ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshop
ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshop
aug 05, 2011

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshop


founded in 1929 as a racecar sponsor and manufacturer, ferrari has been producing hand-finished road vehicles since 1947. the ferrari factory was designed by french architect jean nouvel and modernized beginning in 1997 by company president luca di montezemolo. all ferraris in the world continue to be produced exclusively on the maranello campus, where every ferrari is produced custom to order, and all installations are performed by hand. as a result, the company produces approximately 10 to 12 cars a day.


designboom visited the ferrari factories and is excited to bring you a three-part behind-the-scenes look at the vehicles’ production. this article looks at the ‘nuova meccanica’ (‘mechanical workshop’) building, where engine components are produced.


the ‘nuova meccanica’ (‘mechanical workshop’) is the site of construction for the machining and finishing of headshafts, cranks, and other engine parts. designed by marco visconti, the 15,000 square-meter building was opened in 2001 and contains 15 work areas and about 100 different machines. all conditions in the building are carefully regulated, including the temperature and humidity levels during winter and summer respectively, as well as the maximum noise level, which thanks to efficient soundproofing never exceeds 73 decibels.


ferrari vehicles are assembled and completed by hand, but in recent years the company has integrated automation and robotics into certain elements of the production process. at the ‘nuova meccanica’, robots work in conjunction with one another and with human technicians to produce parts, temper cylinder heads (with liquid nitrogen), and complete other machining. once all engine parts are produced and refined, they travel to the nearby engine assembly facility before ultimately moving on to the ‘new assembly line‘ to be installed into a custom vehicle.

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopfloor map of the ‘nuova meccanica’ (‘mechanical workshop’)

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopthe entrance opens onto a second-floor balcony, offering a view of the factory floorimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopautomated robots temper cylinder headsimage © designboom


automated robots at the ferrari factoryvideo © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopgreenspaces both indoors and out temper the metal and machinery of theplant, as part of the ‘formula uomo’ initiative for employee health andcontentmentimage courtesy ferrari

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopa sanitation station runs (front left) while technicians work in the distanceimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshoptesting of componentsimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopstacked cylinder headsimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopgardens surround the building, and trees along the floor’s center offset the technology and high industry of the factoryimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopengine production machines work behind closed wallsimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopcylinder headsimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopa finished engineimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshop‘166 inter vignale’ (1948) in the show area of of the workshopimage © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshop‘166 inter vignale’ (1948)image © designboom

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshoptechnology like the trigeneration plant evaporative cooler circuit, pictured above in another building on the ferrari campus, are among the ecologically sustainable initiativesferrari has undertaken in recent years – this machine simultaneously produces power, heat, and cooling, reducing carbon emissions by about 40%image courtesy ferrari

ferrari factory tour: mechanical workshopview leaving the buildingimage © designboom



coming next: designboom’s feature on the ferrari design process.did you miss our first feature? read about the ‘new assembly line‘ facilities here!

  • is a real honor to work in a factory ferrari

    peter says:
  • for some reason i wasnt expecting it to look so sterile, clean and dead. reminds me of micheal schumacher, no wonder he drove ferarri. I was expecting chain-smoking guys hanging around in old clothes cursing each other about how to fit in engine in the car.

    charles says:
  • more futuristic than i expected…

    froggy says:

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