Ferrari Celebrate 70 Years Le Mans Success At Maranello

Ferrari Le Mans Display - Maranello
Ferrari Le Mans Display - Maranello

Seventy years of Le Mans victories will be on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello with some of the cars that competed in the famous races.

The special ‘Ferrari at 24 Heures du Mans’ exhibition opened at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, to celebrate seventy years of Prancing Horse victories in the world’s most famous endurance race.

Designed to give visitors an integrated delve into the historic 36 wins recorded on the French track, the special display will also utilise some of the cars that competed in the famous races plus valuable multimedia and interactive contents.

The exhibition begins with the illustrious 166 MM Barchetta Touring in which, Lord Selsdon and Luigi Chinetti were victorious on 26 June 1949, on Ferrari’s debut at Le Mans.

Ferrari Display - 166 MM Barchetta Touring
Ferrari Display – 166 MM Barchetta Touring

The British aristocrat and the Milanese driver relocated to America where the pairing tested their skills against a large number of British and French professionals whose cars had twice the engine capacity of the Ferrari.

Nevertheless, they won with an average speed of 132.946 kilometres per hour. Chinetti went down in history by driving for over 23 hours, handing the wheel to Lord Selsdon for a solitary 30 minutes.

Le Mans - Ferrari 250 P
Ferrari Display – Ferrari 250 P

The exhibition also includes the Ferrari 275 P in which Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1964 with an astonishing average speed of 195.63 km/h, ahead of two Ferrari 330 Ps. The 275 P is part of the legendary P series, packed with very successful cars: the number refers to the unit displacement, while the letter P stands for prototype.

Then, of course, there is the 488 GTE with which Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Daniel Serra won the last edition of the French marathon, gifting Ferrari its 27th class victory, seventy years after the initial 166 MM victory.

Ferrari Display - Ferrari 488 GTE
Le Mans – Ferrari 488 GTE

Visitors can relive this achievement through the ‘Le Mans Experience’, an exciting film that combines evocative images of the race with some of the most important messages recorded by the drivers and the team during the 24 Hours.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to test themselves virtually at the wheel of the 488 GTE on the circuit of Le Mans, in the simulator set up inside the exhibition area.

Many other historical specimens are on display within the two current exhibitions in progress at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, ‘Hypercars – The evolution of uniqueness’ and ’90 years – Scuderia Ferrari, the complete story’. They are open every day from 9.30 am to 7 pm.

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