Photo: All Images Credit Ferrari
Do you want to see a good car website filled with gorgeous images of machinery? Of course you do. So please allow me to show you the treasures that lie within Ferrari's website.
Go to the "past models" section of Ferrari's website, and you'll see a list of nearly every car the company has ever made, as well as detailed descriptions of many of them. I recently wrote a story about my current favourite Ferrari, the 360 Modena, and came upon not only a nice description of the car's technical features, but also these amazing photos:
Have mercy on my soul, for I am thinking impure thoughts. How could I not? Look at that 3.6-litre V8 mated to a fancy electro-hydraulic six-speed transmission. The more I dig into this website, the less pure my thoughts become:
Seriously, which car company shows the bottom of their cylinder heads? Nobody does. Nobody except Ferrari, that is. (And why not? If you had a five-valves-per-cylinder engine, wouldn't you show it off?) Oh, but you want to see more of the engine? No worry:
Still not good enough? You want to go deeper into the motor, and actually see the rotating bits, don't you? Yes you do, you sick, sick bastard:
And here's the intake:
Here are some suspension bits. Yes. Unequal-length aluminium wishbones. They are perfect.
OK, I will admit that some of the photos may be a bit random; Not that I'm not into camshafts, but perhaps your average person doesn't find a shaft with some lobes on it that visually appealing:
On a similarly not-all-that-interesting-but-I-still-dig-it note, here's the brake and gas pedal assembly of the 360.
Or, if you're truly ill and don't like the 360 Modena, Ferrari's website has this awesome photo of the 212 E's 2.0-litre flat-twelve:
And here's the 355's underbody aero tray works:
This is the underside of the 355's cylinder head:
That cylinder head looks great on this 3.5-litre V8 engine, don't you think?:
Here's another angle with those individual throttle bodies covered up in their air boxes:
And if you like more modern cars, take a look at the inside of the Power Transfer Unit on the all-wheel drive Ferrari FF:
And here's some computational fluid dynamics of a Ferrari 599 GTO's front pressure coefficients:
It's not even just the cool tech pictures and descriptions that make the site so good. There's also the amazing "legacy" section of the site, which walks you through major milestones in the company's history. Plus, you can actually listen to some Ferrari engines online.
I mean, who doesn't want to listen to a 6.2-litre V12 while drooling over images of camshafts? We all do. It's what makes us human.
All images by Ferrari