It’s a given that car enthusiasts will flock to the Enzo Ferrari Museum, but the museum itself, with is aluminum skin and geothermal wells, is cool enough to draw the eye of anyone interested in architecture or design.
In 2004, the city of Modena wanted to honor its greatest resident, Ferrari. They contracted Czech architect Jan Kaplický, founder of Future Systems to design a museum for Enzo. Eight years and $17.6 million dollars (€14.2 million) later, we have the finished article.
The museum is built in two parts: there is Enzo Ferrari’s family home and adjoined workshop, as well as the new building enveloping the old structure. Architect Magazine notes that it is amazing how well everything goes together.
Its bulging crest is slit by 10 protruding gills, evoking the molded metal skin and air vents of car bodies without making literal reference to them. Despite the new structure’s extroverted form, color, and technology, Kaplický conceived it as a passive addition, like an open hand protecting the L-shaped complex of original buildings. It is parked discretely, like a very expensive car, in the background.
That 3,300-square-meter (35,521-square-foot) roof is constructed with the shipbuilding technique of tongue-in-groove joinery, a favorite style of Kaplický. The whole structure is supported by a vaulted metal spaceframe, not unlike many of Ferrari’s older racecars. It gave the whole building enough strength to survive this year’s earthquake in the region with ease.
The building gets significantly more technical with its energy-saving, rippling glazed glass façade, as Architect Magazine explains further.
Here the technology reaches its apex with the glass panels tilting 12.5 degrees inward as they rise, attached at their corners to a custom-designed joint that, on the interior surface, slips around a vertical, pre-tensioned steel cable, like those used on suspension bridges. On the exterior, the same joint sustains rows of black aluminum louvers that help reduce glare.
The benefit of this massive vaulted roof and spans of glass is that the museum enjoys a massive and bright interior hall. The effect is magnified by the slope of the floor, which falls 5 meters (16.4 feet) from front to rear. The slope also exposes a cutout ground-level floor, housing a conference room and a small theater.
Architect Magazine explains that the dominant feature of the museum, however, are the 19 cars set up in the churchlike hall.
The constant slope helps to offset the podia for the 19 automobiles on display (the exhibition will be changed periodically with loans from private collections). Each car has been set on a rectangular plate balanced on a half-meter-high drum so that they do not appear to be parked but indeed resemble sculptures.
Still, we wouldn’t be surprised if many visitors were just as impressed by the building’s construction than the classic cars. The central display area is particularly well done, designed by Andrea Morgante of London’s Shiro-Studio, the architect in charge of the museum’s completion after Kaplický’s death in 2009.
He inserted majestic X-shaped steel braces on slender spider-leg poles beneath the timber beams of the shed for seismic protection (recently put to the test with the region’s earthquakes in early May). He divided the long room with a narrow technical chamber for multi-image projectors and hung off of it dozens of differently curved flanges, supposedly suggesting the pages of the biography of Enzo Ferrari, although they seem more like the rhythmic legs of a giant centipede.
This museum to Enzo Ferrari stands on its own as a fantastically forward-thinking building, but compare it to other noteworthy car museums and it jumps out as something spectacular. BMW, Mercedes, and Porschehave the most famous car museums in Europe, but they come off as sterile and somewhat brutal compared to Kaplický’s design.
The Ferrari museum is more effortless and more striking at the same time. It may even outdo the gorgeous “America’s Car Museum,” in Tacoma, Wash.
If we ever find ourselves in Italy, hell, anywhere in continental Europe, we think we’re going to have to make a pilgrimage to Modena to see this museum in the flesh. It’s awesome.
Ferrari likes to brand just about everything. That said, the two new lines of in-ear and over-ear headphones it’s introducing with Logic3’s help seem like more natural fits for the supercar brand than forother gadgets. The speed-loving elite will inevitably swing towards the Cavallino series’ premium materials and universal microphone remote. Us plebeians have to consider the more plastic-laden Scuderia range, which still manages to pack in some Formula 1 styling along with the remote control. Prices are high at $150 to $315 for the Scuderias, or $201 to $352 for high rollers eying the Cavallinos — but it’s hard to dispute that either series is much more likely to turn up at our houses than a hybrid Enzo.
