Scientific Committee
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Scientific committee

It is clearly understood that the exhibition should not  be inclined to any particular manufacturer. The visitor shall perceive the sport car  development regardless to the protagonist of that time .
The scientific committee consists of following persons who spent their life in the sport car field.

It is by mean of  those persons, maybe not longer young, managed by Eng Giacomo Caliri, that it started the listing of the items to be exhibited in several sectors.

Components are to be found out, collected, restored and eventually rebuilt by mean of original  drawings.


Giuseppe Allievi

Born in Dervio, province of Cuneo in 1947, he has worked for years as Motoring Editor of “La Gazzetta dello Sport”. He also reports on Formula 1 racing and presents new cars and motorcycles for the same newspaper. An enthusiastic automobile historian, during the last thirty years he has met all the leading figures in the world of motoring. He has written several books and articles. He has received several awards, including the Dino Ferrari Journalism award, given to him personally by the famous maker, and the Coni Award for sports reporting.


Mario Andretti

Born in Montona (Istria / Italy) in 1940, in 1954 a visit to Monza for the Italian GP won by Ascari triggered his passion for motor racing. He emigrated to America with his family when he was 15 and, aged 19, he participated in races on dirt tracks around Nazareth with an old Hudson. In 1963 he succeeded in winning three races on two different tracks on the same day. In 1964, he started racing in the USAC and Indy competitions (Rookie of the year in 1967). In 1969, he won at Indianapolis, then the Daytona 24 hours, Sebring and two USAC championships. From 1971 on, he alternated between F1 and the USAC championship.
He won his first F1 race with Ferrari and in 1972 he won four races at the wheel of the 312P Ferrari. In 1978, driving the revolutionary Lotus F1 with ground effect, fine-tuned by himself and the late Colin Chapman, he became world champion.
His qualities as a test driver caused him to be unanimously appreciated as one of the best drivers for fine-tuning cars. This characteristic earned him the job of test driver for Firestone. The experience acquired in many years of racing mechanics has won him the right to a place in this committee of experts.
Aged 42, he participated in his last F1 race with Ferrari at Monza, but he continued racing until 1993 when he won his last Indy race at Phoenix aged 53.
The Andretti name continues with his son Michael and nephew Marco (Rookie at the 2006 Indianapolis 500 miles)


Enrico Benzing

Born in Milan in 1932, he is an engineer and a journalist ("La Gazzetta dello Sport", "Il Giornale"). Former member of the FIA Technical Commission. Member of the UK "Society of Engineers". He has calculated hundreds of airfoils (most of which are collected together in "Ali/Wings") for Formula 1, 2, 3, Rally and Endurance cars. He has written many highly appreciated technical books. Winner of the first edition (1963) of the "Dino Ferrari" award. USSI award for engineering (1956), "Sanremo e l'automobile 1981" award, Skf Formula 1 1990 award, "Motor Monza 1999" award, Palumbo, UIGA and ACM career awards.


Ermanno Bonfiglioli

Born in Serramazzoni, province of Modena, in 1948. From 1966 to 1969, he worked as technical designer for FERRARI Spa. From 1970 until 1976 he worked as Designer for FERRARI Spa. From 1977 to 1985 he worked as Special Projects Manager for supercharged engine projects, always in the design department of FERRARI Spa. From 1986 and always in FERRARI Spa he has worked as Engine and Gearbox Design Manager, a position he still holds today.


Gustav Brunner

Born 1950 in Graz, Austria. Mechanical engineer
1969 Start of my career as junior designer with STP-Mcnamara and STP-March.
1978 Ats F1, chiefdesigner
1979 Maurer F2, chiefdesigner
1980 Ats F1, chiefdesigner
1981 Arrows F1, chiefdesigner
1982 Wildcat (Phonix), Indy car+Maurer F2, chiefdesigner
1983 Ats F1,chiefdesigner
1984 Alfa romeo F1, raceengineer
1985 Ram-Hart F1, raceengineer
1986+87 Ferrari, Indy car+F1, chiefdesigner
1988 Rial F1, chiefdesigner
1989 Zakspeed F1, chiefdesigne
1990+91 Leiton house F1, chiefdesigner
1992 March F1,chiefdesigner
1993 Minardi F1, chiefdesigner
1994+95+96+97 FerrariF1 responsible r/d
1998+99+2000 Minardi F1, chiefdesigner
2001+02+03+04+05 Toyota F1, chiefdesigner.
Vive a Firenze con la sua seconda moglie Lara ed il loro cane labrador Aristotele.


Daniele Buzzonetti

Born in Calestano, province of Parma, in 1944. He worked for over 35 years as a journalist in the motor sport and production sector.
He started in the Seventies with Autosprint, a weekly magazine, first as a member of the editorial staff and then F1 correspondent until 1987. He then went on to become the vice-director of the monthly magazine Auto and towards the end of 1992, director of Gente Motori. After helping to relaunch the monthly magazine AM (vice-director) he returned to Autosprint in 2003 (vice-director). He is an all-round enthusiast of motor sport and history and he constantly improves his knowledge by reading up on the latest developments in the sector.


Giacomo Caliri (co-ordinator)

Born in Catania in 1940. In 1966, he graduated in mechanical engineering at the Turin Polytechnic. In the same year, Enzo Ferrari hired him as an expert in aerodynamics.
In 1967, he gradually took over responsibility for overall chassis design and applied several innovative ideas, the most famous of which was the debut of the rear wing on a F1. In 1972, Ferrari asked him to direct the team of sports cars participating in the Manufacturers' Championship. As a result of his successful leadership, he was appointed F1 team track manager in 1974. In 1976, he left Ferrari to set up FLY STUDIO, technical director of FITTIPALDI, ATS and MINARDI. In 1980, the MINARDI stable became a Maker and Caliri joined the company as a partner, leaving FLY STUDIO to ing. Marmiroli.
Towards the end of 1988, De Tomaso asked him to join MASERATI where he remained as technical director until 1997 when, following the FERRARI takeover, he returned to Maranello to direct the Innovation sector.
In 2003 he retired, set up WATCH ANDRIVE Srl, acting as Sole Director, and provided consulting services for the design of an innovative carbon chassis for the ATR Group. “Taormina 1997” career award.
He has been working on the “EXPOTECNICA” project since 2004.


Leopoldo Canetoli

Born in Bologna in 1944. After a short racing career, he co-founded Autosprint in the late Seventies. He was special F3 correspondent for this weekly magazine, then F2, and then F1 in 1977. He continues his work in the world of GP with Rombo, a weekly magazine. He is also involved in the leading endurance trials at International Motor Shows. In the Nineties, he co-founded the Lambo F1 team with Mauro Forghieri. He later joined Minardi, again in the F1 sector. He then focused on product testing during his seven-year spent as special correspondent of Gente Motori. After that, he spent two years as Public Relations Manager and Press Office Director for the Imola racing track. He has written books about cars and clocks, and is also interested in the vintage car sector.


Adriano Cimarosti

Born in Maniago del Friuli, province of Pordenone, in 1937. He emigrated with his parents to Switzerland where he has lived since 1941. From 1961 to 2001, he was on the sports editorial staff of the specialist Swiss magazine “Automobil Revue” (German edition). He has written several books: “Carrera Panamericana” (Belcour Award, France), “Grand Prix Story” (4 editions in German, 2 editions in English and 1 edition in Italian; Montague Trophy, UK), “Grand Prix Suisse” (Swiss editors' award). He works with 10 specialist magazines.


Ercole Colombo

Ercole Colombo, was born in Monza, Italy, and entered the world of photography in 1970. For a young man born and bred just a stone's throw from the Monza motor racing circuit, a real and proper temple to motor racing, combining photography with racing was a fairly logical decision. From then on he followed motor racing events for leading Italian and foreign publications, thus becoming one of the most assiduous and attentive experts at all the tracks in the world to narrate the history of F1 with his objective. On 14th September 2003, at Monza, he attended his 500th Formula 1 Gran Prix. Ercole Colombo can be defined as one of the historic figures of F1 and over the years he has provided photographs for numerous books on the subject. In 1983, he was the only active Italian photographer to be invited by the Modern Art Museums of Long Beach and San Francisco to participate in the travelling exhibition entitled “Passion and precision”, which visited the most important American museums to illustrate “One hundred years of motor racing”.
Thanks to his photographic creativity, he has participated in many other exhibitions, both in Italy and abroad.
During his career, he has received several important awards, including the prestigious “Premio Dino Ferrari” in 1979; the “F1 Photographer of the Year” Award in 1984; the ACI-CSAI Award in 1985; the “Confartigianato” Award in 1984 and 1986; the “Gilles Villeneuve” Award in 1988; the “Niki Lauda” Award in 1990; the “1000 Miglia” Journalism Award in 1991 and the “Publicist of the Year” Award by the Lombard Group of Sports Journalists in 1993. In 2002, he received a special prize from the municipality of Ravenna as part of the Lorenzo Bandini Award, and in 2003 he won the “Pepi Cereda” Award during the International F1 PhotographY Award, held at Monza during the Italian Gran Prix, and the Franco Lini Award in 2004. The prestigious 140-piece collection of F1 helmets that Ercole Colombo was given by the greatest racing drivers of his time, clearly demonstrates the commitment and friendship he was able to establish with racing drivers and the entire F1 circus


Valerio Colotti

Born in Modena in 1925, he left Ferrari in 1953 after spending five years in the technical department, to realise his dream of starting up his own business.
He was then contacted by Ing. Vittorio Bellentani who convinced him to join Maserati.
He designed all but the engine of the Maserati 250F which won the F1 World Championship in 1957 with the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel.
After leaving Maserati in 1958, he finally established Tec-Mec, which 1962 became Gear Speed Developments, co-founded together with Alf Francis.
He designed and built the gearbox for the Rob Walker Cooper.
Stirling Moss and Maurice Trintignant consolidated his success by encouraging other British stables to order his gearbox for their cars.
Colin Chapman, the owner of Lotus, ordered the gearbox and the differential for the Lotus 29 which won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race with Jim Clark in 1964.
To meet the increasingly pressing requirement for greater adherence, especially in difficult conditions, he developed, built and patented the "Coppia Frenata" and the "Duo-Block" limited slip differentials that allow drivers to drive perfectly safely even on extremely demanding surfaces.
He then moved on to build transmissions for rally cars where his two limited slip differentials proved to be even more effective.
He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1962 and still continues his technical research into transmission, both in the sport and industrial sectors.


