Panoz Champ Car
Scale "Limited Edition" Replica
built under a licensing
The Champ Car World Series, Speedgear, and Brinkworth Model & Design Consultants
The decision to
merge "Champ and Indy" in 2007, may well have been a good one for the racing community and fans as
a whole, but our small business took a very heavy blow when the DPO1 chassis
was discontinued, prompted by that decision. The original agreement,
and our understanding, during development of the DPO1 models, was for the race
teams to use the DPO1 chassis for at least three years.
Unfortunately, that was not to happened. The decision to discontinue
production of all our "Limited Edition" scale models, was a direct result, of
that "Champ Car" action.
These picture will help to
illustrate the actual size of our 1:10 Scale Champ Car model.
Our first DPO1
Introduced July 2007
after months of development, and sporting the colour scheme of the
original Champ Car World Series
"Test car", driven by
This model was used to
introduce our 2007 Champ Car to team owners at the
Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton, on
the weekend of July 21-2007. the model
was mounted on a wood and
trimmed base, with a top surface of unpainted, 2x2 twill 200gsm 3k Carbon Fibre.
This actual piece of material was produced specifically for
in the Elan Motorsports factory, where the full size DP01 Champ Cars were
built. Each Limited Edition model of our DP01, was mounted on this same unique
base. This model shown here, was presented to The:-
A really good view of the very complex
rear end of the DP01, showing the distinctive shape of the wing
Base Size 23" x 12".ee334
The height, from table top to top of acrylic cover is 7.5"
This particular colour scheme,
called for many parts of the car like the front and rear wing surfaces and brake
scoops, to be clear
coated only, which left the carbon fibre texture exposed.
Each individual team of course had their
own paint scheme, so on many of the team cars, these surfaces were painted in the
appropriate colours, as determined by their specific livery. The
artwork for the sponsor's decals were produced in house, by our art department.
the criteria for the
specifications of our 1:10 scale Limited Edition models, was determined over 15
years ago. It was decided that nothing would move, or lift off, to expose
inside detail, (except the clear acrylic cover).
It had to be
large enough to look impressive, but small enough to be handed by one person to
another, when being presented in person.
It had to be
in a scale of it's own, so as to distinguish it from commercially available die
cast 1:18, or 1:8 plastic kit models.
It was not intended to be a highly detailed model, with body panel lines which
only tend to take away from the sleek lines of the car. It was however, very
important that the livery and decals were interpreted very accurately, and the finish
was to be immaculate, creating a piece of beauty when displayed at the office or in
It had to be a completely hands-off, under glass model for it's own protection,
and we worked to those same guidelines on every single Champ and Indy car that
we ever made.
Cockpit Detail and Driver
simulated carbon fiber was fitted to
the interior of the cockpit along with a detailed steering wheel and seat belts,
but no driver in this car.