Le Mans Miniatures reproduce the Renault Alpine A442B No.2 car as driven to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 by Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud. Complete and ready to run slot car model displayed in presentation box.
Built to a high standard of quality and finish from Le Mans Miniatures. Fitted with aluminium wheels front and rear, Slim-Can motor inline setup, smooth running gear.
In the seat of this model features a full detailed driver figure and helmet of Jean-Pierre Jaussaud.
LeMans 24 Hours became in 1978 the first priority for the Régie Renault. They knew they would not be given the means to triumph in F1 until Le Mans had been won. The whole year from the autumn 1977 consisted in making the engine reliable and making the victory possible thanks to the many improvements of little details.
Several testing periods were organised to reproduce the race conditions, especially endurance and the stresses imposed by the Les Hunaudières straight. Air intakes appeared on the rear wing mountings aimed at cooling the brakes. The reliability of the engine was improved thanks to over 30 modifications including the pistons, distribution and turbo, which improved the flexibility of the engine despite an unchanged power output. Finally on the occasion of the last test in April 1978, the famous Plexiglas cockpit "bubble" was validated. It provided the advantages of a closed car, decreasing drag and increasing the top speed as much as 5 mph on the straights. Some brushes on the underbody intended to generate a ground effect are added.
The car is driven by the young Didier Pironi, whose victory is the first of a beautiful career, and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, whose victory is the cherry on the cake of a beautiful career.
|Brand||Le Mans Miniatures|
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