Achille Castoldi, a wealthy boat privateer, set the world speed record of 81.1 mph in the 400kg class with his boat “Arno,” a 400kg class with a Romeo type 158 engine. In 1953, Castoldi decided to concentrate on speed records and commissioned the beginning of the Ferrari Hydroplane: an 800kg class hydroplane to be built by Cantieri Timossi.
For the engine he turned to Scuderia Ferrari of the auto racing industry. Ferrari supplied Castoldi with a ridiculous type 375 V-12 Grand Prix Engine, the same engine that powered the Ferrari cars of the early 1950s. At a savage 385 horsepower, the engine of the Ferrari Hydroplane could spin the propeller at 10,000 RPM!
Castoldi destroyed both the competition, and his old record, setting a two-way top speed record of 140.74.
Arno XI was restored in the early 1990’s but failed to sell at the Coys Festival at Silverstone in 1997.
This fabulous model is made entirely in wood and features amazing detail throughout. Complete with its own wooden plinth. The model comes completely assembled.