When Enzo Ferrari put a black prancing horse on a canary yellow background, the most famous and successful team in the entire history of Formula 1 racing was born. Scuderia Ferrari turns 90 this year. And as nine decades are certainly worth celebrating, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, marks the milestone with the opening of a major exhibition called “90 Years”. Additionally, F1 cars can be credited with shaping the marque’s technological evolution in road-cars, which is why the museum is simultaneously staging a second exhibition “Hypercars”. There’s a reason many kids had a Ferrari poster on their wall. These magnificent steeds in their flamboyant red (rosso corsa) represent the best Prancing Horses ever to roll out of Maranello. Founded in the November of 1929, Scuderia Ferrari has produced scores of winning machines over the decades. It all started with the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider that raced at Le Mans in 1932. This Alfa Romeo is also the first car of the “90 Years” exhibition. The timeframe continues with many motorcars, all bearing testimony to the brand’s winning legacy, hard-fought races and gentlemen drivers.
This exhibition traces Scuderia Ferrari’s momentous year all the way until last season’s SF71H. Encapsulating Ferrari’s passion for Grand Prix racing is the 500 F2, which accorded Alberto Ascari two world titles in a row. Alongside, other unforgettable single-seaters showcased include the D50, Dino 246F1 and 156 F1. Another notable, and historic car, is the 312T that Niki Lauda drove when he won his first F1 championship. Besides these, Michael Schumacher’s final World Champion-winning F2004 is also on show.
The “Hypercars” exhibition is equally enthralling. Here, the Maranello-based Museum is staging limited-series cars, one-offs and special editions that honour Ferrari’s many landmark advancements and technological progress in the sector. The celebration of these road-going cars starts off with the iconic 1984 GTO. Visitors can also witness the famous F40, which marked the company’s 40th birth anniversary, the awe-inspiring 1955 F50, and the 2002 Ferrari Enzo.There is also the very sophisticated Ferrari P80/C design static model, the latest product of the One-Off programme that allows owners to create their own unique version of an existing model. Ferrari has also created a special room in the museum where buyers can customise their new Ferraris with the choicest selection of colour palettes, fabric swatches and leather samples.
Both exhibitions will be running until May 2020. For further details, visit www.musei.ferrari.com