The 2016 Total Spa 24 Hours was the 68th running of the Spa 24 Hours. It was also the fourth round of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and was held on 30 and 31 July at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. The race was won by ROWE Racing and drivers Philipp Eng, Maxime Martin and Alexander Sims. The trio’s No. 99 BMW M6 GT3 finished just shy of two minutes clear of AKKA ASP and their No. 88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, driven by Felix Rosenqvist, Tristan Vautier and Renger van der Zande. Completing the podium in third place was the No. 28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS of Nico Müller, René Rast and Laurens Vanthoor, five seconds behind second place.
The BMW M6 is a high-performance version of the 6 Series coupe/convertible, designed by the motorsport division of BMW. The BMW M6 was based on the subsequent generations of the 6 series.
Around the start of 2015, BMW Motorsport began developing a replacement for the successful BMW Z4 GT3 which already had been in action since 2010, where they selected the M6 as the base model. Throughout the year, the factory engineered the M6 to match FIA GT3 specifications. Emphasis was placed on safety with BMW Motorsport producing an “FIA-approved safety cell in accordance with the very latest safety standards”. Unlike the Z4 GT3, which used an engine derived from the BMW M3, the engine of the M6 GT3 was virtually unchanged from that of the production model of the M6 (and the BMW M5). The engine only faced some modifications for use in motorsport. In May 2015, at Dingolfing, BMW works driver Jörg Müller drove the M6 GT3 on its first roll-out to contribute a milestone to its development, and later the M6 GT3 was revealed near the end of the year.
The M6 GT3 showed its success on its debut year in 2016 when Rowe Racing clinched overall victory at the 2016 Spa 24 Hours with BMW works drivers Philipp Eng, Maxime Martin, and Alexander Sims at the wheel. The car also saw success in championships around the world, with wins in the VLN, Italian GT Championship, and Super GT Championship.
No one has ever done a kit of this particular BMW M6 before. Now on to the kit itself.
The kit arrives in a sturdy top opening box. The sprues are all bagged separately. The decals come in their own bag too and have a protective sheet on them. The instructions are on a single piece of folded paper giving 7 pages of build instructions, one page for decals, one intro page and one sprue layout page, all on black and white pages.
The kit contains:
- 76 plastic parts on 4 sprues
- 1 separate large part
- 18 clear parts on 1 sprue
- 10 chrome parts on 1 sprue
- 5 poly caps
- 4 rubber tires
- 1 square of mesh
- 2 decal sheets
- 1 ten-page instruction sheet
The build instructions are over 17 steps and are nice and clear and not too crowded. The 5 view decal placement images are about the busiest images in the instructions but are clear enough to allow you to see where everything goes. There are colour call-outs throughout the instructions for Mr. Color and Model Master paints. The paints used are numbered but they are not named anywhere.
The parts have some nice details and the sprue attachment points are reasonable. The ejector pin marks are out of the way and not in any awkward positions.
The build is in 17 steps:
- This starts with the chassis and adds the front axle.
- Assemble the radiator
- More radiator assembly
- Fit the radiators to the chassis
- Add the rear axle
- build the interior of the car
- Assemble the crash cage
- Fit the cage to the interior
- Add the interior of the doors/side panels
- add the interior assembly to the top of the chassis
- Add the rear disc brakes and add the wheels (you might do this later)
- add the front bumper
- add the wipers to the front window
- add the front window and other clear parts to the car
- add some chrome parts and mesh to the inside of the body shell
- attach the body shell to the chassis
- add the rear spoiler
The decals look very nice. The backing film is minimal and can only be seen in the text where it keeps the letters aligned.
The detail up set consists of:
- 3 decal sheets
- 1 PE fret of 73 parts
- 1 length of ribbon
- 2 small metal parts
The decals are used throughout the car and add a textured look to various parts. The ribbon and several of the PE parts are used to make the seat harnesses and the windscreen wipers are replaced with PE, plus a few other parts.
Thanks to Platz for the review sample.