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Ferrari 250 GTO Chassis
A Ferrari ? Really ? From Mr I-only-do-slow-cars ? Blame De Tomaso Pantera...
About this creation

I can explain; this is a commission build - Tom's commission - and he asked me to contribute. I built this chassis and took it over to Tom's house where we built the body together. After two days' wrestling with an ever-diminishing pile of little red plates we had something that looked like a 250 GTO.

Beats working for a living... :-)

The finished article can now be viewed here



A quick word about Tom - an excellent man - and his Bird Project on Cuusoo. I've seen and handled these models in the plastic and it would be a crying shame if they weren't made as sets for everyone to enjoy. They are fantastically good. Support them by clicking the link above. Do it now.

This chassis features the obligatory V12 engine, driven by the rear wheels via a forward / neutral / reverse transmission, working steering, double wishbone front suspension and a leaf sprung live rear axle.



Sweet 'n' low.... reasonably rigid, as well.



The dashboard, a fairly sparse affair on this most focused of Ferraris, and the classic six fingered gate for the gearlever; although it only moves along the centre slot to select forward or reverse gears.



Some Ferrari-like detailing. That strut across the spring mounts is there on the real one and necessary on the model. The single hard spring per side wasn't enough with the weight of the body but it was simple enough to add another one...



Now then, steering. Pay attention. Most Technic car builders make the effort to include Ackerman geometry, whereby the inner wheel turns more than the outer to compensate for the smaller turning radius. However, most post-war high performance cars do the opposite - the outer wheel turns more to compensate for the greater slip angle on the more heavily loaded wheel. That's what I've done here. This is a high performance car, after all....



... although you wouldn't think so to look at the rear suspension. 300 bhp and leaf springs ? Really, Mr Ferrari ? Apparently so, at a time when, say, Jaguar were using a much more sophisticated set-up on a car that cost a third as much. Enzo always said you paid your money for the engine, the rest of the car comes for free... still, at least he made the effort to locate the axle with a Watt's linkage - that's those joints and axles behind the diff...



$$$$ ££££ Several billion Lire....



Building this was fun - thanks to Tom - may there be many more!



Now if you don't mind, I really must build something to trap this little fella for my Moc Olympics R2 build. Humanely, of course...





