The Ferrari factory, a look behind the scenes

I’ve always loved cars so I’m very happy to be able to offer you a virtual tour of the Ferrari factory. Ferrari was founded in 1929 by Enzo Ferrari who, at the time, didn’t think the company would have such a success and didn’t even think we was going to produce more than one car. But, since 1947, the company has produced more cars than he would ever imagine. All the cars are hand-finished and continue to be produced custom to order in the Maranello Campus. Approximately 10 to 12 cars are being produced per day.

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The Ferrari factory is a legend and has been designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Over the year, it has been modernized, first in 1997 by company president Luca di Montezemolo. The team of designers, engineers, and technicians behind vehicle design work together at the ‘centro sviluppo prodotto’. Ferrari uses autodesk 3D modeling software during the long early phases of design development prior to prototyping.

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All designs are tested heavily in the wind tunnel. Originally designed by renzo piano, the wind tunnel features a custom ‘rolling road’ system, synchronized to wind speed,to minimize the boundary layer problem of air flow under the vehicle. different vehicle positions, such as roll, pitch, and yaw, can also be simulated in the facility. Every little detail can be personalized and clients and Ferrari representatives all work together in the atelier.

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Currently, the Ferrari company has a new goal: to produce the fastest hybrid car in the world. As, the company president says, “ecology is crucial for the future of the planet, and we are all busy in this direction. [nonetheless] working day and night to improve the ecology approach, Ferrari will never lose its characteristic [emphasis on the] emotion of driving, acceleration, freedom, and enjoyment.”{found on designboom}