Supercars Ferrari


Text: Jacky FAVRE - Photos: Christelle SOMMEREISEN - Jacky FAVRE

Although you could see that my trip to Maranello in September 2013 was more than beneficial in this report, it should not be forgotten as long as it was organized in order to see the exhibition Supercars Ferrari at the Museo Ferrari.

As we have discovered during our last visit, the Museo is undergoing a metamorphosis. It gets a makeover since it lost the name Galleria. But it have extended a new room that I invite you to discover immediately with an original exhibition that I personally enjoyed: Mules development accompanied by demonstrators cars of the brand.

Begin with the F355 World Tour which went around the world in 1997 at the hands of more than a hundred journalists from everywhere in the world.

It will take more than 8 years to see a new marketing event designed to address the Chinese market. This is the 612 Scaglietti, or rather two 612 China Tour that will cross the country covering over 20 000km and peaking (especially in Tibet, more than 5 200 m altitude). Apart from a raised ground clearance and protection headlight, the car is original.

In 2006, change of continent since this time two 599GTB Fiorano cover over 30 000km on the roads of the Panamericana to reach New York.

And finally, in 2008 two new 612 Scaglietti for Indian Tour visited 13 000km in the heart of India to promote the brand in this emerging market.

Other vehicles in this new room are vehicles to look more or less surprising. These vehicles are usually kept developing secretly at the bottom of a shed. Yet they are very interesting because they reflect the search for Ferrari to its future vehicles, and the means to do so discreetly. Indeed, today it is very hard to protect themselves from photographers who are looking for any prototype around the plant, as we did in 2012.

Start with 599 HY-KERS we have already seen in Geneva in 2010, but this time decked out in two large nostrils on the bonnet. Here's what Ferrari tells us about this model: "After being presented at International Motor Shows, the vehicle was used in experimental development to test the main electric machine (electric motor) paired with a dual-clutch transmission. Compared with the original bodywork of the 599 GTB Fiorano, the engine compartment lid has been modified to reflect the changes in the cooling system needed for the Hy-Kers system. This system has been designed to be used on vehicles with front and rear engines."

The second vehicle might look like a simple 360 Modena Spider, yet it is a mule for wheelbase development "Dual-Frame". "This was based on an F360, where a passenger compartment based on the F50 and suspended on elastic blocks weres added. The aim of the experiment was to combine an extremely rigid chassis-load-bearing engine unit, with a passenger compartment insulated from the effects of noise and vibrations. The project was shelved because the results did not meet up to expectations. Work was carried out on the two prototypes, one with a V12 engine, between 2000 and 2005 with a number of long road tests."

The following is almost visually a production car except ... the two large bumps on the hood. Some journalists had at the time, announced the return to the turbos, but it is actually a development of suspensions. "The chassis of this 612 Scaglietti has been designed and built to house the new concept suspension of the present Ferrari range. The bumps on the lid are due to the need to reposition the engine intake filter boxes to house the front shock absorber attachments required by the new suspension geometry. Today, the whole Ferrari range uses a system that has been experimented on various tracks including the classic Nurburgring."

The next propotyp is called F140 M1. Engine mules."Based on a 348 chassis with a 13 centimeter longer wheelbase to house the V8 engine of the 360 with a longitudinally-positioned gearbox instead of the transverse one of the 348. The same lengthened chassis was used for the first roller bench testing of the Enzo V12 engine. Lately, it has been used for tests on the recently manufactured V8 engine. The rear panels of the bodywork have quick fastenings to make it easier to access the mechanics."

Finally, most recently, as seen in 2012 on the road: a mule of the F150, LaFerrari. This one (called M8) looks more like a 458 Italia extended and covered with black plastic. "This is one of the hybrid power train development mules used to create “LaFerrari”. Based on a specially modified F458, the V12 Hy Kers power train was installed complete with two high voltage battery electric machines, power and control electronics and cooling systems. The 2650 mm wheelbase is the same as the LaFerrari. The result was achieved by redesigning the whole of the rear in terms of chassis, fuel tank and systems without modifying the volume of the bodywork. The camouflage, which is deliberately ugly and obviously unfinished, has been added to make it difficult to understand exactly what work is being done on which vehicle. Fernando Alonso helped with the whole cycle of “LaFerrari” tests."