We’re pretty sweet on the resurrected Fiat 500. The quirky little hatch is an engaging driver with adorable looks. It is not what we’d call fast, however – even the Fiat 500 Abarth just barely lands itself in “quick” territory.
Fortunately, there are hard-working souls out there willing to remedy the machine’s acceleration deficit. Lazzarini Design has done some measuring and discovered that, with a little body work, the 500 can play host to much more formidable powerplant. How formidable? The crew wants to yank the beating heart from the Ferrari 458 Italia and plop the 4.5-liter V8 behind the seats of cinquecento. You know, where the car gods intended the engine in the 500 to be.
These are clearly our kind of people.
But they aren’t entirely off their medication. The engine has been detuned from 570 horsepower to a more reasonable 550 hp. Lazzarini says the project actually stretches the 500 wheelbase by almost a foot in order to fit the engine and transmission safely aboard. The whole machine weighs in at 2,200 pounds, even with ballast on both front corners to keep the car planted. If you like what you see, the studio says it is currently looking for an investor to help build the machine. Lazzarini Design estimates the project will cost around $550,000. Check it out over at the Lazzarini site.
The record for the longest parade of Ferrari models was set back in 2007 when 385 examples lappedSilverstone at the same time. That record was broken with 490 cars sometime thereafter, but the Maranello automaker’s London-based unit is gearing up to shatter the record once again.
So far, Ferrrari North Europe has registered a whopping 600 cars to participate in the event during the Ferrari Racing Days event at Silverstone. That would be enough to take back the record on its own, but the organizers are hopping to attract another 400 participants over the next few months to make it a nice, round 1000 vehicles.
That’ll set the bar high enough when the event takes place on September 15, but to see what the previous run of 385 cars looks like, take a stroll through the high-resolution image gallery above.
What happens when you cross a prancing black stallion with a fire breathing dragon? You get the Ferrari 458 Italia China Limited Edition. The price was just revealed as anoutrageous $870,000, which a number of people can afford.
That’s $251,000 more than a normal 458 in China, but Ferrari will only build 20 of the dragon emblazoned cars, presumably for a handful of China’s most fun-loving captains of industry. Score one for capitalism!
The China Limited Edition’s release coincide’s with Ferrari’s 20th year in the semi-communist country, and the year of the dragon.
Each car will wear a coat of “Marco Polo Red,” as well as a decidedly badass dragon tatoo, er, hood decal. Perhaps they could have been painted a shade of “People’s Red,” but let’s face it, the proletariat’s plight reallyisn’t Maranello’s concern. They’ve also included gold dragon character embroidery on the seat headrests, as well as gold painted alloy wheels.
When I look at this car’s cool dragon hood decal, it makes me wonder if parts of this car were made in China. But then I realize that it’s time to divest myself of that Chinese-products-are-lame mentality. Even if there are Chinese-made components on the cars, that’s not necessarily a bad thing anymore.
China’s in the midst of a boom, and the fact that Ferrari and other luxury marques are doing well there shows it. Maranello produced two other special edition models for the Chinese market — 12 Ferrari 599 GTB China Limited Edition cars and a one-off Ferrari 599 GTB China Limited Edition, Porcelain Edition — and Aston Martin, Dartz, and Rolls-Royce are among others who have gotten in on the dragon decal fun.
The year of the dragon has been good for China, but we’re guessing there will be others. Ferrari’s 25th anniversary in China will be the year of the Rooster. We can think of a few people who might like a giant cock painted on a supercar’s hood.
Ferrari Classiche announced this past week they are in the process of returning a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 once owned by Steve McQueen back to factory condition. McQueen famously took delivery of the car while he was in San Francisco filming Bullitt.
After the car had left the King of Cool’s possession the car had its roof chopped off—perhaps when the owner was unable to track down one of the 10 cars that left Maranello as 275 GTB/4 NART Spyders. McQueen’s Ferrari recently changed hands and the cars new owner decided to return it to the factory to have its roof rebuilt.
