It's a full 43 inches of Ferrari.
Amalgam Collection (AC) has released the first official photographs of the 1:5 scale model of the Ferrari F1-75 that Charles Leclerc used in the Bahrain Grand Prix on the 20th of March 2022. AC says this model perfectly captures the aerodynamic complexities required by the 2022 regulation changes.
According to the famous model maker, this particularly large F1 model was designed to meet the requirements of the Ferrari F1 team and its official partners and sponsors.
The various people involved chose the Bahrain Grand Prix car because it was Ferrari's first win of the 2022 season and its first one-two finish since 2019. The F1-75 also broke a losing streak of 45 Grands Prix.
Only 50 models will be made, retailing for $30,575. Basically, you can get a brand-new 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata in Zircon Sand Metallic or a 43-inch model of an F1 car. But these models appeal to discerning customers who already have a Ferrari Daytona SP3 and Purosangue in the garage, after all.
The model car isn't based on any other races because it went downhill for Ferrari after Red Bull sorted its engine reliability issues experienced during the opening races of the 2022 season. Ferrari scored four victories during the season: Bahrain, Australia, Great Britain, and Austria. Thankfully, 16 podiums kept the team in second place in the constructors' championship. Ferrari ended the season with 554 points, 205 points behind Red Bull. To be fair, it was 230.5 points more than the team managed to score during the 2021 season.
So the real F1 car was quite significant last year, but why does a scale model exceed $30k, exactly? Well, it takes over 4,500 hours to develop the model and over 450 hours to build each one using both original CAD designs and paint codes from Scuderia Ferrari itself. Each model is also hand-built by a small team from precisely engineered parts that include CNC machined metal components.
"Following detailed scrutiny by the engineering and design teams at Scuderia Ferrari, our first completed prototype model received unanimous praise and approval," said Sandy Copeman, Brand Director at Amalgam.
While only 50 will be made, 40 models have already been scooped up by a significant partner of Amalgam. Given Ferrari's close relationship, we're guessing these models were scooped up by the team and its sponsors as souvenirs. Amalgam will keep a few, which means only seven units are up for grabs.
"Our clients are wide-ranging: the most passionate Tifosi, high-end collectors, the team's sponsors, and Ferrari themselves, who display our models at their factory and offices," said Copeman. "We're honored to have the opportunity to build a full range of scale models and steering wheel replicas for the F1-75. We're looking forward with excitement to seeing what Ferrari bring to the track in 2023."
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