NÃ¼rburgring, 21st June 2001 Making its debut at the European Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's new Media bus boasts a logo which gives a clue as to its innovative construction and the philosophy that inspired it. The Mobius Loop indicates...
Nürburgring, 21st June 2001
Making its debut at the European Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's new Media bus boasts a logo which gives a clue as to its innovative construction and the philosophy that inspired it. The Mobius Loop indicates that whatever it is attached to is either made of recycled material or that the product is recyclable. Both Ferrari and principal F1 partner Philip Morris are committed to using recyclable materials in building and this new vehicle is an example of what can be done.
The vehicle's Eco- friendly credentials can be found in every aspect of its build, starting with the body. Made of aluminium, steel, wood and glass on a steel chassis, more than 95% of it is recyclable. Even the glue used in construction is a special Eco-friendly product. Glass, being one of the most recyclable materials, is used extensively. It is double glazed to save energy, with automatically adjusting blinds inserted between the two layers. This means the generator, which is the first to meet the latest Euro 3 Exhaust Emission Regulations, does not have to work so hard to power the air- conditioning units and other equipment. Solar panels are built in to provide an alternative power supply.
The bus is slightly longer than the one it replaces, as the kitchen area, is built into the bus, rather than being a separate unit. That makes for better working conditions for the staff. Not only is the bus Eco- friendly, it is also user friendly. Its ergonomics have been carefully thought out to ensure that on-site assembly and pull-down are as painless as possible.
The awning, which is air conditioned, is double skinned to better reflect the heat and trap cooler air inside.
Despite the complexity of the project and the challenge of sourcing the recyclable materials used in its construction, the bus was completed in just 26 weeks.
The brief for the interior design came from Ferrari and Philip Morris. The look had to reflect the Eco-friendly theme of the bus, while maintaining a high level of practicality for the media department and the staff who run the facility. The biggest challenge was in sourcing and using reconstituted materials, some of them very basic, in a tasteful way, which would be totally in keeping with Ferrari's and Formula One's emphasis on modern, high-tech aesthetics.
Inside, the bus is split into four main areas: an office for the team press officer, a working area for other staff, an interview room and a photographers' area. The flooring is made from recycled car tyres, flecked with red sports flooring. The ceiling is made of aluminium strips, covered with recyclable polyester, while the wall coverings are a mixture of low grade wood, paper and polished aluminium. The desk top surface is fashioned from compressed milk bottle tops and other containers. The lighting is a new low consumption system which will back up the solar-powered lights and the TV screens on the vehicle are special low emission type.