Group C Le Mans Diecast 1991-1994

1991

1991 was the last gasp of the real Group C races...

Mazda 787B

IXO #LMC023 - Mazda 787B - Le Mans 1991

Let's get one thing clear. Japan is a country that is completely made out of awesome. Any society that produces Pokemon, octopus-tentacle-pornography, Hibachi tricks, unfathomable game shows, Hello Kitty, and "Battle of the Planets" gets my full approval. But the best thing about Japan was that in the late 1980's they were considered to be on the verge of total world domination.

But they never did. Instead, their economy went into a spiral of deflation from which they have not yet emerged. China has taken the mantle of BigEconomicAsianThreat, and the Koreans make the electronics.

And to their credit, the Japanese did not get mad and overthrow their Emperor and Prime Minister. No, they took it upon themselves to just be even more wacky, and went to cosplay conventions. But this car is an artifact from that time before...

This excellent-looking car was first produced in a small run by Quartzo, and even those original units came in various boxes and labels. It was right around the time when Vitesse/Onyx/Quartzo became IXO, so there were some irregularities in distribution and packaging. However, IXO has produced a new run, which features tighter quality and improved wheels.

This was the car that started somewhat of a Minichamps backlash. PMA put out an expensive and bulky "box-set" version of this model, which when compared to the Ixo version was not necessarily any better...

Le Mans 1991 (Part of the FIA Sportscar World Championship)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Category 2 (Fuel Consumption Formula)
1Mazda 787B 'Renown'
Volker Weidler
Johnny Herbert
Bertrand Gachot
55
Cat. 2
IXO
Classic Le Mans
LMC023
   Altaya
'24 Heures du Mans'
?
HPI
937
Quartzo
QLM032
IXO
(Le Mans Winners)
LM1991
   Minichamps
436 911655 
   Spark (Kokusai Boeki)
Mazda History
MC9116 
6Mazda 787B
'Mazdasport'
David Kennedy
Stefan Johansson
Maurizio Sala
18
Cat. 2
HPI
8038
IXO
Classic Le Mans
LMC028
4Jaguar XJR-12 'Silk Cut'
Derek Warwick
John Nielsen
Andy Wallace
33
Cat. 2
Spark Model
S0753
3Jaguar XJR-12 'Silk Cut'
Teo Fabi
Bob Wollek
Kenny Acheson
34
Cat. 2
Spark Model
S0752
2Jaguar XJR-12 'Silk Cut'
Davy Jones
Raul Boesel
Michel Ferté
35
Cat. 2
Spark Model
S0751
DNFPorsche 962C '0123'
Eje Elgh
Roland Ratzenberger
Will Hoy
52
Cat. 2
Spark
Kokusai Boeki Edition
KBS046 
Category 1 (3.5 Litre 'Atmos')
3Peugeot 905
'Esso'
Mauro Baldi
Philippe Alliot
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
5
Cat. 1
Quartzo
QLM003
   Vitesse
652A 
DNFPeugeot 905
'Esso'
Keke Rosberg
Yannick Dalmas
Pierre-Henri Raphanel
6
Cat. 1
Quartzo
QLM004
   Vitesse
652B 

1992

The Lemans race of 1992 was, by all expert accounts, a friggin' disaster. Only 28 leftover Group C cars raced.

1992 Le Mans Classes

Name

Description

Cat. 1

3.5 Litre Atmos "Formula One with fenders"

Cat. 2

1990-spec Group C cars

Cat. 3

Group C cars (3.0 Litre Porsche Turbos)

