Bristol, UK, 3rd of April 2022
The world’s leading model creators at Amalgam Collection today announced that they are to develop and build an edition of 1:8 scale models to celebrate Scuderia Ferrari’s exhilarating season-opening victory at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2022. This very special race specific Limited Edition is being announced early in response to numerous requests from Ferrari followers and Amalgam collectors. Restricted to just 50 pieces per driver, Amalgam is now accepting deposits for the models which will precisely replicate the Ferrari F1-75 as raced by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to Ferrari’s first 1-2 victory since the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix. Alongside these 1:8 scale models, the artisans have also revealed a limited series of 175 full size steering wheel replicas is also in development. Delivery for both of these editions is planned for the last quarter of 2022.
The F1-75 will be the first model of the new regulations era to be crafted by Amalgam, although is far from the first Ferrari to have been reproduced at scale by the Bristol-based company. “We started building precise scale models of Scuderia Ferrari’s during the dominant Michael Schumacher era” says Sandy Copeman, one of Amalgam’s founding partners. “We’ve immortalised every Ferrari Formula 1 car since.” A faithful member of La Famiglia Ferrari, none are better placed than Amalgam to bring Maranello’s machines to life at scale.
Development has already commenced on the edition and the artisans are currently working with confidential CAD data supplied directly by Scuderia Ferrari, meticulously scaling down the data to ensure that the details are perfectly captured in miniature. Once the data is finalised, the first model prototype will be built. Moulds will be created for the individual parts, with metal, carbon fibre and rubber used to create each piece of the intricate puzzle, while some parts will be produced by 3-D printers. Typical development times for an Amalgam Formula 1 model total over 2500 hours but, being the first of the new 2022 cars, the process may be a slighter lengthier one this time around. “Like for Ferrari, the new era is a different challenge for us as we attempt to replicate the 2022 cars for the first time” comments Copeman. The model development process will only conclude once the engineers and designers at Gestione Sportiva are fully satisfied with the accuracy of representation of the initial sample model.
The season opening race at Bahrain International Circuit was won by Charles Leclerc, giving the Ferrari their first win since Sebastian Vettel at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, after an epic race-long duel with Max Verstappen. The resilient Leclerc used cunning and intelligent racecraft to ensure he unswervingly held off the charging Red Bull despite being passed by the Dutchman three times in three laps. A late safety car restart saw the Monegasque driver tear off into the distance at a pace which Verstappen, now nursing a steering issue, just could not sustain. Teammate Carlos Sainz claimed second position overtaking Verstappen late on, after a demanding race in which he resisted the advances of the other Red Bull of Sergio Pérez. “It was a wait for a win rarely experienced by the Tifosi” remarks Copeman. “But, with the team’s 1-2 in Bahrain and another double podium in Jeddah, the signs are there for Ferrari to again challenge for the Championship. We’re delighted to be a part of it.”
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ABOUT AMALGAM COLLECTION AND THEIR HISTORY
- Amalgam are recognised worldwide as makers of the finest hand-made large-scale models. Their work is unique in its attention to detail, with a focus on creating models that truly capture the style and spirit of each car. They have dedicated all their skill and passion to achieving a level of excellence that raises the impact and value of each finished piece to a level far above anything previously created.
- For owners of cars they have already modelled at 1:8 in a limited edition, for which the tooling already exists, they offer a tailormade service, customising a model to perfectly match the specification of the real car.
- For owners of unique very high value cars, Amalgam Collection offer an even bigger 1:5 or 1:4 ‘one-off’ model build from their UK workshops in Bristol, England. They will digitally scan the car wherever it is in the world and take up to a thousand pictures of every detail, allowing them to perfectly and accurately replicate everything at scale. Given the significant number of hours required to develop a unique model the costs are high, so the model is built at a very large scale to maximise the impact and detail, and to deliver the ultimate finished piece.
Amalgam Collection’s design, management and development heart is in England, with extraordinarily skilled and dedicated teams producing the bigger editions in Hungary and China. They are a multinational, multicultural team of crafts-men and women, dedicated to creating the world’s most precise, beautiful and exclusive models. Inspired by the F1 teams and iconic luxury car marques of England and Italy that they serve and partner with, they take huge pride in their mission to perfectly capture the designs, and honour the designers, drivers and creators of the automotive art they love.
