License to Thrill

License to Thrill

Lola/Aston Martin
B09/60 (DBR1-2)


Lola/Aston Martin’s Gulf Oil-liveried #007 LMP1 prototype dominated the 2009 five race Le Mans Series, winning theTeam, Constructors’, and Drivers’ Championships, and was the highest finishing gasoline-powered racer to complete the2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing fourth behind the diesel-powered cars of Peugeot and Audi. Powered by a raucousproduction-based engine, and liveried in the iconic powder blue and orange of Gulf Oil racing, this car brought back welcomememories of races from the 1960s and 1970s when Gulf cars played such an important part in the action. AUTOart’s #007 ac-curately captures the stance and aesthetics of this wonderful race car. The outside skin is all about cast-in aerodynamics andapplied graphics atop AUTOart’s amazing paint; with four antennae and a pitot tube bristling from the car’s surface, along withthe small body latches and through-the-body fender vents, the little details do a lot. Underneath the skin, the non-functioningsuspension and power plant details are mostly shrouded beneath carbon fiber ducting and plumbing, as in life. Opening the cock-pit’s delicate doors exposes a no-frills, single-seat interior replicated in understated accuracy. If Bond were a race driver… – Bill Bennett

Updated: July 22, 2014 — 3:42 PM

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