Opel Calibra V6 Joest Team ITC (diecast 1:18, Minichamps)

  • Opel Calibra V6 Joest Team ITC (from 1996)
  • Minichamps
  • 1:18
  • Showcase model / No engine
  • diecast
  • racing / multicolored
  • Slight shortcomings / damage
  • Original packaging exists
  • Not for sale
 
modelcar Opel Calibra V6 Joest Team ITC produced by Minichamps 1:18 2

Introduction to the Opel Calibra V6 Joest Team ITC

The Opel Calibra V6 Joest Team ITC, on which the model replica is based, represents one of the most iconic touring cars in international motorsport from the mid-1990s. The vehicle originates from the first generation, produced from 1989 to 1997. Developed by Opel, a German automobile brand with a proud motorsport history, the Calibra V6 became renowned for its performances in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) and the International Touring Car Championship (ITC). The original vehicle's design was crafted by the talented Wayne Cherry, whose work laid the foundation for one of the most successful race cars of that era. The technological groundwork and race preparation were significantly shaped by Dieter Stappert and the Joest Racing engineers.


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Technical Details and Features of the Original Vehicle

The Opel Calibra V6 was known for its advanced technology and high performance. The vehicle was powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine that produced up to 430 horsepower. With a lightweight construction achieved through the use of advanced materials and aerodynamic components, the car could be both powerful and agile. An essential innovation was the all-wheel-drive system, providing optimal traction on various track conditions. Additionally, the Calibra V6 was equipped with a sequential gearbox allowing for quick and precise gear changes. The car succeeded the Opel Omega, which had also been active in the DTM previously.

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Success in Motorsport

The Opel Calibra V6 Joest Team ITC gained recognition for its outstanding performances in the years 1996 and 1997 in the ITC. In 1996, Manuel Reuter clinched the championship title, securing a significant victory for Opel in international motorsport. Reuter was not the sole contributor to the success of this car; drivers like Oliver Gavin also helped the team achieve numerous podium finishes. With its impressive technical specifications and distinctive design, the Calibra V6 triumphed over tough competition and solidified Opel's motorsport legacy.

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Design and Livery of the Minichamps Model Replica

The scale model of the Opel Calibra V6 from the Joest Team ITC in 1/18 scale, manufactured by Minichamps, faithfully captures the design of the original vehicle. The livery of this model is based on a combination of white and blue, accentuated by sponsor logos such as BOSCH, Michelin, and Bäumler. The clarity of colors and precision of decals mirror the appearance of the race car. The sponsor logos visible on the model are identical to those used on the real vehicle, further emphasizing the authenticity of the replica.

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Qualities of the Model Replica

This model replica in 1/18 scale, made from die-cast material, showcases the fascinating design features and technical details of the original Opel Calibra V6 in a remarkable way. The miniature impresses not only with its precise craftsmanship but also with its detailed reproduction of the bodywork and interior features. The images display intricate components like the side mirrors, ventilation slits, and elaborate sponsor design. Particularly impressive are the tires and wheels, faithfully recreated down to the smallest detail from the original. The model is a proud collectible for any model car enthusiast's shelf, offering insight into the history and technology of an outstanding racing car.



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