Massimo (Max) de Novellis

Born in Rome in 1963 obtains in 1985 a degree in mechanical engineering at Queen Mary (London) and in 1990 a PhD on "Bond Graph Modelling of variable geometry turbocharged Diesel engines". The work is followed by publication of several technical papers. In December 1990 is employed by Centro Ricerche FIAT. Within the group lead by Ing. Giovanni Cipolla, which offered support to the various FIAT motorsport activities, is involved in research of the Lancia Delta HF 16 valves engine.
In 1992 is transferred to the Gestione Sportiva Ferrari and has the chance to work together with ing.Massai, Lombardi, Goto and Marmorini on the development of 043 and 044 V12 engines.
In 1995 returns to England at ILMOR which produces the engines for McLaren. Mario Illien and Paul Morgan, to whom he directly reports, deeply influence his technical and managerial professional evolution. In this period develops the D, E, F and G V10 engines and with the latter McLaren obtains the 1998 Drivers and Constructors world Championships.
From January 2000 begins the Toyota adventure. In the position of Senior Manager Engine Research and Development leads the performance and reliability development of all the F1 engines: V10 series RVX 1,2,3,4,5; V8 series RVX 6 and 7.


Richard R. Divila

Educated at Sao Paulo Polytechnic, Divila began working with the Fittipaldi brothers' Fitti-Kart company in 1967 and stayed with the Brazilians when they came to Europe. In 1975 he designed the first Fittipaldi F1 chassis - the futuristic FD01. The following year he designed the FD04 and its arrival coincided with Emerson Fittipaldi's decision to quit McLaren. Divila stayed with the Fittipaldis until the team folded in 1979. There followed two years as a consultant in Formula 2, Indycars and sports-prototypes.
In 1985 Divila began working in F3000, moving from PMC to Eddie Jordan and then First Racing. He designed a Formula 1 car for First but the team failed to raise the money needed. At the start of 1989, however, he joined Ligier. The result was the hurriedly-produced Ligier-Ford JS33B in 1990 and the Lamborghini-engined JS35 in 1991. Guy Ligier, however, had hired Frank Dernie to be his new technical director in an effort to get a big name to keep Renault as his engine supplier in 1992 happy and when the JS35 was not immediately competitive Divila was fired. He worked briefly with Fondmetal before joining Minardi to work with Christian Fittipaldi in 1992. He went on to work with Dominique Delestre's Apomatox F3000 team and did freelance design work with Courage for the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1995 he worked with Nissan in touring car racing and for the DAMS F3000 team but has concentrated on touring car racing in Japan in recent years, enjoying considerable success with Nissan.


Vincenzo Emiliani

Born in Castel Bolognese, province of Ravenna, in 1960. In 1980, he joined the technical staff of the Minardi Team working as Mechanical Designer under the direction of Ing. Giacomo Caliri. He spent the next 20 years in the same department and was eventually promoted to Technical Director. During this period, he worked closely with many first-class engineers enjoying important positions in various F1 teams. These included Giacomo Caliri, Tommaso Carletti, Riccardo Devila, Aldo Costa, Mauro Gennai, Gustav Brunner, Gabriele Tredozi, Renè Hillorst, Mariano Alperin, Marco De Luca, Luca Marmorini, Fabrizio Fabbri, Massimo De Novellis and Nicolò Petrucci. One of the peaks of his career was his important contribution in 2000 to the first gearbox for F1 cars made with cast titanium boxes. This was later taken up by almost all the Teams. From September 2001 to December 2005, he worked as Research and Development Team Manager with the TOYOTA Motorsport Team under the direct supervision of Gustav Brunner. Here he proposed several interesting projects, such as the Rotary Damper (used from 2003 to 2005), the Dynamic Hydraulic Brake Balance (still in use) and, last but not least, the GCS (Gearbox Concentric Selections) gearbox. He currently has his own design studio in Imola, province of Bologna.


Jack Faure

Born in Feurs (France) on 2nd September 1943, he graduated in chemical engineering and industrial physics at CNAM in Clermont-Ferrand and Saint Etienne. He has spent his professional life (35 years) at the Michelin research centre in Landoux, working with the “liason au sol” to define the best tyre-to-ground interface, especially for competition cars such as F1, F2, F3, Sport-Prototipi, Supercars and GT.
He has conducted many laboratory tests using the “Beta Bench” to define tyre parameters subject to various forms of stress. He has performed research into tyre behaviour according to chassis geometry and he has analysed ground contact according to pressure distribution.
He now works as a consultant-expert at the Court of Riom and also collaborates with the Dufournier Technologies Company where he uses equipment for analysing true tyre characteristics and road surface geometry (macro and micro-roughness analysis). This allows him to obtain the “true Pacejka curve” of tyres and the relative road-holding performance.
All these measurements and analyses are used to give rapid and fairly reliable judgements on the handling of a car, that is, its behaviour from the point of view of manoeuvrability.
Finally, starting from 1920, four generations of ancestors and offspring have worked in the car and industrial vehicle sector, involved in the distribution and sale of the products of many brands, such as Peugeot / Simca / Fiat / Bugatti / Citroën / Chrysler / Unic / Iveco / Renault Veicoli industriali.


Fernando Gabellini

Born in Bagnolo in Piano, province of Reggio Emilia, in 1947. After obtaining a diploma in Industrial Electronics at the Enrico Fermi ITIP of Modena in 1968, he joined Ferrari in 1969 where he was the only electronic technician to work there until 1976. Practically from the outset, he worked on the introduction of all electronic devices, especially those for the racing sector.
He built several specific electronic devices for measuring and acquiring engine data on the test bench and in vehicles.
In 1978 he designed, built and fine-tuned the electronic unit for controlling the Lucas petrol injection distributor installed on the 6 Cylinder Turbo F1 engines which was replaced in 1983 by the phased electronic injection developed by Weber-Marelli.
In 1978 he also designed, built and fine-tuned the electronic control unit for the first experimental sequential gearbox to be used in F1. The system was later developed together with CRF and definitively adopted in 1987. In the wake of the success of the electro-actuated gearboxes used on F1 Ferraris, he was asked to direct the plant engineering and electronic control of a robotised gearbox for the Ferrari 348 (which was later to become the Marelli Selespeed).
He had followed its development and initial bench testing until August 1991 when he moved to Bugatti Automobili as electrical-electronic plant engineering manager. During his time with Bugatti he developed, together with SNAM, the control unit for the EB 110 GT which, backfitted for natural gas, was to set the new world speed record (still unbroken) of 346.7 Km/h in 1994.
After the failure of Bugatti Automobili in 1995, he worked as consultant for De Tomaso, Ford USA and Quale-Rover. He currently works with Lamborghini-AUDI.


Marco Giachi

Born in San Giovanni Valdarno, province of Arezzo, in 1958, he graduated in aeronautical engineering, specialising in aerodynamics, at the Von Karman Institute in Brussels. A great lover of racing cars, while he was a student he helped to calculate the Alfa Romeo 179C chassis by using Finite Element methods (certainly an innovative application for the time). Later, he continued to work on aerodynamic design whilst developing the manufacture of articles in composite material.
His first job in the aeronautical sector was with Aermacchi in Varese. He later moved to Formula 1 racing with Lamborghini.
As Technical Director, he was responsible for the launch and initial management of the Planair Wind Tunnel in Casumaro (Ferrara).
He has recently been involved in the design of composite frames for high-performance bicycles, including the “Espada” used by the Spanish champion, Miguel Indurain, and “Atlanta” which the Italian, Andrea Collinelli, used to win the Individual Pursuit gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.


Heini Mader

He began his professional career as a preparer of engines for various well-known European racing drivers and stables.
During the Sixties, he prepared engines for Porsche, Maserati, BRM, Renault, Cosworth, etc.. His engines won many races with drivers such as Siffert, Bonnier, Schlesser, Ligier at the wheel.
In 1972, he founded Heini Mader Racing Componete SA which was acknowledged to be one of the best engine preparers for Formula 1, F2, F3000, Endurance and Rally.


