The Museum is at Dino Ferrari 43 in Maranello, around 18 km from Modena, and just a stone’s throw from the Ferrari factory complex anThe Museum in Maranello has several areas: the permanent section with the Victory Hall, where you can find all the F1 cars World Championship the Scuderia Ferrari has won since 1999, the trophies and the World Champions history and the section dedicated to Formula 1 with the historical cars as well as the “pitwall”, to see where Marco Mattiacci and the engineers work during the Grands Prix. Here you can follow a lap of the race with all the relevant data collected to discover how telemetry works in Formula 1.
The Museum also offers a cinema, where extraordinary and unique films are shown.
In the area dedicated to temporary shows one big exhibition can be seen: California Dreaming.
To coincide with the recent launch of the California T at the Geneva motor show and the sixtieth anniversary of Ferrari’s presence in the USA, the Museum has put on a show with a real Stars and Stripes feel to it. And one can really live the dream! It takes up five halls, alongside the imposing amphitheatre that houses the Formula 1 cars, each one with its own unique theme.
The first hall, on the ground floor, is given over to racing with a recreation of the Laguna Seca circuit, featuring the famous and vertiginous Corkscrew turn. Among the single-seaters on display, the 312 used by American legend Mario Andretti, the 156 which America’s Phil Hill drove to the World title, the T4 driven by Canada’s Gilles Villeneuve and even, a truly outstanding attraction, the 375 transformed for Alberto Ascari to drive in the 1952 Indianapolis 500. Still on the American theme, the Ferrari Indycar built in the 80s although never used, but which gave rise to the Alfa Romeo built on a Lola chassis, which sits alongside it in Maranello.
In the second wing of this first hall, there are surprises aplenty. First of all, you bump into Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, standing next to their actual Yamaha and Ducati bikes with which they had an exciting duel at the very same Corkscrew turn. Then one has the opportunity to admire very rare Ferraris, such as the monstrous 712 Can Am car, built for the eponymous North American series in 1971, the very successful 333 SP and the beautiful 330 P sports prototype that won the World Championship for Makes, to name but a few. Leaving this hall via a Hollywood-style red carpet, one crosses the hall featuring Ferraris in film, which also celebrates many Italian Oscar winners and then emerges right in the middle of Los Angeles. Here, between Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills one can see, one in front of the other, the famous California from the Fifties and the new T, thus taking in 60 years of style in one glance. On display around them, cars with a strong American flavour, such as the 275 GTB4 NART, which sold at a recent auction for 25 million dollars, and the true classics, the 250 America, Spider Pininfarina and SA Aperta. Leaving the neon signs of Los Angeles behind, one is met with a truly stunning scene: the large hall opened last year has been transformed into a golf course, with greens, players and a smell of newly-mown grass. We have landed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, surrounded by really incredible cars, just like at the event itself.
There are some amazing classics, the 500 Superfast, 330 America and the 400 Superamerica, produced for the American market. Alongside them, there are some real finds such as the Ferrari transformed into a “Burano” for the film “The Racers,” starring Kirk Douglas, which really took part in the 1000 Miglia, so as to be filmed racing; the Thomassima, a 250 GT inspired by the P4 and designed by the brilliant American designer Tom Meade and, maybe even more inspired and amazing in its lines, the Testa d’Oro, from Swiss style genius Colani, based on a Testarossa chassis. The final hall plunges visitors into the technological world of Silicon Valley. Here one can see the many technical innovations created by Ferrari starting with the steering wheel-computer from the Schumacher era, to the F1-style steering wheel mounted gear change, to carbon-ceramic brakes, the new generation of turbo engines and last but not least naturally, the LaFerrari supercar, which is displayed in a very unusual manner: in a completely dark room it is lit with ultraviolet Wood’s lights, which emphasise the shapes as if seeing the original sketches.
The engine is treated the same way, shown in its component form so that one can appreciate its technology, especially the KERS and the complete hybrid system. To spread the word about the exhibition and show one’s friends, visitors are invited to take photos and be photographed, posting them with the hashtag #MuseoFerrariMaranello. The most interesting ones will be published in the end of year edition of the Ferrari Magazine and the photographers will be receive a copy of the magazine as a prize. The museum, as well as the Enzo Ferrari one in Modena, is open every day.
Furthermore, since May 2013 the museum in Maranello offers a new wing with over 1,000 square metres, including also the area with the Formula 1 simulators as well as the new meeting and convention area, which can be used by companies during the normal opening hours or in the evenings for private gatherings.
Here are the cars in exhibition
1951 166 Inter Berlinetta Touring
1952 212 Export Barchetta
1960 400 Superamerica
1961 Ferrari 156 F1
1961 250 California Passo
1963 330 America
1964 500 Superfast
1964 330 P
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB4
1968 365 GTB4
1969 Thomassima III
1970 Ferrari 512 M
1971 365 GTB/4 Comp. Gr.4
1971 312 B2
1971 712 Can Am
1972 Dino 246 GTS
1974 308 GT4 LM
1976 512 BB
1979 312 T4
1986 Ferrari Tipo 637 Formula CART
1989 F40 LM Competizione
1991 Colani Testa D’Oro
1991 Lola T91 Alfa Romeo Cart
1995 F355 Challenge
1999 333 SP
1999 Ferrari F1 F399 (World Constructors’ Champion)
1999 360 Modena aluminium prototype
2000 Ferrari F1-2000 (World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Champion)
2000 550 Barchetta PF
2001 Ferrari F1 F2001 (World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Champion)
2002 Ferrari F1 F2002 (World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Champion)
2003 Ferrari F1 F2003-GA (World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Champion)
2004 Ferrari F1 F2004 (World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Champion)
2007 Ferrari F1 F2007 (World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Champion)
2008 Ferrari F1 F2008 (World Constructors’ Champion)
2009 Ferrari F60
2010 SA Aperta
2011 Ferrari 458 GT2
2012 Ferrari LaFerrari – final styling mock-up
2012 F12 mechanised aluminium chassis
2013 La Ferrari styling mock-up
2014 California T