sportscar racing. There You can find the
biggest photo archive of not only sportscar racing but also Formula
1 archives from 1970÷1982 period and European Touring Car Championship.
Their intention is to collect a single photo of every car in each race,
and the result is "impressive" to say the least. For each
race all cars are identyfied by chassis nr, motor, race class and a
list of drivers, and the achieved results. Compiling all the data of
the Group C liveries would not have been possible without them.
No need for modesty if you call yourself Ultimatecarpage.com,
but fact is that itis one of "the" leading online automotive
magazines dedicated to showcase the finest modern, classic and racing
cars. In addition to the weekly car features, there are frequent reports
from events from all over the world. One of our top priorities is to
use as much unique material (pictures and articles) as possible, relying
on manufacturer press releases only for the latest releases.
Created and owned by Wouter Melissen his articles of the featured sportscars
are both informative and in spirational as fun to read.
An other most valuable source of Images, car history and detail information
on the 1/1 GT's and Prototypes has been GTO Racing by Laurant
Go to his site at
http://gto-racing.nexenservices.com/ and you'll find over
360 sportscar files ranging from 60's Can Am to new millenium Prototypes.
Most pages are in French, but recently Laurant has been adding English
A must for the more technically interested fan is Micheal J. Fullers
Mulsanne Corner. Masters of the dark science of aerodynamics
frequent this website and share there findings online. At www.mulsannescorner.com
you'll find in depth reports and technical analysis of most modern prototypes.
Besides the Official ACO 24 hrs site and regular sources like Maison
Blanche, French "automotive " enthousisast Phillipe Boursin
pages on the Le Mans 24hrs provides details on all cars entering
the French endurance since 1999. http://perso.club-internet.fr/pboursin/lemans.htm
Other sources for the 1/1 car files were found on the numourous Manufacturer,
Team and Constructor sites.
Collecting all the model references has been a real cooperation between
several slotrace modellists through out Europe. Beside special thanks
to Ralf Schafland and Karl Janda for their detailed info
and model remarks, I would like to thank all those who have measured,
weighted and posted dimensions of their cars for this d-base.
As there are differences between a buildt and unbuildt models, the actual
dimensions of the cars may vary, but not by much.
Images (Model and 1/1l)
As mentioned before we surfed endlessly to collect as many images as
possible so you could see what both real car and model look like. Main
sources for 1/1 images have been mentioned above. For the model images
I would like to specially thank Harald Uhl : http://www.slotundmodellcars.de,
Micheal Graber http://www.automobilminiaturen.de
and the guys from Mafma http://www.mafma.com/
What we show here is but a small selection of the models that they and
their clients have build.
Last but not least thank god for google, it takes a bit of tinkering
with the search words, but they have been able to fill most missing
Adding Models or information to the Database
If you are slotracer, modellist or just plain a sportscar enthousiast,
that has information (photo's, details,build remarks etc.) and would
like to ad them to the database, or... f you are Modelcar/kit manufacturer
and would like to add your product information.... please contact us
via firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting on the forum.
Cars & Models Dictionary
Modelcar terminology can be confusing, so we have collected
some of the terms used to describe the various kits
Curbside is an additional term used to describe Resin kits, it usually
means the kit has a one piece body with no engine detail or removable
bodywork. Most Curbside kits have detailing features such as photo etched
parts or white metal for cockpit tubs.
Glass fibre laminated, an additional term used for Slot kits. It usually
means that the body has a resin topcoat laminated on the inside with
Glass Fibre matting .
This reinforces the resin and makes it more crash resistant. Problems
can arise when there are air pockets between the thin resin topcoat
and the GFK lamination.
Some manufacturers have tried to solve these problems by producing "full"
GFK bodies, meaning there is no resin topcoat, but a GFK gelcoat. (like
Injection moulded kits
The fine detail and crisp lines of hard plastic Modelcar bodies are
formed by injecting hot molten plastic under high pressure in a hard
The Tooling of these moulds is a expensive process which can only be
recovered by high volume sales. As a result injection moulded kits are
the exclusive territory of the Corporate Modelcar manufacturers.
Photo etched..or PE parts
Photo etching is a process by which a (Ultraviolet) light sensitive
layer is used to mask areas on a piece of metal. The unexposed parts
of the layerand metal are removed by acid leaving the masked areas in
place. By repeating the process releif can be added within the limits
of the metal thickness.
The result for the modeller is usually a small sheet of metal with small
detail parts as brake discs, buckles for safetyharnasses, hood clips,
tow hooks wing supports etc etc.
Resin model car bodies are formed by casting high definition resin instead
of injection moulded plastic. In general Resin cast are made in soft,
flexible Silicon Moulds. As a result of this flexible mold some Resin
bodies can be "warped" if the cast is remove to fast from
the mold. Resin can include some of the finest detailing features ever
found on 1/24 kits. Most of the Resin Kit makers are talented part-time
cottage industry people. Therefore, nearly all resin kits are produced
in low quantities.
Slot kits are produced specially for their intended use as slotcar bodies.
Most Slotkits have GFK reinforced bodies taken from same mould as the
full Curbside kits. Slotkits contain less parts (no photo etched parts,
no floorpan so no cockpit detail) which also makes them cheaper. In
general the finish of Slotkits is rougher which means more work for
Transkits are partial kits which are used to supplement existing kits
to create a whole new car, usually a variation to a racing car. Transkits
can be just a one piece body part or a full conversion set which includes
all parts necessary to convert a street car kit into a proper looking
race car, or to convert a racecar from one version into an other.
A process by which a heated sheet of plastic (usually Lexan or PET)
is formed over a positive mold. The by use of vacuum the heated plastic
is "sucked" tight against the mold surfaces. Due to the material
thickness the vacformed part is always bigger and less detailed than
the original mold. The proces is often used to create clear parts for
resin kits, but can also be used for bigger parst such as cockpit tubs
and even whole bodies. For the Slot Modellist Vac formed means..Light!!!
Is a soft metal with a low melting point, it is often used to cast detail
parts that would be to fargile in resin such as steeringwheels, spoilers
rims ect etc. White metal parts usually means a lot of work to clean
them up an make them fit...`for the Slot Modellist it also means...heavy!