Luca Marmorini

Born in Arezzo on 17 June 1961.
Graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pisa in 1985-86. Reserve officer in the Navy – Technical Corps (Naval Engineers Corps) in the period from 1987 to 1988 (current rank: sub-lieutenant). Doctorate in Research at the same university. Doctorate activities partly carried out at the Technology Laboratory for Advanced Composites of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1990: Joined Ferrari in the calculation division of the Racing Department
1992-1995: Manager of the engine calculation division.
1995-1999: Project leader of the Engine Department (044 V12 and 047 V10 engines).
Since 1998: Manager of the Ferrari Group responsible for research and innovation of the Engine Department.
Since 1999: Member of the Toyota Racing Department.
1999-2002: Project leader of the Engine Department (RVX01-RVX02-RVX03 engines)
2003: General Manager of the Engine Department (RVX04 engine)
2004: Technical Director of the Engine Department (RVX05, RVX06 (V8), RVX07 (V8) engines).
Since 2006: Also assumed responsibility for the Metallurgy and Electronics Departments for both the engine and the chassis areas.
I am married to Claudia and have two children, Simone and Sofia, and we have been living in Bonn since 1999.


Nicola Materazzi

Born in Caselle in Pittari, province of Salerno, in 1939. He graduated in mechanical engineering at the University of Naples where he also taught design, and after an internship at the Mobil Oil refinery, at the end of military service in the engineer corps, he joined Lancia in Turin. He started off in the technical calculation office and in 1971 he was appointed to manage the design of the Stratos car. He later directed all rally and track developments.
In 1978, after the Lancia and Fiat racing departments were combined, he moved to Abarth where he was given the project for the Formula Fiat Abarth car. At the end of the year, he moved to Osella where he directed the F2 project and then the first F1. At the end of 1979, he moved to Ferrari GES as technical manager and in 1982 to industrial management, still doing the same job, where he remained until the beginning of 1988. During that time he was design manager for the GTO, Testa Rossa, GTO evoluzione, F 40, 412 GT, 328, 208 turbo Intercooler cars, as well as for several engines, such as the 268 used for the Lancia LC2 endurance trials. In later years, he worked as a consultant for several engine, car and motorcycle makers. After working as General Manager of the Cagiva racing department in 1990-91, with responsibility for engine and motorcycle design, at the end of 1991 he joined Bugatti as technical director. In 1994 he began working as a consultant for motorcycle companies and then took over the technical management of I.MO.LA (Industria Motociclistica Laverda) for the design of the new model 750 with water-cooled engine. In 1999 he started designing the Edonis car which was presented in Modena on 1st January 2001.He has worked on a total of 38 projects, ranging from his 1961 go-kart to F1, from 50 cc. scooter engines to large 30,000 cc. industrial diesel engines.


Mario Mezzanotte

He was born on 30th September 1926 in Chieti where he obtained his classical diploma at the G. B. Vico high school in 1945.
In 1970, he was employed to develop tyres for the U.S.A. market and in 1975 he was appointed racing and high-performance tyre development manager; his main achievements were: CN36, MS35, P3, P77 (“ALL SEASON” dual-tread tyre for the U.S.A. market), P7 the first low-profile radial, for which he won the two-yearly Lloyd Adriatico car safety award in 1977.
In 1981 he contributed to Pirelli's return to Formula 1 with its victories in the 1985 French Grand Prix and the 1986 Mexican Grand Prix. From 1975 to 1987, Pirelli tyres were World Rally champions. The company's rally experience led to the development of the P7 (world leader in low-profile tyres), originally designed for the Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera, while F1 led to the development of the P-Zero tyre, originally designed for supercars, such as the Ferrari F- 40 and the Lamborghini Diablo.
In 1988, after 35 years of activity, he terminated his employment with Pirelli though he continued to work for the company as a racing and high-performance tyre consultant until 1995. From 1992 to 1995, he also worked as a consultant for the Alfa Racing department of Alfa Romeo, focussing on tyres and suspensions for the cars participating in super tourism races in Europe.


Sandro Munari

Born in Cavarzere, province of Venice, in 1940. In 1964, aged just 24, Munari began racing as a navigator. In 1966, he entered the Lancia racing team: a year later he won the Tour de Corse with the Fulvia HF, giving Lancia and himself the first great victory. He won the same race again in 1976 with the Stratos, an enterprise that has still not been matched by any other Italian driver.
In 1972, he won the Montecarlo Rally, the dream of all rally men, with such a significant and important advantage that he entered rally history. He reconfirmed this success in subsequent years (1975, 1976, 1977) with the Stratos, a truly historical record. Still in 1972, he won the Targa Florio with the official Ferrari 312P, contributing to the company's victory in the Manufacturers' World Championship, taking fourth place in the Zeltweg 1000 Km of Austria. In 1974, he won the Tour de France with the Stratos. In 1967 and 1969, he was Italian Rally Champion, in 1973 European Champion and in 1977 World Champion. After winning on roads all over the world, Munari stopped racing, though he certainly did not abandon his passion, as he founded the "Munari for Mercedes - Benz" safe driving school. This school is open to all drivers who wish to learn how to keep control of their cars in all weather conditions and situations. Knowing the fundamental rules is indispensable for correct driving behaviour and the basis of good driving culture without which the level of safety on our roads cannot be improved and the number of accidents cannot be reduced.


Gordon Murray

Born on 18th June 1946 in Durban (South Africa) where he graduated in mechanical engineering in 1968.
After various designer experiences in the road car sector in South Africa, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1970 and was employed at the technical department of Brabham, under the direction of Ron Tauranac, getting to grips with the design of a 750 cc single-seater. In 1972 he became project manager for a Le Mans prototype and supervised the layout of a vehicle which was to race at Indianapolis.
In 1974, Jack Brabham sold his business to Bernie Ecclestone and Murray became technical director with overall responsibility for the design and development of all the F1 cars produced, from the BT44 to the BT55 of 1986, with various engine types, Alfa Romeo, Cosworth, BMW.
In 1987, Ron Dennis hired him as technical manager of McLaren and until 1983 he designed all the F1 Mp3 vehicles up to Mp4/6, thus being responsible for adopting the Honda turbo engine.
In 1990, he left the design of F1 single-seaters to work on the design and construction of the MacLaren 3-seater coupe with the driver in the middle as director of McLaren Cars Ltd, a company established by Ron Dennis for the construction of high performance road vehicles. Various racing versions of the car were also made for the GT championships.
From 1997 to 2000, he designed and built a city-car, in 2003 he supervised the design of the Mercedes SLR and is now executive manager of “Advanced Projects”.
He has worked with top pilots such as Jack Brabham, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Carlos Reuteman, Carlos Pace, Nelson Piquet, Niki Lauda, Riccardo Patrese, Elio De Angelis, etc.
He has received various awards and honours, including the prestigious office of President of the Royal Society of Arts. He introduced many innovations into the F1 sector for which reason he is justly recognised as one of the most prolific and innovative designers in the field of motor racing.


Giorgio Panini

Born in Formigine, province of Modena, in 1938. In 1961 he joined the Technical Office of the Ferrari Racing Department where the presence of Enzo Ferrari among the drawing tables was a daily occurrence. In 1968, he was transferred to the new Design Office in Modena and in 1972 he returned to the Fiorano Racetrack in Maranello. In 1979, he was the lead F1 chassis designer. In 1980, he moved to the new Technical Office of Postlethwaite where he designed chassis in composite material.
In 1985 he was a member of a small team of engineers co-ordinated by Ing. Piero Ferrari.
In 1987, following the arrival of British engineers, he was transferred to Ferrari Engineering as chassis director (F50, F333, etc.). He retired in March 1998, though he remained as a consultant for Ferrari (ENZO, Innovation) until 2004.
Since 2004, he has acted as chassis designer consultant for ATR and Dallara.


Luca Pignacca

Born in Milan in 1963. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic in 1988.
Work experience: from 1990 to September 1993 - BMS Scuderia Italia F1 (Race engineer). Since October 1993, he has worked as Design Manager for Dallara. During his time as manager for this area, he worked on the following projects:
1993-1994 : Ferrari 333 SP – IMSA Championship
1994-1995 : Dallara new wind tunnel
1996 : Ferrari F50 GT
1998 : Honda F1-99
1999 : Audi R8 carbon monocoque
2000 : Dallara Chrysler SP1
2001 : Dallara Judd SP2
2004 : Dallara GP2
2004-2005 : Midland F1-06


Giorgio Piola

Born in Santa Margherita Ligure, province of Genoa, in 1948. He first entered the world of F1 in 1969, while he was still an engineering student, when he began working full-time as a technical journalist. Up until now, he has covered 580 GPs.
His first design was published in Automondo in January 1969. In 1970 he began working for Autosprint, in 1973 he collaborated with various foreign magazines, in 1975 with Il Corriere della Sera and finally with La Gazzetta dello Sport where he still works today. He continues to collaborate with the best magazines in the sector. He has written various technical books and, since 1994, a yearbook on the F1 season called “Technical Analysis” which is still published in three languages.
A television guest since 1990, he has also worked as a real-time commentator since 1999.
Awards: Dino Ferrari Award in 1991, Confartigianato Monza Award in 1988, SKF in 1993, CSAI Award and Confartigianato Award in 2002.


