To kick off seventy years of Ferrari at Le Mans, the Prancing Horse is displaying some of its finest 24-hour racers over the span of seven decades at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. In 70 years, Ferrari has amassed 36 wins at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Visitors to the museum are able to view several legendary 24-hour race cars and access multimedia contents.
Some of Ferrari’s Le Mans most notable gems include Ferrari’s first Le Mans winner 166 MM Barchetta (1949), 275 P (1964) and the latest 488 GTE. Visitors to the exhibition get an opportunity to test run a 488 GTE in a special virtual reality simulator at the museum.
The exhibition opens with the 166 MM Barchetta Touring. With a similar car, Lord Selsdon and Luigi Chinetti triumphed on 26 June 1949, on Ferrari’s debut at Le Mans. The Briton and driver from Milan transplanted to America faced 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 kilometers per hour. Chinetti went down in history by driving for over 23 hours, handing the wheel to Lord Selsdon for just 30 minutes.
The exhibition also includes the 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.
Third notable Ferrari Le Mans highlight is the 488 GTE, driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Daniel Serra to victory at the last edition of the French marathon in 2019. That win was Ferrari’s 27th class win, seventy years after the first triumph of the 166 MM.
With the interactive multimedia access at the museum, visitors are able to 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.
Last but not least, if you in Maranello, be sure to visit the museum to view all the scintillating Ferrari Le Mans race cars. Try out the 488 GTE virtually on the Le Mans circuit, in the simulator set up inside one of two exhibition areas, Hypercars and 90 years of Scuderia Ferrari in Formula 1. Then hop over to Modena and visit the museum there to check out current and past Ferrari models and the exclusive Ferrari Gran Turismo.
The Ferrari Museums are opened daily, from 9.30 am to 7 pm. Last year, the museums drew over 600,000 visitors from around the globe.