Porsche 956C Team Fitzpatrick 1986 "DANONE" TSC-ELM02

TSC-ELM02

Units: 100

Material: Resin

Availability: Yes

Price: 140 €

 

The Porsche 956C John Fitzpatrick Team was driven by the Spaniards Fermin Velez and Emilio de Villota together with the South African racing driver George Fouche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1986, earning fourth place in the final classification of the test.

 

 

Sponsored by Spanish companies such as Danone, Group 16 or IRESA, and the association of those two Spanish racing drivers, a team is assembled based on the Porsche 956 model and Fitzpatrick Team structure. This time involving 54 cars in categories C1, C2 and IMSA Sport, of which 14 were machines Porsche models 962 and 956 and between which was the car of this team. Hans Stuck achieved the fastest time in qualifying with a Porsche. After doubts about the possible incorporation of Juan Fernandez to the team drivers, is the South African driver George Fouche who completed the trio. At the end of training the result was not very encouraging, to be the Porsche Danone in 20th position. The race started at 4 in the afternoon to check bit later than Mercedes and Mazdas had problems, while the official Jaguar and Porsche lead the ranking. By early evening the team Danone was 17th and began major dropouts. The official team Porsche lost one of them, like the Jaguar team of Redman. While the Porsche 962 of Jesus Pareja and Oscar Larrauri was 7th, the team Danone was 10th and Paco Romero, another Spanish with Porsche, the 14th . Late at night the problems start for Jaguar that are falling one after another when they were close to the official team Porsche. Tonight, team Danone had burst the rear shock, but remained at a good pace. TThe shock would midmorning with the fatality of the Austrian driver Jo Gartner, aboard a Kremer Porsche 962C car, that he crashed at the end of the Mulsanne straight over 200 Km / h against safety fencing due to detachment of the rear hood of his car. This made the Pace-Car was on track for about three hours, which damaged the engine of the then leaders, Ludwig-Barilla of the Joest team, and the Mass-Wolleck Porsche of the official Porsche Team. Because this Pareja car reaches the second place in the standings, and Villota-Velez-Fouche to fourth. Rupture of the last Jaguar is cause  that the Danone Car provisionally placed on the podium, but a twist of fate, the Danone Porsche turbo broke and although still the pace was slower, the Danone Car was overtaken by the car of Morton-Miller, finishing our car in 4th place. 1986 was the year in which Spaniards is getting better results at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

 

 

Emilio de Villota Ruiz, Madrid (1946), one of the great Spanish drivers. He is considered the first great Spanish driver who shared some prestige with media coverage and whose presence allowed disseminate modern motorsports competitions in Spain. Through its participation in F1 as a private pilot between 1976 and 1982, managed to bring the sport to spanish sport large audience, which in the mid-seventies began to take an interest in this competition. It would be the founder of the "Iberian Airlines F1 Team" first Spanish team in Formula 1, and within this category achieved be British Champion Formula 1 in 1980 with 5 wins. In 1981 he changed his specialty, sharing with his former rival, Guy Edwards, the wheel of the Lola T600 in the Sport Prototype World Championship, which managed two wins (Brands Hatch and Enna), and which participate in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1981 with Juan Fernandez. Would category in Europe and U.S. with a Grid-Ford and finally in 1986 to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the model at hand, the Porsche 956C of ​​John Fitzpatrick Team sponsored by Danone. Today he is recognized as the great Spanish driver who ventured in modern F1 as a great promoter of motorsport in Spain. After retiring he created the Emilio de Villota Motorsport school which established a competition to train young talents and where they spent in the beginning very great drivers like Carlos Sainz, Marc Gené, Jordi Gené, Pedro de la Rosa, Antonio Garcia and Fernando Alonso.

 

 

Fermin Velez, a native of Barcelona (1959-2003) is another great Spanish drivers of all time. The activity of which is enclosed in the pilot group sport specialists in car and drag racing. His career began in the mid Karting seventies making the championship of Spain, 1976. In 1982 be proclaimed Spain Mountain Championship winner. In drag racing his record stands on the computer Spice Pontiac, with that achieved in 1987 World Championship endurance C2 as a driver and team and champion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Category C2 (6th all) with which achieved the honor of being the first Spanish driver to win the championship in a racing series. Successfully repeat as World Endurance Champion in 1987 and 1989 C2 Cahmpion, and as IMSA Championship winner in 1991, 1994.1995 and 1997. It is also recognized as the first Spanish to participate in the Indianapolis 500. His success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans would be repeated in 1998 with a first place in the category prototypes (8th all). After leaving the official competition in 1998 due to health problems, reappeared in 2000 in the GT Championship of Spain. He died in Barcelona in March 2003.

 

 

 

As we report in the TSC-ELM01 reference, the Porsche 956 was designed by Norbert Singer in 1981 as a replacement model with specifications 936 Group C sports prototype, the first unit would be built by Porsche in March 1982. With an aluminum monocoque chassis could establish an unladen weight exceeding 800 kg. and less than 850 kg according to the specifications of the FIA for this group C. The six-cylinder boxer engine and 2.65 liters equipped with two turbochargers achieved a maximum power of 640 hp at 8,200 rpm., A torque of 630 Nm at 5,400 rpm. with a top speed of 355 km / h. Due to regulatory changes affecting the reduction of fuel tanks of 600 liters to 510 liters for racing over 1000 Km modifiación proceed to its mechanics. Porsche achieves greater efficiency in the development consumption to lighten chassis and with the introduction of an electrical system with electronic injection Bosch Montronic leading to type 956B hand. The emergence in 1984 of the official designation for the Porsche 962 "Porsche 962 C (Group C coupe)" influence the change of name of the popular 956 and 956B machines that would generically known as Porsche 956C, although this name is not officially for the Sttugart manufacturer.

 

 

The model presented, Porche 956 B "Danone" was the beginning of Toro Slot Cars as a manufacturer of resin crafted models. In Toro Slot Cars performed a comprehensive development ranging from the study of real model planes using CAD / CAM get at all parts of the model, except the mechanics. Subsequently perform copy of his parts with 3D printers and proceed to its artisan cloned polyurethane resin using silicone molds. Both the reproduction of the parts, as assembly, fabrication of decals and painting are performed by hand. The whole process is performed in Spain.

 

 

In addition to this occasion Toro Slot Cars presents the car in the box brand standard, along with a diorama inspired by the pits of the La Sarthe racetrack. The diorama, like the car was designed and made ​​by craftsmen in resin and hand painted. Inside the box includes a certificate with the original vehicle blueprint. The edition is limited to only 100 units.