Carlos Reutemann

Born in the province of Santa Fe april 12, 1942.
In 1969 von  10 of 12 races ib the argentine F2 Season and next year turned up the European scene and entry into European Championship and was finish 2nd overall to Ronnie Peterson.
Made his Formula 1 debut in G.P. of Argentine, at Buenos Ayres in 1972, and he qualified his Brabham BT34 on pole position for his first GP, but he never won in Argentina. The same result foer race of 1974.
For the race of seasons 1976-78, he switched from Brabham to Maranello, after in Lotus for 1979 and finally to Williams in 1980.
In 1981 he stood poised on the verge of the title crown, only to inexplicably relinquish his chance to Nelson Piquet in the final race  USA GP, at Las Vegas.
After retiring from the sport he went into politics and became one of the leading politicians in Argentina as governor of the Sante Fe province and later as a Senator.


Gianni Rogliatti

Born in Turin in 1929. He studied engineering in Argentina. Upon his return to Italy in 1960, he continued his career as Formula 1 journalist for the newspaper, La Stampa, and the weekly magazine, L'Automobile, until 1990. He is mainly interested in Italian sports cars. He currently edits the magazine, La Manovella, published by the Italian Historical Car and Motorcycle Club for vintage car enthusiasts.


Gherardo Severi

Born in Modena on 29.12.1932, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna. In 1959, after doing military service in the Air Force with the rank of Leading Aircraftman at the Air Warfare School in Florence, he was employed by Maserati. There, he experimented with racing and GT cars and established a small experience department which worked in close contact with the Technical Management and achieved significant results.
In the middle of 1964, he was invited by Porsche to join the Racing Department in its Research and Development sector: he thus moved to Stuttgart where he worked on road holding and braking issues for racing prototypes, specialising in the research and experimentation of the first special materials, both metallic and non-metallic, which were appearing on the market at that time.
At the beginning of 1968, he was hired by Autodelta, the Racing Department of Alfa Romeo, initially as Chassis Manager and then as Racing Service Manager. He supervised the entire development of the “33” models and, as Team Manager, he was successful in the World Prototype Sport Championship of 1975 and actively collaborated in the 1977 edition. In that year, Alfa Romeo sent him first to Brussels until the middle of 1983 and then to Lugano until the end of 1988, to work on GT road holding and quality problems.
After early retirement from Fiat which had taken over Alfa Romeo at the beginning of 1987, he returned to Italy and began to work as a consultant in the road holding sector and researched and experimented materials in order to improve road holding.
From 1989 to July 1995, he worked with Weiss of Milan and then, up to the end of 2002, he acted as associate technician for the Suspension Elements Research and Development Service of August Bilstein in Ennepetal (Germany) where he collaborated with many leading Italian and foreign sports car makers.
After leaving the world of fast cars, he dedicated himself almost full-time to wine, a hobby he had cultivated for years during his travels all over the world. In November 1996, he obtained his Sommelier diploma, in 2002 he was made Official Taster, and in June of the same year he was elected A.I.S. Delegate for the Modena area, a four-year appointment which he held until June 2006. In March 2004, after passing the relative exam, he was appointed Official Speaker for Valle d’Aosta and Piemonte.


Gabriele Tredozi

Born in Brisighella, province of Ravenna, in 1957. He graduated in mechanical engineering at the University of Bologna. In 1988 he was employed as track engineer for the Minardi team of Faenza, under the technical direction of Ing. Giacomo Caliri.
During his time at Minardi, he worked with many drivers, such as Pier Luigi Martini, Christian Fittipaldi, Gian Carlo Fisichella, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber.
In 1997 he became technical co-ordinator with responsibility for design and production relations as well technical racetrack management.
In 2001, he was made Team Technical Director.
In 2004, he received the Confartigianato Motori award at Monza.
He currently works as Technical Director for the new Toro Rosso F1 Team.


Giorgio Valentini

Born in 1928 in Marengo, province of Bolzano. He graduated in engineering at the Milan Polytechnic and in 1951 he started off his professional career by designing the conversion of racing engines and cars which he drove himself.
Design Manager for ABARTH (1959-1961), INNOCENTI (1961-1963), ALFA ROMEO/AUTODELTA (1964-1966).
He founded BWA, a company which builds innovative formula 2, 3 and 850 cars.
In 1966, he opened a professional studio providing innovative services to both the Automotive and Industrial sectors. Cars, such as the PANTHER, MYSTERE and MOMO in the 2000 and 5000 versions, have gone down in history. In the industrial sector, design activities range from oil hydraulic machines to presses. From 1966 to 2000, he wrote approximately 250 books and university courses.
President of AIPI, vice-president of AISA and AIM, professor at the Universities of Brescia, Parma and Milan.


Franco Zagari

Born in Budrio, province of Bologna, in 1930. He developed a passion for photography, transmitted to him by his doctor father, and for car and motorcycle engineer, later extending it to aviation, shipping and trains.
He has published a CD and nineteen historical books, some of which with his friend and expert, Luigi Orsini.
He has also collaborated on books written by other people in various sectors and also with numerous Italian and foreign car and motorcycle publications.


Il comitato è in fase di evoluzione.

Technological Committee

The Technological Committee comprises a selected group of experts on the specific methods applied to the motor racing sector. It includes authoritative university professors and researchers, and company engineers and researchers with proven experience, specialised in technological innovation concerning materials and construction methods, and aims to scientifically analyse and develop the contents of the various theme areas of the EXPOTECNICA Museum.

The Technological Committee's task will be to develop, from different points of view, all the milestones in construction techniques, together with the various industrial processes applied to the development of the racing car.
With a logic passing "from the racing track to the road", particular attention will be paid to the solutions experimented on racing cars which were later applied to series models. The construction techniques used and tested on racing cars, in fact, similar to "Research and Development" departments, are often modified to become industrial processes for series models.

The product areas developed by the Technological Committee in the context of EXPOTECNICA will not only involve metals but also various other materials, such as elastomers, polymers, compounds and composites, ceramics and other innovative and special materials.


Angelo O. Andrisano

Born in Bologna in 1949. After attending classical high school, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna on 09.03.73. Assistant and later associate professor of Mechanics of Machines (SSD ING IND 13) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna, he is currently full professor in the Industrial Engineering Design and Methods department (SSD ING IND 15) at the Modena branch of the University where he holds courses in Industrial and Technical Design and Mechanics of Machines (Tribology and Lubrication). He has also taught Mechanical Technologies (Machine Tools at the Faculty of Engineering of Bologna, SSD ING IND 16) and Bioengineering (Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Rizzoli Institutes). Since 1995, he has taught Technical Design at the Military Academy of Modena.
The author of approximately 100 scientific publications, he works in the sectors of Applied Mechanics, Design and Development of Machines and Bioengineering. His research activities focus on solutions to lubrication problems in the field of ball and thrust bearings with relative applications in the design of machine tool subassemblies and solutions to problems connected with the optimisation of mechanical transmission (gears, chains, cams and jog mechanisms for automatic machines). In the mechanical design sector, he works in the field of industrial robotics focussing on the optimisation of robotised cells and innovative product development methodologies (design for robot-facturing).
All his scientific work strictly concerns industrial design and production issues. His studies in Bioengineering were developed in collaboration with the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Research Institutes of Bologna and are based on the optimisation of various components of total hip prostheses. In this field, prof. Andrisano headed the inter-university operative research unit (European Project EU 294) and acted as focal point for the Targeted Projects of the National Research Council in the field of Special Materials for Advanced Technologies.
He currently works as an industrial design expert with several public and private organisations and is scientific director for agreements and contracts stipulated with the University. He has recently supervised agreements between the University of Modena and Consorzio CNI-ECIPAR, SIR SpA, CNH SpA, Rossi Motoriduttori SpA, IM.VA srl, Citieffe srl, Sistec srl (Laserline group), Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institutes and the CNR. He works with several professional training organisations operating in the industrial sector. He has held training courses in collaboration with KTEMA, CNI-ECIPAR, DEMOCenter, IFOA, COFIMP and Nuova Didattica, and has also held refresher courses for various engineering companies in the Emilia area.
He is currently scientific co-ordinator of SIMECH (Mechanical Simulation and Integrated Design), a regional laboratory working within the Advanced Engineering District and has been Director of the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia ever since it was founded in January 2002.


Ennio Ascari

Born in Formigine, province of Modena, in 1935. From May 1952 to October 1981, he worked at the Maserati Auto technical department in Modena, for the last 15 years as manager of the engine design team (4 and 6 cylinder in-line and V engines, 8 and 12 cylinder V engines, and 6 cylinder biturbo V engines).
From 1982 to 1988, he worked at the Ferrari Racing Department (F1 V6 biturbo engines and 12 cylinder supercharged engines). From March 1989 to July 1995 he acted as consultant for Ferrari Engineering (12V F50 engine and the I.M.S.A. version F130 (12 short cylinders). From 1995 to 1998, he acted as a consultant for O.R.A.L. Engineering of Modena. Since 1999 he has collaborated with HPE Engineering. He helped design the Seatek turbo diesel engine which went on to win the 1988-1989 World and European Offshore Championships. In 1996-97, he taught Machine Construction to 5th year students at the Faculty of Engineering in Modena.