Comments

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  August 22, 2013
Sweet!
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  December 8, 2012
Incredibly accurate and very stylish! The suspension and diff area shows some excellent creative thinking. This is a very beautiful naked car! :-)
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  December 3, 2012
frames can be really sophisticated.
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  October 23, 2012
The whole car is amazing, but the chassis is a work of art in itself!! The engine is amazing, and the exhaust system looks great! :) if it were possible 100000/5
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  October 22, 2012
Quoting Gabriele Zanello Lovely! Look at my creation and rate it! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/328869 You can contact me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GabrieleZanello E-mail: zanellog@live.com
Someone needs some pointers about manners... and I'm not on Facebook.
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  October 22, 2012
Lovely! Look at my creation and rate it! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/328869 You can contact me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GabrieleZanello E-mail: zanellog@live.com
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  October 14, 2012
I was waiting for Tom to post the final model, and now I can say you both did a fantastic job! I'm not really into cars, so I don't understand half of the specifications you talk about (I wouldn't if it was written in french either!) but I'm still able to appreciate it. So let me just tell you that the level of complexity is just amazing! ;) --Tom--
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  October 14, 2012
Feast your eyes on our handy work Nick!!! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/343746 It looks amazing :-) Thanks for all your help. You might want to add a link to the finished article in your description. :-)
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  October 12, 2012
When two brilliant Builders get associated, the result should be... unbelievable. So let's wait. But the chassis is one masterpiece: clever suspension and steering BTW. I'm amazed (how it could be any other way? ^^). +1 with you, Nick for Tom's Cuusoo project. His birds are SO beautiful!!
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  October 10, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  October 8, 2012
MASTERPIECE !!!! This is by far the best studded chassis I have ever seen Love the details and functions, and it looks aggressive to. CONGRATULATIONS
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  October 6, 2012
great chassis, and I especially like the rear suspension system. 5/5
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  October 6, 2012
Looking good so far. I'll be interested in how you tackle the front, especially the triple air intakes. I'll eventually be building one myself, but for CRTs. -LB Jr.
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  October 6, 2012
Very nice. 5/5
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  October 5, 2012
excellent work, nice blend of old with a few new pieces in there, looks also to be a fair size too, will look forward to the finished car.
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  October 5, 2012
A masterpiece of lego engineering!
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  October 5, 2012
Wow, looks fantastic! Looking forward to the whole thing.
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  October 5, 2012
Very impressive! I can't wait to see this finished!
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  October 5, 2012
Quoting JS Can This looks great, but keep working on it. In fact, you should work on nothing else for the next week or two.
Haha! Thanks JS.
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  October 5, 2012
Lovely details in an excellent professional work !
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  October 5, 2012
Looks very promising! Can't wait to see the finished product. I also very much like the studded look here, which I think suits the classic Ferrari generation well.
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  October 5, 2012
This car seems to have forgotten to get dressed before leaving the garage :DDD
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  October 5, 2012
So good. Can't wait to see the finished car.
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  October 5, 2012
This looks very promising and one more model done with mostly old parts. What a treat. That engine looks quite like Ferrari's indeed as for the rest of the chassis I wouldn't know because i am not that much into Ferrari's but I can say that I can't wait to see it done with the body work.
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  October 4, 2012
Wow you guys, awesome build! It is great to see you guys getting paid to build, how cool is that! Are you going to post pics of the body as well? Z
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  October 4, 2012
A great tech. build, look forward to seeing the bodywork !>>.....well done
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  October 4, 2012
Nice! I can't wait to see this with the body on it! Fantastic stuff Nick!
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  October 4, 2012
This looks great, but keep working on it. In fact, you should work on nothing else for the next week or two.
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  October 4, 2012
Magnificent chassis. I'm coming round more and more to the idea of building technic MOCs, and works like this inspire me to dive in.
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  October 4, 2012
looks great!
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  October 4, 2012
Looks very good Nick! BTW, THIS HIT THE HOMEPAGE! Congratulations!
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  October 4, 2012
Whos PB&J?
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  October 4, 2012
YEESS!!!!! Move aside PB&J, Nick B. And DeTom is the best combo EVER! EVER! This is mind bogglingly amazing and you haven't even added bodywork! *Runs about the room with excitement*
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  October 4, 2012
this is awesome! nice detail!
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  October 4, 2012
Great guts! :)
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  October 4, 2012
Oh, this is going to be epic... *puts sunglasses on*
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  October 4, 2012
Very nice, can't wait to see the whole thing!
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  October 4, 2012
Looks promising. Thanks for the lesson on the steering geometry; no more than seeing the first pictures I was going to write a sarcastic/ironic comment about the "wrong" ackerman-geometry, but instead I leraned something new! ;-)
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  October 4, 2012
Amazing Nick! Can't wait to see the final thing. That rear suspension is really neat, as is the steering! I'm also looking forward to your MOCOs entry, if everything goes to plan mine will be up tomorrow :)
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  October 4, 2012
... OMG I completely forgot about that! I have been so busy recently. Yeah I hope so Nick, but I need to start, finish, photograph and post my R2 moc first ;).
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  October 4, 2012
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Lego technic engineering at its very best. Love the rear diff, axle and leaf springs. So sorry I missed you Nick, maybe next time :D
Hope to see you Sunday, Joe!
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  October 4, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Seems like my first comment went to the Mods. Anyway I love this chassis, it is a work of genius, it was almost a shame to cover it up it's so good. Good job I realised it was RHD before we finished the job lol It was an absolute pleasure working with you and learning. You really are a car building master and I hope to have the pleasure of working with you again. You will be the first person I contact if I get another commission like this one, which I think is likely :-) All I have to do to complete this work of car art is replace two patsy pieces and I will give it a proper photo shoot and share our results. I Love your little mousey and I look forward to seeing his humane fate. All the best Nick!
Yeah, that was close with the RHD ! Thanks for a splendid couple of days, a real pleasure.
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  October 4, 2012
Lego technic engineering at its very best. Love the rear diff, axle and leaf springs. So sorry I missed you Nick, maybe next time :D
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  October 4, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Wow you guys, awesome build! It is great to see you guys getting paid to build, how cool is that! Z
Very :-)))) Thanks, Z. The completed car will turn up on Tom's page after the client's father's birthday.
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  October 4, 2012
Wow! And backwards !woW
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  October 4, 2012
Looks amazing, I can't wait to see it finished. Reminds me very strongly of your MG B, you have a very original style ;)
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  October 4, 2012
I love it!Can't wait to see it finished!
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  October 4, 2012
I'd pay good money for that! (Try a female mouse for bait.)
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  October 4, 2012
Seems like my first comment went to the Mods. Anyway I love this chassis, it is a work of genius, it was almost a shame to cover it up it's so good. Good job I realised it was RHD before we finished the job lol It was an absolute pleasure working with you and learning. You really are a car building master and I hope to have the pleasure of working with you again. You will be the first person I contact if I get another commission like this one, which I think is likely :-) All I have to do to complete this work of car art is replace two patsy pieces and I will give it a proper photo shoot and share our results. I Love your little mousey and I look forward to seeing his humane fate. All the best Nick!
  October 4, 2012
Aar, does friend Mickey Mouse needs to be trapped? Well, if it is four your own good, then go on :-D
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  October 4, 2012
nice build nick always look forward to your new mocs.can`t wait for it to be finished.it reminds me of the 8860 car chassis but much much better
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  October 4, 2012
Love it,can't wait to see the endresult!<eom>
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  October 4, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight Superb! I've been waiting for this since I heard about you and DeT's project. You really are the master of Technic chassis. Only one man (Tyler Reid) compared and sadly he's disappeared.
Thanks Ape. I miss Tyler as well, the man's a genius. I hope he's OK.
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  October 4, 2012
Superb! I've been waiting for this since I heard about you and DeT's project. You really are the master of Technic chassis. Only one man (Tyler Reid) compared and sadly he's disappeared. This is just brilliant. And brilliant using normal pieces too. Can't wait to see the final vehicle with DeT's bodywork attached. 5 stars, even for a WIP
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  October 4, 2012
Quoting Nils O. By the way, are you sure the cylinder heads are red on the 250 GTO? I thought only the heads of the Testa Rossa ("red head") models were red. My Bburago models have them this way: 250 GTO grey, 250 Testa Rossa red... Anyway: Great job! :-))
Good spot. My 250 GTO Bburago model has red covers so that's what I did; turns out the real one we were modelling doesn't so they're not red now. Thanks Nils.
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  October 4, 2012
Wow, Nick, that's a great chassis for a great car! The functions are so cool and I love the classic Technic look. By the way, are you sure the cylinder heads are red on the 250 GTO? I thought only the heads of the Testa Rossa ("red head") models were red. My Bburago models have them this way: 250 GTO grey, 250 Testa Rossa red... Anyway: Great job! :-))
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  October 4, 2012
I love the 250 GTO! Looks great from the chassis seen, can't wait to see it finished!
 
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