A few weeks ago, we reported that Ferrari would assist Italy’s largest ventilator manufacturer to boost its production, shortly after ceasing its operations at the Maranello plant.
Since then, Italy has been crippled by the pandemic and is now the third most affected country behind the USA and Spain after recording more than 168,000 cases and more than 22,000 deaths. The country is only now beginning to see a slow down in death rates but the Italians are not about to pump the brakes in this race against time.
Ferrari announced that they’ve begun production of respirator valves and fittings for protective masks at its Maranello plant as one of its initiatives in support of health workers treating Covid-19 patients. These valves will used to convert masks designed for snorkelling into respirators that can be used by both patients and medical personnel.
The section of the factory where prototypes are usually built is now being utilised to produce these thermoplastic components using additive manufacturing technology. In hindsight, everything just looks cooler with a Ferrari badge on it, don’t they?