13 Jan THE SUPERCAR’S LAND – MODENA IN 3 DAYS – FOOD, WINE AND CARS
THE SUPERCAR’S LAND – MODENA IN 3 DAYS – FOOD, WINE AND CARS
Well, most of you already know my passion for supercars. I was born in Modena, the city of Ferrari but also the area of Lamborghini and Pagani producers. Ferrari has only been building cars since 1947, and nearly every model, almost invariably enhanced by a Pininfarina body of mouth-watering innovation and elegance, would qualify for such accolade. A number of car makers have attempted to challenge Ferrari’s pre-eminence but, of these, only Lamborghini has come close to securing this elusive goal, even if it has had no less than five owners since its birth in 1963. This is the company that has produced the likes of the innovative mid-engined Miura and the outrageous, wildly impractical Countach.
Last year I had the chance to test drive the F40 in the race circuit of Modena, and this is the supercar I want to talk today. Let see together the history and specification of this beautiful Ferrari’s model.
Enzo Ferrari produced his first cars in 1947. In 1987 the F40 supercar was unveiled, so named in celebration of his 40 years as a car maker. This was no luxurious, refined model but a purposeful, no-frills coupe’ complete with a large rear wing and a top speed of 201mph (323km/h) making it, for a time, the world’s fastest production car. It therefore decisively eclipsed the Porsche 959. Based on the floorplan of the 288GTO of 1984, the F40 was powered by a related twin-turbocharged V8 engine of a mere 3 litres capacity, although it developed a stupendous 478bhp. it was rear-mounted in a longitudinal position. Weight-saving was an overriding consideration, and although a tubular space-frame chassis, which provided the outline of the cabin and tail sections, was retained, extensive use was made of Kevlar and carbon fibre. Although outwardly resembling a road car, the acceleration of this car is phenomenal-this most exclusive of Ferraris is able to reach 200KM/h in 12 seconds, if you like speed as me this is a car to test drive! Needless to say, noise levels within the sparsely furnished cockpit make speech between driver and passenger virtually impossible.
Ferrari F40 is all about feeling the engine roar and speed!!
Guess which is the best place where to admire this beautiful supercar? Well, Modena is the answer. THERE ARE FOUR MAIN REASONS TO VISIT MODENA: the first reason is that is the place where I was born 🙂 – second the art, then gastronomy and the most important is the cars. The art is found in the outstanding architecture of the Duomo, one of the masterpieces of Italian Romanesque, created in the 12th Century by sculptors from northern Italy. Next to the Duomo, stands the Torre Ghirlandina, an impressive 86 m high. The tower was built by Arrigo da Campion in the 13th century and owes its name to the two ghirlande or marble balustrades the adorn the spire.
Then there is gastronomy: Modena is one of the capitals of Italian cuisine. Balsamic vinegar, made from reduced grape juice and barrel-matured for up 25 years, may well be the jewel in the crown of Modena’s culinary tradition, but the mainstay of local cuisine is pork. This versatile meat is prepared in every way possible from cured cold meats and salami served with “gnocco fritto”, a salty, fried puffed pastry, to delicate hand-folded tortellini and zampone. All these delights, naturally, are washed down with a chilled glass or two of Lambrusco, the excellent local red wine that is full-bodied and sparkling as Modena’s citizens.
Finally, there is the motor car, which here means not only Ferrari and Maserati, but also Stanguellini, the superb small-engine racing cars that once competed so valiantly in the historic Mille Miglia. And even though driving one of these rare and beautiful cars may be just a dream, you can admire the legends up close to the museums dedicated to this modern passion of Modena: the Museo Stanguellini, which houses over 30models from racing cars to sports coupes, and vintage car museum of Umberto Panini, which has an almost priceless collection of Maseratis. You don’t want to miss also the Pagani Museum and the new Ferrari Museum in Modena.
The best period to visit Modena is April, this month the passion of car gets even more intense with the famous event “Modena Terra dei Motori” (Modena Land of Motor cars) fair. For a few days, the city becomes an open-air museum dedicated to a century of motoring with exhibitions, events and popular vintage car rally. Naturally, local manufacturer Ferrari’s cars are at home here and the most prestigious models from Cavallino Rampante ( Prancing horse) drive through town for the occasion: a treat for all petrolheads.
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Source by: Eyewitness book