The research on prototypes at the “Dino Ferrari” Institute

In 1998 the Ferrari Institute won the ENEA award, one of many achievements in the field of research on prototypes, which the school represents.

In 1998, the “Dino Ferrari” Institute won its first award in the field of research and development of prototypes. It is a fertile sector, where students from Maranello have been active for years with various work groups led by their teachers.

This recognition received in 1998 is the ENEA prize, won by the Trans-European: the first electric vehicle rally across Europe, 1,300 km from Brussels to Monte Carlo. The six prototypes with that Maranello presented were created – and driven – by the students themselves.

In 1995, the school had already presented the prototype Oxiana 1 at the Motore 2000 exhibition in Milan. The pieces of Oxiana 1 were then used to build Oxiana 2, a solar-electric hybrid with photovoltaic panels on the body, which was test driven on the border between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

In 1996, however, the school had provided the only European team admitted to World Solar Cycle Challenge: a 3,600 km track through the middle of the Australian desert with prototypes of solar vehicles. The model presented by the students of Maranello, with a bodywork made of balsa wood, was named Pinocchio and inspired by the first electric car concept in history, the Jamais Contente of 1899.

After winning the ENEA award, the Institute tallied more accolades and experiences. In 2000, the school won the CNR INVFactor award thanks to the light tricycle Fuell Buster, and in 2012, its prototype Celerifero took first place in Job Orienta, an initiative promoted by the Ministry of Education, University and Research. Between 2010 and 2012, they also participated in the Shell Eco Marathon organized in Germany and Holland. Here, the school brought to the track the prototypes Virgil and Virgil Whale, the second with a particular whale-shaped body.

Finally, the long association with the N.A.C. in Sakahogi finally produced its results in terms of prototypes. Among these, there is the MULO SYSTEM: a four-wheeled cycle vehicle tested on road from Rome to Maranello. It was mentioned in the magazines Wired and L’Espresso, and received an acknowledgement from the Well Tech Award in Milan.

 

Bibliography

Aavv, “A. Ferrari 50, 1963 – 2013, Istituto Tecnico e professionale”, 2013, IPSIA Maranello