Ferrari have joined Mercedes in unveiling their ventilator to help patients suffering with COVID-19, codenamed ‘F15’.
The ventilator is designed to help people who are suffering from the virus that attacks the lungs with their breathing, and after the first two prototype F15’s passed their required functionality tests, Ferrari can now move to the next stage.
That stage being to find partners in Italy, one of the countries worst affected by the virus, to produce the ventilators as Ferrari look to switch the focus of their factory back to Formula 1 once the FIA-enforced shutdown comes to an end.
Engineers from Ferrari’s F1, GT racing and road car divisions all worked on the project alongside the Italian Institute of Technology based in Genoa.
It has been confirmed that information on how to assemble the ventilator will be made available open-source, allowing the designs to be taken and used globally.
Speaking to the Ferrari website, team principal of their Formula 1 team Mattia Binotto said: “The challenge of COVID-19 was one we wanted to take on.
“FI5 is the contribution we made as the Scuderia, fielding the very essence of what makes a Formula 1 team and more importantly, all the characteristics that make Ferrari special; its passion, its creativity and its desire to improve.
“This project was a very stimulating experience as well as being truly rewarding for all those involved, who worked side by side with our colleagues from IIT and the other partners.
“It is initiatives like these that make #essereFerrari, not just a slogan but a distinctive feature of our identity.”
Professor Giorgio Metta, Scientific Director of the Italian Institute of Technology added: “The technological transfer of research is one of the central elements of our strategy.
“There are several projects that are taking shape along these lines. However, what we have done with Ferrari goes further than that. It is a project initiated because of an urgent health emergency in our society to which we have responded very quickly thanks to the combination of the Scuderia that is the pride of our nation and famous around the world, and a research centre that is at the forefront of internationally respected scientific institutions.
“Spurred on by Ferrari’s practice of working at speed, we designed and built the prototype in just five weeks. FI5 is an example of the ingenuity, technology and determination which are an essential part of our procedures. But more than that, it shows that this is a country that works and wins.”