Powered by Ferrari engines, the F8-VII was Spyker F1’s entry into the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship®. It was to be Spyker’s only entry into competition as the team was to be sold and renamed Force India, who would continue to use the F8-VII’s variant chassis (the F8-VIIB) for its car for the following season. Its name related directly to Spyker’s heritage as a car and aircraft manufacturer. The F referred to the company’s previous model naming strategy, with their first ever models being called A, B and C. The 8 referred to the number of cylinders in the Ferrari power unit and VII refers to Spyker's days as an aircraft manufacturer where all models were denoted by Roman numerals and stood for the year the aircraft was launched.
The F8-VII was driven by four different drivers during the season: rookie Adrian Sutil, Christijan Albers, who was let go mid-season due to a lack of sponsorship money, test driver Markus Winkelhock and Sakon Yamamoto, Albers’ replacement. Despite being described as a solid base on which to build, the F8-VII was not competitive and scored its only point in Japan as Sutil took eighth place in torrential rain conditions. This was Sutil’s first point in Formula One but even this only came as result of a penalty to Vitantonio Liuzzi who had originally finished eighth. The car retired fifteen times during the season, including four double retirements. The car was even less successful in its second guise in 2008 as the Force India VJM01, scoring no points and retiring eighteen times, with five double retirements.
This fine 1:12 scale model of the Spyker F8-VII (2007) Nosecone has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of the manufacturer regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
This model is one of many in our collection of miniature nosecones.