Monday, September 21, 2015

Ferrari - Maranello, Italy

Next stop in the car tour of Europe is again Ferrari, but this time in the company's current home - Maranello. This is where Ferrari has been based since 1943. The Ferrari Museum has been set up within walking distance of the factory that produces all the cars.

Compared to Museo Enzo Ferrari, this museum focuses mainly on Ferrari's racing history and model development, with many race cars on display.

As soon as you enter, you are greeted with an acknowledgement to the current Ferrari Formula 1 drivers, as well as support for Michael Schumacher's recovery.

The foyer area also demonstrates the evolution of wind tunnel models...

... as well as some obligatory engine porn.

As you enter the museum, you are presented with notable early race cars, all the way to the Formula 1 models of the modern era.

Next, there's a room of very special concepts and road-going models.

The Ferrari TheFerrari...

The first (and probably only) FXXK that I've seen in real life.

Moving on, we entered a room containing classics...

... as well as the awesome F40 LM.

To throw a spanner in the works, here's Ferrari's oddity - the FF.

The memorabilia was interesting and fascinating too, from steering wheels to under-bodies and diffusers.

Finally, there is a hall of legends that celebrates Ferrari's Formula 1 victories and the drivers that achieved those wins. All the championship winning cars are lined up.

And there's a trophy cabinet with the helmets of Formula 1 champions.

More pictures can be seen here.

We also went on a "tour of the factory and Fiorano test track". The reason I have used quotation marks is because this tour consisted of a bus ride around the grounds of the factory and around the outside of the track, and not actually on the track. This tour was completely unlike other car factory tours where you are guided and shown the manufacturing process. Ferrari are so secretive that the tour was as good as standing outside the factory fence and looking in. In my opinion, this tour is not worth the money. Just enjoy the Ferrari museums.