At the Ferrari Classiche Academy you can drive vintage Ferraris that helped to create the legend of the Prancing Horse.
Each course at the Ferrari Classiche Academy is held over two days at the Fiorano Circuit and enables participants to explore the origins of the Maranello-based company. Drivers will get to learn the techniques used to drive cars produced before electronics had entered the automotive world. Ferrari’s Classiche Academy – CLASSIC FERRARI: DRIVING AT FIORANO – is divided into different track driving modules. These modules give everyone, including people new to historic cars, the chance to familiarize themselves with vehicle dynamics, the gearbox, corner management and many other aspects of driving these cars on a racetrack.
The program begins with a practical introduction to the cars covered by the course (four 308 GTS and GTBi models, all with various mechanical developments from the base models, and a Mondial 3.2). Cars are analyzed on lifts to reveal the components used and their technical characteristics. Afterwards, on a guided tour of the Officine Classiche Ferrari and the company’s technical archive, participants can view technical drawings, engineers’ notebooks and race reports for GT and racing cars produced from 1947 onwards. The subsequent track sessions consist of a series of technical briefings by the instructors on driving techniques for cars with manual gearboxes without electronic assistance, including heel and toe, double clutching and other sport driving techniques.
Once behind the wheel of an historic car, participants (always accompanied by their instructors) perform a series of driving sessions of increasing difficulty. These take place under a wide range of conditions, including driving in the wet, counter-steering at speed and managing vehicle dynamics. The module on driving techniques for regularity racing is also of great interest. These competitions are popular with many fans of classic cars.
The second round of Ferrari Classiche Academy courses will start next spring. For more information about CLASSIC FERRARI: DRIVING AT FIORANO and unique Ferrari Classiche services, please visit https://auto.ferrari.com/en_US/sports-cars-models/officine-classiche/