What happens when you arrive at factory in your Ferrari?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by Skiday, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Skiday

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    #1 Skiday, Mar 30, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2017
    Hi Folks

    I'm planning a trip to Italy in our F355 in October, which will include passing through Modena/Maranello. What, if anything, happens if you rock up at the factory in your Ferrari? Do you just get to see the factory gates, or do you get any kind of VIP treatment with a quick tour, or do you have to pre-book a regular tour like anyone else (if they do tours for the public at all that is)? Should contact them in advance? - Basically, what's the deal, if any?

    Also, I understand that the Italians treat Ferrari owners well as they worship the cars, but do they also attract unwanted attention? Is theft of such cars a problem there? My car is LHD, so it is perhaps more tempting than if it were RHD, which is a worry. My car has a 'Tracker' fitted, but I'm not paying the (steep) subscription as I live on the Isle of Wight, but I'll probably re-subscribe. I could take my RHD Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo, but when going to Italy it would be a crime not to take the Fezza surely?


  2. Alden

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    When we went there on the Mondial Euro Tour 2016, they let us park the Mondials inside the gates in front of the factory.

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  3. BigTex

    BigTex Six Time F1 World Champ
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    Definitely book your tour in advance.

    Do you know your closest Factory dealer?
    They are the ones to do it....

    Have a great journey...
  4. Nospinzone

    Nospinzone F1 Rookie

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    Do a search for "factory tour", there are several very informative threads on this subject.
  5. DesertDawg

    DesertDawg Three Time F1 World Champ
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    They take it in on trade.

  6. Jkay

    Jkay Karting

    Jan 9, 2017

    Go to 1:22 of the video above, and thats exactly what happened when harry Metcalfe arrived (in a Ferrari) at the Factory to collect a brand new 599 SA Aperta, i.e. they said "park here on the other side of the barrier (in a good way)
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  8. Alden

    Alden F1 Rookie
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  9. douglas360

    douglas360 Karting

    Nov 7, 2016
    No tours for the public. Owners only! I think you need to be at least 16 as well (so if you have kids, you'll need to leave them behind).

    I did the tour 4 or 5 years ago. From what I recall (it may have changed), you have to jump through a few hoops (register on owner website and prove ownership of <any> Ferrari) and then you book the tour through your nearest dealer. It's very much worth it though! Just don't leave any of this to the last minute...get out in front of it.
  10. MalcQV

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    As Douglas360 says.
    You can often book through the owners club too. I booked mine several years ago through Maranellos Egham.

    Never been in my Ferrari
  11. Flavio_C

    Flavio_C Formula Junior

    Sep 7, 2012
    You need to book factory tour in advance.

    No problem with theft whatsoever, Emilia Romagna is safe. The only thing I would avoid, if you go to Bologna, is to park in the streets near "social centres" or places where there is a high concentration of college communists. ;-D
  12. 4rePhill

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    He didn't just turn up out the blue, completely unannounced as the OP is suggesting doing though did he? - He was on an arranged visit to pick up a brand new car from the factory, so naturally they let him inside the factory gates.

    No disrespect to the OP, but I suspect that if you're Joe Bloggs ordinary member of the public, who's only claim to fame is owning a 20+ year old standard production Ferrari, and you rock up to the Ferrari factory out the blue saying: "I'm a Ferrari owner so can I come in and have a tour of the plant?", they're going to politely inform you that if you haven't got a pre-booked tour they can't let you in.
  13. spirot

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    100% agree. Ferrari barely care about their high dollar customers ...
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  15. vrsurgeon

    vrsurgeon F1 World Champ
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    If I did it in Bellissima they would tell me to please move the old POS before we have it towed.. it's blocking the pedestrian walkway. :)
  16. MisterMaranello

    MisterMaranello F1 Rookie

    Apr 5, 2011
    In the current socioeconomic climate, to "most" Italians the man behind the wheel of a Ferrari is presumed a tax-avoiding crook. So no.

    A couple years ago, a friend's Testarossa had its window smashed in and was looted sitting in the parking lot at Planet, which is just adjacent to the factory gate.

    Do not go to Italy in a Ferrari expecting exemptions or priviliges!
  17. fedcoin

    fedcoin Karting

    Mar 11, 2017
    The deal is you're not "Jimmy Page" so it doesn't rock for everyone else like you think it might.

