Sunday, 27 October 2013

GALLERY: Audi R8C Decennial Audi R8C 
CA01-10th, 2002 - 2012 Decennial Edition

Over the last 12 months or so the slot car industry has celebrated some significant milestones,'s 10th, NSR's 15th, Ninco's 20th and Carrera's 50th anniversary.  Well might be the younger brother in the above timeline, but their bigger brothers are looking over their sholders.

Personally I love anniversary slot releases and think it's a great way for us, as the customer, to be part of the celebration.  I especially like when the manufacture takes the first slot they released and uses it as the special release and this is what have done.  Given that 'Reloaded' the original R8C release you might think they would use the newer moulds but they have used the original R8C mould which is great (note the serial number, 'CA01-10th').

The Audi R8C was my very first and I still remember being completely blown away by what an amazing slot car it was on the track - not to mention how bloody good it looked!  I'm happy to say I still own my original Audi 'Presentation' and still runs like a champion on the track!

From 'The Audi R8C was a racing car designed by Audi engineer Tony Southgate. It raced only at the Le Mans 24h competition in 1999. The car featured a monocoque carbon fibre chassis, a carbon fibre body and a 3595cc twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It had a maximum speed of 349 km/h. have chosen to reissue this special model, from the original chassis and bodywork moulds, to celebrate the decennial of its first complete model car, which marked a before and after in slot racing and, through various revisions and evolutions, has been at the forefront for 10 years.

James Weaver said that at a certain point during race, the under- developed R8C had turned into one of the best cars he ever drove. Neither of the two engaged R8C finished the race. In the years which followed, Audi devoted its energies to the open cockpit version of the R8. In turn, the R8C became the design base for the Bentley Exp Speed 8, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2003.'

I'm moving to a more 'track' orientated type of photography for the gallery as apposed to the white 'high-key' background you might be used to viewing here at ManicSlots.  Let me know what you think? 

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