The Fiorano racetrack
It was 1972. According to Enzo Ferrari, it was time to equip the Maranello factory with a track to test the cars boasting the Prancing Horse. After some searching, the most suitable area turned out to be a plot of land in the municipality of Fiorano. It was a convenient spot, and close by: bordering with Maranello and just a few miles from the Ferrari establishment. Furthermore, it was located in a rural setting, not many constructions, and thought psychologically better for the drivers and testers.
The track took shape in a short time: it is the circuit of Fiorano, still used today as an experimental track for Ferrari sports and GT cars. The track extends across more than 3 kilometers, with 14 curves and a chicane. Its shape is not casual, but it follows the characteristics of several European autodromes. A telemetry system provides all the information required to optimize the cars. A closed-circuit television system with 10 fixed cameras records the entire run of the car being tested. In addition, the racetrack is equipped with a special irrigation system that wets the track in just a few minutes, where then most of the water on the asphalt can be recuperated.
Ten years after the track was built, Enzo Ferrari received honorary citizenship from Fiorano for having made the city the right arm of his Maranello factory. Unfortunately, 1982 was also the year when one of the world’s leading Ferrari drivers died on the Zolder circuit: Gilles Villeneuve. A statue was erected in his memory that today stands at the entrance to the Fiorano racetrack.
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