A Ferrari test driver since 1971, Dario Benuzzi is a man who needs no introduction. He has spent his life making sure each new Ferrari is up to the company’s high standards set by the great Enzo himself. Now that Don Luca has departed, Dario is one of the few remaining Ferrari “originals” who knows the essence of the brand by heart.
As a tribute to Dario Benuzzi, Ferrari lined up all four of their milestone cars – in modern history, that is – including Ferrari F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari at Fiorano for the man to drive. This counts as a greatest hits mixtape sort of thing for Dario who has worked on every single one of these cars.
This video is also a good reference point for those who want to learn about the evolution of Ferrari’s hyper cars. It all began with the F40 in the 80s. This is a car that is regarded, today, as the greatest performance machine ever created, and it doesn’t even have door handles! It was just a lightweight carbon body, a twin-turbo V8 engine, and a steering wheel. After that came the F50 which looked and sounded like a Formula 1 car but never quite delivered the same sense of sheer driving pleasure as its predecessor.
Then in the early years of the 21st century we got the Enzo, a car so great and so advanced they named it after the founder of the company. The Enzo is by no means the best driver’s car in the world, but it has so much class and charm, it just doesn’t matter. The latest milestone car is the Ferrari LaFerrari which is such an improvement over the Enzo they decided to name it after the company itself. It is the first production hybrid Ferrari.