Born in 1947, Ferrari has always produced vehicles at its current site in Maranello, Italy and has maintained its directions. It is at the Ferrari that passion, innovation and technology combine to create the company’s GT and Formula 1 cars. It has progressively widened its range using visionary planning both on a design level and on the quality of work produced.
In late 1945, founder Enzo Ferrari begins work on the first Ferrari. His ambitious plan was to power it with a V12 engine. This particular architecture would become a fixture throughout the company's entire history. The reason Ferrari chose the V12 for its versatility: it was just as suited to use on sports prototypes as single-seaters as it would a grand tourer. Ferrari currently still employs their award winning V12 engine technology, though not without modern engineering upgrades, in many of their road cars, such as the F50, F60 Enzo, 599 GTB Fiorano, 612 Scaglietti, and FF.
Since the company's beginnings, Ferrari has been involved in motorsport, competing in a range of categories including Formula One and sports car racing through its Scuderia Ferrari sporting division as well as supplying cars and engines to other teams and for one make series. Having won their first Mille Miglia in 1948, their first Le Mans 24 Hour in 1949, and their first Formula One World Championship Gran Prix in 1951, Ferrari has solidified their reputation in the world of motorsports and has continues to win World Championship races today. Ferrari's unique perspective into the world of motorsports translates to their widely revered high performance road cars, such as the F40, 360 Stradale, F430 Scuderia, 458 Italia, and the 599 GTO.