Driving in Tuscany, Italy Part 1
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March 29th, 2010 – by: Andreas_D
Many people visit this Northern Italy region named Emilia-Romagna for many world-famed attractions. The genius of man and the mystery of nature gave birth to the Renaissance movement here. Legends such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Giovanni Da Verrazzano, Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli, Antonio Meucci, and Amerigo Vespucci shaped our sciences, peotries, arts, politics, and exploring spirits. For car enthusiasts, this region has another importance. Some say that the babies born here are very special. They are born with the need for speed. It is hard to argue with that statement knowing that this place has Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani Zonda, and Dallara.
In the beginning, Ferruccio Lamborghini built tractors. He was always fond of driving Ferrari's. He noticed that Ferrari's clutch broke frequently. So, he proposed a heavy-duty clutch design based on his experience building tractors. Ferrari didn't accept his idea. So, being a very passionate person, he did the insane thing. He built his own sports cars. The history of the Lamborghini had not always been commendable. The company had its ups and down. It changed owners many times.
There were seven workstations in the Gallardo assembly line. The tasks at each station had to be completed in about 50 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for any unexpected delays. The parts to be assembled on each workstation were delivered just in time. The line moved at the top of the hour. In an eight hour working day, this line produced seven cars. There was only one shift and they were off on weekends. The beauty of human syncopation from the start of the assembly line to the end should be captured in a time-lapse camera.
The factory museum is located in the modern glass building featuring gleaming vintage, racing, and concept cars. One can admire the legendary Countach's, the curvaceous Miura's, the spartan F1's, the menacing Diablo's, the unconventional Espada's, the jet fighter Reventon, and other historic 350's, 400 GT's, Islero's, and Jarama's. In one afternoon, one can learn the Lamborghini genealogy and heritage...
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