Ok, I admit, it may seem strange to find an article on Enzo Ferrari in emotorsportnews, afterall, Signore Ferrari wasn’t known for achievements in the field of electric motorsports.
Still, you have to admire his racing legacy and, trying desperately to further justify my article posting, today’s Scuderia Ferrari are one of the teams running KERS in Formula One with Ferrari’s road car division working on bringing this and hybrid technology to the road.
Indeed, it’s anticipated that the successor to the Ferrari Enzo supercar that will be launched later this year may pack 800hp with KERS providing an additional 120hp boost!
With hybrid electric supercars already available and more coming from Ferrari rivals, I have no doubt that it’s only a matter of time before we see a hybrid/fully electric sportscar from Maranello, eventually the marketplace (or Ferrari’s traditional technology transfer from their racing programme to their road cars ) will demand it.
Laugh if you will but did you ever think you would see the day when there was no manual transmission available in Ferrari’s road cars and a 4-wheel drive hatchback (Ferrari FF) sporting the fabled Prancing Horse badge? Bring it on I say and let the traditionalists wail in protest!
Ok, I digress, back to the main reason for this piece. A couple of months ago I wrote an article regarding the planned opening this year in Modena, Italy of an official museum dedicated to the life of Enzo Ferrari.
For admirers of “il commendatore” and the company he founded, the wait is now over with the museum opening its doors to the public on March 10th.
“If you can dream it, you can do it” was one of Enzo Ferrari’s well known sayings and arguably one that best represented his philosophy and highlights a life with a passion for racing and the cars that bore his name.
The museum opens with an exhibition titled “The origins of the Myth” which not only looks at the story of Enzo Ferrari but also the development of the region including symbolic personalities, places and races. From the Modena Circuit to the Aerautodromo and the Mille Miglia; Scaglietti, Fantuzzi, and Stanguellini to Maserati and Pagani, De Tomaso and Alfa Romeo.
Piero Ferrari, Ferrari’s Vice-President and son of Enzo Ferrari will head-up the museum as Honorary President along with President Mauro Tedeschini and Director Adriana Zini. Piero Ferrari acknowledged his pride at seeing the opening of the museum dedicated to his father and his life’s work.
“This tribute to my father, who loved Modena profoundly, gives me immense pleasure. It provides an opportunity for anyone who wants to find out more about the man, his story and the link between the city and the world of engines. This new structure is perfectly complementary to the Ferrari Museum at Maranello, the other fundamental location in the life of my father.”
Visit the museum’s official website here, http://www.museocasaenzoferrari.it/en/