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A Visit to the Ferrari Museum

My visit to the amazing Ferrari Museum at Maranello, Italy.

In 2016 I was lucky enough to visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy. Here are a few pictures I took on the day, I hope you’ll join me as I re-live my walk through!

Lots of parking right across the street, and here we go! This is looking back out from the entrance. The museum is just five minutes walk from the Ferrari factory.

And we’re in! It all looks very elegant so far.

Not a bad start. This black La Ferrari was the first I’d seen at the time. Preeeeeetttty nice 🙂

Turning the corner, the cars are dotted around.. nicely spaced out, and you can get up close to them for photos. LOTS of people though, you have to be a bit patient to get a clear shot at anything. Here’s a 550 Barchetta Pininfarina. Retro look!

Here’s the living room of a lovely 2005 V-12 Superamerica, which has a revolutionary hardtop/convertible roof. HItting 320km/h, the Superamerica was the fastest convertible IN THE WORLD in 2005.

This SA Aperta celebrated 80 years of Pininfarina design. A true roadster, this car had a light roof to be used only in adverse weather conditions. 6 Litre V-12, mounted up front! Oh, and 670hp.

Here’s a 2015 F12tdf, with 780hp from a 6.3litre V12. This was the first Ferrari to feature VSW (Virtual Short Wheelbase) which automatically steers the rear wheels to get greater agility and performance.

And an usually coloured F60 America. I like this, it’s just a little different..

You’re unlikely to encounter many of these in the wild. This is a track-only FXX-K, which you buy, but can’t take home. They are raced by specially selected clients and enthusiasts around the world. 1000hp+, they are used in a development role.

Oh wow.. here’s a beautiful La Ferrari! Petrol plus electric motors for a total of 963hp! The La Ferrari was a limited edition model made in 2013, and used a lot of Formula One technology of the day.

Next up was this stunning 458 Speciale A (for “aperta” or “open”). 605 hp from the 4.5litre V-8, it boasted sophisticated electronic drivers aids to tame the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated V-8.

Ever seen a Carbon-fibre Brake disc up close? Now you have! More Formula One derived technology, these are used on all Ferrari models.

The famous Enzo, a tribute to the late founder of Ferrari. These were built in 2002, using current F1 technology including Ceramic brakes. With it’s 6litre v-12 and 660hp, the Enzo was limited to a run of 399 cars. Rare then.. 1 More was made after.

Hey look, a 308! Hold on a minute though.. this is the VERY special and rare 288GTO, with a longitudinally mounted V-8 and twin turbochargers. With 400hp it was a BEAST back in 1984 when it was made. And still VERY beautiful..

Visually, most of the differences from a 308 are at the back end, which looks a bit weird when you have seen so many 308’s and 328’s. I would love to have a drive of one of these..

And here’s another legendary Ferrari of the 80’s, the fastest car ever built at the time.. the F40! 3 litres of twin-turbo V-8 and 478hp, the F40 was (and still is) a jaw-dropper with that huge rear wing and long, low nose. No carpets!

Although not as loved as the F40, the F50 was actually even closer to the Formula One cars of the time (1995). 520hp from a V-12 with 5 valves per cylinder and 4.7 litres. I think they look better than the F40, though.

Three legends in the one shot.. the 288GTO, F40 and F50. How many times would you get to see ANY of these, much less all three at once? And what do you think about the Ferrari motto behind the cars?

We’re going to step back into Ferrari history even further now.. MUCH further. This 125S was the very first Ferrari, built in 1947. It had a 1497cc V-12 and made 118hp 🙂 It took pole position at its first race, but didn’t finish. Here it starts!

Here’s the interior of the 125 S – not too bad for a race car!!

By 1979 race cars had come a long way. This 312 T4 (as driven by Nikki Lauda and Gilles Villeneuve) had a 3 litre V-12 with 515hp. It won 6 Formula One races that year.

I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside the Ferrari Factory, but here’s a pretty decent replica of Enzo’s old office across the road.

The very pretty 225 S was built in 1952 and had the (by now) legendary V-12 Columbo engine. They were built in Road and Race trim, and with and without a roof.

Ferrari dominated Formula One in 2000 with this car. The 3 litre V-10 made over 800hp and propelled the car to 10 wins from 17 starts. 2000 was the start of one of the most successful periods in F1 for Ferrari.

Ferrari was winning even more by 2004. 15 wins from 18 starts. This 2004 car produced 865 hp from the V10, which spun to 18,300rpm!! These cars are presented really beautifully.

Still winning in 2007 with 800hp, aero was starting to get a bit silly looking. Functionality prevailed over beauty, it seems. 9 wins though, from 17 starts, and now we can rev to 19,000rpm!

As you might expect, Ferrari have won a trophy or two over the years. Here is a small sample.

A quick stop for a sip of Ferrari’s fuel of choice before we enter the next room.

There are lots of engines on display here. This is a Formula One V10 .

Another amazing race car, the 512 M. 610hp from a 5 litre V-12, this car was a big advance from the previous 512 S, but wasn’t raced for very long as it was superceded by the 312.

This is the Gran Turisimo (not the game!) version of the 250LM. The racing version won the 1965 24 Le Mans, driven by the legendary Jochen Rindt.

Gee, that’s pretty! The 750 Monza was designed by Dino Ferrari (son of Enzo) and had a 3 litre 4-cylinder engine producing 260hp. This car was built in 1954! I think I’m in love.

This is a bit of alright too! A 458 Italia GTE, which won the World Endurance Championship 3 times in all, and twice won the 24 hour Le Mans.

Stupidly beautiful is this 1970 512 S “longtail”, which was developed for the 24 hour Le Mans race. It reached over 340km/h on the straight, pushed along by a 5 litre V12 with 550hp.

And this 1968 312 P, equipped with a 3 litre V-12, won the 12 hours of Sebring and 24 hours of Daytona races. The V12 was derived from the 312 Formula One engine, and was initially built with an open roof.

Here’s the end of the 312P that the majority of racers of the day would have been most familiar with. That’s just gorgeous!

This VERY pretty 166 MM was built in 1948! It won the MIlle Miglia race this year and the next. A V12 of 2Litres with 140hp powered this beauty!

In 1987 Ferrari made a race version of the amazing F40, namely this F40 LM to compete in the 24 hour Le Mans. It was more successful in the U.S. than in Europe.

Here’s an F355 Challenge from 1995.

Michael Schumachers last drive for Ferrari was in this 248 in 2006. 790hp from the 2.4litre V-8 – and 19,000 rpm!

This car was built in 1988 to compete in the American IndyCar/CART series, but was never raced. The exercise was a successful attempt to pressure the FIA into allowing manufacturers more control over engines in Formula One.

At the far end of this room are huge walls of the “Stars of Ferrari” – Drivers from the past, with a record of their accomplishments with Ferrari.

We’ll make our way out now, past some driving simulators, and exhibits like this detailed explanation of a Formula One steering wheel. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about this sort of thing in my daily!

We’re back at the entrance, and it’s time to leave, unfortunately.

The Ferrari Museum was a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend to anybody who is visiting Italy. The exhibits are all of a fantastic standard, and the museum is well thought out and extremely well maintained. I’ve only shown about half of the cars, and there is lots of Ferrari memorabilia and paraphernalia also. I loved every minute of my visit, and I hope you enjoyed this trip through my memories of it all.

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