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#8065 - Sauber Mercedes C9 (#61T) 1988 Le Mans



HPI's latest group of hyper-detailed 1:43 scale die-cast model cars features the Le Mans-winning Sauber Mercedes C9 race car in accurate racing livery for discerning model car collectors! The C9 was the result of teamwork between the Sauber racing team, who built the chassis, and Mercedes-Benz, who manufactured the 5.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine. The first season of World Sports Car Championship racing ended in disappointment with a twelfth place finish after scoring in only one race. Neither of the team's two cars were able to finish the famous Le Mans 24hr endurance race, and the team resolved to improve their luck in the following year's race. The second racing season, in 1988, brought five points-scoring finishes and second place in the championship but again the team was forced to prematurely end their Le Mans race effort. For the 1989 World Sports Car Championship season, Mercedes-Benz improved the engine further and the entire team set their sites on success for the championship and at Le Mans. Their focus was rewarded with wins at all but one race in the WSCC series, and after two disappointing attempts at Le Mans, the #63 Sauber C9 won the 1989 Le Mans 24hr race with drivers Jochen Mass, Manuel Reuter and Stanley Dickens. During qualifying, the C9 broke the top speed record for the Mulsanne Straight during qualifying by reaching 400 kmh (248mph), a record which stood until the following year. These fabulously high top speeds were the reason two chicanes were installed for the 1991 race, forever setting the C9's speed as the second fastest ever in the history of endurance racing. HPI is proud to offer the full range of Sauber C9 models, from the 1987 & 1988 Le Mans races to the Le Mans-winning #63 car as well as the 'sister' team cars, #61 and #62. Also available is the all-black test car, with its sleek and unique looks and a set of the 3 1989 Le Mans cars in a limited edition presentation box. These fabulous prototype car models feature a convenient size for collecting (approximately 10 x 4 x 3cm) and a crystal clear acrylic case with black base so you can easily stack the cases if you wish. Each Sauber Mercedes C9 model even has a removable engine cover so you can display the car whole, or show off the fine engine detail! These precision cast models are 1:43 scale, a convenient size for any desk or display case. Incredible attention has been paid to make the cars as true to scale as possible. Fine exterior details like radiators, disc brakes, brake calipers, mirrors, wings, exhaust, headlight buckets, mirrors, tow hooks and radio antennae combine to make the models extremely realistic. The paint and even the sponsor logos are colour-matched for exact scale representation. Each car has a fully painted and detailed interior, complete with a roll cage, racing seat, fire extinguisher, steering wheel, and dashboard. Engine detail includes the full cylinder block, exhaust system, turbos, radiators, oil coolers and more! HPI uses the drawings and plans from the manufacturer to accurately reproduce what we feel are the finest 1:43 scale die-cast models available. Look at one close up and you'll agree! See all the amazing HPI die-cast Sauber C9 models available! #991 Sauber Mercedes C9 (#63) 1989 Le Mans Winner #992 Sauber Mercedes C9 1989 Le Mans Special Set (3 car set) #993 Sauber Mercedes C9 Test Car #8053 Sauber Mercedes C9 (#61) 1987 Le Mans #8054 Sauber Mercedes C9 (#62) 1987 Le Mans #8064 Sauber Mercedes C9 (#61) 1988 Le Mans #8065 Sauber Mercedes C9 (#61T) 1988 Le Mans #8066 Sauber Mercedes C9 (#62) 1988 Le Mans

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