Minichamps MIN122011446 2001 Honda VTR1000SPW World Super Bike - Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards, Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race (1:12 Scale)
"I'm lucky because I don't feel too much pressure - it's only in the last hour before the race, and even then it's good, positive pressure."
- Valentino Rossi, 5-Time World Champion Moto Bike Racer
The Honda VTR1000F Firestorm (known as the Super Hawk in the US) was a challenge to the Ducati V-twin bikes of the 1990's. First introduced in 1997 the VTR1000F Firestorm was an advanced bike. Featuring an aluminium truss twin-beam frame, adjustable sports suspension and a water-cooled, 8 valve V-twin engine the VTR1000F was both lighter and more powerful than the Ducati 916, a bike which cost twice the price.
The torquey V-twin provides plenty of power in the midrange coming out of corners. The VTR1000F Firestorm engine provides smoother power delivery than some of its competitors. The chassis components, suspension and brakes were equally adequate.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2001 Honda VTR1000SPW World Super bike driven by Valentino Rossi during the Suzuka race. Also includes a removable fairing and detachable kickstand. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: November 2012
Historical Account: "Endurance Run" - The Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race is a motorcycle endurance race held at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan each year. As the name implies, the race runs for eight hours consecutively and teams are composed of two riders and one alternate.
The race began in 1978 as a race for prototype Tourist Trophy Formula One (TT-F1) motorcycles which meant the big four Japanese companies (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha), who had unlimited engineering resources, could use them on the track. Throughout the years, the race had gone through several rule changes in accordance to the FIM, including the restriction to 750cc for F1 bikes.
One major change for the race came in 1993. Due to the high popularity of Superbike racing, which had been a support class in previous 8 Hours races, the race now centered around superbikes. The Formula One class, which at the time was the pinnacle of the race, would be removed altogether. Another category included in the race is the Naked class (for motorcycles without fairings - similar to the streetfighter bikes).
At the event's peak during the 1980s, the race attracted in excess of 130,000 spectators while presently it attracts a crowd around 85,000. The record attendance figure is 160,000 in 1990. The race is part of the FIM Endurance World Championship for motorcycles and with the exception of 2005, due to the high importance the big four Japanese manufacturers place on the race, the governing bodies set a race date that avoids conflict with any of the other major championship races.