Formula 1 car maker Ferrari is expanding its horizons by entering the world of ocean racing, joining forces with accomplished Italian yachtsman Giovanni Soldini.
The move comes on the heels of Ferrari’s success in Formula 1 since 1950 and a notable return to endurance racing, marked by a surprising victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours race last year.
Soldini, boasting over three decades of experience in solo and crewed ocean races, will take on the role of team principal for Ferrari’s ambitious sailing project. This collaboration signifies Ferrari’s commitment to incorporating cutting-edge technologies in boat design and construction, showcasing their innovative prowess beyond the confines of the racing track.
The announcement follows Soldini’s recent departure from an 11-year partnership with Italian car maker Maserati in ocean navigation. In expressing his enthusiasm for the new venture, Soldini stated, “I am thrilled to start this new adventure with Ferrari. We are working on an important and cutting-edge project with amazing technological potential.”
Ferrari, a brand synonymous with speed and performance, is set to leverage state-of-the-art technologies throughout the entire cycle of boat development — from conception and engineering to realization. This strategic move aligns with Ferrari’s commitment to sustainability and reflects a broader objective of enhancing its technological know-how.
The Italian racing team, having clinched its last Formula 1 drivers’ championship in 2007 and constructors’ title in 2008, sees this foray into ocean racing as a new competitive challenge. John Elkann, Ferrari’s Chairman, emphasized the company’s motivation for the project, stating, “With this new competitive challenge, motivated by our innovative capacity and commitment to sustainability, we will push beyond current boundaries.”