Nicola Belli

Born in Adria, province of Rovigo, in 1967. He graduated in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bologna with a thesis on the competition vehicle design.
He has worked at the following companies: Ferrari Engineering Spa, as project engineer in 1994. Ferrari Auto Spa – Space Division, as Project Manager in 1996.
He then moved to Benetton Sporsystem Spa, as material research project leader, in 1998. In 2000 he joined Benetton Group Spa as Research & Innovation Manager, responsible for technological transfer from the Formula 1 team to the Sport Division.
Technical Advisor to the International Olympic Committee for the Winter Olympics of Nagano in 1998 and Salt Lake City in 2002.
Materials Researcher for FISI - Italian Winter Sports Federation - from 1993 to 1999.
Materials Researcher for Federation Monegasque de Bobsleigh from 1999 to 2002.
Competition Director of the Italian National Bob Team from 2002 to 2004.
Since 2001, he has worked as Technical Director for MaTech - Innovative Materials - Galileo Scientific and Technological Park Scpa - based in Padova.


Franco Bonollo

Born in Padova in 1962, he graduated with a first class degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Padova in 1988. From 1988 to 1991, he worked as industrial researcher for Temav SpA, an ENI Group company, responsible for production processes and applications of metal matrix composite materials.
In 1991, he began his academic career at the University of Padova where he is currently Associated Professor of Metallurgy at the Department of Technique and Management of Industrial Systems. He teaches courses in Metal Materials (degree course in Mechanical Engineering) and Metallurgical Industrial Applications (degree course in Management Engineering). He has written over 130 scientific essays, published in international or Italian magazines or presented at conferences and conventions. As curator, he has published the proceedings of several scientific congresses, and he has co-authored two books on the numerical simulation of foundry processes.
In 1997, he was appointed President of the Aluminium Foundry Group of Unimet (UNI-federated organisation for standards on non-ferrous alloys). In 2002, he was appointed President of the Light Metals Technical Centre of the Italian Association of Metallurgy. He acted as Chairman of the International Congress “High Tech Die Casting 2004” held at Montichiari in 2004. He is a member of the Scientific Committee for the magazines “La Metallurgia Italiana” and “P&TF – Pressocolata e Tecniche Fusorie”.
As regards his research and training activities funded by the European Community,
- he was Scientific Co-ordinator of the Leonardo “Coprofound” EC Pilot Project (Computer simulated soft prototyping in foundry processes, 1999-2001),
- he is Scientific Co-ordinator of the Leonardo “METRO” EC Pilot Project (Metallurgical Training on-line, 2005-2006),
- he was Scientific Co-ordinator of the “Quality Mapping” group of the IDEAL Research Project (Integrated Development Routes for Optimised Cast Aluminium Components, 2002-2005),
- he is responsible for his department's membership of the FENET Thematic Network (“A thematic network for promoting best practice industrial application of finite element technology”),
- he participated in the Talat Project (Training in Aluminium Application Technologies)


Renzo Capitani

Born in 1955, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florence in 1981. He went on to obtain a Research Doctorate in Applied Mechanics at the University of Bologna in 1987. In 1992 he was appointed associate professor of “Mechanical design and construction of machines” and was appointed to the chair of "Autovehicle Construction" at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Florence. In 2000, he was appointed full professor for SSD ING-IND14 (Mechanical design and construction of machines) at the Florence Faculty. He currently holds courses in “Motor Vehicle Construction” and “Motor Cycle Construction”. Since 2002, he has been co-ordinator of the first level Master in "Advanced Mechanical Design" (ProMeA) at the University of Florence. Since 2004, he has been President of Degree and Bachelor's Degree Courses in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florence.
During his academic career, he has held positions in cultural and research organisations and associations in the field of engineering, particularly in the sector of road vehicles. He is currently member of the Governing Council of the Italian Association for Stress Analysis (AIAS) and of the Governing Council of the Tuscany Section of the Technical Automobile Association (ATA). He is also a member of the Technical and Scientific Committees of the magazines, AutoTecnica and MotoTecnica International, standing member of the European Vehicle Passive Safety Network 2 (EVPSN2) and member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He is also a member of the Teaching Staff for the Doctorate in “Mechanical Design and Construction of Machines” at the University of Florence, co-ordinated by prof. Giovanni Nerli.
The author of two teaching books and over fifty essays, published in magazines or presented at scientific conventions, his research activity is characterised by intense scientific collaboration at European level and he is in constant contact with scholars and researchers at various Universities and Research Centres.
His activities include analysis of numerical simulation methods and techniques of experimental mechanics and he applies them to the design and experimentation in the mechanical and automotive field, with particular reference to road safety issues.
The importance of his research activities has led prof. Capitani to collaborate closely, as borne out many important research agreements, with many leading Italian companies in the mechanical construction sector, vehicles in particular (including Fiat Auto, Magneti Marelli, Piaggio & C., Centro Ricerche Fiat, Iveco, Ferrari, Elasis) and to obtain contributions from the Ministry of Research and Higher Education and the European Community.


Enrico Costa

Born in Imola, province of Bologna, in 1961. He obtained a first class degree in Physics at the University of Bologna.
At CERMET he covered the following positions. From 1988 to 1992, Manager of the Processes and Advanced Technologies Sector, studies and experiments concerning the application of non-conventional technological solutions to wear and friction on mechanical systems on behalf of SME and leading industrial groups. In 1993, he moved on to direct the Laboratory Area. In 2003, he became Manager of CALL / ISML - Centre for Innovation in the Application of Lightweight Alloys - established by CERMET together with universities, enterprises, professional training organisations and EDIMET Spa of Brescia, to promote a more knowledgeable and innovative use of lightweight metals in industry.
Professional qualifications: in 1992, he qualified as CERMET auditor for Company Quality Systems according to ISO 9000. In 2005, he obtained CICPnD certificate n° 22/CM/C as Expert in Level III Metallographic Tests.
Qualifying experiences in the tribological field: since 1989, member of the “Tribology” Study Centre and, since 1992, of the “Heat Treatment and Metallography” Study Centre of AIM (he is currently vice-president). Since 1992, voting member of the G-2 "Erosion and Wear" Technical Committee and, since 1999, of the E-4 "Metallography” Technical Committee of ASTM. Since 1990, member of the UNI Tribology Commission. In the latter role he acted as president, from 1990 to 1994, of the "Lubrication" subcommission and drafted UNI 10192-93 “Measuring the rate of wear of self-lubricating materials using a plate-on-plate contact tribometer”.


Luca De Lellis

Born in Avigliano, province of Potenza, in 1974. Professional journalist. Master in Journalism at the Bologna School of Journalism. In 2002, he graduated in Modern Literature at the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Bologna. In 2003, he worked with the Milan office of the newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport - RCS. He then worked as a regional journalist for RAI state television in Basilicata. In 2004, joined Rete7/E’-Tv, a Bologna-based television channel. In the same year, he also worked with the Rome office of La Gazzetta dello Sport - RCS. He later joined the editorial staff of Il Corriere dell’Università e del Lavoro of Rome. In May 2005 he joined the editorial staff of the monthly magazine, Ottagono, published by EDITRICE COMPOSITORI of Bologna, where he worked as correspondent for the motoring, automotive and general transport sectors, focussing on stylistic research and design interpretation.


Giancarlo Donzelli

Born in Cislago, province of Varese, in 1952. He graduated in Nuclear Engineering (specialising in Materials) at the Milan Polytechnic in 1978. From 1979 to 1996, he worked at AGUSTA ELICOTTERI Spa, starting out as an aluminium alloy metallurgist and then as Manager of the Metal Materials Team of the Experimental Technologies Laboratory. In 1996, he became a consultant both for metallurgical and technological issues and for product and/or process innovation requirements. He is CERMET consultant for the design and technical management of various research projects, developed with various SME's in the Emilia Romagna Region, including: the design and development of water hydraulics components, the experimentation of rapid-prototyping techniques, the use of innovative materials and finishes for the production of plastic moulding dies, new applications for an infrared camera, the experimentation of alternative finishes to hard chrome (with a reduced environmental impact), the development of ceramic components for injection moulding and the fine-tuning of simulation tools. He invented a new deburring procedure which he patented together with an SME participating in the project. In the automotive sector, he has developed guidelines and corporate rules governing road holding tests, as well as a data bank of legislation covering the main processes. He has also organised courses and several international meetings on issues connected with materials used on vehicles. Technical manager of the Cermet "Ecoimpresa" Service; here, he organises technical meetings on environmentally friendly materials, processes and technologies, and co-ordinates workshops on technologies and materials for motor vehicles, (participants include FIAT, FERRARI, MASERATI, MAGNETI MARELLI, DUCATI MOTOR, VM MOTORI, LOMBARDINI, etc.), technologies and materials for automatic machines (participants include TETRA PACK, G.D., MARCHESINI GROUP, MG2, IMA, etc.), applications of biodegradable oils in power transmissions, particularly for earthmoving machinery (participants include FIAT KOBELCO, REXROTH, PANOLIN, etc.). He co-authored the book “ALUMINIUM – Manual of Uses” together with Ing. Rodolfo Trippodo, Dr. Mario Conserva, Prof. Franco Bonollo (for the second edition), published by EDIMET Spa of Brescia.


