In a move aimed at the many fans who flock to visit the Galleria Ferrari in Maranello every day, the Prancing Horse has thrown open the doors to the Fiorano Track, the Scuderia’s own circuit used for testing the Formula 1 and GT cars. Starting Tuesday 17th August 2010, visitors to the Galleria can take a tour of the track in a twenty-seater bus with a guide to explain its characteristics.
Until now the facility, located next to the factory, had been closed to the public, since it was created in 1972, according to the express wishes of Enzo Ferrari. The original layout is still in use, but an additional section has been added to make it faster and better adapted to modern F1 cars, so that it’s total length is now 2976.41 metres, or 1.85 miles. The circuit boasts its own television system and sophisticated timing and telemetry equipment and over the period of 2001-2002, a new and totally unique irrigation system was added, so that the entire track can be soaked in the space of a few minutes, while the majority of water used is recovered. The tour lasts around thirty minutes and can be booked by visitors on arrival at the Galleria, subject to availability of places.