Turn 12 (and 6 to the right) of the Fiorano Circuit as seen from the roadside.
F430 in test.

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.[1]

Work begun in 1971 and officially open on 8 April 1972, it was originally 8.4 metres (27.6 ft) wide and 3000 metres (1.86 miles) long. In 1992, a chicane was added making it 3021 metres (1.88 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 (0.02 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 metres (1,213.9 ft) and 13.71 metres (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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[2]

Fiorano Circuit record lap times

Car Record Driver Year Note
Formula One cars
Ferrari F2004 0'55.999 Germany Michael Schumacher 2004[4]
Ferrari F2003-GA 0'56.33 Germany Michael Schumacher 2003
Ferrari 248 F1 0'57.099 Brazil Felipe Massa 2006
Ferrari F2005 0'57.146 Germany Michael Schumacher 2005
Ferrari SF70H 0'57.15 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 2017
Ferrari F2002 0'57.476 Germany Michael Schumacher 2002
Ferrari F2007 0'58.366 Brazil Felipe Massa 2007
Sauber C32 0'58.802 Colombia Tatiana Calderón 2018 [5]
Ferrari F310B 0'59.00 Germany Michael Schumacher 1997
Ferrari F2008 0'59.111 Italy Mirko Bortolotti 2008
Ferrari F60 1'00.213 France Jules Bianchi 2011
Ferrari F399 1'00.226 Italy Luca Badoer 1999
Ferrari 412T 1'00.31 France Jean Alesi 1994
Ferrari F60 1'00.650 Mexico Sergio Perez 2011
Race cars
Maserati MC12 Competizione 1'11.711 Italy Andrea Bertolini slicks
Ferrari 333 SP 1'11.90
Ferrari 333 SP 1'13.00 slicks, air restrictors
Ferrari FXX-K 1'14.00
Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione 1'15.00 2011 [6]
Ferrari 360 GT2 1'15.00
Ferrari FXX Evoluzione 1'16.00 Mexico Martino Lopez 2007 [7][8]
Ferrari 599XX 1'16.00 2009 [9]
Ferrari FXX 1'16.20 Italy Andrea Bertolini 2008
Ferrari 458 Challenge 1'16.50 2010
Ferrari FXX 1'18.00 Italy Dario Benuzzi [8]
Maserati Trofeo 1'21.1 2003
Ferrari F355 Challenge 1'25.40 rear wing
Ferrari 348 Challenge 1'33.00
Road cars
Ferrari SF90 Stradale 1'19.00 2019[10]
Ferrari LaFerrari 1'19.70 Italy Raffaele De Simone 2015[11]
Ferrari 812 Competizione 1'20.00 2021[12]
Ferrari 296 GTB 1'21.00 2021[13]
Ferrari F12tdf 1'21.00 2015[14]
Ferrari 488 Pista 1'21.50 2018[15]
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider 1'21.50 2018[16]
Ferrari 812 Superfast 1'21.50 2017[17]
Enzo Ferrari 1'22.30 2003
Ferrari F12berlinetta 1'22.40 United States Brad Randall 2012
Ferrari F8 Tributo 1'22.50 2019[18]
Ferrari 488 GTB 1'23.00 2015
Ferrari 458 Speciale 1'23.50 2013 Michelin Sport Cup 2
Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta 1'23.50 2015[19]
Ferrari 599 GTO 1'24.00 2010
Enzo Ferrari 1'24.90 2003
Ferrari 458 Italia 1'25.00 2010
Ferrari 430 Scuderia 1'25.00 2007 Pirelli P Zero Corsa
Maserati MC12 1'25.20
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE 1'25.90 2009
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 1'26.50 2006
Ferrari 430 Scuderia Spider 16M 1'26.50 2009
Ferrari F50 1'27.00 1995
Ferrari F430 1'27.00 2005
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale 1'28.00 2003 Semi-slicks
Ferrari F430 1'28.50 2005
Ferrari F40 1'29.60 1987
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti 1'30.50 2004
Ferrari 360 Modena 1'31.50 1999
Ferrari 575M Maranello 1'31.512 2002
Ferrari 550 Maranello 1'32.528 1996
Ferrari 355 F1 1'33.00 1997
Ferrari F355 1'34.00 1994
Ferrari F512 M 1'35.00 1995
Ferrari 512 TR 1'35.00 1992
Ferrari 456 GT 1'35.00 1992
Maserati Coupé 1'35.00
Ferrari 288 GTO 1'36.00 1984
Ferrari Testarossa 1'36.00 1984
Ferrari 348 TB 1'37.00 1989
Ferrari 328 GTB 1'44.00

Fiorano in video games

Simulation / Video Game Year Fiorano
Project CARS 2 2017 Yes
Project CARS 3 2020 Yes
Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends 2012 Yes
Ferrari Virtual Academy 2010 Yes
Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli 2008 Yes
Ferrari GT: Evolution 2008 Yes[20]
rFactor 2005 Yes
Ferrari F355 Challenge 1999 Yes
Ferrari Formula One 1988 Yes[21]
F1 Challenge 99-02 2003 Yes[22]
Grand Prix Racing Online 2007 Yes[23]

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