9th October 2018: The cars produced by the iconic Ferrari marque are famed for both their aesthetic good looks and legendary performance. Now, a unique new book from Haynes provides an ‘inside view’ of the glorious engines powering these cars – each one a mechanical work of art.
The Ferrari Engines Enthusiasts’ Manual is a lavishly produced book that provides a unique photographic insight into the design and engineering of 15 landmark Ferrari road-car engines from the 1940s to the present day.
The book begins with the first-generation Ferrari V12 engine fitted to the 195 Inter in 1949. It progresses through V6s, normally aspirated and turbocharged V8s and flat-12s to the latest 6.3-litre V12 fitted to the four-wheel-drive FF. The engines are documented in detail, with photographs of the components, assembled engines, and the cars which they power.
The Ferrari Engines Enthusiasts’ Manual, by photographer and journalist Francesco Reggiani, assisted by respected Ferrari expert Keith Bluemel, provides a history and technical overview for each engine featured, and the car in which it was fitted, along with specifications.
Talking about the concept for this book, Francesco Reggiani says: “The idea for this book came to me while I was documenting the restoration of some of the most beautiful Ferraris built by the Maranello factory for a photography assignment. I effectively had an access-all-areas pass at various engineering specialists working on the restoration and servicing of Cavallino Rampante engines.”
He continues: “As I photographed the engines being both dismantled and reassembled, I quickly became captivated by the aesthetic appeal and engineering of the engines – the pulsating hearts of the cars which they power. I began to understand that it was not just the bodywork – the various shapes of which I knew well – that provided a unique aesthetic value, but also the mechanical components hidden inside the engine bay.”
Francesco concludes: “Ultimately, the book truly celebrates the foresight and talent of Enzo Ferrari. We have chosen 15 engines that represent significant landmarks in the story of Ferrari – these are of various configurations, capacities and fuel systems, and display various technical innovations. I hope that the book will make for some essential reading for car enthusiasts, particularly fans of the Ferrari marque, those interested in engineering, and anybody who appreciates the mechanical artistry of Ferrari’s superbly engineered engines.”
The Ferrari Engines Enthusiasts’ Manual features more than 450 photographs documenting these superbly engineered engines.
Ferrari Engines Enthusiasts’ Manual is priced at £35.00 and available from www.haynes.com. The book number is H6208. The ISBN is 9781785212086. It is published in October 2018.
About the authors
Francesco Reggiani is a photographer and supercar enthusiast based in Milan. In 2011 he began photographing and writing about cars for Italian magazines such as Evo, Automobilismo d’Epoca and Auto. In recent years, he has followed the restoration of collectors’ cars, photographing the most important Ferraris worldwide. His portfolio includes images of all Ferrari production cars from 1947 to the present.
Keith Bluemel started writing about Ferrari in 1980, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on the marque. He has written extensively about Ferraris, and is an associate editor of Cavallino magazine. He regularly acts as a judge at Ferrari Concours events around the world, and is a member of the ‘The International Advisory Council for the Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile’ (IAC/PFA).
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