The Ferrari Classiche department was opened in 2006 “specifically to provide restoration and maintenance services, technical assistance and Certificates of Authenticity to owners of classic Ferraris” It is located in a former Foundry building at Maranello where, according to Autoblog, they have dealt with 3300 classic Ferraris since opening.
We don’t know what is in store for McQueen’s 275 GTB/4 once it is returned to factory specification, but we can’t wait to see where it appears first.
A report in Car And Driver decrees that the final design for the successor to the Ferrari Enzo, which is being called by its internal code F70 for now, has been established. Whereas the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was a collaboration between Pininfarina and Ferrari’s in-house studio led by Flavio Manzoni, the F70 is the sole creation of the in-house team.
The designs that CD calls on to describe the F70’s so-called “three-arc” body are the Millechili concept of 2007, the Enzo-based P4/5 and F430-based P4/5 Competizione commissioned by James Glickenhaus, and the rear-end treatment of the Pagani Zonda. That appears to cover a lot of design ground, but it does fit the evolution of the line, namely in having a carbon fiber coupe whose width is emphasized and whose three-dimensional forms are reinforced by compact, filled-out forms with harder edges. The web site Carpassion.ithas rendered its take on the F70, and while it’s pretty ornate in a Speed Racer way it’s also pretty bleeping cool.
Within those forms are said to be active and passive aerodynamic aids, and complex airflow venting that begins as early as the headlight surrounds and that is being called “revolutionary” by Ferrari designers. Underneath, and no less revolutionary, will be a carbon fiber chassis that keeps weight down to roughly 2,650 pounds and a HY-KERS-equipped V12 that can motivate proceedings with something like 900 horsepower combined. With a promise that it will be seen this year, we should soon be able to get away from the mules and onto the masterpiece.
Ferrari’s oft-rumored replacement for the once unstoppable Ferrari Enzo supercar — sometimes called the Ferrari F70 — is the company’s chance to rip the mantle of world’s craziest car away from the Bugatti Veyron.
Early photos from Giorgio Dall’Olio of what purports to be an F70 mule seems to indicate that, yes, the Ferrari FXX project might heavily influence the next generation of Maranello PCP.
This photo comes courtesy of Greg23 over at FerrariChat. This looks to have been taken outside of the Ferrari HQ, or at least somewhere there are giant Ferrari banners on the wall (which doesn’t narrow it down in Italy).
As for what’s going on under all that body cladding we can only speculate. And speculate we shall, because no one will hold us to account for being wrong this far out and we’ll get to link back to this post in a year and gloat if we’re correct.
There’s no mystery to what the F70 name is trying to say: twin-turbo V8 at anywhere from 700 to 800 HP connected to a KERS-like system that boosts power an additional 100 prancing ponies.
Or a V12. Or a V10. Possibly an X16 to battle the Veyron’s W16. Think about it.
Ferrari has teamed up with Cobra Puma Golf to add its iconic prancing horse to a line of golfing equipment including bags, shoes and a Ferrari-red driver.
The Golf Luxury Bag and Luxury Duffel are both made of the same sumptuous Poltrana Frau leather found in Ferrari’s GTs and Ferrari’s leather golf shoe is handmade in Italy. There are also golf shirts and pants adorned with small, discrete prancing ponies and a black leather jacket with contrasting red zipper.
The crown jewel of the collection is the Ferrari driver. “The Ferrari Golf Collection Driver is a work of art,” said Tom Preece, Vice President of Research and Development at Cobra Puma Golf. “We worked with Ferrari engineers to create a truly impressive driver that reduces drag and delivers fast club head speed. This results in maximized distance in a beautiful driver. To add to the allure, the driver features a hand-stitched leather grip, a headcover made from genuine Ferrari leather, a premium Fujikura Motore Speeder Shaft and it is packaged up in a luxurious Ferrari Golf Collection Driver display box.”
While none of these are guaranteed to improve your game on the links, they most surely will improve golf-course fashion. Pricing is not yet available, but all items are expected to go on sale in July. For more information, check out the video and press release below, or at the official Ferrari Golf Collection website.