Wheels, Brakes and Undercarriage
The wheels on the model are faithful reproductions of their 1:1 counterparts. Even though they are made of plastic, the spokes are crisply detailed as are the tire valve stems, which are separate pieces to the wheels. The rims are properly painted to have a matt alloy look. Tires are accurately treaded but have no Bridgestone markings. Their profile also seems to be a little high compared to their 1:1 counterparts.
All four wheels are removable with the help of the included tool to reveal reasonably good brake details. The disks and rotors are painted to simulate a carbon composite material. They are plastic pieces that are dimpled to fake crossed drilling. Mind you, the dimples themselves are deep enough and nicely black-washed to not detract from the overall look. The callipers are painted black with tampoed Ferrari logos in white. The brake rotors rotate independent of the static callipers.
The undercarriage, as one would expect on any modern Ferrari, is completely flat. Unlike similar high end models from Exoto or CMC, the undercarriage is made of black plastic as opposed to metal. What looks like rivets or screw heads are moulded into the plastic itself and not separate pieces as found on the CMC McLaren Mercedes SLR. The undercarriage also features a spoiler at the front and an air splitter at the rear which, as far as I can tell, are accurately reproduced. Front suspension details are clearly visible when looking up from underneath the car while the rear suspension is hidden from view. The model features working suspension on all four wheels via metal suspension arms.
The engine bay is well detailed with springs for the suspension, tiny labels on top of the wheel wells, carbon fiber pattern on various covers and panels, aluminium insulation look on the firewall and crisscrossing wires and cables etc. For this price range however, I was expecting more detailed painting in the engine bay and also the use of braided and rubber sleeved wires as found on the aforementioned CMC SLR which costs less. It’s very good, but could be better given the price of the model.
The cockpit looks good with its red and black colour scheme. The seats are nicely moulded with a stitching look. Switchgears are all accurately represented. There are even some glossy carbon fiber look panels on the dash and center console. Some might argue that the lack of real leather seats on a high end model is a letdown. I would tend to agree if the leather is fine grained like those used on the CMC Ferrari 250 GT SWB but would prefer nicely moulded painted plastic, like those on the BBR Enzo, if the leather is akin to scaled elephant hide as found on some other models.
The boot at the front opens up via a button found underneath the model to reveal some nice details. A scaled removable overnight bag can be found in the also removable luggage tray. The tray is lined to simulate carpeting. An extremely detailed battery can be found underneath the luggage tray. One can also look through the holes in the front compartment and see the detailed coil sprung front suspension.