The Ricardo Tormo circuit, a few kilometres outside Valencia, will host a weekend of thrills and excitement from 29 to 31 March. Marked by the exclusivity that only Ferrari can provide the event is dedicated to all Prancing Horse fans and enthusiasts. Set in a sort of natural amphitheatre, Valencia offers the public the chance to follow the cars around most of the circuit, courtesy of the long grandstands that can accommodate over 150,000 spectators.
The programme starts on Friday, but the highlights will be on Saturday and Sunday with the Ferrari Challenge Europe races, which count towards the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell. After making their debut at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain, the 488 Challenges will once again battle it out along the 4km track that has hosted several editions of the Ferrari one-make championship.
However, there will also be other activities, including the first European stage of Passione Ferrari, an exclusive initiative that gives Prancing Horse customers and enthusiasts unique experiences on and off the track. These include a close up look at the Ferrari F8 Tributo, the new two-seater berlinetta with a central-rear engine, the Prancing Horse’s most advanced car of this type. Presented at the last Geneva Motor Show, the F8 Tributo offers unique features and, as the name suggests, pays homage to the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever.
The F8 Tributo incorporates the state of the art in terms of Ferrari’s aerodynamic solutions, innovations and know-how, also acquired in GT and Challenge championships, and perfects it to create a mid-rear-engined saloon production model. The car makes the highest l performance levels accessible to all types of drivers. In Valencia, there will be a chance to find out about this latest Maranello masterpiece in the new Passione Ferrari hospitality lounge where guests can take a break between one track activity and another with a spot of excellent Italian cuisine.
Professional Ferrari instructors will help customers and enthusiasts improve their driving techniques, while the new ‘Passion Ferrari Clinic’ will be on hand to give their cars a check-up.
During the week, in particular on 2 and 3 April, tests will take place behind closed doors featuring the cars of the XX Programmes and F1 Clienti. With the help of tutors Marc Gené and Olivier Beretta, more than 20 cars will take to the track, including some of the F1 single-seaters from the Schumacher era. There will also be appearances from the FXX-K Evo and other models, with which some exclusive customers will try their hand at the special role of driver-tester.