In 1939 Enzo Ferrari leaves Alfa Romeo due to the reduction of its influence as head of draft competition and returns to Modena, firmly convinced of his ideas. However, the restrictions of the contract with Alfa Romeo made Enzo impossible to use his own name for four years in other projects, and appeared Auto Avio Costruzioni, a company specialized in the production of mechanical components for automobiles and aircraft in the old installations of the Scuderia in the street Trento e Trieste. Overcoming all obstacles and impediments Ferrari and his team managed just five month to build two small spiders commissioned by the son of Antonio Ascari, Alberto, and Lothario Rangoni Marquis, called 815 and being considered as the first Ferrari built.
The 815 was born with a Carrozzeria Touring desing, made with panels of aluminium magnesiom alloy, and a chassis and a 1.5 liter and 8-cylinder Fiat origin engine that still amazes engineers today, result of joining two 4-cylinder engines of the popular Fiat Balilla, getting 72 horsepower with a weight of 625 kg, capable of propelling the car to 175 km/h. Both cars were entered in the Mille Miglia in 1940, leading its category, with a creditable tenth place overall and fastest lap, until they were retired due to mechanical problems at one lap of the finish. But Ferrari had shown everyone what he already knew, he could build a competitive racing car relying solely on himself and his team. Unfortunately the war stopped all activity relating to the competition. The car steered by alberto Ascari is reproduced by Modelant.
The Auto Avio 815 is the first Modelant car, and in it we have applied all our philosofy to create a slot car purely handmade. Designed from photographs and drawings, modeled strictly 1/32 scale from a block of putty using only hand tools, escaping from assists, computers or industrial machinery, and manufactured in a traditional way, one by one, by hand.
Our replica wished to be accurate to the original model created by Enzo Ferrari in 1940, this is why sometimes you can find some differences with the photographs of the current restoration, such as the inclusion of a rearview mirror, intermittent front and rear lights or front and rear license plate needed to comply the current traffic rules, as well as the logo '815', originally absent.
For mechanical we have chosen MRRC, the chassis gives it a noble performance on tracks while being a product of clearly collector nature, and served in a transparent box with a careful image.
Production will be limited to 300 numbered units and is available from December 2012 at a price of 130 euros (shipping not included).