Fiorano (Ferrari’s Test Track) Italy

Fiorano (Ferrari’s Test Track) Italy

Built in 1972, close to the Maranello plant, it was Enzo Ferrari’s own brainchild. An experimental track where Ferrari racing and GT cars are tested, as well being utilised by drivers for practice and by mechanics and the racing team for training. Being an experimental track it is very different from a racing circuit, due to its lack of spectators and the presence of only one car at a time on the track. The 3km circuit has been specifically designed to provide a true testing environment, and has an average speed for the course of 160 km/h and peaks of more than 290 km/h.

Located at the track and on display (just visible in the aerial shot, near the inner circuit buildings) is an ex-Italian Air Force F104 Starfighter (in red). It was gifted to Ferrari following the head-to-head acceleration race between Gilles Villeneuve in the 1981 F1 car and the Air Force’s fastest jet, the Starfighter. Just in case you are wondering, yes Gilles did win.

By Phil Clark

Built in 1972, close to the Maranello plant, it was Enzo Ferrari’s own brainchild. An experimental track where Ferrari racing and GT cars are tested, as well being utilised by drivers for practice and by mechanics and the racing team for training. Being an experimental track it is very different from a racing circuit, due to its lack of spectators and the presence of only one car at a time on the track. The 3km circuit has been specifically designed to provide a true testing environment, and has an average speed for the course of 160 km/h and peaks of more than 290 km/h.

Located at the track and on display (just visible in the aerial shot, near the inner circuit buildings) is an ex-Italian Air Force F104 Starfighter (in red). It was gifted to Ferrari following the head-to-head acceleration race between Gilles Villeneuve in the 1981 F1 car and the Air Force’s fastest jet, the Starfighter. Just in case you are wondering, yes Gilles did win.

By Phil Clark

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