SlotsintheCity.com EXCLUSIVE First Preview!
Following a slightly-longer-than-planned gestation period, the first batch of 1:32 Koenigsegg CCXs have finally arrived here at Slots in the City. The bare car looks gorgeous; a fantastic choice of 1:1 supercar to reproduce in 1:32 scale as a slot racer, it paves the way for many more exclusive models from The Area71 to hit our tracks and shelves over the next few months. I very much enjoyed interviewing boss Marco Rizzi in Italy earlier this year, and have been waiting eagerly since then as he and his team worked tirelessly to launch this, the first in a long line of ground-breaking, limited edition scale model kits.
The Area71’s Koenigsegg CCX is ground-breaking because it’s 3D-printed.
Yeah, yeah – I know what you’re thinking… “so what if it’s 3D-printed – 3DP is hardly a new concept to us slot racers!” – many great 3DP’d tuning components and upgrade chassis kits have been available to us for some time – from Sure-Change guides and the Chase-Cars leaning, steering chassis, to collaborations between larger manufacturers such as the Slot.it upgrade chassis available via Shapeways.com for Carrera and Hornby models.
It’s ground-breaking because this is the first completely 3D-printed chassis and body kit available on the market. The 3DP’d parts supplied in the kit feel much smoother and more plastic-like than you’d expect, thanks to a special industrial treatment that helps achieve an even, flat, watertight surface. This treatment all but eliminates the usual limitations of the 3D-printing process (such as building lines and surface porosity that would affect the final finish) so only minimal work is required to prep for painting. And, besides being helpful for the modeller by cutting surface preparation time and making painting easier, this process gives benefits to the mechanical properties of the material.
…so, just what ARE the benefits of this material?
The material is a special nylon-based powder, printed in-house at The Area71 on their own SLS technology printers. The advantages of nylon over ABS injected plastic are many; a melting temperature of 135°C instead of 88°C, a lower density (about 15% less) and a higher impact resistance with better flexibility and stiffness. This is the first slot car we’ve ever seen that has been crash-tested, NCAP-style… and, needless to say, the CCX passed with flying colours and no drivers, scale or otherwise, were harmed!
While the product itself may be complicated, the concept itself is simple – when ordering your kit, you decide whether you’ll be equipping it with Slot.it or NSR components, and you receive the appropriate chassis. This leaves you, the new owner, free to select your preferred components and to spec your car to your exact requirements. For the purposes of a fair test, we simply had to have one of each – more on that in our upcoming track test.
This and all future The Area71 cars will be manufactured in limited runs of just 300 units; 150 units with a SW/IL Slot.it-compatible chassis, and 150 units with an AW NSR-compatible chassis. Taking full advantage of the 3DP manufacturing process, every body and chassis will be individually numbered with matching serial numbers – and, as you can see in the photo below, special attention to the preferences of British citizens has also been taken into consideration, as cockpits can be specified in RHD configuration!
…here’s exactly what you’ll get:
- 1x 3D-printed Koenigsegg CCX Bodyshell
- 1x 3D-printed Chassis – choose NSR or Slot.it fitment
- 1x 3D-printed Cockpit – choose left or right-hand-drive
- 1x 3D-printed Driver’s Helmet
- 1x 3D-printed set of four Wheel Inserts
- 1x 3D-printed Wiper
- 1x sheet of Metal Mesh
- 1x set of laser cut Clear Parts
- 1x set of laser cut Chrome Parts
- 1x set of Instructions with Tips & Tricks
And the cost? €79,00 + shipping per kit
Available by mail order: 7th July, 2015
The Area71 intends to maximise the benefits of their production technique to produce further models also as-yet unreleased by the larger, more mainstream manufacturers – the stunning AMG Vision is due in early August, followed by the classic Ferrari 288GTO, and then the Porsche 901 concept. So, if you’ve a burning desire for a particular car to be built, there’s a very good chance that it will appeal to Marco’s petrol-headed nature – so don’t hold back with your suggestions!
And thanks to Marco of The Area71 – not only for making the first personalised editions of this model available to me before the general release, but also for pushing the envelope with a project to release such an interesting and innovative new product!