Tributes pour in following death of Ferrari F40 and Bugatti EB 110 legend Nicola Materazzi

Tributes pour in following death of Ferrari F40 and Bugatti EB 110 legend Nicola Materazzi. Image: Max Earey/Shutterstock.com

TRIBUTES flooded social media on Wednesday, August 24 following the news that Italian engineer Nicola Materazzi, who developed iconic cars such as the Ferrari F40 and the Bugatti EB 110, had died at the age of 83.

Salerno-born engineer Nicola Materazzi, who has been dubbed the “father of the Ferrari F40”, passed away late on Tuesday, August 23, according to Italian media outlets.

Known for developing several sports and racing cars, including the Ferrari 288 GTO, Ferrari F40, Bugatti EB110, and B Engineering Edonis, Materazzi became one of Italy’s top turbocharging specialists from the mid-1970s.

Tributes poured into social media on Wednesday, August 24.

“Nicola Materazzi, a legendary engineer and the creator of the Ferrari F40 passed away last night. May he rest in peace 🙏” one person wrote.

Another said: “#nicolamaterazzi RIP 😭❤❤”

“Dear @ScuderiaFerrari and dear @MuseiFerrari I invite you to pay a due tribute to the death of Eng. Nicola #Materazzi better known as Mr. F40. It is thanks to men like him that Ferrari is Ferrari,” another person said.

Another person wrote: “Today (I stand up) Eng. Nicola Materazzi, a mind born to design beautiful cars. He is the father of Ferrari masterpieces, including the famous F-40, a technically perfect machine. Not only humanists and philologists have made this country great.
Thanks, Engineer.”

“Italian engineer Nicola Materazzi has died at the age of 83. Father of the Ferrari 288 GTO and F40, and the Bugatti EB110, among others. Thanks for the artwork. Rest in peace,” another wrote.

Another said on Twitter: “Tribute to the engineer Nicola Materazzi. A great man of Ferrari history and not only has left us, but his creations will also continue to keep him alive.”

After leaving Ferrari, following the conclusion of the F40 project, Materazzi continued his career as a designer, initially working on racing motorbikes at Cagiva, then on another extraordinary sports car, the Bugatti EB 110 from when the brand belonged to Romano Artioli.


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