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ABrantley
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ABrantley   6/2/2012 10:09:31 AM
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We visited Maranello last fall on a trip through Italy, and what we were most impressed with was the sound of engines throughout the town. The mechanics will take cars out on the road to test drive them, so it's not uncommon to have one cruise by. Additionally, there's a place adjacent to the Ferrari museum where, for a fee, one can get "pre-flight instruction" on driving a Ferrari, then take one (accompanied by an experienced driver) out on the road.

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Sylvie Barak   5/29/2012 5:29:06 PM
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Thank you! That means a lot to me! It was a piece i really enjoyed writing, so it's always nice to hear that people enjoyed reading it too.

I was also surprised that annual production was just 6000, but rarity increases value, so I guess there is incentive to keep it high quality, high cost.

Thanks again!

 

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bobjengr   5/29/2012 5:09:04 PM
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Sylvie—terrific article!  I certainly learned something today.   I had no idea their annual production was only 6,000 cars.  They obviously go for quality and not quantity.  Sadly enough, I read today the earthquake in Bologna has shut the factory for an undetermined period of time.  Let's hope there were no injuries or significant damage and they can get up and running again quickly.     Your description of their factory mirrors the efforts of VW here in my home town (Chattanooga, Tennessee).  VW has built a "green" production facility that is truly marvelous.  Again, great article.

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Allezw   5/25/2012 6:49:13 PM
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Indeed! Or express a wide variety of experience. It all depends on what topic comes up in these magazines.

Ever read any of the Ingersoll Rand Compressed Air trade magazines? They have covered everything from restoring a WWII 16" coastal defense rifle, to bees. There is only the magazine name on the front cover and company advertising on the inside and back cover.

Needless to say, some of the articles generate a lot of information from the knowledgeable readers.

 

Allezw
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Allezw   5/25/2012 6:36:59 PM
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The first design V12s were replaced in sports cars in about 1953 with an engine series based on their formula one engine; first four cylinders, then a six cylinder inline.

FYI --http://www.autoblog.com/2011/05/17/rare-four-cylinder-57-ferrari-testa-rossa-expected-to-top-4-mi/ 

 

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Charles Murray   5/25/2012 5:55:58 PM
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I like to see T.E. Lawrence being cited here, Allezw. It proves that Design News readers are a literate bunch.

naperlou
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naperlou   5/25/2012 2:53:45 PM
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Allezw, I think you are thinking about another brand of car.  As far as I can tell the first Ferrari's were V12s.  The Dino was the first V6 (starting out at 2L), which was later enlarged to a 3L V8.  This is  the genesis of their current mid-engine line.

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Allezw   5/25/2012 12:38:36 PM
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T.E. Lawrence wrote a stirring description of his bike also telling of the hand pump used to lubricate engine parts for the constant loss system. Interestingly, AMC, the company manufacturing the AJS, Sunbeam, and Matchless motorcycles, built the Brough-Superior V2 on a special line. They used the fork and blade connecting rod arrangement to avoid cylinder offset, among other detail differences from the AMC twins also used for the later Morgan trikes.

At the time of the Brough-Superior, before Lawrence put it forever into the history books, all motorcycles were hand built with specialists for each component and often a single worker responsible for the final assembly before it was tested and then sent on to the dealer or directly to the owner.

I believe Velocette was the last major manufacturer to retain that tradition.

Your bit on the F1 engine was clear enough. The tipoff for me was the exhaust pipes.

I started on Cushman scooters delivering papers. They ranged from single speed with the centrifigal clutch to the two-speed with the oversize tires. Had a '37 Indian Chief, a '47 Harley 'Glide, a '48 Harley Hummer, a '49 Indian Brave, the little Brit-style 440cc twin, a'51 AJS 500 single, a 53 Matchless 500 single, a '56 Matchless 650cc, '61 Matchless G50. The last remaining is a '63 CB77 Honda, still in the stable. Looking at a new India manufactured Royal Enfield. My 1959 Berkley used the 700cc twin, up from the Villiers triple two-stroke. 

 

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Allezw   5/25/2012 12:01:28 PM
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Perhaps I might have made the distinction more precise had I said the "FIRST" Testa Rossa was a four banger. It began as a two liter and expanded to over three liters before being superseded by the Dino v6. The later V12s automobiles, curiously, were Testarossas. Note the difference in the names.

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naperlou   5/25/2012 8:51:52 AM
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Allezw, you are wrong there.  The Testa Rosa was built between 1984 and 1996.  It had a mid-engine flat 12 cylinder engine of 4.9 litres displacement. 

There was a race car from the late 50s to early 60s that was called the 250 Testa Rosa.  It had a 3L 12 cylinder engine.  This car won LeMans three times. 

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