FEATURES: Ferrari Factory Tour

By Automobile Magazine - April 21, 2004
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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6. The Ferrari Enzo has a special production line, behind which is the area where seats and pedals are custom-fit to owner's specifications. The Enzo's 399-car production run will be completed in June.

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7. Because engines are installed at the back of the first assembly station, front-engine cars travel backwards down the line, while mid-engine cars face forward.

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8. The aluminum bodies for the 612 Scaglietti and the 360 Modena are built at Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Modena. Every car is hand-smoothed and hand-finished.

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9. The dimensions of the doors are hand-checked. (Note the prancing horses on the yellow work table.)

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10. A robot checks the dimensions of the body at 893 points. 50 percent of 612 Scaglietti bodies are checked; versus 10 percent of 360 Modenas (which has been in production longer).

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