This scaled-down IndyCar is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing
Look at this thing. If it wasn’t for the sleek, gloved hand holding the dusting brush, you’d be thinking this IndyCar was the real deal. Check out the details, the Dallara IR-18 aero kit, the molding lines on the Firestone tires. Everything is there in an exultant and meticulous precision. This is Amalgamation 1:8-2022 IndyCar Dallara ladder, a two-foot-long tribute to this year’s open-wheel racer. If you want an IndyCar with more detail than that, you’ll have to buy one from Penske.
By itself, in the photos, this scale model is almost indistinguishable from a real car. Go ahead, place your nose against the screen: you can see the carbon fiber weave on top of the car’s dashboard, visible through the aero screen. Each antenna, each fasting of the bodyner, every button on the steering wheel is right there, precise down to the millimeter.
The amalgam has long specialized in this kind of hyper obsessive large format model. Take a tour of the English company’s website, and you’ll find all kinds of legendary competition cars from yesterday and today, faithfully recreated in 1:18 or 1:8 scale. Each model is built from thousands of reference images and 3D scans of the actual vehicle, hand-assembled with the kind of precision we normally associate with high-end watchmaking. Amalgam will even work with you to recreate the legendary racing livery of your choicesometimes including end-of-race weather for that look just off the podium.
Of course, this kind of detail doesn’t come cheap. Hoo boy is it expensive. The model you see here orders $10,467 — a sum of money which, until recentlycould have had you a very nice used car not so old. But were talk about a 24-inch-long IndyCar model. It’s not something you buy for your child to smash in the sandbox.
Amalgam’s website boasts that the Arrow McLaren IndyCar team has already purchased some 1:8 scale 2022 IndyCar models for “internal use” – which usually means they will be displayed in team hospitality suites during race weekends, or shown in executive offices .
If you’re the type of person who can drop around $11,000 on a scale model, first of all, would you like to adopt bloggers? Second, go to the Amalgam website to spec your own 2022 IndyCar. We won’t judge you if you push it around your desk making engine noises.