The Fiorano Circuit (Italian: Pista di Fiorano) is a private racetrack owned by Ferrari for development and testing purposes. It is located in Fiorano Modenese, near the Italian town of Maranello. The circuit has FIA Grade 1 license.
|Location||Fiorano Modenese, Italy|
|Time zone||GMT +1|
|Coordinates||44°32′2″N 10°51′29″E / 44.53389°N 10.85806°E|
|Length||2.997 km (1.862 miles)|
|Race lap record||0:55.999 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2004, 2004)|
Work begun in 1971 and officially open on 8 April 1972, it was originally 8.4 metres (27.6 ft) wide and 3,000 metres (1.9 miles) long. In 1992, a chicane was added making it 3,021 metres (1.877 miles) long, then in 1996 a new renovated track was introduced (a fast bend to replace a sharp corner at the end of the pit straight) which shortened the total length by 24 metres (0.015 miles). The average F1 lap speed is over 160 km/h (99 mph) and the F1 top speed is 290 km/h (180 mph). As Fiorano is a testing track, it has a wide range of corner types, with corner diameters between 370 and 13.71 metres (1,213.9 and 45.0 ft). Thus Ferrari is able to simulate corner and track types of other Grand Prix circuits. As with Suzuka, it is a figure-eight course.
The track is equipped with telemetry sensors and a large skidpad for tyre testing. In 2001 an irrigation system using rain collected in eight cisterns was installed to simulate wet track conditions. When Scuderia Ferrari are testing a F1 car at the track, it is common to see Tifosi watching the test from the roadside, which is the closest point from which the track is viewable to the public.
Ferrari customers are allowed to test drive new cars at the Fiorano circuit. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is named after this track, as well as the Assetto Fiorano track package of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale and the Ferrari 296 GTB.
In the 16 years from the time the track opened until his death in 1988, Enzo Ferrari would either sit in his house which was located at the circuit and listen to, or sit track side and watch his beloved scarlet Formula One cars testing. Legend has it that this was the real reason that the "old man" had the circuit built, so he could enjoy his cars and his drivers without the presence of other F1 cars or the press. In reality Ferrari made the decision of building his own testing track when he realised that the Modena Autodrome could no longer serve this purpose.
Ogni singolo pezzo della pista, deve poter mettere a dura prova il comportamento dinamico dell'auto in modo tale da rendere facile l'individuazione dei problemi di ogni macchina. Da questo momento in poi, voglio che nessuna Ferrari affronti la pista o la produzione di serie senza che abbia superato a pieni voti l'esame Fiorano.
Every single part of the track, must be able to put to the test the dynamic behavior of the car in such a way that makes easy the identification of the problems of every car. From this moment on, I don't want any Ferrari to tackle the track or address mass-production without passing the Fiorano test with flying colours.
Fiorano Circuit record lap timesEdit
This section needs additional citations for verification. (February 2017)
Fiorano in video gamesEdit
|Simulation / Video Game||Year||Fiorano|
|Project CARS 2||2017|
|Project CARS 3||2020|
|Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends||2012|
|Ferrari Virtual Academy||2010|
|Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli||2008|
|Ferrari GT: Evolution||2008|||
|Ferrari F355 Challenge||1999|
|Ferrari Formula One||1988|||
|F1 Challenge 99-02||2003|||
|Grand Prix Racing Online||2007|||
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (February 2011)
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