On the roundabout, at the intersection between Via Claudia and Via Giardini, stands a Prancing Horse. It is three meters high, shaped in sheet metal, illuminated by night with variable colored LEDs. To achieve this sculpture, its creators, Fabrizio Magnani and Alberto Poggioli, based their work on both the initial bi-dimension model, as well as the shapes of horses in flesh and blood. Inaugurated in 2017, today it is the “business card” for those entering the center of Maranello.
Before becoming a symbol of Ferrari, the Prancing Horse was the symbol of Francesco Baracca, an aviator from Lugo a gold medalist during World War I, shot down in flight in 1918. Baracca had it painted on the cockpit of his airplane, with its tail pointed down and its mane flying in the wind.
In 1923, Enzo Ferrari was in Ravenna as a pilot, where he raced and won the first circuit of Savio. On this occasion, he met the Counts Baracca, the aviator’s parents. It was the same Countess Paolina who suggested he put his son’s Prancing Horse on his cars. “For good luck”, she said.
Over the years, the only changes that Enzo Ferrari brought to the symbol were the yellow background, the color of Modena, and the upward-pointing tail. The Horse made its first appearance in 1932 on the cars of the Scuderia Ferrari – the racing division – founded in Modena in 1929 and affiliated with Alfa Romeo.
When Enzo Ferrari decided to open his automobile manufacturing company, Alfa Romeo prohibited him for five years to use his name and the Horse on the new cars. Both reappeared only in 1947 on the Ferrari Spyder 125 S: the first real Ferrari with the “Cavallino” to exit the gates of the factory in Maranello.
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