This week we have two new V8 Supercars in the spectacular 1:12 scale, both limited to just 50 pieces...
Biante Model Cars are very pleased to present the 1:12 scale Red Bull Racing Australia Holden VF Commodores as driven at the 2017 Sandown 500 Retro Round by Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell (#88) and Shane van Gisbergen/Matt Campbell (#97).
The Sandown 500 holds a special place in Australian motorsport as one of the most historic touring car events in the country, having started as a six-hour race back in 1964. In recent years the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has turned the endurance classic into its annual ‘Retro Round’ where cars, drivers and achievements of years gone by are celebrated, in particular by ‘throwback’ liveries on the current Supercars field.
For the 2017 race Triple Eight Race Engineering came up with striking retro liveries on its three cars for the Melbourne classic, giving them a much different appearance to their regular look they carried in earlier rounds of the championship.These first two releases pay tribute to the original Holden Dealer Team with an HDT-inspired livery featuring ‘old school’ Holden and Caltex logos blended with the modern Red Bull branding.
The RBHRT cars were fast at Sandown, with Whincup and Dumbrell qualifying fourth after the Saturday races with van Gisbergen/Campbell 21st after issues. Both were contenders for the podium in the 500-kilometre classic though both fell victim to punctures that eliminated each crew from challenging for victory. Dumbrell led the race in car #88 before a tyre let go on lap 36, though he and Whincup were able to fight back and eventually claim sixth place and crucial points for Whincup’s championship challenge.
As is standard with our 1:12 range, these models include numerous features worth noting. We use injection moulded glass housings for added strength and accuracy, photo etched parts, detailed brakes and wheels plus we have also included the hamburger camera on the roof along with GPS tracker on the boot. While the models have been produced in sealed body resin (in order to maintain an affordable price point) there has been no expense spared in replicating the cockpit. The interior detail includes full decoration, faithfully replicated seat and painted interior characteristics along with fabric seat harness and window netting.
It’s also important to note that these models have been produced with the rear wing as a separate piece, to avoid damage during shipping. Once removed from the packaging, the separate rear wing easily sits in the two designated anchor points on the boot to complete the look of the model.
These models will always be rare, produced in an exclusive limited edition of only 50, presented in deluxe packaging along with a commemorative flyer and numbered Certificate of Authenticity. They are amazing collector pieces that should not be missed.
All items will be available to purchase online at www.biante.com.au from 12 Midday WST, Wednesday December 5th.
B12H17T: 1:12 VF Commodore - #97 van Gisbergen/Campbell (Ltd Ed. of 50)
B12H17U: 1:12 VF Commodore - #88 Whincup/Dumbrell (Ltd Ed. of 50)