Ferrari is a brand synonymous with supercars the world over. To own a Ferrari is in itself a dream come true for many of us. Everyone aspires to own one, but you don’t actually have to own a Ferrari to be a fanatic. The die-cast models and related merchandise with the Prancing Horse emblem are enough to get anyone fall for the Prancing Horse's Italian craftsmanship splendour and camaraderie.
Ferrari has two state-of-the-art museums in Maranello and Modena, both in Italy, to give visitors access the world of the Prancing Horse, from the fantastic supercars to racing machines past and present. The Ferrari Modena museum houses current and past models and the exclusive Ferrari Gran Turismo, while the one in Maranello presents Ferrari’s Le Mans winners, Scuderia Ferrari F1 cars and prototype Hypercars. There’s a simulator for visitors to try out the 488 GTE race car, as well.
Kicking off 70 years of Ferrari in Le Mans, the Maranello museum has on display; the first Ferrari Le Mans winner 166 MM Barchetta, 275 P and the 488 GTE. The 166 MM Barchetta Touring was piloted by Lord Selsdon and Luigi Chinetti to the Prancing Horse’s first ever triumph on 26 June 1949 at Le Mans, In 1964, the 275 P driven by Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella claimed overall victory, ahead of two Ferrari 330 Ps. The 275 P is part of the legendary P series, packed with very successful cars: the number refers to the unit displacement, while the letter P stands for prototype.
Third notable Ferrari Le Mans winner is the 488 GTE, driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Daniel Serra to victory at the last edition of the French marathon in 2019. That win was Ferrari’s 27th class win, seventy years after the first triumph of the 166 MM.
Besides the cars, the Maranello museum houses the ‘Le Mans Experience’ showcasing evocative images and videos of the Ferrari drivers and teams in the active years.
The Ferrari Museums are opened daily, from 9.30 am to 7 pm. Both museums drew over 600,000 visitors from around the globe.