The story of Ferrari officially began in 1947, when the first Ferrari emerged from the historic factory entrance on Via Abetone Inferiore in Maranello. The 125 S, as it was known, embodied the passion and determination of the company’s founder. However, the company hadn’t yet started mass-producing cars — only two of this first model were manufactured.

 

Enzo Ferrari – a life for designing sport cars

Founder Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena in 1898 and died on August 14, 1988. He devoted his entire life to designing and building sports cars and, of course, to the track. Having been made an official Alfa Romeo driver in 1924, within five years he had gone on to found the Scuderia Ferrari on Viale Trento Trieste in Modena, which assisted mostly gentlemen drivers in racing their cars.

 

5,000 victories on the world’s tracks

Ferrari has garnered over 5,000 victories on the world’s tracks and roads, becoming a modern-day legend in the process. In order to meet growing market demand, Enzo Ferrari sold a 50% stake in the company to the Fiat Group in 1969, a figure that rose to 90% in 1988.

 

Durable, high-gloss floor to protect service machines for Ferraris

A Ferrari garage in Greater Manchester (UK) involved in the repair and maintenance of some of the world’s most exclusive cars was searching for a durable, high-gloss floor to protect the high-powered, high-specification machines it services.

 

Hard-wearing plus non-slip properties

The vehicle workshop contains a hive of engineering expertise. For the refurbishment of the workshop’s 700m2 floor, it was vital the new system contained hard-wearing, non-slip properties, while offering a smooth, seamless finish to benefit mechanics and exquisite motors alike. Sikafloor®-263 SL, a two-part, multipurpose binder system, proved ideal.

 

Higher thickness of the floor for heavy traffic

In preparation for the installation of the built-up floor system, IRL Group Ltd –
the project’s contractors – ground and shot-blasted the existing surface. Sikafloor® Level-30, a polymer-modified, pumpable, self-leveling, fast-drying cementitious screed was initially applied to the substrate in areas of anticipated heavy traffic which required higher thickness. Sikafloor® 161 primer was then applied to the whole floor, and when cured, Sikafloor®-263 SL was installed to a thickness of 2mm. Based on epoxy resin, the system offers excellent chemical and mechanical resistance for heavy-wearing concrete and cement screeds in areas such as  assembly halls, workshops, garages and loading ramps.

 

A smooth floor which doesn`t compromise on tire grip

The floor’s high-gloss, light-grey finish was supplied by Sikafloor®-264, a two-part epoxy roller and seal coat with high-slip resistance: essential traction provision for  rear-wheel drive cars such as Ferraris which need to journey on and off ramps  during maintenance. The Greater Manchester workshop has space to service up to five vehicles at any one time, hence the need for a smooth floor which didn’t  compromise on tire grip.

 

Big-wheeled vehicles need durable qualities

Mark Ollerenshaw, Managing Director at IRL Group Ltd, said: “For a floor upgrade in an environment involving big-wheeled vehicles, the surface we provided had to  have proven, durable qualities. Sikafloor was absolutely ideal. Its high-gloss finish complemented its hard-wearing, high-slip resistance, resulting in the perfect floor system for a project involving prestigious cars and an abundance of highly technical equipment.”

 

Seven-day deadline was meant due to easy application

The garage remained closed while floor refurbishment was carried out. It meant contractors had a strict seven-day deadline to complete the project and ensure the business reopened on the agreed date. Sikafloor’s easy application and reliable performance ensured the timeframe was met, leaving the workshop with a safe, smart, durable floor fit for a Ferrari.

 

Why all Ferraris were red once?

Today’s Ferraris come in colors ranging from bright yellow to soft metallic grey, but originally they were all red. That wasn’t Ferrari’s decision, however. Red was the color that the International Automobile Federation (FIA) assigned to all Italian Grand Prix racecars in the early years of auto racing. And most people still  overwhelmingly choose red as the color for their Ferrari, the color of 45% of Ferraris sold.

 

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