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Prisca Taruffi drives the Ferrari 315 S at the Mille Miglia


Prisca Taruffi and the Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Prisca Taruffi and the Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Prisca Taruffi and the Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Prisca Taruffi and the Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Engine of Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Engine of Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

Ferrari 315 S s/n 0684

 

Maranello, 9 May 2007

This year's edition of the Mille Miglia celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first legendary Brescia-Rome-Brescia road race. The event will be held from the 17th to the 20th of May and will see the participation of the Ferrari 315 S with which Piero Taruffi won the last race in 1957. The car will be driven by Piero Taruffi's daughter, Prisca, journalist and a racing driver in her own right.

"To drive the same car my father drove 50 years ago," commented Prisca Taruffi, "is a dream come true. It is something I have hoped to do ever since I started racing. To experience the same sensations behind the wheel of the 315 S as he did is a unique opportunity. Ferrari could not have given me a finer gift."

The 315 S, chassis number 0684, which is still painted with the original 535 starting time from that epic victory, is one of just two cars built. Equipped with a 3783 cc V12 producing 360 hp at 7800 rpm, the car is now owned by the American collector John McCaw who will co-drive with Prisca.

This year sees Ferrari celebrate an equally important anniversary - that of its 60th year as a sports car manufacturer. As one of the first races to be dominated by Ferrari, the Mille Miglia is an ideal occasion for Ferrari Classiche to underline the important services it offers the many clients who own classic Ferraris. Ferrari Classiche will, in fact, provide technical assistance for the car, just one of the specialist division's areas of expertise which include restoration, maintenance and Authenticity Certification services.

Prisca will wear her father's original helmet and goggles the first time she will test the 315 S at Fiorano in the 16th of May, the day that all the Ferrari teams taking part in this year's Mille Miglia will visit the factory for a special pre-event meeting.

On Saturday the 19th of May, Ferrari will open the gates of the historic Carrozzeria Scaglietti factory for the passage of the Mille Miglia on its return leg through Modena. On hand to salute the participants will be Piero Ferrari, the son of founder Enzo, and Sergio Scaglietti, the coachbuilder who actually built the bodywork of many of Ferrari's racing cars.