The tour at Ferrari Museums in Maranello and Modena is a unique experience for any teenager. Then you can imagine how it is if this teenager is passionate about motors.
So, what’s better than let Matteo Monticone, my 13 years old nephew, tell about the tour at Ferrari Museums and his experience? It’s his turn.
I am going to choose the high school to attend, so in this period I’m trying to take up among my passions and my interests: I search for a profession or a work area which can give me satisfactions in the future besides be good for my skills.
I don’t search for an occupation to earn my living (which is a necessary and certainly honourable thing) but I would live thanks to my passions which will be never a burden since they are precisely passions.
My biggest passions are cars and technologies around them.
Of course I particularly love the variants, the elaborations, the modifications and all those operations which turn a special thing into an exceptional one.
Passions and professions by Matteo’s point of view
I’m not attracted by the driver profession, despite what people can easily think about a teenager like me. According to me, to be a driver involves sacrifices like always travelling around all over the world (I think this is not much consistent with the idea of a family) besides involving more risks.
Instead I am interested in the development of technology and in the idea of realizing a new car model which will pushing ahead the progress, will defeat limits and will give honour to the car manufacturer.
After this short presentation, you will realize that I am not a person who is satisfied with, so I had started my research from a trip to Maranello: it’s Italian, it’s the car par excellence, it’s a dream and it contains inside itself the best that technology can offer. In one word…it’s FERRARI.
So, to me the tour at Ferrari Museum is a very good starting point.
Just arrived to Maranello, in the hinterland of Modena, the first thing you can realize it’s the great quantity of Ferrari cars parked in the streets.
Actually, there are many linked industries hiring several types of Ferrari cars for a lap or a practice.
Just entered the Ferrari Museum you are welcomed by the reconstruction of a pit wall.
Here you realize how telemetry have revolutionized the running of a race, moving and increasing the functions of some instruments’ monitoring parameters which before were inside the car, from the driver to his team. Everything needs many specific skills beyond the car and its driver.
The pit wall made recall me the control room of the mission to the moon which I have seen at Kennedy Space Center. Then you are welcomed in a room entirely dedicated to F1. Here you can find all sorts of Ferrari F1 cars from the 1940s to 2011. They are enriched by explanations and matters of curiosities about the evolution of each detail: why the rear spoiler or the front one have a certain shape and why they were realized to deflect the air and make it arrive on the tyres in a certain way
Technical solutions and matters of curiosities
Keep going with the tour we meet the first 4×4 car thought and realized by Mauro Forghieri: it makes almost smile the technical solution of an engine not in axis with the car to allow the passage of the transmission shaft keeping anyway the low barycentre.
If I think that today the 4×4 is going to become fashion on all sorts of cars even those ones which needn’t it and that this engineer realized this model in 1987…here it is what it means to be a precursor.
A matter of curiosity: Mr. Forghieri would have dedicated to planes but it was introduced into Ferrari world almost “by chance” and he was the first one to introduce the spoiler on the F1 cars, changing their aspect forever.
The Trophy Room of the Ferrari Museum
The tour at Ferrari Museums continues and we go into the “trophy room”. Excited and thrilled. Without seem blasphemous it is like going into a temple, you breathe a holy atmosphere: hundreds, maybe thousands of men and minds have faced and won challenges against the forces of nature, against the cars’ limits and against many competitors to gain these victories. They hand down to generations the most important of the witnesses : knowledge and experience. Of course, trophies are accompanied by the F1 cars which won them.
Trophies were so many that they didn’t stayed in the camera of my mobile phones!!!
The explanation I found more delightful is certainly that one about Kers: the Kinetic Energy Recovery System during braking. I have already heard mention many times but seeing it in front of me finally made me understand how this system works (it is going to arrive from F1 to the production cars, too).
The room I enjoyed most it was the one-off room, a room where there are the copies of some Ferrari which people (definitely rich also for the average of Ferrari customer) made realized and personalized with also structural modifications. People start from a model on the market and then realize another one as a “unique model”. If you think that to have got a Ferrari isn’t enough to distinguish yourself…you need a One-Off!
At the end of the tour we didn’t resist so we took a photo onboard a Ferrari California (it costs 20€, not exactly low-cost!) and then we had lunch
A quick and cheap lunch but very good which we enjoyed thanks to the photo onboard the Ferrari California.
Enzo Ferrari Museum
After had lunch we went to Modena: the tour at Ferrari Museum isn’t complete without visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum. It’s the first garage of Enzo which was readjusted to Engine Museum: next to his home a very big pavilion was built where you can go over the history of the brand through many “road” models. Very interesting.
This was my tour at Ferrari Museums. I loved them and I recommend this tour to all young people and to all people who have a weakness for the motors and for all these luxury sports cars.
To end the day brilliantly we went visit the Duomo of Modena. Actually, my dad obliged me to do it: he said to me that since we were so closed it would be a pity not to visit the old town centre of this town.
Useful tips for the tour at Ferrari Museums:
- Admittance to the two Ferrari Museums is 26€ for adults and it’s open date,
- There’s a 4 Euros off compared to the purchase of the two separate museums,
- The two museums are 20km far from each other. You can do many additional activities: tour at the factory and on the track, simulators, pit stops at not exactly low cost prices.
Did you like my post? Let me know it in the comments. Who knows, maybe I can be taken in again by my aunt to tell you about some new experience!