Ferrari Factory Tour

After sampling the magnificent 612 Scaglietti,
Automobile Magazine's senior editor Joe Lorio
got a tour of the place where dreams are built,
the company's gleaming plant in Maranello.

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1. Aluminum ingots stacked up at the foundry, where they will be melted down to make Ferrari and Maserati engine blocks and heads.

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2. Sand castings are used to form the engine parts.

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3. Maserati V-8 cylinder heads are wheeled out of the sandblasting furnace.

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4. Although the sign says "12-cylinder team," in fact, both V-8 and V-12 cars are assembled on this line, as is evidenced by the 360 Modena. Only V-8 cars are built on the 8-cylinder line. Ferrari production is 75 percent V-8, 25 percent V-12.

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5. Ferrari V-8 engines on stands awaiting testing. All engines are tested, and all cars are test-driven both on the test track and on local roads.

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