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Audi R18 LMP Racecar - 2016 Livery (1:16)

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With the 24 Hours of Le Mans approaching this weekend and seeing some other LMP cars on here recently, I decided to post as well!
This is the Audi R18 in 2016 colors, on its last race year, more description below.

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I've been fascinated with the Le Mans 24 hour Endurance race since I was a little boy. My father shared his passion for auto racing with me and naturally, I also got hooked! After recently visiting an World Endurance Championship race this year and seeing a life sized Porsche 919 made half out of Lego and half out of a real car, I couldn't resist designing my own (although not quite as big).

I know there are already a few current Lego sets that feature racecars like Speed Champs, but I wanted to design one that had a higher level of detail and really showed off the beautiful design of the LMP class.
This design was done using the studless technique to keep the aerodynamic feel of an actual car. It is quite sturdy and uses standard Lego bricks/panels/slopes without requiring specialized body moldings.

The car measures 11 inches (28 cm) long x 5 (12.7 cm) inches wide x 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) tall and is equivalent to 1:16 scale. It is just a bit bigger than minifig scale, although a minifig will fit inside the cockpit after removing the roof which easily comes off of two studs. The car can roll on a flat surface and has about 4 mm of ground clearance. 

I added racing numbers on the side panels and front for fun. Obviously more stickers could be added to make the car look even more like an actual car highlighting all the team sponsors, but I chose to keep the look clean. 

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different last photo

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Great to see your car in here! You have such a high level of attention to detail, such as mimicing the airflow behind the rear wheel. It's not at all an easy car to build with all those crazy lines in the livery. Well done.

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The colors don't really work... I admire your quest to replicate the livery as closely as possible, but I think the scale is too small and the lines are too fine for this to work. Especially because of all the diagonals in the original livery. In Lego form, it just becomes a bit messy, and the end result looks too much like you just used random colors...

Don't get me wrong, I think you did great, but I think the problem simply lies in the reference choice. I think next time you can better either design your own colorwork (which has larger surfaces and fewer diagonals), or pick another model, or size up the scale considerably (which you probably don't want to do).

The shapes themselves are sculpted pretty nicely, and I do like the original part usage in places, such as the red window piece at the front, and the SNOT in all the various places. Good job on those!

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On 6/21/2017 at 6:41 AM, Erik Leppen said:

In Lego form, it just becomes a bit messy, and the end result looks too much like you just used random colors..

I appreciate this comment and have been toying with the idea of re-doing the colors a bit. Thanks for the critical comment and the encouragement to do so!

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