A newly-formed car company hopes to take the right japanese car to victory at the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race this year.
SCU Mechanic polishing bonnet of new car
CU Japanese mechanic bleeding brakes
MV Mechanic wheeling car onto track
SCU Mechanics putting on wheels
MV Driver steps into car and prepares for practice run (2 shots)
SV Car pulling away from pits
LV Car on track (2 shots)
SCU Time keeper watching car go by
LV Car moving round track (2 shots)
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: A newly-formed car company hopes to take the right japanese car to victory at the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race this year. The car has been designed and built by the Dome Car Company, and is sponsored by a Japanese tody manufacturer.
SYNOPSIS: So far there are only two Dome racers in existence, and one of them has been tested on the Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom. But there could be millions more built, in miniature, if the bid at Le Mans is successful .. the sponsor has the rights to make toy models of it.
The drivers, like the Cosworth engines, are mostly European: Englishmen Gordon Spice and Chris Craft, Keke Rosberg and New Zealander Dave McMillan. One of the two cars in the Le Mans team will be slightly more powerful than the other with 450 break horse-power. Both were conceived by a designer of Formula One and Two cars, Mesao Ono and this one showed good form on the track.
The Dome Zero RL is the new company's first product, but success at Le Mans could help it fulfil plans to develop into a major sports car manufacturer.