It is not “only” a thousand-year-old road created under the Roman Empire. The Via Emilia is much more. It is the homeland of Italian supercars, the speed capital of the world. This is where the Motor Valley is located, an area that is home to automotive royalty such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Dallara, Ducati and Pagani.
The history of the car is written along this 163 miles (262 km) that connects Piacenza and Rimini, and we wanted to retrace how it all started in this video.
When everything is born
Ferrari is one of the best known and beloved brands in the world, but it was not the first brand to be born in this magical land. It all started in 1914 with the birth of Maserati. It was in this year that the brothers of the same name opened their business in Bologna, before settling in Modena.
It will be a few more years before a young Enzo brings Scuderia Ferrari to life, laying the foundations for the post-war birth of the Cavallino, recognized around the world. In true Motor Valley style, this also sparked what happened in Sant’Agata Bolognese, where, in the midst of an economic boom, the former mechanics and tractor builder Ferruccio Lamborghini brought the Toro company to life. same name.
Ferrari 296 GTB
Oxen at the Indy 500
The special alchemy of this land has also borne fruit of infinite value with Ducati, a true legend for all two-wheel enthusiasts, and Dallara, which not only builds extremely light and powerful cars like the Stradale EXP, but also all cars that take part in the Indy 500.
Dallara Stradale Club Italy
Pagani Huayra R
With such a lineage, it’s no wonder that Motor Valley has become the Mecca of all those who dream of designing high-performance cars. As was the case for Horacio Pagani, who since his childhood in Argentina has never doubted what should be the cradle of his supercars.
In short, as the video shows, Via Emilia has come a long way. From Roman-era oxen to roaring V12 horsepower, with a look to a future that will meet environmental challenges while retaining the same attitude that made Motor Valley unique. Always in search of the greatest emotions.