1 March 2018

Enzo Ferrari was born 120 years ago

The Enzo Ferrari Museum is celebrating the anniversary of Enzo Ferrari's birth 120 years ago with a photo exhibition.

The legendary Enzo Ferrari was an Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque (wikipedia).

Enzo Anselmo Ferrari, the son of Alfredo and Adalgisa, was born in Modena on 18 February 1898. As a child, he showed an unbridled passion for cars (his father, had a metal engineering company) and as an adult he went on to become not only a great car manufacturer but one of the world's greatest representatives of the Italian spirit. He was also one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century.

To celebrate his 120th birth anniversary, a photographic exhibition has been organised at Enzo's birthplace, within the complex that now houses the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy. It includes images depicting him at various stages of his life: from childhood to adulthood, and from his career as a driver to that of a manager and manufacturer alongside unforgettable motor racing champions such as Nuvolari, Castellotti and Villeneuve.

"It seems incredible to think that Enzo Ferrari was born in the 19th century," says Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne. "His lesson is more relevant than ever and his modernity unquestionable. He was a man with extraordinary vision and ability to manage people and resources as well as a strong entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional courage. One wonders what he could have achieved if he had had access to today's technical resources and knowledge. The mark that he left on the world remains a source of pride for all of us at Ferrari and for the whole of Italy."

Fast forward to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show where the latest Ferrari, the Ferrari 488 Pista will be unveiled (pictured above). It is the successor to Ferrari's V8-engined special series - the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale which have received critical acclaim for their performance and undiluted handling. The 488 Pista's engine is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history punching out 720hp.