The Ferrari hydroplane

On October 15, 1953, the Arno XI Timossi-Ferrari hydroplane slapped with a thunder the still water of Lake Iseo: driven by its designer, engineer Achille Castoldi, the mahogany and metal shark hit a 242.708 km/h top speed (150.19 mph) – setting a record for its category that is yet to be surpassed.

The hydroplane’s engine was a modification of the one that had given the Ferrari 375 its victory at the British Grand Prix in 1951.

A race-winner on the water, from the decade of the space race.

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