Video: A Ferrari engine, hand-built in 12 minutes


By JAKE LINGEMAN on 7/29/2011

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The Ferrari 458 Italia is powered by the technologically marvelous, hand-built 4.5-liter V8 engine. It produces 562 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. If you thought it was a painstaking process to put it together, you'd be right.

What we have here is a 12-minute video of Italian natives completing the heart of the new prancing horse. Luckily, subtitles are included; most of the video is in Italian.

The engineers wear white gloves in what looks like a Silicon Valley factory. There's no dirt or oil anywhere, and all of the engineers are in red Ferrari shirts that look like they just came off the hangar.

Many of the key systems are checked manually first, then again by a computer, making sure the timing and tolerances are precise.

It's another testament to the builders from Maranello, where every engine passes through their experienced hands. Sure, it's not as fast as Henry Ford's assembly line, but if it was, the Ferrari 458 Italia wouldn't be nearly as exclusive.

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