Designer Creates Another Awesome Koenigsegg-Inspired 3D Printed Slot Car
by TE Edwards · August 11, 2015
A short while ago, we did a story about the release of a 3D printed Koenigsegg CCX slot car, and the same company, slotsinthecity.com, is back with yet another hot set of wheels: their all-new Koenigsegg CCGT.
They say now a prototype has come off the printer which is harder, lighter and features a list of detail and performance-enhancing developments, and they’re ready to start selling the cars on their website.
It’s yet another homage to the work of car designer and manufacturer Christian Koenigsegg, and it’s a faithful – if tiny – reproduction of his all-new Koenigsegg CCGT.
Koenigsegg always had his eye on building an exotic car which could take on the rigorous challenge of GT1 racing. To fall with the rules of the class, the GT1 regulations say entries can be no wider than 2 meters and that the size of the driver’s cockpit must amount to at least 70% of the width of the car.
To fit within those requirements, Koenigsegg designed his CCGT – a side project – to be a perfect match as a GT1 entry.
The CCGT, based on a Koenigsegg CCR and elements of the CCX, is a very stiff, very light vehicle. At under 1000 kg and capable of generating 600 kgs of downforce, the 600 horsepower car would sadly never take the track in an official GT1 race. Just two short months after the car took to the track for its first shakedown runs, the ACO and FIA changed the regulations for the GT1 racing class those rules rendered the car ineligible.
The Area71 slot car version of the CCGT, at 1:32 scale, is true to the original 1:1 GT1 car. Lighter than the previous CCX slot car version, the company says every vent, duct and scoop has been reproduced to create a faithful version – at least as accurate as the scale and 3D printing process allows.
Area71 says this latest model is a clear illustration of “just how much the manufacturing technique speeds up the development and production of new slot-racing models.”
And the body redesign isn’t the only change to the car; the mirrors and spoiler are now separate pieces, body posts have been moved further forwards and closer together, and axle carriers have been revised. These improvements were the result of tests made on the CCX.
As with the CCX, the CCGT will be manufactured in a limited run of only 300 units. Of that run, 150 units will feature a SW/IL Slot.it-compatible chassis, and 150 units will be atop an AW NSR-compatible chassis. Each body and chassis will be individually numbered with matching serial numbers, a bonus available due to the benefits of the 3DP manufacturing process.
By ordering the cars from firstname.lastname@example.org, the kits will come with one 3D printed Koenigsegg CCGT Bodyshell, a 3D printed chassis with either NSR AW or Slot.it SW/IL fitment, a 3D printed cockpit, a 3D printed driver’s helmet, a 3D printed set of four wheel inserts, a 3D printed wiper, a sheet of metal mesh, a set of laser cut clear parts, a set of laser cut chrome parts, and a set of instructions that includes a list of ‘Tips & Tricks.’
The cost per kit is €79 + shipping (or roughly $87), and the CCGT will be available by mail order as of today.
Area71 say versions of the AMG Vision and Porsche 901 concept cars are also available, and designer Marco Rizzi and his team of Italian designers and technicians say more car designs are on the way as suggestions roll in for more of their limited edition, scale model kits.
Slots in the City have been selected as the distributor for Germany and the Netherlands, and the cars can be purchased at slotsinthecity.com.
Have you seen the slot car versions of the Koenigsegg CCX and CCGT from Area71 yet? If you have, let us know in the Area71 Koenigsegg Slot Cars forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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