A partly Ferrari-sponsored project called ‘Mille Chili’ is aiming at automotive weight reduction via a collaboration with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia’s engineering department.

The target of this project was the overall weight of the car (mille chili = 1,000 kg), a stimulus for the development of engineering solutions which take advantage of light weight.

The ‘Mille Chili’ laboratory has been inaugurated at the department. It is a lecture room equipped with hardware, software and chassis from Ferrari to study research projects developed by the faculty’s undergraduates, aiming at a weight reduction. Eight undergraduates will work at the ‘Mille Chili’ laboratory. They can rely on the support of their teaching staff and some Ferrari engineers.

The inauguration was held in the presence of the students, the teaching staff and the President of the faculty Professor Giuseppe Cantore, while for Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa and Mario Mairano, Head of Human Resources and General Secretariat, were present.

Engineer Felisa said: “It is a great pleasure to inaugurate this laboratory, which will work on a very important issue for the future. The experience confirms that constant collaboration between private industry and University is a fundamental part, and contributes to growth for both parties: the University has to work with not exclusively theoretical issues, while the industry can confront itself with new ideas.”

On the subject of University and innovation Amedeo Felisa reminded that “Ferrari will finance six scholarships in the area of research by young graduates/undergraduates in Engineering, Physics, Architecture and Human Studies at Italian and international Universities. This shows the attention our company has for the young to increase the value of creativity and competence.”