Enzo Ferrari and engineer Mauro Forghieri, from Modena, both very attached to their hometown and sometimes led to dialogue in the local dialect, perhaps to play down the inevitable tensions.
Perhaps more spontaneously in the case of Ferrari, which belonged to a generation of the 19th century, with traditions far removed from that of its engineer.
Yet even these details, secondary to the large companies they faced together, helped to cement a working relationship that lasted 27 years and that ended only due to the natural departure of the creator of the Cavallino.
A very long time, especially taking into account that the engineer Forghieri went through it to a great extent in the role of number one in the Racing Department: a position assumed at just 26 years and just 18 months after his entry in Maranello!
Since November 1961, Mauro Forghieri has shared a quarter of a century of events with Enzo Ferrari, which include 54 victories in world Grand Prix, four F.1 'Drivers' and seven 'Constructors' World Championships, as well as 16 international titles for cars with covered wheels (Sport-Prototypes and GT), among which the historic duels with the 'Ford giant' were included.
Forghieri was one of the last racing technicians able to design the entire car (engine, gearbox, suspension frame, aerodynamics ...), with insights that in some cases went down in history, such as the first wing in F1., the 'Transversal' gearbox or the use of water to cool the air-petrol mixture at the inlet of the combustion chambers of turbocharged engines of 700 HP and over.
After designing them, the engineer followed the development of his own cars during the winter months, then moved to the circuits every weekend of the racing season and assumed the role of 'assistant' sporting director.
A multifaceted ability that in these years of radical specialization, is not reflected.
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