Working Scale Model Of Fiat’s Famous Lingotto Factory Is Amazing


Slot Mods Raceways is known for its handcrafted wooden slot car races on a 1:32 scale. They’re pretty cool to own if you have the means, but the company’s latest creation is something no one else has.

Built for private collection, Slot Mods Raceways took two years to create a working scale model of Fiat’s world-famous Lingotto factory. For whoever this cool masterpiece was made, he must be a big fan of Fiat.

For those who don’t know, Fiat used to have a large factory in Lingotto, Italy long before the Stellantis era. The structure opened in 1923 and at that time, it was the largest automotive plant in Europe and the first Fiat factory to use an assembly line.

Praised for its unconventional construction, the factory has five floors. Raw materials go to the ground floor, then the car assembly line goes up to the top floor. The finished car is out on the roof where the test track awaits. It was an architectural marvel, so much so that Le Corbusier called it “one of the most impressive sights in the industry.”

This is the essence that Slot Mods Raceways captures in its latest creation, measuring 6 x 15 x 4 feet. You can see some clips of the working scale model via the social media post embedded above. As you can see, the custom Fiat 500 scale model runs through the roof, which makes this scale model even more impressive.

Unfortunately, Fiat had to close the Lingotto factory in the 1980s. After an architectural competition, the factory was rebuilt to the winning specifications. The old factory became a modern complex with concert halls, theatre, convention center, shopping mall and hotel.

Fortunately, the roof test track has been maintained and is still open to visitors.


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