I’ve just been on a fabulous grand tour in Italy – on the road, on track and even in the workshop – with the scintillating new 211mph Ferrari F8 Tributo.
And fittingly for the most powerful V8 in Ferrari’s history I had as my driving partner for the road-trip from the firm’s headquarters at Marenello the engaging Yorkshire-born professional racing driver and coach Abbie Eaton – who is also test-driver on Amazon Prime TV’s ‘Grand Tour’ hosted by former BBC Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
Doubly fitting, as the last time I drove a V8 Ferrari, the 488 Pista, I was paired up with Mr May himself for what turned out to be – for a Ferrari at least – a relatively, leisurely but no less entertaining drive.
Ray helped out fitting the V8’s intricate and finely engineered pistons. First he adjusted the settings, then applied a liberal quantity of lubricating oil, before gently but firmly slotting it into the engine block
As an unskilled guinea-pig, I helped out fitting the V8’s intricate and finely engineered pistons – first adjusting the settings, then applying a liberal quantity of lubricating oil, before gently but firmly slotting it into the engine block and hearing and feeling it slot into place with a very reassuring ‘click’.
The very good news for customers is that this was a test engine – and won’t be fitted to anyone’s actual car.
Nor to any car I’ll ever drive, thankfully.
But having experienced the intricate work at the heart of the Ferrari engine, I can sum it all up in just one word. Respect.