Carla Gambaro

Born in Genoa in 1955, she graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Genoa in 1980, presenting an experimental thesis entitled “Using laser beams to study surface defects”.
Her working career began in 1981 at Cantieri Navali Riuniti of Genoa (now Fincantieri) – Navy subsector – where she participated in the design and construction of the wing system of submerged-wing hovercraft for military purposes, analysing in particular the metallurgic aspects connected with the use of stainless steel and aluminium in the presence of cavitation and fatigue.
She remained at Cantieri Navali Riuniti until 1983, the year in which she joined the Institute of Mechanical Technologies and Plants (now the Department of Production Engineering, Thermoenergetics and Mathematical Models) of the University of Genoa.
The three years spent working in a company strongly affected the way she developed her teaching and research activities, constantly focusing on production and the world of work.
Her teaching activities, involving four classes for Degree Course students in Mechanical Engineering, are based both on fundamental concepts connected with the various metal and polymer processing technologies and on permanent bonding techniques (welding and gluing).
Her research activities currently involve joint projects with national and international research institutes working in the field of innovative bonding methods: Friction Stir Welding and gluing. This work has laid the foundations of a dense network of scientific and technical contacts with various companies operating in a wide variety of industrial sectors.
Together with the Italian Institute of Welding, she organises courses for the Adhesive Bonder diploma, a qualification recognised by the European Welding Federation.


Gian Luca Garagnani

Born in Bologna in 1954. In 1979, he graduated in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Bologna.
From 1979 to 1998 he researched and taught at the Metallurgy Institute of the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Bologna, first as A.T.A. (Technical Automobile Association, Turin) scholarship holder and then as University Researcher (1983-1997).
From the 1991/92 academic year to the 1997/98 academic year, he was assistant teacher of Metallurgy at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ferrara, Degree Course in Materials Engineering.
He has taught Metallury (ING-IND/21) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ferrara since 1998, first as Associate Professor (1998–2004) and then as Full Professor. He is a member of staff of the Engineering Department (ENDIF).
He represents the University of Ferrara in the Scientific Council of CIRM - Interuniversity Metallurgy Research Centre.
He is a member of AIM (Italian Metallurgy Association) and on the AIM Technical Committees of the "Lightweight Metals" and “History of Metallurgy” Study Centres.
He is a member of ASM (American Society for Materials), AIAr (Italian Association of Archeometry) and of other scientific associations.
He has been on the scientific committees of several national and international congresses and scientific manager of Operative Units participating in the Targeted “Cultural Assets” Project of the National Research Council (CNR) , in national research projects funded by the National Research Council and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MIUR), and in a EUREKA-EUROCARE project.
He is scientific manager for research and consulting contracts carried out with companies in the mechanical and metallurgical sectors.
His research activities, including the publication of over 100 essays in national and foreign magazines and the participation in over 150 congresses in Italy and abroad, have mainly developed in the following directions: 1) Mechanical and microstructural characterisation and research into the wear of aluminium alloys and metal-matrix composite materials. 2) Structural transformations concerning the super-plastic behaviour of stainless steels, aluminium alloys and super alloys, and respective mechanical and microstructural characterisation in super-plastic conditions; 3) Wear and corrosion-fatigue of steels with high yield points and aluminium alloys; 4) Selection and microstructural and mechanical characterisation of new bronze alloys for artistic uses; 5) Analytical-structural investigations into metal articles of archaeological, historical and artistic interest and study of their deterioration processes.


Giuseppe Gasparini

Born in Mirano, province of Venice, in 1955. After his classical high school diploma, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Padova in 1980.
After an initial period spent with an industrial engineering company in Padova, in 1983 he joined the mechanical transmission design office of Costruzioni Aeronautiche Giovanni Agusta, Cascina Costa di Samarate (Varese).
Here, he worked on the design and development of various transmission systems for the main models of Agusta helicopters, later becoming Design Manager.
In 1997, he left Agusta for a new experience in the design of industrial gears and reducers (Maag Italia SpA and Danieli & C. SpA).
In 1998, he returned to Agusta as Mechanical Production Engineering Manager.
Since 2000, he has been Design and Development Manager for mechanical transmissions and components at Agusta-Westland.
In 1997, he became a member of the ASSIOT (Association of Italian Constructors of Gears and Transmission Assemblies) Technical Commission where he helped promote technical debate on issues concerning gear technology. He is also involved in ASSIOT technical courses.


Andrea Giovani

Born in Modena. Technical diploma at the “FERMO CORNI” Technical Institute of Modena. In 1987, he joined the “Tesa” adhesive division of BEIERSDORF S.p.A. where he worked for 14 years. During this period, he directly managed relations with AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI, BUGATTI, FERRARI AUTO, IVECO-ORLANDI now IRISBUS and KASSBOHRER-SETRA now EVOBUS. In 2002, he founded NAAG ITALIA SRL, a company specialised in adhesive technologies. In 2003 he published three articles for “ALUMOTIVE” concerning the techniques of bonding materials with adhesives. In 2004, he was one of the first seven Italian technicians to obtain “EAB - European Adhesive Bonder” Accreditation at IIS, Genoa. In 2005, he implemented a training and learning activity programme involving theoretical principles and practical gluing techniques for companies. In close collaboration with R&D and Engineering centres specialised in the construction and development of road, sea and air transport, he constantly works on the bonding of non-homogeneous materials, such as metals (steels, aluminium and its alloys, etc.), engineering plastics, composite materials and advanced composite materials for the construction of structural assemblies and components. He is currently co-engineering a project for reducing the weight of a “MOTO GP” motorcycle frame for its maker. In 2003, he joined the American “ADHESION SOCIETY”.


Alessandro Giussani

Born in Cernusco sul Naviglio, province of Milan, in 1942. He obtained his Chemical Engineering diploma at the “E. Molinari” Technical Institute of Chemical and Physical Industrial Technologies of Milan at the end of the 1968-69 academic year.
After working as a technician in the experimental workshop of Rotofinish Italiana, a company operating in the sector of surface treatments for metals, he became its manager.
He continued his career with the same company, which by that time had become Tecnofinish, and then Rösler Italiana where he was appointed managing director in 1991.
With Rösler Italiana, a company belonging to the multinational German group, Rösler Oberflachentechnik Gmbh, he develops cutting-edge chemically accelerated isotropic superfinishing and smoothing processes for obtaining nanometric levels of surface roughness, also on DLC and similar deposits, for gears and sliding components.
He conducts his studies and research in collaboration with the Rösler Group laboratories, REM Chemicals Inc. - Southington, USA and the “Giulio Natta” Department of chemistry, materials and chemical engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan with which a two-year research agreement has been stipulated.
He is a councillor of UCIF (Italian Surface Treatment Equipment Manufacturers' Association), a position he has held since 1994.


Massimo Guiggiani

Born in Siena on 16th August 1956, he graduated in mechanical engineering at Pisa in 1981. After military service as an officer in the Army Technical Corps, he began his academic career as a researcher into Mechanics Applied to Machines at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa. From 1992 to 2000, he was associate professor of Drawing and Industrial Engineering Methods at the University of Siena. Since 2000, he has been full professor of Mechanics Applied to Machines at Pisa. He is currently head of the specialist graduate course in Road Vehicle Engineering. For several years, he has worked on numerical aspects of the Boundary Element Method - BEM, developing various innovative approaches, some of which have also been built into industrial software.
For several years, he has taught the Vehicle Dynamics course and he has written a book called Dinamica del Veicolo, which has been adopted by various universities and used to train the staff of companies in the sector. In this context, he works with various companies, such as Piaggio, Bridgestone, Fiat, Ferrari and Ducati. Recently, in collaboration with AVIO s.p.a., he worked on issues related to the generation of spiral bevel gears.
He has stayed and held conferences and seminars at various foreign universities.
He is a member of the executive council of AIMETA (Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics).


Alessandro Incognito

Born in Cantù, province of Como, in 1970. He graduated at the Faculty of Management Engineering of the Milan Polytechnic in 2001 with a thesis on numerical modelling: “COMPUTATIONAL THERMOFLUID DYNAMICS: Modelling an active humidifier for biomedical use.”
From 2000 to 2002, was an external consultant for the Research & Development sector (numerical modelling) of Tyco Healthcare ITALIA - DAR in Mirandola. In 2002, together with ing. Matteo Corrado, he founded XC Engineering, an associated engineering studio.
He develops numerical analysis (CFD) in various sectors: Aerodynamics and fluid dynamics in the marine and automobile sectors, fluid dynamics and process analysis in the foundry sector and fluid dynamics in the hydraulic- environmental sector.
Though he is still at the outset of his career, he has worked with several multinationals and international research institutes. In particular, he works closely with VTT, the National Research Centre of Finland. In 2005, he received the European Commission AWARD 2005 for the best technological transfer project which he performed in collaboration with the VTT Finnish Research Centre.


