Minichamps is back this week with a slew of new material. The feature is the limited edition of 1002, 1:18 diecast Ford Escort II RS 1800 – Team Zakspeed “Europamobel”. Car was driven by Klaus Ludwig, winner at DRM Nurburgring 1976. Another notable mention is the 1:43 James Hunt 1976 World Champion car. The 1:43 model has removable panels, very cool! Other new models by scale are as follows:
1:18 – FORD ESCORT II RS 1800 – ´CASTROL´ – ARMIN HAHNE – ADAC SUPERSPRINT DRM 1976
1:18 – BMW Z4 GT3 (E89) – BMW TEAM WALKENHORST – STUCK/SANDRITTER/BRÜCK/ROSTEK – 24H NÜRBURGRING 2014
1:18 – BMW Z4 GT3 (E89) – SAUDI FALCONS TEAM SCHUBERT – BINLADEN/AL FAISAL/MÜLLER/HÜRTGEN – 24H DUBAI 2013
1:18 – BMW Z4 GT3 (E89) – SX TEAM SCHUBERT – AUBERLEN/CAMERON/DALLA LANA/WERNER/HÜRTGEN – 24H DUBAI 2014
1:18 – FORD FOCUS ST – 2011 – ORANGE METALLIC L.E. 504 pcs.
1:18 – INFINITI RED BULL RACING RENAULT RB9 – MARK WEBBER – LAST F1 RACE – BRAZIL GP 2013 – W/ FIGURINE
1:18 – VOLKSWAGEN 1200 CABRIOLET HEBMUELLER – 1949 – BLACK
1:43 – BMW Z4 GT3 – TEAM TDS RACING – ARMINDO/CLEMENT/LARICHE/PLA – 24H SPA 2014
1:43 – BRABHAM ALFA ROMEO BT45B – CARLOS PACE -1977 L.E. 1080 pcs.
1:43 – BRABHAM ALFA ROMEO BT45B – HANS J. STUCK -1977 L.E. 1224 pcs.
1:43 – BRABHAM ALFA ROMEO BT45B – JOHN WATSON -1977 L.E. 1440 pcs.
1:43 – INFINITI RED BULL RACING RENAULT RB9 – MARK WEBBER – LAST F1 RACE – BRAZIL GP 2013 – W/ FIGURINE
1:43 – MCLAREN FORD M23 – JAMES HUNT – WORLD CHAMPION 1976
1:43 – MCLAREN FORD M23 – JAMES HUNT – WORLD CHAMPION 1976 – WITH RAIN TYRES – WITH ENGINE
1:43 – MCLAREN HONDA MP4-30 – FERNANDO ALONSO – CHINESE GP 2015
1:43 – MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 TEAM W05 – LEWIS HAMILTON – WINNER ABU DHABI GP 2014
1:43 – MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 TEAM W06 HYBRID – LEWIS HAMILTON – WINNER USA GP 2015 L.E. 1015 pcs.
1:43 – OPEL OMEGA (A) 3000 24V – SCHÜBEL-OPEL ´JAEGERMEISTER´ – MANUEL REUTER – DTM 1991 NÜRBURGRING
About the Ford Escort II RS… “The introduction of the Escort II was aimed mainly for motorsports. Ford used it as a gimmick and did not register the II as a new vehicle, but only as modified bodywork of the existing model. This eliminated the need to have to build a new certified series. Due to the similarity of the structure of the two Escort generations all Motorsport parts of an old vehicle could be transferred to the new body without modification. Also this was modified with an efficient change to the drive system to introduce a hammer modified transmission, however, the battery could remain in the engine compartment. The engine was mounted at an angle. A version called RS1800 with the Cosworth motor found its way into the price lists only in Great Britain. Only 109 models of this type were produced. Of these, there are far more replicas than originals today. Ford was apprehensive that the tightening of the motorsport regulations would offer less modification options, and therefore created a model that only existed on paper and the Escort RS was never produced. This refers to the RS1800 with all parts used in motor sports, like the rear axle with trailing arms suspension and Panhard rod, rear disc brakes, ZF five-speed gearbox and engine modifications. Although Ford had never manufactured such a vehicle, they could prove based on all the spare parts sold, that a sufficiently large number of these vehicles had been built and was awarded the Sport approval for this fictitious vehicle. All further motorsport results were then achieved depending on the perspective – either with extensive modifications RS1800 or with RS production car series, which were identical”