Published on April 26th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Ferrari Chairman Takes Aim At Italy’s Train Monopoly, Prepares To Roll Out New Offering
Starting tomorrow passengers traveling throughout Italy will have a new option that doesn’t involve the countries monopolistic hold over the train industry. The new high-speed rail is known at NTV and among its founders is Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.
Painted bright red (pictured above) just like Ferrari’s famed super-cars the Nuovo Transporti Viaggiatori (NTV) is poised to take on the state-run Trenitalia monopoly by providing more room and higher levels of service between major Italian cities.
The $1.3 billion venture comes to use courtesy of individual and private investors as well as a 20 percent state by France’s stated-owned railway SNCF.
Seating 450 passengers and traveling at speeds of 186 mph (the fastest speed allowed by local laws) the train was created without a traditional locomotive, instead placing individual engines underneath each car which allows for more passenger space while providing for more flexibility in the number of cars each train carries.
Also promised are first-run movies, high-end meals and low-cost off-peak fares plus business class products for the discerning train traveler.
If that isn’t enough to peak your curiousness the trains are even decked out with Italian Poltrona Frau leather, the same stuff used in Ferrari upholstery.
Would you like to travel on high-speed rail trains created by Ferrari’s chairman and his group of transportation experts?