17th November 2006
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On 17th November 2006, the Ferrari Panamerican 20,000 raid ended in front of the New York Stock Exchange building on Wall Street. The event saw two 599 GTB Fiorano cars make the trip from Belo Horizonte to New York, crossing the entire American content. It took 15 legs over 84 days, totalling over 32,000 kilometres, with 48 journalists taking turns at the wheel of the two cars. From Brazil to the Argentinian pampas, from the High Andes to passes over 4000 metres above sea level, from the tropics of Central America to Mexico and then a long trip through the heart of the USA, before getting to Canada and from there on to the Big Apple. The whole tour was an amazing journey through 16 countries.
The two 599 GTB Fioranos left Maranello to set out on there trip across America, with only a few modifications aimed at getting them across the most difficult terrain: a sumpguard was made out of 4mm Duralumin and plastic material and the dampers were slightly lengthened to deal with the toughest roads. Apart from that, they were normal production cars.
The Ferrari Panamerican 20,000 was the third such event organised by the Maranello company, after a 1997 around the world trip with the F355 and a Chinese adventure in 2005, using the 612 Scaglietti. The aim of these initiatives was to demonstrate that Ferraris are cars that can be used in any conditions, as well as bringing Ferrari closer to the public who love these cars even outside the group of fans who follow the company’s exploits on the track. Whether on the furthest point on the Silk Road or along the shores of Lake Titicaca, people immediately recognised the Ferrari, further proof of how cars can constitute a dream, with Ferrari the ultimate example of that.