    The beginning of your 2nd paragraph reads like, "I understand Italians worship Ferrari owners"

    Wear some Reeboks in case you have to walk home.
  18. 4rePhill

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    The reality is, when it suits Ferrari they quite happily acknowledge all Ferrari owners, both the rich and the "less rich", especially when they're having a special celebration, but that's mainly because they have too - Not many rich owners own models such as the 308 GT4, the Mondial, and the 348 to name but a few.

    Day to day, the owners of the modern, older cars Ferraris are of little interest to Ferrari because as a company, they don't really make any money from them. Think about it, how many 308/328/Mondial/400/348/355/360 owners use the official Ferrari dealerships for servicing and repairs?

    How many of those models do Ferrari sell through their dealerships?

    The thing with owning an older, modern Ferrari is that it makes you exactly that: A Ferrari owner.

    What it doesn't make you, is a Ferrari customer, and for 99.9% of the time, the only people Ferrari really care about are Ferrari customers!

    (And they don't always show their customers as much respect as you might think!)
  19. paulchua

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    Hi Andrew, I just had this experience and it was great. I don't know about your dealership, but mine treats me great even though I have a modest Ferrari that was not purchased from them of course. Try to establish some sort of relationship with your local dealership. My dealership has frequent owner events (i.e. Ferrari Challenge -- that require track inspection if you plan to take your car on the track) - other things like oil changes allow you to create a 'relationship' without breaking the bank.

    It also goes a long way to just be a nice guy* and treat the service manager with respect and gratitude.

    Once I've done this, it was just a matter of calling up the dealership and letting them know when I would be in Marenello - and they took care of the rest!

    *As for "fedcoin" - don't mind him - I've already outed him as a troll

    It's actually a bit cringe worthy - how pathetic do you have to be to plagiarize a research paper totally unrelated to the topic at hand to make yourself look smarter?

    I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe he has legitimate mental health concerns. Hopefully he's just a teenager in his mom's basement, God knows I've done my share of stupid things when I had a face full of pimples.
  20. Brewman

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    I just arranged a tour or June. Went to the dealer in Greensboro (Foreign Cars Italia). Once I explained to the receptionist why I was there the marketing manager filled out a form and sent it Ferrari. Within two days I received a confirmation. I did present the title to my 94 348 Spider as proof of ownership. Couldn't have been smoother.
  21. rumen1

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    Jun 23, 2012
    The factory tour is great and they will let you park your car in front of the old factory entrance, but there are only 3 places there, so it is possible that at this exact moment they can be full.

    I suggest staying at the Maranello Residence hotel - it i s great value for money and you will have a view to the factory from your room.

    Also - if you plan to buy something from the Ferrrari Store, wait until the end of the tour, because they will give you a 20% discount for the store.
  22. WJGESQ

    WJGESQ Formula 3

    Dec 30, 2004
    Now that's funny.
  23. 4rePhill

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    Again, the OP isn't talking about a pre-planned, Dealer arranged factory visit -They're talking about being in Italy, in their Ferrari, and just turning up at the factory saying: "Hi!, I own a Ferrari - Can I come in and have a look around the factory?"

    The likes of Nick Mason, Gordon Ramsay, Jay Kay etc., etc., etc., might be able to do it, but I would say "Joe Bloggs average guy" turning up unannounced at the factory in an F355 is going to be politely turned away.
  24. ago car nut

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    The factory tour is a scheduled event at the factory. They assign tour guilds to each group, so it is not that casual. My guild had only one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Good advice is to pre-schedule the event ahead of time!
  25. becker

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    Been to the plant several times and done the factory tour thingie, the first time I went to the factory I had a rental some VW and when finally found the entrance saw a truck getting inside the plant so I followed it and parked inside and went to ask about my tour to the office by the entrance ... they were not so amused and told me only authorized people are supposed to park inside and asked me to park it outside. ;-)
  26. 4rePhill

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    So if the OP turns up at the factory in their F355 without a scheduled tour arranged (as was posted initially), the fact that they are driving a Ferrari will make no difference, they will be politely turned away.
  27. robert biscan

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    It is a working factory and they expect you to sit down and shut up and follow their directions. My tour guide did not seem to care that I am a good customer and was rude.

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