Move to the next theme in the room "Cinema" which paid tribute to Steve McQueen. Firstable the 512 M of 1970, which appears in the movie "Le Mans".

Then this gorgeous 275 GTB / 4. Steve McQueen had bought the car while filming the movie "Bullit" in 1968. Since it has been restored by Ferrari Classiche.

Attack the heart of the subject with the famous exhibition "Ferrari Supercars." Upon entering we were greeted by the 333SP. (Note that the presentation wall begins to have weaknesses).

I deliberately choose to come a few days before the end of this show, but I do not expect much change cars compared to the original program! Indeed, no more 250 Breadvan, 250 GTO 64 or FXX. But my essential was still there. Whew!

instead of the Breadvan, I found this 250 GT SWB.

And at the place of the '64GTO, this 1956 250 GT TDF.

The second 250 LM Stradale formalized by the factory, despite whether it is a conversion. (The first single built with the rear window was seen at the Villa d'Este this year).

If the '64 is no longer there, the 1962 250 GTO owned by Brandon Wang is still present. This car is present almost every year at Sport & Collection, I did so not too off on it, although it remains a myth!

Besides this 599XX Evo presentation version of Bologna Motor Show. It foreshadowed changes to the 599 XX program with a new aero kit (front splitter and rear spoiler) and some mechanical changes.

But the one that brought me could well be the ancestor of the XX. Here is one of six 288 GTO Evoluzione produced. # 70205 is the third and final copy of the first series (there were two sets). This machine has a bodybuilded look is the racing version of the 288 GTO, developed to run in Group B. Unfortunately the tragedies that occurred in Rally were right to the discipline, and cars have never competed. Of the six specimens, three are in the UK, one in Japan, one would be with the Sultan of Brunei and this one belongs to Ferrari.

Not knowing when will the next meeting, I allowed myself to take the maximum of pictures, and share them to you . View with F40LM at the background has just amazing to me. Parentage is obvious between these two racing machines.

F40 LM, although quite rare is often seen in Sport & Collection. So nothing new for me. For the perfect line, he lacked the F50 GT, but a return one of 3 existing copies must not be obvious.

The floor was laid for five modern Supercars Ferrari. This part alone deserved a kick in Maranello.

Start with the 288 GTO. (Again, I take the rarity of the model for the full details). A link is made with Formula 1 at the time. The GTO is associated with the 1981 126 C F1.

The F40 is also related to the F1 126 C because the architecture has remained the same until 1985. Although F1 has evolved (126CK, 126C1, 126C2 and 126C3).

F50 returns to the V12, recalling the F1 90. The shift is due to the design time of the F50. It was not possible to adapt the technology of 1995 F1 on the F50, the design took several years.

Enzo and the heyday Schumacher accompanied by the F1 2002.

The relationship between racing and the series is now with to small parts comparisons. Here the brakes of a 599GTB, a Enzo and a LaFerrari ...

... Formula 1 gearbox and GT one's...

... Finally, a Enzo wheel with a FXX one and two handwheels of F1 but different time.

I spoke about five Supercars. After the 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo, here is the first play of the last part of the report: LaFerrari. We are facing a clay model having two different studies on the same model. Indeed, the two sides are slightly different. You can see the working method. The block of clay is first machined by a milling cutter, then smoothing has done manually. The clay has the advantage of well take time and can be painted.

Then we enter the last room of the Museo (room victories was temporarily closed). A model (not a car yet) is presented on a turntable.

The cockpit is detailed with another model representing only the cockpit. A seat was also visible at side.

Here is the technical part of the engine and its HY-KERS system. I did not think Ferrari would introduce so all these elements. It's really beautiful.

All over the walls has presented the work done, and also the key engeneers of the F150 project.

Developing prototypes of style.

And all study style chapiter. During the studies, several ideas are tailored to the end take the best of each and arrive at what must be the Ferrari perfection. We can see that the final five projects, two are signed Pininfarina, and three by Ferrari Design center style.

Several studies are made at scale 1. Here is the "Manta". It already offers spoiler. hanging at the front and a blank worked.

The other model is called "Tensostruttura" and has two different sides. We realize that the right side is very close to the final LaFerrari.

Just came home with stars in their eyes, we have just a haste: COME BACK!

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