Originally a partnership of four talented model-makers formed in 1985, from the start Amalgam created finely tuned models for the most important UK and German designers and architects. Working closely with Norman Foster’s team on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and on the Hong Kong Airport project was a fast, steep learning curve which quickly opened their eyes to subtle aesthetics and refined engineering. Working with such gifted architects their passion and desire to model the very best designs was ignited, which in due course led them to Williams F1 and Adrian Newey who were dominating the F1 championship in 1995, then on to Maranello and to the massively important design heritage of Enzo Ferrari in 1999, and latterly to the works of Pininfarina and Ettore Bugatti.
The seminal performance and luxury car designers of the early to mid-20th century were obsessed with achieving ever higher speeds, lighter and more powerful engines, more streamlined bodies, an impassioned quest that inevitably resulted in elegant and beautiful solutions as a consequence of stretching the supreme excellence of the craftsmanship and engineering to the very limits of what could be achieved at the time.
The companies that today bear these iconic names continue to be inspired, and their creativity is still fuelled, by the extraordinary passion and genius of their founders. Amalgam Collection too find inspiration in the creations of the founders and their companies who continue to design and create automotive artworks.
Recognising the beauty and importance of these designs Amalgam Collection have utterly dedicated their energy and passion to modelling these cars to a level of accuracy, precision and excellence that raises the finished replica to a level far beyond anything previously created. Amalgam have chosen to work at a scale of 1:8 which is widely acknowledged to be the most satisfying scale to comprehend the entirety of a car’s design at a glance, whilst in addition showing the most minute details.
To create perfect scale replicas of modern cars they use original CAD data supplied by the manufacturer and work closely with the design team to perfect their rendition of the interior and exterior finishes.
With regard to classics, in their quest for supreme accuracy and authenticity Amalgam’s team goes to great lengths to locate the best examples of original cars and digitally scans them to capture the precise shape and proportions of every part of the car including the chassis, engine and drive train. In addition, 600 to 800 photographs of every aspect and detail of each car are shot, to ensure a complete understanding of the finishes and detailing. The resulting models beautifully and precisely capture the entirety of the original and are impossible to discern from a real car in photographs.
Amalgam is the only maker of model cars in the world that can be considered alongside a maker of luxury watches like Richard Mille or Hublot. In fact, Richard Mille is an Amalgam patron who recognising a shared passion for engineering detail and perfection has commissioned from Amalgam Collection many unique models of his own cars and those he sponsors.
HOW THE MODELS ARE CREATED
- The patterns are created using original CAD from the manufacturer, or extraordinarily accurate digital scans and hundreds of photographs of an original classic car.
- The patterns are used to create silicon rubber moulds that capture every detail.
- Prototyping resin is used to cast the parts from the silicon moulds. Around 20 to 30 parts can be cast from each mould and then a new one must be made.
- Each model is built from thousands of parts: castings, photo-etchings and CNC machined metal components.
- Genuine car paints and manufacturer or archive colour references are used to spray the bodywork.
- It takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours to develop the tooling for each model.
- It takes between 250 and 450 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and build each model.
Every Amalgam Fine Model Car is made entirely by hand from thousands of parts. Detailed original CAD data is supplied by the car's manufacturer or the race team of the car to be modelled. The process of developing each model and creating the master patterns takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours of skilled work depending on the complexity of the car, with classic cars taking the longest.
In the case of the classic cars an extremely accurate digital scan is made of the car, and hundreds of photographs of all the details of a carefully selected original car are taken, to ensure complete accuracy and adherence to the authentic finishes and materials. Many parts of the model are machined from metal with the major components hand cast from prototyping resin. Each model is individually assembled by a small team of highly skilled model-makers. In total the time taken to machine, cast, hand fettle, paint, polish and assemble each model is between 250 and 450 hours of highly skilled work depending on the complexity of the car.
The finished model is a very precise scale replica of the original car with every detail perfectly and authentically represented at an 8th of the original size. This is modelling elevated to such a high level that it becomes an art form.
Since 1995 Amalgam have been admired and hugely respected by leading designers and engineers in the European automotive industry, as well as F1 designers, drivers and team principals. Amalgam's models appear on the desks of CEOs and presidents of the world's most important car companies. Due to the extreme accuracy and authenticity of Amalgam's creations, made in small limited editions, they are also much sought after by devoted collectors of fine handmade objects across Europe and in the USA.