Ferrari Portofino Atelier Appointment - Day 1
Finally, I’ve been able to spec my new Ferrari Portofino at Ferrari Maranello.
On the 23rd April my wife and I met Nigel from Graypaul Nottingham Ferrari at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. We had breakfast at Gordon Ramsey before catching the 8:00am flight to Bologna. We arrived at Bologna at 11:00am and took a taxi to Maranello.
Arriving outside the historic Ferrari factory entrance we dropped our luggage off at the Ferrari reception before crossing the road and having a beautiful lunch at the famous Cavallino Restaurant, a favourite of Enzo Ferrari. Whilst having lunch Maurizio Arrivabene the Ferrari F1 team principal came in for a bite to eat.
By 2:00pm we were back at the Ferrari reception area ready for a one on one factory tour. The car manufacturing campus tour comprised of the following:
After the car production tour, we were taken by coach to see the Scuderia Ferrari F1 factory. Due to the highly secretive nature of F1 we were taken to a viewing gallery. Here we could see the following:
The next visit was to the Corse Clienti facility. There are two programs run by Ferrari and these are the XX Programmes and the F1 Clienti program.
The official factory tour finished at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello which had displays of various race and road cars from the very first Ferrari-badged car, the 1947 125S through to the latest Ferrari supercar, the 2013 La Ferrari.
After the museum we walked across to the official Ferrari store for a bit of shopping before collecting our luggage and making our way by taxi to the Hotel Maranello Palace, our accommodation for the night.
In the evening we had dinner at the famous Ristorante Montana. As well as amazing food the restaurant has amassed a fantastic collection of F1 and racing memorabilia and was a favourite of Michael Schumacher and many other Ferrari drivers.