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A Ferrari 312 PB For Your Living Room?

Submitted by on February 10, 2009

312PBscale3This video presented by Jeremy Clarkson is utterly brilliant.

Every man should should show this video to their wives or girlfriends to help give their loved ones some perspective. Show this to your wife and say “Darling, look! There is someone out there much much crazier than me!”

The subject of the video is Pierre Scerri, a man who has built a fully functional  1/3 scale replica of a Ferrari 312 PB from scratch!

And yes fully functional means it has a flat 12 cylinder engine that screams with an exhaust note just like the real thing.

It has a working gearbox and exact scale Ferrari gauges which are calibrated precisely to indicate rpm, oil pressure, water temperature and oil temperature.

312PBscale2Pierre, a Telecom engineer who couldn’t afford to buy his dream car, logically decided to build one to put in his living room. However it took him 15 years and more than 20,000 hours to build this car.

He learned to make glass so he could make the exact pattern lens for the operating headlights.

He learned to make rubber so he could mould his own tyres.

His computer mainframe design background with the French telecommunications system allowed him to duplicate the Ferrari electronics system in exact miniature.  It also provided him with the understanding needed to make a 1/3 scale operating fuel injection system identical to that in the full-size Ferrari.

312PBscale1I have to say if it were me and I had a spare 20 000 hours, I’d have had a crack at a full scale version, but no matter what I think the guy deserves some credit for building something truly amazing.

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