Ferrari To Move to Modular Platforms

 

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As Sergio Marchionne moves in to replace Luca Di Montezemolo as chairman, and Ferrari about to go public for the first time ever on the New York Stock Exchange, the marque with the Prancing Horse is about to go through a major change in it’s company structure and operations. Now it is reported that Ferrari is going to change the way that it produces its road cars as well.

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Since the inception of the first road-going Ferrari, the 1947 Ferrari 125 S, every car has had the benefit of having a bespoke platform and engine. However, as Ferrari looks to the future as a publicly traded company, returning a profit to their shareholders becomes a higher priority than it ever has previously. Making the move to a modular platform for their model line-up will most definitely help them achieve more profitability.

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This new modular platform is set to be flexible enough to allow for both front-engine and mid-engine layouts, as well as relative ease of electronics and suspension swapping between various models. The platform will be a spaceframe aluminum design. Ferrari has chosen to stick with lightweight aluminum instead of carbon fiber, which rivals such as Lamborghini and McLaren use, due to a time and cost factor with large-scale production, as well as having the advantage of being easier to repair and maintain. This strategy is already heavily used within the Volkswagen group between various brands and models. It has proven to work well in terms of profitability and scalability. With this strategy, Ferrari is hoping to cut down costs and time of production per car. The first model to implement the new platform will be the revised 2017 Ferrari California.

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