Alfredo Ferrari

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Alfredo Ferrari
Born Alfredo Ferrari
(1932-01-19)19 January 1932
Modena, Italy
Died 30 June 1956(1956-06-30) (aged 24)
Cimitero di San Cataldo, Modena, Italy
Nationality Italian

Alfredo Ferrari (nicknamed Alfredino or Dino), was an Italian automotive engineer and son of automaker Enzo Ferrari. Heir to the Ferrari empire, he suffered from Duchenne muscular dystrophy and died at just 24. A dozen years after his untimely passing, his father honored his memory by naming the company's Dino series of sports and racing automobiles in his honor.

Early life[edit]

Born to Enzo Ferrari and his wife Laura Dominica Gaurello, Alfredo was named after his grandfather. At the time Enzo was a racing driver for Alfa Romeo. He had vowed to stop racing cars if he had a son. True to his word, Enzo stopped driving and concentrated on racing team management with his newly formed Scuderia Ferrari.

From an early age Enzo groomed Alfredino—"little Alfredo"—to be his successor. He sent the youth to some of the best schools in Europe. Alfredo studied economics in Bologna before moving to mechanical engineering in Switzerland. Over time, however, it was clear that something was wrong. His physical movements gradually became stiff and he was often unable to maintain his balance. Doctors had no idea what was afflicting him, and he only managed to complete two years of his engineering education, enough for Enzo to proudly call his son "engineer".

Career at Ferrari[edit]

Enzo would often refer to his son among his colleagues as "my technical son". In Alfredo's short career at Ferrari, he was widely credited for the 750 Monza racing car and to a limited extent a 1.5-litre V6 that would later see action in Ferrari's early Formula racers. Alfredo suggested to his father the development of a 1.5 L DOHC V6 engine for F2 at the end of 1955. To honour his son, Enzo named the Dino series of road and racing Ferraris using this V-6 engine after him.

Death[edit]

Soon afterwards, Alfredo fell ill, suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. While hospitalized, he discussed technical details with fellow engineer Vittorio Jano. Alfredo would never see the engine; he died in Modena on 30 June 1956 at the age of 24, before his namesake Dino Ferrari Fiat Dino automobiles were produced.

The death of Alfredo took a toll on his parents' marriage, as his mother never got over the loss of her only son. After Laura died in 1978 Enzo publicly announced he'd had another son, Piero, with his mistress, Lina Lardi. Piero would take over Ferrari company operations after Enzo died in 1988.

The Autodromo Dino Ferrari in Italy was named in Alfredo's honour, with his father's added after Enzo's death in 1988.

References[edit]

  • Pritchard, Anthony (2009). Ferrari: Men from Maranello. Haynes Publishing. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-84425-414-9.