One of the things I love most about the golden years of motorsport are their penchant for the quirky, beautiful and experimental. I love that fearless, visionary people could have an idea, turn it into reality and then go as fast as possible in it.
This 1953 Ferrari Hydroplane ‘Arno XI’ was developed by Achille Castoldi with a little help from Enzo Ferrari. Castoldi wanted to compete with the Guidotti family, who had been using Maserati’s light aluminium engines to power water speed record boats and set records since the ’30s. He, along with Luigi Villoresi, convinced Ferrari to contribute his considerable knowledge and technical expertise to the project, resulting in the Ferrari 375 twin-supercharged G.P. 52/1 “Nautico”, which could produce over 600 horsepower....more