Despite all the passion in the world, few of us can ever hope to own a Ferrari. At well over R2 million it’s not hard to understand why.
Although that doesn’t mean you can’t live the Ferrari dream, by hoping on a plane to Italy, hiring a Fiat 500, and following the sat-nav to Maranello. If you stand anywhere within a block of the factory, you’re guaranteed to see more Ferrari’s within the hour, than you would see in a year in any of South Africa’s CBD’s.
But if you can’t make it all the way to Italy, Etihad Airways will fly you to direct to Abu Dhabi International Airport and within 10-minutes after arriving, you could be driving a Ferrari Formula One car.
The World’s first ever Ferrari theme park is under 24-hour construction and is set to open in 2010 with some of the world’s fastest rides.
Take the roller coaster, not only will it be the world’s fastest, but its been designed to feel like you’re in an F1 car. If that doesn’t get your pulse racing, then you can suit up and strap into a state-of-the-art racing simulator – similar to that used by the Ferrari Formula One team. If that still does not satisfy your hunger for the ‘need for speed’, you could always try the G-force experience, where victims – we mean visitors – will accelerate straight up to a height of 62-metres, through the roof and back down again. There’s also an amazing Flume ride through the heart of Ferrari 599 engine, as well as a driving and racing school for junior drivers, with expert tuition. And to top it all off, you can take an aerial voyage over Italy, following a Ferrari.
If you get hungry, you won’t have to settle for candyfloss and coke-floats, as there will the best food Italy has to offer at either of two restaurants, which will have an ambience similar to what you would find in Maranello itself.
For those with any money left at the end of the day, there will be a massive flagship Ferrari store selling every known piece of Ferrari merchandise, as well as another large building celebrating the brand’s racing heritage and history.
Sounds like a serious fun!