Wheels, Brakes and Undercarriage
Rims have amazing detail, with very detailed spokes, rivets, and center caps. The caps can of course come off, allowing the whole wheel to come off. Even the tire valve is replicated, but it isn’t very well defined. Tires have realistic feel, and are racing slicks. They’re branded Michelin (of course!). Brakes have good detail, with moving discs and static callipers. The undercarriage is completely sealed, and the only thing that can be seen is the rear diffuser.
This is the part Exoto completely blows almost all other competitors out of the water. The engine detail here is furious! I won’t even try to describe what parts are what, but just opening the engine cover will reveal wires, braided wires, lots of paint, springs, rivets, caps, etc. that will blow your mind. One note of mention about the engine cover though, it’s very hard to get it out or into the correct position, as the spoiler is in the way. So be very careful when putting the engine cover on, or taking it off.
Rivets and more rivets, that’s the first thing I noticed when I opened the doors to the interior. The yellow carbon fibre is eye-catching as well, but the rivets… Anyway, the interior is another strong point for this model. The steering wheel is well padded, with a large Mercedes logo in the center. There’s even a strap of red fabric that attaches to the steering column. The various knobs and switches are all molded and painted. There are various wires in there as well, but I have no clue what they’re for. The gear shifter is very detailed, with the linkages all replicated. Pedals are nicely detailed, as is the carbon fibre front dashboard. The seat is well done, with good feel and separate, fabric seatbelts. The seatbelt buckles are of course photoetch/metal pieces. The doors open on the external hinges, and stay up. They actually open up quite far as well, providing a good view of the interior. The front compartment, once removed, reveals a lot of detail. There are brake cooling coils, with real mesh closing the holes! Various wires and suspension can be seen as well. I’m quite surprised so much detail can be crammed into such a small space.