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Al­most Real Mod­els 2015 Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT3 Nur­bur­gring

1:43 | $75

The Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal might seem like an un­likely race car. The street ver­sion weighs nearly 5,000 pounds and costs well over $300K—more than many race cars! But thanks to a GT3 for­mula specif­i­cally de­signed to equal­ize wildly dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles in a com­pet­i­tive per­for­mance win­dow and a shock­ing weight-loss pro­gram that hacked a ton— lit­er­ally, one ton!—out of the car, it matched up with Fer­raris, Porsches, and McLarens on track. Its first com­pet­i­tive sea­son was 2015, and thanks to the car’s rock-solid con­sis­tency, it fin­ished sec­ond over­all in the cham­pi­onship. Its best race fin­ish was also sec­ond, at the fi­nal event of the sea­son at the Nur­bur­gring. Al­most Real’s 1:43 model de­picts that pre­cise car/event. Paint and sur­face de­tail are ex­cel­lent, and the model has the team car’s spon­sor and se­ries de­cals down to the finest point. The car comes on an at­trac­tive base with a car­bon-fiber look to the sur­face as well as a classy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion plaque af­fixed at the nose. Un­likely though it may be, there’s no doubt that the Bent­ley racer is a hand­some car, and proof that the GT3 rules make for ex­cel­lent par­ity among vastly dif­fer­ent ma­chines.

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