Cat. 4

Center-seat Spyders

Le Mans 1992 (Part of the FIA Sportscar World Championship)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Category 1
1Peugeot 905
'Esso'
Derek Warwick
Yannick Dalmas
Mark Blundell
1
Cat. 1
Quartzo
QLM009
Spark
43LM92
Vitesse654
2Toyota TS010
'Casio'
Masanori Sekiya
Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Kenny Acheson
33
Cat. 1
Ixo
LMC031
HPI
8564
3Peugeot 905
'Esso'
Mauro Baldi
Philippe Alliot
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
2
Cat. 1
Quartzo
QLM010
Spark
S2595
Vitesse028
4Mazda MXR-01
'Renown'
Johnny Herbert
Volker Weidler
Bertrand Gachot
Maurizio Sandro Sala
5
Cat. 1
Spark
S0798
8Toyota TS010
'Zent'
Jan Lammers
Andy Wallace
Teo Fabi
8
Cat. 1
Ixo
LMC033
Spark
S2365
HPI
8566
13Lola T92/10
Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Charles Zwolsman
Shunji Kasuya
4
Cat. 1
Spark
S4725
DNFPeugeot 905
Karl Wendlinger
Eric van de Poele
Alain Ferté
31
Cat. 1
Spark
S2596
DNFToyota TS010
'Nippodenso'
Geoff Lees
David Brabham
Ukyou Katayama
7
Cat. 1
Ixo
LMC032
Spark
S2364
HPI
8565
DNFMazda MXR-01
'Kajima'
Maurizio Sandro Sala
Takashi Yorino
Yojiro Terada
6
Cat. 1
Spark
S0799
DNFLola T92/10
Jesús Pareja
Cor Euser
Charles Zwolsman
3
Cat. 1
Spark
S4724
DNFBRM P3519
Category 2
5Toyota 92C-V
Stefan Johansson
George Fouché
Steven Andskär
35
Cat. 2
Spark
S2368
9Toyota 92C-V
Roland Ratzenberger
Eje Elgh
Eddie Irvine
34
Cat. 2
Spark
S2367
Category 3
11Porsche 962CK6
Robin Donovan
Charles Rickett
Almo Coppelli
52
Cat. 3
Spark
S1917
12Porsche 962C Gti
Derek Bell
Justin Bell
Tiff Needell
53
Cat. 3
Spark
S4438
Category 4
N/COrion LM
Walter Breuer
Marc Alexandre
Frank de Vita
66
Cat. 4
Spark
S1276
DNFWR LM92
Patrick Gonin
Didier Artzet
Pierre Petit
58
Cat. 4
Spark
S1277
DNFDebora SP9261

1993

1993 saw the reintroduction of GT cars at LeMans. Porsche 993 Carrera 2 Cup and RSR's come back to La Sarthe

1993 Le Mans Classes

Name

Description

Cat. 1

3.5 Litre Atmos "Formula One with fenders"

Cat. 2

Old Group C cars

Cat. 3

Open small-bore spyders (2.0 litre?)

Cat. 4

GT's Return!

Le Mans 1993 (Independently organized by the ACO)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Category 1
1Peugeot 905C
'Peugeot'
Eric Hélary
Christophe Bouchut
Geoff Brabham
3
Cat. 1
IXO
Limited Edition
LM1993
   Vitesse
039A 
   Vitesse
('Dirty' Version)
039D
2Peugeot 905C 'Peugeot'
Thierry Boutsen
Yannick Dalmas
Teo Fabi
1
Cat. 1
Vitesse
039B 
3Peugeot 905C 'Peugeot'
Philippe Alliot
Mauro Baldi
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
2
Cat. 1
Vitesse
039C 
4Toyota TS010
'Nippodenso'
Eddie Irvine
Toshio Suzuki
Masanori Sekiya
36
Cat. 1
IXO
LMC054
8Toyota TS010
'Nippodenso'
Geoff Lees
Jan Lammers
Juan-Manuel Fangio II
38
Cat. 1
IXO
LMC056
HPI
8569
DNFToyota TS010
'Nippodenso'
Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Kenny Acheson
Andy Wallace
37
Cat. 1
IXO
LMC055
GT
26Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cup
Bruno Ilien
Alain Gadal
Bernard Robin
49
GT
Spark
S4441

1994

This was a strange year, as it was still in the aftermath of the group C implosion, but the GT1's of the BPR series had not yet arrived.

Dauer 962

German race team Dauer created a street-legal version of the Porsche 962 that was intended for rich supercar customers. It had distinct bodywork, no ground effects, and other unique components. It should not be confused with the true 962's that had won previously. This is probably the only occurrence of a racing car that was based on a road car that was based on a racing car.

