In the 1970s when Ferrari built the in-house Fiorano test circuit, company founder Enzo finished it off with a trackside guest house and a private office on the ground floor – Motormouth takes you along for a rare look inside…
For 30 years Enzo Ferrari’s office in the house built trackside at Fiorano has been kept pretty much as he left it when he died in 1988.
Today Ferrari’s special guests and drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel stay here with their families when busy at Fiorano testing road cars and Ferrari Corse Clienti stuff.
Some of Enzo’s many peculiarities included the fact that he always wore sunglasses and that he refused to use elevators. He also only wrote using purple ink throughout his life… He didn’t drive and had a life-long chauffeur who would pick him up in the mornings in front of his four-storey Modena home to take him to the barber – Enzo used Peugeots early on and later preferred the Mini Cooper. L’Ingegnere was a big admirer of the little car’s creator, Alec Issigonis.
He would sit in Fiorano and watch the coverage on a small television with his friend Sergio Scaglietti
Having lost many of his drivers in fatal accidents Enzo didn’t bond so readily and he especially withdrew when Dino, the first born son, died in 1956. There was, however, one driver…
“My life is filled with sadness – I look back and I see my loved ones. And among my loved ones, I see the face of this great man, Gilles Villeneuve.” — Enzo Ferrari loved the little Canadian and never got over his fatal accident at Belgium’s Zolder circuit in 1982.
Famously refusing to attend Grand Prix races, he would sit in Fiorano and watch the coverage on a small television with his friend Sergio Scaglietti, the man who designed many Ferraris including the 250 Testa Rossa and the 250 GTO, which at $70 million is the most expensive car ever sold.