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Around 800 additional employees have been hired since Ferrari joined the New York Stock Exchange in 2015. And with all the extra hands on deck, the company created a kind of “craft school”, an internal training program that enables knowledge transfer from the most experienced engineers to the young people – or the “teachers” to the “students”.
In addition to team building and the exchange of ideas that help improve work processes and organization, there are also activities that help identify the brand. The assembly of engines is one of them; I was able to take part in a number of operations, such as inserting the pistons into the cylinders or tightening the heads.
Ferrari F8 Tributo 3.9-V8 Automatic
Ferrari F8 Tributo 3.9-V8 Automatic which has been named “Engine of the Year” four times in a row? But not only that. It is also the model that replaces the Ferrari 488 GTB, has the power of the 488 Pista and represents the latest interpretation of the “Berlinettas” from Maranello: two-seater sports cars with a mid-engine such as the 458 Italia or the 360 Modena just to name a few.
The close relationship between the Tributo and the GTB is clearly evident in the cockpit, where a large part comes from the 488 and is combined with a new steering wheel that at first glance looks like that of the Ferrari 812 Superfast or the GTC4 Lusso. It was actually redesigned to get smaller, but most of all, it has now become a lot easier to control this super sports car.
The 1,330 kilogram F8 Tributo has the power of the Ferrari 488 Pista but never gets tired on long journeys. We’ve already talked about the suspension adjustment range (comfort is one aspect of it), but the sport seats are very comfortable in terms of cushioning and shape, even after many hours of driving. The soundproofing of the F8 Tributo is in line with other sports cars in the segment. You shouldn’t expect a total calm. But at least you can’t complain about the front trunk – it’s deep and usable, even for a long weekend. And with optional equipment, as tested, there is even carpet lining.
The hill and mountain roads, which can be reached from Fiorano in a short time, often have cracked asphalt surfaces and are hilly with constant changes in incline. A situation that underlines the surprising. The ability of the chassis to “copy” the terrain. Without effort and despite rear-wheel-drive to enjoy fast yet easy steering. A really solid brake pedal while staying linear in the race. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that changes gears at machine-gun intervals.