Eddie Irvine's Toyota run

Whoever thinks Eddie Irvine is a no-talent playboy never heard of his excellent 1994 Le Mans drive. He was subbing for the freshly-dead Roland Ratzenberger, and put in a blistering performance during his "weekend off" of F1.

IXO has promised a replica of this car, one of the best second-place finishes ever.

Bugatti EB110

Le Mans 1994 (Non-Championship)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

GT1 Class
1Dauer (Porsche) 962 GT LM 'Fat Turbo'
Yannick Dalmas
Hurley Haywood
Mauro Baldi
36
GT1
Minichamps
430 946436
   Spark
43LM94 
   Altaya
'24 Heures du Mans' Collection
23 
   Minichamps
Le Mans Edition
 
3Dauer (Porsche) 962 GT LM 'Shell'
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Danny Sullivan
Thierry Boutsen
35
GT1
Minichamps
430 946435
Spark
S1900
   Altaya
'Legends of Le Mans' Collection
34 
   Minichamps
Le Mans Edition
 
12Dodge Viper R/T-10 'Rent-A-Car'
René Arnoux
Justin Bell
Bertrand Balas
40
GT1
Minichamps
430 941440
   Universal Hobbies
 
N/CDodge Viper R/T-10 'Rent-A-Car'
François Migault
Denis Morin
Philippe Gache
41
GT1
Minichamps
430 941441
   Universal Hobbies
 
N/CVenturi 600LM
Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
Bernard Chauvin
Hervé Poulain
30
GT1
IXO
LMC144
Spark
S2278
Altaya
'Legends of Le Mans' Collection
57
N/CDe Tomaso Pantera 37
GT1
Spark
S0529 
DNFFerrari F40 Turbo
'Totip'
Anders Olofsson
Sandro Angelastri
Luciano della Noce
29
GT1
IXO
FER010
LMP1/C90 Class
2Toyota 94C-V 1
LMP1/C90
Altaya
'Legends of Le Mans' Collection
29 
6Kremer K8 Spyder
'Gulf'
Derek Bell
Robin Donovan
Jürgen Lässig
5
LMP1/C90
Spark
S0329
IMSA GTS Class
5Nissan 300ZX Turbo
Steve Millen
Johnny O'Connell
John Morton
75
IMSA GTS
Kyosho
K03217A
DNFNissan 300ZX Turbo
Eric van de Poele
Paul Gentilozzi
Shunji Kasuya
76
IMSA GTS
Kyosho
K03217B
GT2 Class
11Ferrari 348 GT
'Repsol'
Alfonso de Orleans
Tomas Saldana
Andres Vilarino
57
GT2
Bang
8020
DNFPorsche 911 Carerra RSR 3.8
Jacques Laffite
Jacques Alméras
Jean-Marie Alméras
49
GT2
Spark
S4177
DNFPorsche 968 Turbo RS
Dr. Thomas Bscher
Lindsay Owen-Jones
John Nielsen
58
GT2
Neo
43837
DNFPorsche 911 Carerra RSR 3.8
'Chereau'
Jacques Laffite
Jacques Alméras
Jean-Marie Alméras
50
GT2
Spark
S4175
DNFLotus Esprit S300 Turbo
Richard Piper
Peter Hardman
Olindo Iacobelli
62
GT2
Spark
S0447
DNFLotus Esprit S300 Turbo
Thorkild Thyrring
Klaas Zwart
Andreas Fuchs
61
GT2
Spark
S0446
DNFFerrari 348 GT
'Totip'
Oscar Larrauri
Fabio Mancini
Joël Gouhier
64
GT2
Bang
8021
TestLotus Esprit S300 Turbo
Hans Hugenholtz
Christian Heinkélé
Guy Kuster
(Did not qualify)
53
GT2
Spark
S0448
LMP2 Class
DNFWR LM93
Patrick Gonin
Pierre Petit
21
LMP2
Spark
S0340
DNFWR LM93 21
LMP2
Spark
S0340 
DNFWR LM93 22
LMP2
Spark
S0341