When Ferrari released the 550 Maranello in 1996 it had no racing aspirations for the carit was simply to be a big, fast, opulent cruiser to revive the tradition of the front-engine GT. But enterprising privateer teams and a resurgent GT class in sportscar racing changed the company’s mind, and the 575 Gran Turismo Competizione was born in 2004. Kyosho now makes a fascinating 1:18 version, replicating all the modifications that transform the street car to racer. Lift-off hood, trunk and an awesome interior highlight this interesting piece of Ferrari history. For more on the 575 GTC and the rest of Kyosho’s Ferrari collection, see www.kyoshousa.com and check out a full review in the Fall 07 issue of DieCast X Magazine!