Simone Origone in the Maranello wind tunnel
The flying kilometre champion perfects his position before the World Championships
Maranello, 20 February – On skis, he can reach speeds greater than many cars: 252.454 km/h is his record. We’re talking about the five times world champion for the flying kilometre, Simone Origone. He visited Maranello to fine tune his equipment before taking part in the World Championships, which get underway in Andorra, on the Pas de la Casa piste.
In the wind tunnel. Origone has worked with the wind tunnel engineers: “I want to thank Ferrari and Fisi (The Italian Winter Sports Federation) for this opportunity. I’ve been able to carry out a lot of aerodynamic tests, which have allowed me to fine tune the kit I will use in the World Championships. Unfortunately, they take place on a piste that’s not very steep, with comparatively low top speeds (around 180 km/h) and the work in the wind tunnel has been done with this in mind.” However, after the championships, the Italian skier will get back to work on trying to beat his own speed world record, which is his most important objective.
A fan. Given his profession, it’s hardly surprising that Origone is not indifferent to the attraction of fast sporty cars. “I am a big fan of cars, especially Ferraris. I’ve been able to drive a Ferrari on a number of occasions. It was a 458 Speciale that belongs to a friend. I was in Germany, on one of those stretches of road where there are no speed limits. I floored the accelerator and hit 250 km/h and it struck me I was doing the same speed in the car that I usually reach on skis. Then, for that very reason, I told myself that, in a Ferrari, I ought to go quicker and I went over 300 per hour! And all that without breaking the law…”
Good luck charm. Origone revealed he has always been a big fan of Ferrari in Formula 1: “In the Schumacher days, there were so many victories to celebrate! Now, once again, there’s a German in the team and I think that everything is set to start another cycle, even if one will need to still be patient in 2015.” The Ferrari name, several examples of it in fact, will be trying to get him to the top step of the podium. “For the World Championships, I have been provided with four new pairs of skis and I have named them after four Ferraris that are special to me: FXX K, an amazing car that I spotted in photos of the World Finals at Abu Dhabi; the F1-2000, the car that put an end to the drought of world titles in Formula 1 with Schumacher; the 458 Speciale and the SF15-T.” Best of luck Simone!