This model is a reproduction of the Ferrari F1 89, with which the English racing driver, Nigel Mansell, made his debut with Ferrari, with his historic win at the Brazilian Grand Prix,; this was the first race of the 1989 world racing championship.
Due to the particular shape of the single-seater’s nose, it was nicknamed “ young goose”. Even the sides of the car, with their classic sinuous line, represented something very unusual and unique for its time. This made this single-seater completely different from all the others.
The F1 89 model was designed by John Barnard and was the first single-seater racing car to be equipped with a sequential gear box, with controls fitted on the steering wheel. This has now become a standard Formula 1 feature.
This model, produced on the usual 1/43 scale, is made entirely in white metal, with turned and photoengraved components. It is made using more than 100 parts.
The driver’s compartment is a true reproduction; it is fitted with the classic six-point safety belts, which carry the sponsor’s decorations. The internal part is completely covered with decals that are made from a carbon fibre material. The items that are very visible are the steering-wheel (made from brass using a micro fusion process), the controls that are fitted on the steering-wheel itself, the turned aerial on the dash-board and the transparent windscreen with its classic pale blue colour tone, which was characteristic of Ferrari’s racing cars at the time.
The back of the car shows the gear box, complete with a lifting hook and a small red light very clearly. The back spoiler is made entirely with the photoengraving process and is completely covered by decals that are made with a texture of carbon fibre. The gear box’s small radiator (made from brass using the micro fusion process) shows the small thermal plates used by mechanics for temperature control.
The characteristic hooks that are made to keep the external body work together, are made in chromium-plated metal. One can see them clearly on the sides of the car and on the head-rest area. The rear view mirrors and the roll bar are made using the brass micro fusion process, which is a process that allows for the creation of very thin, but robust parts.
The front spoiler is made in white metal, with some parts made using the photoengraving process. It is totally covered with decals made of a carbon fibre material. The tyres are made using authentic rubber and the Goodyear Eagle writing has been made using the tampoprint process. The rims are made from aluminium and are turned, whilst the internal spokes have the same rounded style as the original racing car.
This new model is firmly fixed onto a base that is made out of transparent plastic. This makes it possible to look and admire even the part underneath the model. A small metal tag, which shows all the data describing the racing-car model, the type of competition and the driver’s name, is fixed onto the base itself. A sequence numeration from 0 to 300 certifies the actual manufacturing progression.
The above picture shows the model in its precise configuration as it will be commercialised. Production is only limited to progressively numbered pieces. A guarantee certificate will certify the authenticity of the model and of the progressive number. Something completely new is represented by a small holographic label, which includes the progressive number and the green colour that is associated with the racing-car model and guarantees its authenticity.