“Furia” (literally, fury): someone with a nickname like that can only be strong-willed. A rebel even. To the point of convincing someone as tough as Enzo Ferrari to entrust him with the responsibility of the racing department: this is how, aged just 27, the legend of Mauro Forghieri began. He was not only the youngest number one of the Maranello team on the track, but he was also the only one to reach the Ferrari command deck straight out of university. Nobody else, in the history of Ferrari, has ever won as much as him: 17 world titles in the drivers and manufacturers championships, among Formula 1 and sports prototype racing.
"When the Drake informed me that I was to become the number one of his racing department - Forghieri explains - I confessed to him that I was afraid. Ferrari simply told me: you don't need to be afraid of anything, I've got your back. He taught me that you should never admit defeat, much less so before you've actually begun...".
Today "Furia" is over eighty years of age, but he still boasts the same spirit as ever, a drive that led him to triumph for 54 times in Formula 1 Grand Prix with Ferrari: he is head of his Oral Engineering Group, a leading company in the field of mechanical design (which can boast the creation of several prototypes, the first super-powerful engine used in Formula 1 by BMW and much more), which he set up following several experiences at Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Modena Team F1.
The merits of Forghieri are endless, his technical intuition on the track legendary, but perhaps the most important thing that Furia did for the world of competitive racing was how he catapulted Formula 1 from the ancient world to its modern-day aerodynamic mastery. Indeed, it was 1968 when Forghieri arranged for a giant large spoiler, resulting from meticulous study, to make its début on Cris Amon's and Jackie Ickx's Ferraris. The result? Needless to say, the two drivers dominated the trials with record times.