Ask yourself: shouldn’t something as luxurious as espresso be delivered in a device that is stylistically up to the task? That’s the idea behind the Veloce Aurum 18ct. Drawing inspiration from the world of motorsports, the Italian design firm Superveloce handcrafted this sumptuous espresso maker from common automotive parts like titanium, aluminum, and carbon fiber.
The machine is an ode to the early 90s Grand Prix engines that powered the vehicles of such racing legends as Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, and Michael Schumacher. It’s a mechanical art device that looks like an engine—coming in a V12 configuration and featuring dispensers that resemble tailpipes plus an oil filter that doubles as a grappa reservoir—and hums like one, too, each time you pull a caffè corretto.
Measuring 380 mm by 340 by 420 and weighing approximately 35 kilograms, the Aurum 18ct is about half the size of the 3.0-liter V12 that inspired it, which means it will fit comfortably on a larger kitchen counter. No expense has been spared on materials: the baseplate is made of Jet-Black high-pressure thermoset carbon fiber, while the components have been manufactured in Aerospace Grade 7075 alloy, stainless steel 316 titanium, surgical stainless steel grade 304 and anticorodal 6082 T6. The faux-engine block and cylinder heads are finished in anodized bright and satin silver, while the cam covers and other elements are gilded in Nordic Gold Billet with 20µm 18ct yellow gold plating.
Any machine of such spectacular design and robust functionality is by nature rare, and this is no exception: Superveloce is offering only a ultra-limited run of 10 units. Better act fast.