5th February 2014
WOULD ENZO APPROVE OF OUR ARABESCATO MARBLE FERRARI GTO?
Ferraris evoke strong emotions in even the most rational of people, but whilst
Lapicida’s latest marble creation has really got people’s blood racing, would
Enzo Ferrari approve?
Produced entirely in-house by Lapicida’s design and build teams, it is a
perfect 1:3.6 replica of arguably the most drop-dead gorgeous sports car the
world has ever seen - the 1962/63 Ferrari GTO. So how exactly was it made and every minute detail
immortalised in Arabescato marble?
At their UK headquarters, Lapicida undertake exclusive commissions to
create bespoke objects carved from natural stone for private and commercial
clients from all over the world. For this particular piece, the team used
state-of-the-art laser technology to scan every millimetre of an actual full-size
GTO. Next, important decisions needed to be made. Customers have a choice from
a wide variety of natural stones including a multitude of different marbles,
limestones or even semi-precious stones such as rock crystal from which their
object can be carved. Size is everything and often a juxtaposition between the original item’s
size and its stone facsimile can create serious impact. Lapicida’s Breton
NC1600 computer numeric controlled shaping mill is a goliath. One of only three
in the world, it is capable of sculpting the 3D object at virtually any size
from a single bloc of stone up to 25 tonnes in weight. This collosal 5-axis
shaping mill used its diamond-tipped drill heads spinning at 7,000 rpm to carve
the GTO with total precision from the finest Arabescato marble.
Finally, Lapicida’s expert team of highly experienced stone craftsmen
painstakingly hand-finished every square centimetre. The result is
Its specifications are impressive. It measures a statuesque 1.2 metres long,
is 46 cm wide and sits 34 cm above the tarmac. Carved from a single block of
Italian Arabescato marble, its distinctive veining gives the illusion of speed
and accentuates the GTO’s every sumptuous curve and exquisite detail.
The Ferrari GTO is an undisputed design classic. Its muscular swooping
lines, powerful haunches and inimitable 60’s Italian styling make it the most exclusive
and desirable sports car on earth – in fact, the most expensive too with a 1963
Ferrari 250 GTO recently selling for an astonishing $52million. Just 39 GTOs were ever
made, however, only one Arabescato Marble Ferrari GTO created by Lapicida
exists in the world and you can own it outright for £30,000.
This is just one particularly fine example of a myriad of stunning bespoke
objects created by Lapicida. If you are interested in owning this unique piece
of motoring history or have a commission in mind and wish to discuss the
possibilities, please contact Lapicida here.
So would Enzo give the
nod of approval to this Arabescato Marble GTO? We like to think so.
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