Ferrari Hydroplane Speed Boat Model Radio Controlled

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Ferrari Hydroplane Speed Boat Model Radio Controlled

The Ferrari Hydroplane R/C Measures 32" (long) x 8" (wide) x 11" (high).

Ready To Run Remote Control Ferrari Hydroplane 

Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
This is a high-quality, masterfully crafted Limited Edition racing boat model replica of the fast and powerful Ferrari hydroplanes racing boats.

32" Long x 8" Wide x 11" High

(1:8 Scale)

    Handcrafted wooden hydroplane model racing boat
    Waterproof Floating Remote Control racing boat features:
        20-25 mph top speed
        Includes long-distance remote control
        Rechargeable battery in speedboat with charger
        Rutter and propeller control
        2 Channels, 4 working frequencies
    Individual wooden planks used in hull construction
    Brass & stainless steel fittings no plastic parts
    Amazing Details accurate to actual Ferrarri hydroplane racing boats
        Highly-polished, multi-layered paint and varnish finish
        Plush leather seats
        Metal propellers, steering wheel, horns and more
        Realistic gauges and switches on dash are not a sticker or decal
        Meticulouslty painted to match real Ferrari hydroplanes
    Sturdy wooden base attached
    Rare, high quality wood the same heartwood honduras mohogany used for real racing boats
    Extensive research of original plans, historical drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy

Technical Specifications

    The hull has been waterproofed and floats.  Water will not get inside the model
    Speed boat reaches up to 20-25 mph.
    Comes with long distance high quality remote control
    Battery for the boat is rechargeable. Boat comes with rechargeable battery and charger.
    Controls the propeller and the rudder.
    One servo: 9g
    Number of channels: 2
    HF modulation mode = FM
    Working frequency:27mhz, 29mhz, 35mhz, and 40 mhz
    Battery: Ni-Cd, 7.2V, 1.2 AH
    Aviate area: 200-500m
    Universal One way Speed Regulator
    Motor – 540

Historical Past:

For 1953, Castoldi commissioned an 800kg-class three-point hydroplane hull to be built by Cantieri Timossi, and for the engine, he turned to the new up and comers of the auto racing scene ...Scuderia Ferrari.

Loud, fast, and ridiculous for their time, the 1940s race cars were beginning to draw attention in the masses, allowing engineers to display their prowess while providing yet another means of entertainment to the wealthy and powerful. As automobile manufacturers were on the rise, the already-popular speedboat racing industry incorporated the attractive auto engines into their competition boats. The Ferrari Hydroplane was one such example.

600+ bhp, 4,493.73 cc Ferrari Tipo 375 F1 V-12 engine with twin superchargers and twin four-choke carburettors, Timossi di Azzano three-point racing hydroplane hull. Length: 6,200 mm (245”). Beam: 2,470 mm (97.24")

• Achille Castoldi’s famed Ferrari V-12 Timossi 800 kg class racing hydroplane
• Reset the world speed record in its class on 15 October 1953, at 241.708 km/h
• Beautifully and painstakingly restored; engine confirmed original by Ferrari S.p.A.
• Accompanied by an extensive historical file, including a copy of the U.I.M. record certificate no. 329 and Nando Dell’Orto’s original racing logbook
• Unique, instantly recognisable, achingly beautiful and immensely historic

The ‘three-point’ hydroplane, devised in America during the late 1930s by Adolph and Arno Apel of New Jersey’s Ventnor Boat Works, truly revolutionised speedboat design. Elegantly simple, the Apel design divided the ‘step’ portion of the hull into two pontoon-like surfaces, or sponsons, with each on opposite sides of the boat. The boat’s propeller acted as the ‘third point’ in the equation. The tunnel between the sponsons trapped air to generate aerodynamic lift, with only the sponsons and propeller in direct contact with the water whilst the boat was at speed.

Italy’s premier speedboat racer was Achille Castoldi, a cousin of M.C. 72 designer Mario Castoldi and a highly talented driver and engineer in his own right. Beginning in 1940 with his original ‘Arno’, a 400 kg-class boat with a Picciotti-built hull and Alfa Romeo Type 158 power, Castoldi reset the world speed record at 130.517 km/h (81.10 mph). Subsequent boats in the ‘Arno’ series followed, with most powered by Alfa Romeo and at least one Maserati-powered example, and he primarily competed in circuit-type hydroplane racing. After 1951, Castoldi ended his relationship with Alfa Romeo and changed his focus to world speed-record competition, now seeking a new engine supplier for an attempt on the 800 kg class world speed record.

Castoldi’s record preparations began in 1952, when he travelled to Maranello with his two close friends, famed racing champions Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi, to order a Formula 1 specification V-12 engine from Ferrari. The blessing of Il Commendatore, Enzo Ferrari, was virtually assured since Castoldi had earlier managed to save a number of Alfetta 158 race cars during the war, keeping them hidden from the occupying German forces at his factory in Abbiategrasso, near Milan.

The Aurelio Lampredi-designed Tipo 375 V-12 engine, the same unit that powered Ferrari’s Grand Prix racing cars during 1951 and achieved Ferrari’s first ever World Championship Grand Prix win with Froilan Gonzalez in 1951 and helped Ascari to earn Ferrari the World Championship in 1952, was selected to power Castoldi’s new boat. It developed some 385 bhp with 12:1 compression and a dual-magneto ignition system, driving a twin-blade propeller via a gearbox at up to 10,000 propeller revolutions.

Castoldi’s boat, dubbed ‘Arno XI’, was built to a three-point hydroplane design by Timossi Azzano’s Cantieri Timossi boatyard located on Lake Como. A beautiful example of form and function in equal parts, the hydroplane featured a solid wood-framed structure skinned by marine-grade plywood with a mahogany veneer, a strong separate metal subframe chassis to cope with the enormous power and the engine cover and cockpit exterior appropriately finished in Rosso Corsa.

Once completed, ‘Arno XI’ was shaken down at the Campione d’Italia races in January 1953, with Castoldi reaching an unofficial top speed of 124 mph, prior to attempting an officially sanctioned two-way run. Castoldi’s main competitor, Mario Verga, who received the full factory support of Alfa Romeo, went on to set a new 800 kg class speed record of 202.26 km/h (125.68 mph) with his Alfa Romeo 159-powered boat, ‘Laura’. Adding emphasis, Verga reset the record just two weeks later with a two-way top speed of 226.50 km/h (140.74).

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