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Inside the Ferrari Factory
The Ferrari California was unveiled during the first press day of the Paris Auto Show in 2008.
The Ferrari California was unveiled during the first press day of the Paris Auto Show in 2008.
AP Photo/Francois Mori

So you've plunked down payment for your Ferrari, or at least fantasized about doing so, and you want your new car right now. But patience, eager buyer, for the first thing you should know is that Ferrari construction is never rushed. For proof of this, let's take a brief virtual visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

The Ferrari campus is a tribute to green workspace design. Thanks to a redesign in 1997 by French architect Jean Nouvel, the factory is bathed in natural light and gives off a modernistic vibe with its abundance of reflective surfaces and indoor greenery. Natural light streams in from skylights as part of an overarching strategy to keep workers happy and therefore focused on making the best product [source: Automobile].

The factory even has its own foundry -- a facility where molten metal is cast into pieces that eventually become engine parts. Such control allows Ferrari to tightly monitor quality and track with great precision when and where every piece was made. That's a huge advantage if there's ever a problem detected with a car after delivery.

While casting engine parts from molten metal once required lengthy apprenticeships on the part of workers, nowadays it takes only about a week's training. A machine handles the exacting task of pouring precise amounts into a cast. However, Ferrari workers are still craftsman, since the finishing of the engine parts is a task completed by hand.

Of course the engine is the heart of a Ferrari, but the car has many stations to go through in its journey to becoming a saleable vehicle.

To read about how Ferrari's workers put it all together, go to the next page.