Legendary Ferrari Arno XI hydroplane at auction in Monaco!

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  1. daiquiri
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    daiquiri Engineering and Design

    Ferrari Arno XI hydroplane at auction

    Gentlemen, please allow me to introduce a racing machine which imho blends art and engineering into a perfect harmony of beauty and power - the Ferrari Arno XI Hydroplane. Oh please please look at those pics! :)

    This beauty has been holding the world speed record in the 800-kg class of powerboats for the last 59 years! The WR was attained on 15th October, 1953 on Lake Iseo (Italy), when her owner Achille Castoldi pushed her to an average speed (in two runs) of 241.71 km/h (150.19 mph) over the measured kilometer.

    She will be at auction in Monaco in may: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103831/Ferrari-powerboat-set-fetch-1-5m-auction.html . More technical info here: http://www.vivaf1.com/blog/?p=5267

    And now the best part... (pics from Daily Mail Online):

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  2. mydauphin
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    Note modern rudder.Would that be a two blade Surface drive prop?
     
  3. messabout
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    Elegant! I promise to wear white gloves if you'll let me touch it.
     
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    As a devoted prancing horse nut, I am forever in your debt for posting those magnificent images.... Grazzi!:)
     
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    This gets the blood flowing!

    If I had 1.5 million, man I'd like to have it :D
     
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    If I was Ferrari , I would buy it for promotions. Put it on a trailer and a couple of cute Italian girls and everyone would be looking at the big F, and not Miss Geico.
     
  7. daiquiri
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    Couldn't agree more. :)

    Each time I look at these lines, materials, colors, textures, details on this beautiful object, I am simply amazed by the heights of the craftsmanship reached by the people who have made it. It is one of the most inspirational designs I have had a chance to admire. :)
     

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