The #1 Porsche suffered brake problems and finished ninth in the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

APEX Replicas has confirmed it will produce an Australian-exclusive 1:18 scale model of the Meguiar’s Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Craig Lowndes, Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor in this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour.

Produced by Spark, the new model will only be available through Apex Replicas’ website here or through regular Australian stockists.

A 1:43 scale version, also produced by Spark, had already been announced.

The 1:18 car will be produced as a limited edition with total production quantities to be confirmed.

The #888 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3 finished third in the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour. Photo: an1images / Dirk Klynsmith

Apex also confirmed today it will produce 1:18 and 1:43 scale versions of the #888 Triple Eight Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3 driven by Jamie Whincup, Shane van Gisbergen and Maxi Goetz.

It will also produce the #911 Porsche driven to pole position by Matthew Campbell for Absolute Racing in 1:18 scale. These cars are also Australian exclusive releases.

These cars and every other car to compete in the Bathurst 12 Hour in the last 10 years are included in our soon-to-be released book ‘Bathurst: Going Global’ documenting the GT era of the February classic.

Pre orders are being taken here now for the 320 page hardcover limited edition publication, which features a chapter on each year’s race, full results and statistics as well as a photo of every single car to start the race since 2011 – as well as photos of all the cars that failed to take the start!

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.