The cars Ferrari builds are stable, reliable, technologically cutting-edge and blisteringly fast. Speed is one of the fundamentals for the Prancing Horse. And speed is something Usain Bolt knows a lot about.
Bolt arrived in Maranello on November 15th 2010, a rainy day with a low fog limiting visibility. Two cars awaited, ready to give him a taste of another dizzying sort of speed, as if he didn’t get enough of that sort of thing in his own life.
Bolt has legs rather than tyres and perfectly sculpted muscles instead of alloy wheels, but it seems a little absurd to even compare him with a Ferrari. And yet he was absolutely captivated by the experience, delighting in the delicious sense of fear and excitement that only a Ferrari can elicit.
The sprinter did a handful of laps in both a 458 Italia and a 599 GTB Fiorano, first as a passenger and then in the driver’s seat flanked by test-drivers Dario Benuzzi and Raffaele De Simone.
He enjoyed a few controlled skids on the wet asphalt and a few short, sharp accelerations thrilled him to the bone: “It’s a totally different kind of thrill than I’m used too! I’m as excited as a little boy!”
It’s not remotely strange that the current world record holder and 100 m and 200 m Olympic champion was so surprised by the speed of a car of the calibre of the 458 Italia: “It’s a bit like me – very quick off the mark, spirited!”
Responsiveness, spirit, speed: Ferraris and the human body have more in common than we think…
Published on November 2010