Fer­rari En­gines

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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

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