As we type, Top Gear’s Sir Driftalot - Chris Harris - is doing big smoky skids around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in the new 6.5-litre V12, 789bhp, 211mph 812 Superfast. But he’s not allowed to tell you anything about it until next Tuesday. So put that in your diary. Next Tuesday. Chris Harris. 812 Superfast.
But to tide you over with Ferrari goodness until then, we popped into Ferrari’s newly-renovated museum in Maranello to see what treats were tucked away.
If you didn’t know, this year is Ferrari’s 70th birthday. So the guys in Maranello gave the museum a lick of paint, a new extension and filled it with some of the rarest, fastest and loveliest Prancing Horses to come out of the factory for two brand new exhibitions.
The first, “Under the Skin”, is a collaboration between Ferrari and the London Design Museum. Together, they’ve pulled some of the oldest cars (including the first Ferrari, the 125 S), design models and technical drawings out of the archive to show the marque’s engineering development over the years.
The second exhibition, “Infinite Red”, celebrates 70 years of the brand with some of Maranello’s limited creations for track and road, including an incredible array of successful Formula One cars. Things like the 500 F2, the car that gave Alberto Ascari and Ferrari its first world drivers’ title in 1952. There’s the F2004, the Ferrari that won the most GPs in history (15, like the F2002) and concluded Michael Schumacher’s epic run of world titles. Finally, there’s the F2008, which won the World Constructors’ Championship.
Then there are the gorgeous GT cars which include a family of lush 250s, such as the 250 GT Berlinetta “Tdf”, which dominated races in the second half of the 1950s, its evolution the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, and an auctioneers favourite, the big, BIG money 250 GTO.
But don’t worry, millennials. Modern stuff hasn’t been kicked aside for the old boys, as there’s also an F50, the Enzo, a LaFerrari Aperta and FXX K.
Put simply, the museum is a load of gorgeously rare Ferraris in a room. And there’s nothing wrong with that. So, click through to take a look for yourself. And remember, next Tuesday. Ferrari 812. Be there.
Pictures: Mark Riccioni