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Ferrari Inaugurates "Mille Chili" Laboratory

Weight reduction of their cars has always been one of the main goals that Ferrari aimed to achieve in time. The logical chain was the following: if cars were lighter, this would lead to less fuel consumption and reduced emissions as well, which would make Ferrari cars less harmful for the environment.

Now their dream might come true sooner than we have expected with their new project called "Mille Chili", meant to create a car that will weigh only 1,000 kg. The project will be developed in collaboration with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, especially with its Engineering department. In order to achieve this specific purpose, the "Mille Chili" Laboratory has been inaugurated at the department this week.

"It is a great pleasure to inaugurate this laboratory, which will work on a very important issue for the future. The experience confirms that constant collaboration between private industry and University is a fundamental part, and contributes to growth for both parties: the University has to work with not exclusively theoretic issues, while the industry can confront itself with new ideas," Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa commented on the opening of the laboratory.

The laboratory is more like a lecture room equipped with hardware, software and chassis from Ferrari to study research projects developed by eight undergraduates, aiming at a weight reduction. In their study, the daring undergraduates will be helped by their teachers and some Ferrari engineers.

More importantly, "Ferrari will finance six scholarships in the area of research by young graduates/undergraduates in Engineering, Physics, Architecture and Human Studies at Italian and international Universities. This shows the attention our Company has for the young to increase the value of creativity and competence," added Felisa.

Students, teachers, he President of the faculty Professor Giuseppe Cantore as well as Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa and Mario Mairano, Head of Human Resources and General Secretariat participated at the inauguration of the lab.
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