Abramo Levato

Born in Syracuse in 1972. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in Materials, chemical-physical sector, at the University of Catania, with a thesis on Epoxy Systems modified for dryer rollers used in paper manufacturing.
After spending six months at the Research Centre of Cytec Engineered Materials, Wilton Centre, Middlesbrough - UK, where he matured considerable experience in the formulation of epoxy matrices for advanced carbon-fibre reinforced composite materials and the relative toughness mechanisms, he joined the ATR Group, Advanced Composite Materials, in Colonnella (TE).
Manager of the Research and Development Laboratory from June 2002 to June 2005 and Manager of ATR R&D (25 clerical workers and specialised technicians) since June 2005.
During these years, he developed many skills on raw materials and all the various composite material production processes (Autoclave Moulding, RTM, Filament Winding, V.I.P., Compression Moulding, etc.), both standard and alternative (developed by ATR R&D), such as I.T.A.C. (Integrated Technology Advanced Carbonfiber) technology which made its debut at the Frankfurt Car Show (IAA) in 2003.
With the ATR group, he was lucky enough to work in the main commercial sectors such as motoring, competition racing, marine, motorcycling, cycling, furniture complements, sport and free time, as well as the aeronautical and aerospace world, enjoying direct relations with the technical departments of many customers and the Research and Development departments of leading raw material producers from all over the world for the development of specific products, thanks to the contribution of the long experience of the ATR group (Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Bugatti, Agusta Westland, Ducati, Aprilia, MV Agusta, Yamaha, Audi, Peugeot are just some of the Group's main customers).
Member of the executive Council of ASSOCOMPOSITI (Italian Association of Composite Materials) for the ATR Group, Vice-president of SAMPE Italia (forthcoming Italian chapter), member of the JEC AWARDS 2006 international jury, are just some of the other prestigious positions he has held.


Aleramo Lucifredi

Born in 1943 Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has researched at Stanford University (California). He was Director of the Institute of Mechanics applied to Machines of the University of Genoa from January 1988 to November 1994. He was also deputy to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering for 2 years. He is Manager of the General Mechanics and Vibrational Mechanics Laboratory. Full professor of Mechanics applied to Machines since 1/3/76, he holds courses in Mechanics applied to Machines, Vibrational Mechanics, Vehicle Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory; head of Research Doctorates: “Mechanics and construction of machines”, currently “Mechanical engineering” at the Doctorate School in Innovative Sciences and Industrial Engineering Technologies of the University of Genoa. President of the National Group of Applied Mechanics for 6 years, founder of the Italian association of modal analysis. Member of the UNI Vibrations Commission for 20 years, he was also the Italian delegate to ISO for the Modal Analysis and Modal Testing sector. Member of the UNI mixed group for the monitoring and diagnostics of rotational machines. Formerly Vice-president of A.I.MAN (Italian Maintenance Association), he is a member of the Executive Committee and for many years was the Italian delegate to E.F.N.M.S. (European Federation of National Maintenance Societies).
He has written university texts, contributed to books and encyclopaedias, and published numerous scientific essays.
Research sectors: Applied mechanics, Vibrational mechanics, Diagnostics and monitoring of mechanical systems, Mechanical maintenance, Experimental modal analysis, Vehicle mechanics, Mechanical design.
As regards the land vehicles sector, it is difficult to summarise over 35 years of activity during which he has very often attempted to put students in contact with companies, for example, with ATA scholarships, etc. The aspects involved were both experimental, especially as regards the dynamic aspects of noise and vibrations, and as regards design and dynamic simulation aspects. His main partners were the FIAT RESEARCH CENTRE and FIAT Auto, but he also kept in close contact with EATON, AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS (AP), MAGNETI MARELLI POWERTRAIN, FERRARI, DALLARA, DAIMLER CHRYSLER, N TECHNOLOGY, SAVIO SISTEMI, ANSALDO RICERCHE, SHOCK ENGINEERING, etc. In the motorcycle sector, he collaborates very actively with GUZZI, though he has also worked with PIAGGIO, DUCATI, BIMOTA, etc..
He recently contributed a chapter “Il ruolo dell’alluminio nelle sospensioni” to a book called “Auto & alluminio”.


Luca Magagnin

Born in Thiene, province of Vicenza, in 1970. He graduated in Nuclear Engineering, specialising in Materials, at the Milan Polytechnic, where he also obtained his research doctorate in Electrochemical Engineering. Research collaborator at the Advanced Surfaces and Coatings Engineering laboratory of the “G. Natta” Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering, and teacher of courses of Corrosion, Metallic Materials and Surface Engineering at the Faculty of Material Engineering and Chemical Engineering. He won a scholarship to Accademia dei Lincei and was visiting researcher to the Chemical Engineering Department, College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley. His research activities comprise metal coatings and advanced composites, electrochemical deposition of metals and alloys, organic finishes for surface passivation, corrosion behaviour of metallic materials, steel corrosion in sea water, electrochemical behaviour of semiconductors, technology of silicon and MEM systems. He has written over 50 articles for national and international magazines and books, and has co-authored 4 patents for surface treatment processes. He was awarded the Hans-Jürgen Engell Prize 2003 by the International Society of Electrochemistry and the NACE 2003 A.B. Campbell Award by the American National Association of Corrosion Engineers. He is member of the editorial committee of the magazines “Galvanotecnica e nuove finiture” and “Intercoating Finishing & Technology”, and collaborates with AIFM, Italian Association of Metal Finishes.
He currently owns Magagnin Technologies, a consulting and service firm for the surface treatment industry.


Francesco Marino

Born in Turin in 1947. He graduated with a first-class degree in Chemistry at the Faculty of Science of the University of Turin in 1973.
From 1974 to 1985, he was “professor designate” of Iron Metallurgy and Metallurgy.
From 1985 to 2002, he was “associate professor”, first at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Trento and then at the Turin Polytechnic.
He is currently “full professor” of “Science and Technology of Materials”
The many university courses he has held for various reasons and in various periods include:
Metallurgy, Technical Physics, Technology of Materials and Applied Chemistry, Ceramic Materials, Materials for High Temperatures, Science of Materials, Material Engineering, Science and Technology of Aeronautical and Aerospace Materials, Science and Technology of Composite Materials.
These are mainly undergraduate and doctorate courses in Engineering Materials and Mechanical Engineering.
He has written over 100 scientific works for the most authoritative international magazines in the sector and he has also presented research papers at countless international congresses.
He has researched into:
metallic materials (cast irons, steels, aluminium and magnesium alloys, titanium-based alloys), ceramic materials (oxides, nitrides, carbides), metal- and ceramic-based glass, inorganic matrix composites, intermetallic metals and ordered solid solutions (titanium aluminides, molybdenum silicides, composites with intermetallics). His theoretical and experimental studies include preparation aspects of micro-structural characterisation and, especially, mechanical behaviour, also at high temperatures. In recent years, he has also worked on fracture mechanics. He has always paid special attention to the technological and engineering aspects of materials, partly thanks to his long industrial experience and consulting activities.
He has participated in numerous international and Italian research programmes, also as Italian delegate to the European Community.
He has developed uses of new materials in the motor racing sector together with various companies, some of which he is currently consultant to, especially Zanzi spa of Ivrea (TO). Before graduating, he worked full-time, until 1985, at important steelworks, foundries and precision foundries. These companies include “Tecfond”, “Ghisfond” and “Teksid”. This long experience affected his approach to his research work at universities by directing his activities towards engineering and technological issues.
He joined CSAI as a “driver/competitor” in 1967, commencing his activities in the “rally” sector which had just been introduced to Italy. After a period of absence from the racing world, he has recently begun again in the reliability and rally sectors of the vintage car world. He is a founder partner and president of “CICLO OTTO”, an association which promotes passion for and use of historic racing cars.


Giuseppe Miccoli

Born in Ravenna in 1955, he graduated in Physics at the University of Ferrara in 1979.
He worked in the design and development department of components/electronic systems in industry for four years.
Lead researcher of the National Research Council, CNR, he worked at the Institute for Agricultural and Earthmoving Machines, IMAMOTER, at Cassana in the province of Ferrara, from 1985.
Main research activities:
- active control of noise and vibrations;
- computational and experimental dynamic analysis of systems/structures;
- numerical simulation, experimental validation and optimisation of machine systems/components.
For some years, he has been co-ordinator at the IMAMOTER Institute of research programmes concerning the above issues.
Scientific co-ordinator of:
- Italian research projects funded by the CNR;
- European Research/Industrial projects;
- Research agreements with Italian industries;
- Member of the Scientific Committee of the Magazine of the Italian Association of Acoustics (RIA) and scientific director of the magazine Analisi e Calcolo (A&C);
- Member of TechNet (Technology Network) Alliance, an international network of services and distribution of high-technology products;
- Member of the Board of Directors of NAFEMS, an International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, and President of NAFEMS ITALIA.
He has written over 130 technical publications and articles.


