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[MOC/MOD] Ferrari F40 LM

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TLDR: super-detailed fully-modular Creator-scale build of epic early-90s Ferrari race-car version of street car version of a race car.

The F40 LM is the race car version of what was already mostly a race car. Nineteen competition-ready F40's were built by Chinetti Michelotto for Ferrari; lighter, lower, more powerful and full of racing-specific tweaks.

My 10248 "Super-Mod" builds one of these legendary LMs inside the lines of TLG's design. The kit's brilliant overall shaping and clever build solutions provide a framework for revised proportions and deeper detailing. Nearly every step of the build is altered and most assemblies have been heavily redesigned.

The LM-spec bodywork has an extended front splitter, fixed headlights, a top-vented front hood, taller rear wing and open mesh rear bodywork. The lengthened doors and repositioned fuel-tank pods were informed by Brickmonkey's modified build, while the gray interior firewall was removed entirely, allowing the seats to be extended back along with the stretched doors for a more properly-scaled cabin. The black trim line is now brick-built the full circumference of the car, and the chromed #56145 rims from Bricks4All have fully scratch-built BBS LM wheel inserts (see my F40 album on Flickr for some in-progress photos).

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod: Putting the Progress in "Work-in-progress"

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod

 

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod: Beast

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod

 

My original goal of just lowering the 10248 model's ride height rapidly evolved into in a fully revamped chassis, keeping only a portion of the central floor and the clever side sills from TLG's model. The race-spec front section carries an oversize radiator, air jacks, sway bars, repositioned hydraulic reservoirs and low-mounted battery suspended on Technic beams. The redesigned rear chassis lifts the axle position and provides mounts for the sway bar and air jack details as well as vestigial rear springs and oil coolers. 

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod

 

The engine and transmission assembly was also lengthened and lowered and features details for turbos, wastegates, exhausts, a larger intake manifold and intercoolers. Also tucked in there are the cam-drive ancillaries, oil filter, and transmission-oil line. 

I followed the spec of a particular F40 LM which underwent a comprehensive resto-mod; much larger intercoolers, dual wastegates and many other updates went into the build. It's all well documented here: www.build-threads.com/tag/Ferrari-F40-LM-Restoration/

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod

 

Custom stickers were created for the Braille battery, Magneti Marelli digital dashboard, and labels on the master cylinder fluid reservoirs.

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod


This project was a first for me at this scale (well, since I was a kid anyway) and a blast to do. It went way, way deeper than I had intended; motivation and inspiration for what was possible came from the large-scale masterworks of Luca Rusconi, Carl Greatrix, Norton74, and Robert Alexander (also Biczzz’s Alfa, Gerald Cacas, Sir.Manperson, Alex Paschoaletto). Hope you enjoy checking it out.

  • Original base model: 1157 pcs.
  • As built, appx: 1270 pcs.
  • Parts changed or added: 490 pcs (39%)

 

Ferrari F40 LM Super-Mod: Some assembly required.

Ferrari F40 LM Super-mod: The dry fit.

(*ps, missing a good clean "finished" front 3/4 shot, have to set up another shoot and add it back here)

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Really amazing!!!

I love the details you have added!!!!!

How you have solved the attacking angle of the bonnett? (the original don't fits very well).

Congrats!

IG

 

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OK, I need details! The LM is my all time favorite car and I as I was building my F40 I kept thinking how I could turn it into and LM version. I'm most interested in the lowering and the wheels you used. The splitter and hood ducts look great.

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