Ferrari’s Formula 1 team (Scuderia) and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) have joined forces to build a pulmonary ventilator that can be used by hospitals as a vital tool when dealing with emergencies such as the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The project goes by the codename FI5: the letters being the initials of the Maranello marque and the research institute based in Genoa, while the number indicates the number of weeks required to produce a fully functioning prototype.
Mattia Binotto, Managing Director Gestione Sportiva and Ferrari’s Team Principal: says: “The challenge of Covid-19 was one we wanted to take on. FI5 is the contribution we made as the Scuderia, fielding the very essence of what makes a Formula 1 team and more importantly, all the characteristics that make Ferrari special; its passion, its creativity and its desire to improve. This project was a very stimulating experience as well as being truly rewarding for all those involved, who worked side by side with our colleagues from IIT and the other partners.”
Dr. Antonello Forgione, Minimally Invasive Oncological General Surgery Niguarda Hospital, adds: “During the height of the Covid-19 emergency, faced with the need for ventilators, IIT came up with the idea of creating a portable device that could quickly made generally available. Within just a few hours, the IIT engineers brought Ferrari on board to set up an innovative project that would involve aspects of fluid dynamics, something at which the Maranello team excels.
He says: “After five weeks, the result was the FI5, a device that can be used in hospitals around the world after undergoing any national certification requirements. We can deliver an innovative machine for use to the whole world free of charge. It is effective, advanced and performs well, while also being safe and durable. I would call it the first ‘Racing Ventilator’.”
FI5 is just one in a series of initiatives set up by Ferrari and IIT. The Maranello company has also launched various coronavirus health care projects, including direct financial support for the Modena area, as well as the production of valves for pulmonary respirators and fittings for protective masks.