Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, Enzo Ferrari, learned the fundamentals of metalwork as a child in his father’s foundry. At the age of 10, he decided he wanted to become a racing car driver. He went on to found the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix team and decided to manufacture his own brand of car after their sponsor, Alfa Romeo, pulled out.
His legacy at the Maranello factory (which opened in 1943) is still going strong today, combining modern technology and techniques with time-honoured crafts, following a two-million-euro refurbishment of the production line.
Ferrari engine components
It’s an intricate process producing a Ferrari engine. Billets containing a special alloy – including 7% silicon and a trace of iron – arrive on palettes and a sample is moulded into a rod to test its tensile strength in a machine.
The liquid is poured into casting moulds manufactured from sand and resins, entering at 720°C and then cooled through a controlled process. The parts are hand-finished.
Popular Ferrari engines
The most commonly-used Ferrari engines are the V8 and V12 models. The V8 is a V-configuration, eight-cylinder engine. The cylinders are mounted on the crankcase in sets of four and all eight pistons drive a common crankshaft.
The V12 is a V-configuration engine, with 12 cylinders mounted on the crankcase in sets of six. All 12 pistons drive a common crankshaft. Both models are manufactured at the state-of-the-art Maranello plant.
Driving a Ferrari
Driving a Ferrari is on the bucket list of many – every motoring correspondent views driving a Ferrari as a rite of passage!
Especially popular is the California T, with its turbocharged engine. The 3.9-litre, punchy 552bhp engine offers a razor-sharp response and is dramatically quick. Plus, you can seamlessly flick it from manual into automatic mode: the ultimate supercar with a top speed of 196mph.
Formula 1 Ferrari
The Ferrari Formula 1 team, launched by Enzo Ferrari in 1950, has gone from strength to strength. Unveiled at the Italian team’s Fiorano circuit in February, this year’s car is the SF70H
New rules have made the cars considerably quicker than last year, so Ferrari has designed the right balance between aerodynamic resistance (drag) and downforce on the SF70H. Its arrow-shaped front wing and lengthened nose are a consequence of the new regulations, as are the complex aero appendages on the sidepods.
This year’s drivers – four-time F1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel, from Germany and Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion from Finland – are aiming to better Ferrari’s third place in the 2016 constructors’ championship. Even the hubs and wheel nuts have been redesigned to speed up wheel changes during the pit stops!
Pipecraft and Ferrari
Ferrari dealer, Joe Macari, has been selling, servicing and racing Ferrari and Maserati cars for more than 15 years. His prestigious London showroom is popular among supercar enthusiasts who flock to buy his top-of-the-range models, including the Ferrari 275 GTS that retails at more than £1.5 million.
Joe appointed Pipecraft’s tube bending division to produce a stunning Ferrari table, which was admired by many visitors when it went on display at the London Excel Classic Car Show. Production of the table, built on a genuine Ferrari motor, drew upon Pipecraft’s extensive tube bending skills and expertise.
Turning the exhaust manifolds upside down to support the glass table resulted in a truly bespoke work of art. Joe was so pleased with the table that he has placed an order with Pipecraft for another seven tables, using engines from various Ferrari models.