You may not know it but, at Ferrari HQ, inside its ‘Nuovo Meccanica’ (its 18 month old engine plant to you and me), a tribute to Shakespeare’s finest love story takes place every couple of minutes. It’s a fascinating, intimate, computer-controlled ballet of elemental chemistry and perfect physics, and it’s flawlessly repeated once for every eight- or 12-cylinder motor that’s made at Maranello. I caught a one-minute matinee earlier this week; here’s how the miniature romance went.
The main protagonists are two robotic arms – a big one, ‘Romeo’, and a smaller one, ‘Juliet’. Together they carry out quite a dangerous and complicated process on the Prancing Horse’s engine production line; they fuse valve seats into those motors’ aluminium cylinder heads.