Yes, you read that correctly. And it’s only available at Porsche USA.
- Check out the original post on driving.ca HERE
Take a moment to let that figure breathe for a second: the above 1:8 scale model of Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Le Mans-winner is available for purchase for $14,689. Plus shipping. Be-still my beating arse, that is a stupid amount of money to pay for a diecast model, particularly when that’s the same ballpark figure (ish) as a full-sized FIAT 500, Ford Fiesta, or, with a bit of haggling, Chevrolet Cruze.
So, what would this potentially lethal assault to your monthly credit card statement actually include? Well, exclusivity for one thing, since only 100 examples will ever be produced. A fitting, if slightly perverse, tribute to one of Porsche’s most successful sports cars: between 2014 and 2017, the 919 Hybrid won all but two of the World Endurance Championships it challenged for (Porsche finished third in both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ standings in its first season).
Available through Porsche USA’s online store, and thus an officially licensed product, Stuttgart’s traditional obsessive attention to detail is another key selling point, with detailing ‘accurate to one tenth of a millimetre’. That extends to the hybrid twin-turbo V4 and cockpit too by the way, both of which can be accessed by a removable engine cover and opening doors respectively. The camou-esque livery, sponsors decals and ‘authentic paints’ are all cut and polished by hand in a process that takes more than 3,000 hours to complete per model. A weighty bugger it’s likely to be too, standing just over 9in wide and almost 2ft in length.
To ‘showcase’ the model in fitting fashion, the 919, constructed from aluminium and pewter, arrives on a carbon-coated plinth complete with ‘signatures from the drivers’. Although it’s not specified, we imagine this will include Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas, and/or Earl Bamber, all of whom sealed drivers’ championships in the WEC with aboard the 919 Hybrid.