The Trip: On The road with The Superfast
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.