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Geneva Auto Show - A Path Breaking New Ferrari: Inside, Alcoa Business
PITTSBURGH--March 9, 1999--
Renowned Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari unveils its new "360
Modena" today at the 1999 Geneva International Motor Show.
But automobile fans will need X-ray vision to see one of the features
that gives this new Ferrari its record-setting performance capability:
an all-aluminum body structure built together with Ferrari inside
Ferrari's famed Scaglietti Works in Modena, Italy.
Alcoa Automotive Structures has worked in partnership with Ferrari for
five years to assist with the development of the aluminum body structure
for this significant new car.
This collaboration culminated with Alcoa helping to establish an
assembly line inside Ferrari's Scaglietti plant. This operation uses
extruded and die-cast components made in Alcoa's plant in Soest,
Germany; sand castings made by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy; and sheet
components from Alcoa Mill Products in Danville, Illinois. The
high-performance body structure is built on-site and is then moved a few
meters, directly to the assembly line.
In recent years, Alcoa has collaborated with Audi and with
DaimlerChrysler to create high-performance aluminum body structures for
the Audi A8 and the Plymouth Prowler. Alcoa is the global leader in
aluminum technology for the automotive market, with nearly every
European and U.S. automaker on its customer list.
"The 360 Modena is the first series production program where Alcoa has
worked so closely with a manufacturer," said Alcoa Chairman Paul
Styled by Pininfarina, the all-aluminum 360 Modena establishes a new
standard in performance, aerodynamics and advanced engineering. The
exotic two-seater incorporates superb handling, sophisticated suspension
and excellent interior space with a refined cabin layout.
The 360 Modena replaces the hugely successful F355 model (the Spider
version continues in production alongside the 360 Modena for the
immediate future.) The 360 Modena will be available throughout the
international Ferrari sales network by the summer.
Your budget isn't ready for a Ferrari?Consider this . . .
Interested consumers should keep a watchful eye on high-end
manufacturers like Ferrari. Before automotive mainstays such as disc
brakes, radial tires, air conditioning and air bags became common in
mid-size family cars, they first appeared as premium features in luxury
models. Given the improved performance, safety enhancements and fuel
efficiency of Alcoa's high-performance body structures, an all aluminum
mini-van cannot be far behind.
Founded in 1888, Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary
aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina and a major participant in all
segments of the industry: mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and
recycling. Alcoa serves customers worldwide in the automotive,
aerospace, packaging, construction and other markets with a great
variety of fabricated and finished products.