From the moment you see it, it’s clear that this is no ordinary Haynes manual: there’s a glossy image on the cover, for starters.
This Enthusiasts’ Manual turns engineering into art across 255 pages, the result of a photographic project around 15 Ferrari engines that’s both beautiful and absorbing. With more than 450 images of six-, eight- and 12-cylinder units, from the first-generation V12 – as fitted to the 195 Inter – to the FF’S 6.3 V12, there’s plenty of variety. It ticks the ‘proper Haynes manual’ box, too, with specs, comprehensive history and technical detail on each.
However, given that it describes itself as ‘A photographic insight’ – and that the classy, high-end design and generous layouts put the images centre stage, with many full-page shots – it’s a shame that a few of the photos are a little soft. That quibble aside, it’s an attractive and arresting work that, at £35, looks superb value for money. LP
£35 Francesco Reggiani with Keith Bluemel, Haynes Publishing. ISBN 978 1 78521 208 6