Must-see Automobile Exhibitions that Celebrate Decades of Innovation & Engineering

Audi Museum Mobile: "Revolution – 60 years of the NSU/Wankel engine"

An exciting piece of technological history is on-show in the Audi museum mobile in Ingolstadt as part of the new special exhibit entitled "Revolution – 60 years of the NSU/Wankel engine". The special occasion is the 60th anniversary of this once revolutionary rotary engine concept. The exhibition runs from May 20 to November 5, 2017 and shows this and further models featuring the Wankel engine. Visitors to the "Revolution – 60 years of the NSU/Wankel engine" exhibition can expect to see not just the NSU/Wankel Spider but also further exhibits like the first NSU "Prinz 3" Wankel prototype from 1959 and the NSU Ro 80. In 1967 this model with its innovative technology and timeless design was awarded the title of Car of the Year. Two Audi models are also exhibited: the Audi 200 KKM prototype from 1979 and an Audi A1 e-tron from 2012.

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Lamborghini Museum: Exhibition dedicated to Ayrton Senna

Every race car ever driven by the Brazilian champion is on display, from his debut outing to his tragic accident, heightening the appeal of the “Ayrton Senna. The last night” photography exhibition. The cars on display include the white MP4/8, identical to the one tested at Estoril, along with its engine. The exhibition is open daily from 12 April to 9 October, including Sundays, from 9.30 am to 7 pm, and runs alongside the Lamborghini Museum’s permanent collection. Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, inaugurated the Ayrton Senna exhibition at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese. The event welcomed the participation of Ercole Colombo and Giorgio Terruzzi, curators of the photographic record, and Mauro Forghieri and Daniele Audetto, who attended the test drive in 1993 when Senna drove a McLaren fitted with a Lamborghini engine on the Estoril circuit.

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Ferrari Museum of Maranello: “Under the Skin”

The “Under the Skin” exhibition, created in partnership with the London Design Museum, recounts the creative and engineering of Ferrari down the years through a series of exceptional cars beginning with the 125 S, the marque’s first car. Some technical drawings from the historical archive of the Prancing horse and the engines on display reveal the design process of cars of all eras, casting an unprecedented eye over the engineering work hidden behind their exterior beauty. Design models and the Wind Gallery also show the evolution of styles and technologies down the years, recalling how Enzo Ferrari was at the forefront of experimenting with new scientific techniques. A parallel exhibition itinerary strongly linked to the first one reminds us of the main biographical stages, the work and the competitive spirit that has made Ferrari famous worldwide. The exhibition will remain at Maranello until November 2017, after which it will move to the London Design Museum.

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Ferrari Museum of Maranello: “Infinite Red”

This exhibition celebrates the 70-year history of the Prancing Horse with some Maranello’s most exclusive creations for the track and road. The Formula One cars on display have a long series of victories to their name: from the 500F2, with which Alberto Ascari won for Ferrari the first world drivers’ title in 1952, to the F2004, the Ferrari that won the most GPs in history (15, like the F2002) and concluded Michael Schumacher’s epic run of world titles, and finally the F2008, which won the World Constructors’ Championship. Among the GT cars, visitors can admire various models from the 250 family, such as the 250 GT Berlinetta “Tdf”, which dominated races in the second half of the 1950s, its evolution the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB and the 250 GTO, a collectors’ favourite. Then down to the present, the exhibition features a number of limited special series such as the F50, the Enzo and the latest, the LaFerrari, also present in the non-homologated FXX K version for exclusive use on the track. The “Infinite Red” exhibition will be open until the end of 2017.

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