Tuesday, 22 October 2013

NEWS: Slot.it Lancia LC2/85 Nürburgring

Slot.it Lancia LC2/85 #29
CA21c, World Sportscar Championship Nürburgring 1989

The Slot.it team have just sent through some great photos of the latest Lancia LC2/85 livery release, the WSC Nürburgring 1989 entry.  I'm not a massive fan of the livery but it's nice enough (gold wheels and red livery look great but the turquoise?) but the LC2/85 is a great Slot.it on the track that's for sure.

The new livery will be released on November the 4th, the original car was driven by B.Giacomelli and M.Monti.  Starting 20th on the grid but unfortunately the entry did not classify for a finish position.

From the Slot.it Team: 'The LC2 was created by Lancia to race in the Sport-Prototype category, according to the Group C regulations. It was engaged for the first time in 1983. Designed by Dallara, it was powered by a Ferrari engine, with head derived from 288 GTO; electronics was highly advanced for that time.

The engine was a 3 liters V8 90°, liquid-cooled, with two turbochargers, that could work at a maximum pressure of 3 bars; the four valves per cylinder were driven by double over head camshaft. The maximum power was 840 hp at 7000 rpm. Hewland gearbox, 5 gears. The wheels diameter was 15 inches at the front and 17 at the rear.

Chassis was made of aluminum and magnesium; body material was carbon fibre composite. The overall weight was 850 kg.

Often, Lancias were as competitive as Porsches, in pure speed, but then suffered troubles at longer distances. The last version of LC2 was raced as a factory car in the late '85 and in the early '86; then, the car was raced by private teams until 1991.

The most representative of them was Mussato Action Car, that carried on the car development despite a limited budget. In 1989, the car of the team form Turin was engaged in the World Sportscar Championship with the number 29. In the Nürburgring race, the car was driven by Bruno Giacomelli and Massimo Monti.'
  From Wikipedia: 'The Lancia LC2 (sometimes referred to as a Lancia-Ferrari) was a series of racing cars built by Italian automobile manufacturer Lancia and powered by engines built by their sister company Ferrari. They were part of Lancia's official factory-backed effort in the World Sportscar Championship from 1983 to 1986, although they continued to be used by privateer teams until 1991. They were also the company's first car meeting the FIA's new Group C regulations for sports prototypes.

More powerful than its primary competitor, the Porsche 956, the LC2s were able to secure multiple pole positions during their three and a half seasons with the factory Martini Racing squad. However, reliability and more notably fuel consumption hampered the LC2's efforts for race wins against Porsche. LC2s earned three race victories over their lifetime in the hands of Italian drivers Teo Fabi, Riccardo Patrese, Alessandro Nannini, and Mauro Baldi, as well as German Hans Heyer and Frenchman Bob Wollek.'

Fantastic footage of some epically beautiful historic racers including a few Lancia LC2/85s, enjoy.
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