Ferrari 312T Formula 1 car, with self-centering steering and independent rear suspension.
About this creation
My rendition of Forghieri’s fantastic 312T of 1975.
Extremely successful in its day, the 312T went on to win 27 races, four constructors' and three drivers championships at hands of drivers such as Lauda, Regazzoni and Reutemann.
Exceedingly fast and reliable, at the heart of the 312T lies a longitudinally mounted flat-12 developing around 500 horsepower.
Big wings on a wide, sleek body attached to an aluminium monocoque coupled with a rear-mounted gearbox gave the 312T superb handling resulting in a car that excelled on the track.
Watching a video of the 312T screaming around a track compelled me to create a Lego version so I could admire its beauty. Construction took 2 days, changing pieces here and there to better replicate the 312T’s shape given the limited amount of Lego at hand. That said, I am happy with the outcome, and have included some features which I had initially thought would be unfeasible to include in a car of this size and at the same time keeping a ‘scaled-down’ look.
The first of which is self-centering steering with rubber bands, perhaps not a feature that Lauda’s car would have featured, but nevertheless it does give weight to the steering whilst turning.
At the front of the car, the compact steering has no suspension of sorts, whilst at the back, independent wishbones keep the car flat and level whilst tearing around on the carpet. Again, rubberbands have been employed to give both bound and rebound to the suspension whilst not sticking out of the car and looking out of place, which conventional Lego springs would have done (not to mention I don’t have any to use).
All in all, the 312T was, and still is a fantastic car, and I do think my Lego version does it justice. However the model has two problems which bug me – the front ride height is too low, and if increased, it looks like a tractor (if I were making a Lamborghini..) and getting the steering up to a realistic height in the cockpit is hard as two factors contradict each other. If I were to make the steering higher, it would push the height of the nose up further, ruining the effect. Any suggestions would be great.
Besides from the regular (quite bad) LEGO®-sets there are not that much F1 cars around. The fact that you chose an older one makes this even more special. Details everywhere and the engine is just phenomenal! I'm glad to have you in the "Italian Luxury Cars Club"-Group. Cheers, Jens
Vimal, sorry it's taken me so long to repay you for reviewing my Pagani Zonda. I've been inactive from the Lego scene for a while.
This car is cool looking, pretty accurate too, maybe a tad too short, but it still looks great! I've never really experimented with suspension and steering before. I haven't really got a clue how it works, but that's cool how you've done it, I like how your engine looks especially, much better than any of mine. I'd like to see some more work from you, your cars are tight, I'll review the Birdcage concept next! I'm not really up to doing another exotic car currently, I do love the Pagani, so maybe I'll do the Clubsport F sometime in the future. I plan to do some hot rods, I got a bit inspired by a recent MOC on Bricklink.