The Trip: On The road with The Su­per­fast

Esquire (Malaysia) - - MACHINERY -

Can a car have ter­roir? Drive a Fer­rari around the hills and the vil­lages of the com­pany’s home base in Maranello, italy, and you might start to be­lieve so.

some streets seem too woolly, too hairy for a car as wide and as long as the 812 su­per­fast, but then you go for it and the thing prac­ti­cally shrinks into an im­pos­si­bly nim­ble su­per­car. On strada Provin­ciale 26, a road with breath­tak­ing elevation changes and 19 wicked curves south of sassi di Roc­ca­malatina Re­gional Park, the large ce­ramic brakes are put to the test. even­tu­ally, you trust them enough to brake later than a sane per­son should, and guf­faw as you ac­cel­er­ate out of the apex. Other high­lights on the road are the windy sp324 north of Fanano and the long, wind­ing ss12, which has views of end­less hills in be­tween quaint vil­lages. These are bu­colic scenes that in­sti­gate envy—peo­ple live here? Man, italy, you’ve fig­ured it out.

For the full Fer­rari fan­boy ex­pe­ri­ence, check out the mu­seum and carbo-load at Mon­tana’s, a restau­rant that used to be the un­of­fi­cial can­teen for driv­ers test­ing cars at the Fio­rano track—the place is now filled with rac­ing mem­o­ra­bilia. it feels au­then­ti­cally Fer­rari be­cause, well, like ev­ery­thing else around here, it is.

Fer­rari World From top, the first Fer­rari V-12; sassi di Roc­ca­malatina Re­gional Park; enzo Fer­rari’s of­fice at the Fio­rano test track; the Fer­rari Clas­siche cen­tre.

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