Ferrari have begun producing valves for respirators and protective masks, joining Formula 1’s fight against COVID-19.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the world, Ferrari have announced that they are using their car prototype and factory in Maranello to produce thermoplastic components in an effort to increase the output of medical equipment to fight the virus.
Ferrari are producing valves for respirators and face masks with their machines at Maranello.
They follow Mercedes who have transformed their Brixworth engine factory to produce a breathing aid which is less invasive than a ventilator – they have already produced 10,000 of them.
McLaren and working with Ford and Airbus to develop a new ventilator, while Red Bull and Renault had started a project together to design a new ventilator, but it was stopped because it wasn’t suitable for treating patients with coronavirus.
Ferrari is now producing respirator valves and fittings for protective masks at its Maranello plant through its 3D printing facilities in support of health workers. Practical solutions for immediate aid where it is needed. #Ferrari https://t.co/ADIg28uYhK pic.twitter.com/cfYNiNHa7E
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) April 16, 2020
Ferrari are also working with Mares and Solid Energy to turn diving equipment into emergency medical masks for carers to treat patients in their native Italy.
In a statement Ferrari said: “In the next few days, Ferrari plans to manufacture several hundred items of equipment that are already being distributed by some of the companies involved, with the coordination of the Italian Civil Protection, to various Italian hospitals including those in Bergamo, Genoa, Modena, and Sassuolo as well as to health workers in the town of Medicina, near Bologna.”