Oreste Morandi

Graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Turin Polytechnic in 1977. From 1978 to 1981, he was manager of the R&D laboratory in the sintering sector at Olivetti. From then to 1987, he was Quality Manager for Tecsinter S.p.A. (sintered elements).
From 1988 to 1990, he was Quality Manager for the sintered materials and plastics sector at MVO Group S.p.A. (sintered, plastic and rubber elements). From 1991 to 1995, he was manager of the sintering workshop at MVO Group. He was then technical director of the sintering sector at MVO Group until 2000.
Since 2001, he has acted as consultant in the field of Powder Metallurgy. In 2002, he became Secretary of ASSINTER (Association of Powder Metallurgy Operators).


Marco Padovani

Born in Ferrara in 1951 He graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna. He is currently president of AM Associazione Meccanica, a no-profit association of technicians numbering approximately 400 associates. He is member of the Executive Council of the “Friends of the Industrial Heritage Museum” Association of Bologna. He is a member of the Executive Council of FEDERMANAGER and CIDA, the Italian Confederation of Company Directors. He was member of the Scientific Technical Committee of ASTER and co-ordinator of the Biomedical Sector. He has matured professional experience in the sector of heat treatment on special steels. He has worked for over 20 years in the two most important companies in the Mirandola biomedical technology district.


Giorgio Poli

Born in Bologna in 1944. He graduated at the University of Bologna in 1970 and is currently full professor in scientific sector ING-IND/21 – Metallurgy at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He coordinates the doctorate course in “Materials engineering” at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He currently co-ordinates the “Development and design of advanced materials” specialisation at the doctorate school in "High Mechanics and Automotive Design & Technology" of the University of Modena.
Outside the academic environment, he has taught and co-ordinated master courses in “Metallurgy” at the University of Modena and “Science and Preservation of Materials in Artistic Assets” at the University of Bologna. He has also actively promoted knowledge in the fields of metallic materials together with various organisations and associations, such as IFOA, ECIPAR, COFIMP, Nuova Didattica and Associazione Cultura e Vita.
He is author and co-author of over 170 scientific and informative articles published in international and Italian magazines and in the proceedings of international and national congresses. His scientific interests range from the study of the correlations between the microstructure and mechanical properties of metal materials, especially as regards light alloys, to the functionalisation of surfaces for increasing their tribologic properties and resistance to corrosion.
He is a member of the Italian Association of Metallurgy AIM and is on the technical committee of Metals and application technologies of MTA. He participates in the Hi-Mech district of Emilia-Romagna as manager of Operative Units in the sphere of the MATMEC (Materials for Mechanics) industrial research laboratory and the CALL (Centre for the application of light alloys) Centre for innovation of high mechanical technology.


Fabio Renzi

Born in Rome in 1980. He graduated in 2005 at the “Tor Vergata” University of Rome and is currently preparing for his Research Doctorate in the Design of mechanical systems. He has collaborated with the Tor Vergata Karting research group since 2003 and in 2005 he became its manager. His research interests concern structural mechanics, the simulation of lap time and the development of software applications for the management and optimisation of racing vehicles. In 2005, he collaborated with the Center for Automotive Research and Intelligent Transportation at Ohio State University concerning the design of an electric Land Speed Record vehicle, the second generation of the current world record speed holder for electrical vehicles.


Stefano Rossi

Born in Trento on 14th October 1967. He graduated in Materials Engineering at the University of Trento in 1991 and won the Luigi Grifone 1993 award (Electrochemical Division - Società Chimica Italiana). He obtained his Research Doctorate in Science and Technology of Materials at the University of Florence in 1997.
Since 1992, he has worked, currently as a researcher, at the Department of Material Engineering and Industrial Technologies of the University of Trento, conducting research into the field of engineering and technology of materials, with particular attention to their interaction with the environment and corrosion protection methods. In particular, he focuses on the use of electrochemical techniques, protection from corrosion and wear by means of coatings and mechanical-chemical corrosion phenomena.
He has published over 180 articles in magazines and congress proceedings. He is the author of the book, “I Rivestimenti Metallici per la Protezione contro la Corrosione”, (2003, published by ASSIM). The complete list of his publications can be found on the website He has participated in over 60 national and international congresses.
He currently teaches Material Production Technology 1 at the University of Trento and General Technologies of Materials at the Free University of Bolzano (Polytechnic of Turin).
Since 1999, he has been teacher (Visiting professor - Maitre de Conferences) at Universitè D’Aix Marseille I (Marseilles - France) in the field of the corrosion protection of materials.
Visiting professor at Universitade de Vigo, (Spain) in October 2002.
Secretary from 1996 to 2005 and currently President of the Italian Association of Material Engineers (ASSIM).
Member of the editorial committee of “Galvanotecnica e Finiture Superficiali” A.I.F.M. Milan.
Member of the technical committee of “Pitture e Vernici - European Coatings” and “Intercoating Finishing & Technology”, GPB Milan.


Giuseppe Sant’Unione

Born in Modena in 1951. He graduated in Chemistry at the University of Modena. His professional career has developed in highly qualified companies; he has worked in various sectors, such as metals (ferrous/non-ferrous), plastics, rubbers, painting of vehicles and mechanical components. His activities range from laboratory controls to quality controls, up to his current work experience as General Manager of a company.
He was President of the Order of Chemists of the province of Modena from 1994 to 2003. From 1977 to 1989, he worked at FERRARI AUTO Spa. In the famous company of Maranello, he worked as Manager of the Chemical Laboratories and had the task of designing, implementing and fitting out the laboratory, which didn't exist at that time, focusing on control of the Production cycle of the light alloy foundry which produces components for both standard and racing cars; Galvanisation and heat treatment department (steels, aluminium alloys, magnesium alloys). From 1989 to 1990, he worked at FONDERIE CORNI (Necchi group) as director co-ordinating the following activities: Chemical analysis laboratory, earth/sand control, raw material control, micro/macrographic controls, paint control for castings and cores; Metrological Room; Foundry process control; Casting finishing process control (sandblasting, deburring, calibration, painting, shipment); Hardness control, NPD control (RX, Magnetic, Ultrasound); Customer Assistance and Supplier Control. In 1990 he moved to the Necchi headquarters in Pavia as Central Quality Manager. He was then employed for some months at Fonderia ICMET in Rubiera (RE), where he was responsible for the Chemical analysis laboratory, the Quality sector and Warehouse management. Since 1990, he has worked as director of MODENA CENTRO PROVE, a laboratory operating in the Metallurgy/Mechanics, Ecology, Ceramics and Food sectors.


Antonio Strozzi

Born in Ferrara in 1949 He obtained an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna on 01-03-1974. He won the Laurea Alfredo (Dino) Ferrari award of the Italian Federation of Knights of Industry. He was appointed assistant professor of Construction of Machines at the Faculty of Engineering of Bologna on 15-09-1974 and associate professor of Construction of Machines at the University of Bologna on 14-03-1983 . He won the competition for full professor of Construction of Machines on 17-7-1990. In 1992, he obtained a Philosophical Degree in biomechanics at the University of Durham, UK. Until the 1994-95 academic year he was full professor of Construction of Machines at the University of Udine. Since the 1995 academic year, he has been full professor of Construction of Machines at the University of Modena.
His research activities have developed in the fields of structural analysis of traditional metallic machine components and of elastomeric organs, elasto-hydrodynamics lubrication and biomechanics. He has also worked as proof reader for various international magazines, such as ASME J. Tribology, ASLE Transactions, Wear, Journal of Strain Analysis, Proceedings Institutions Mech. Engnrs Series C and H, for which he is also co-editor.


Wilton Sturm

Wilton Sturm was born in Itu (State of São Paulo, Brazil) in 1973, where lives with his wife Fernanda and his daughter Júlia.
He worked for 3 years on the site, presenting articles and interviews about Motor Racing and Football.
He works at Radio Convenção (AM 670), in Itu, comanding a Motor Racing program. Also, works at the automotive section of the newspaper A Federação.
Technical consultor of Instituto Deco20 (
Graduated in Mathematics and Master in Mathematical education.
Teacher of Mathematics and Statistics at Faculdade de Tecnologia de Indaiatuba-S.P.


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Honour Committee


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Guarantee Commitee

EXPOTECNICA must not favour any manufacturer. Within the exhibition, visitors must be informed about the development of racing car technology regardless of who the protagonists were (Alfa Romeo, Audi, BRM, Ferrari, Ford, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche, etc.).
The task of the Guarantee Committee will be to certify the selections made by the Technical Committee in order to ensure that no subjective choices have been made.
The Guarantee Committee also includes a few members of the Scientific Committee for the precise purpose of giving authoritativeness and objectivity to the choices made.
If during the research process it becomes difficult to obtain all the historical components in their "original form", that is, the real element of the period, a faithful “anastatic copy” will be made according to the original construction drawings.

Mario Andretti

Enrico Benzing

Gabriele Cadringher

Adriano Cimarosti

Giampaolo Dallara

Gianfranco Palazzoli

Mario Poltronieri

Gianni Rogliatti

Franco Zagari


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