Page update - Oct 28, 2022
The Galleria Ferrari Museum at Ferrari World theme park (Abu Dhabi, UAE) is the second largest exhibition of Ferrari cars in the world. You can see more F1 cars, supercars, and trophies only in Maranello in Italy.
The museums in Maranello and Abu Dhabi are both called "Galleria Ferrari", but very different. In Italy, the museum focuses on the history of Ferrari, with cups and other trophies, personal belongings of champions and legendary cars of the past on display.
In Abu Dhabi, the focus is on the modern cars. Those travelers, who have already visited the Maranello museum, will like Abu Dhabi's museum. Of course, the size of the museum in Maranello is several times larger.
Most of the exhibits at the Galleria Ferrari in Abu Dhabi belong to private collectors. This is not surprising, since the Emirate of Abu Dhabi leads the world in the number of Ferrari cars per capita.
The exhibit is constantly changing, with owners taking their cars and bringing in new ones. On this page, we will talk about some of the models on display there, but don't be surprised if at the time of your visit some of them are not on display. Or you will find some exciting model we haven't talked about.
The Galleria Ferrari exhibition is a part of the Ferrari World theme park. You do not need to buy a ticket for the exhibition as all visitors of the park are allowed to enter for free.
How to get to the park, we talked about in the main review "Ferrari World".
Attention! Starting August 28, 2022, the Galleria Ferrari Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. Too bad! We hope to see it reopened soon.
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There are a lot of cars there, models from Ferrari 166 (50's). If you have a VIP-ticket, a guide will lead you through the museum and tell you about them in English or Arabic.
The F1 cars and supercars, the fastest cars in the world, are the first thing visitors see. Over the years, Ferrari has produced eight supercars, five of which can be seen there, including the F355 Serie Fiorano, with only 104 produced.
At the time this page was last updated (October 2022), there are four F1 cars on display at Galleria Ferrari in Abu Dhabi.
All of them are not the newest, but very interesting. The photo near is F2003-GA, click on the photo to enlarge to full screen.
This is a legendary car, these cars were used by Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher in 2003. The Scuderia Ferrari team won the Constructors' Cup (team classification) and Michael Schumacher became champion.
The intrigue of the 2003 season lasted until the last race in Japan, where Kimi Raikkonen could take the championship title from Michael if Kimi had come first. But Rubens Barrichello won the race, giving his teammate (Michael) the Formula 1 championship.
In addition to the legendary F2003-GA, there are F60 (2009) and F10 (2010) models. You'll recognize the F10 at once. This car has a long ridge from the air intake above the cockpit to the rear wing. There are vertical stripes on the ridge that look like a barcode.
Perhaps, newer models will already be at the exposition when you visit the museum.
The F1 cars are placed on pedestals behind the railings. It is forbidden to go behind the railings, touch the bolides, or especially try to sit inside.
But it's possible to sit in an F1 car. Local photographers have a service of taking pictures in and around an F1 car. Those wishing may even put on a pilot's suit, if the size is right. There is another car for these needs, and this car is not on the exhibition.
By the way, not all visitors can sit in the cockpit of the pilot. Some people just don't fit. Let's remember Michael Schumacher, he's 1.74 meters (5 feet 8.5 inches) tall and quite tall by the standards of F1 pilots. If you are tall or have a beer belly, you risk not fitting in the cockpit.
If you don't, you can hold an imitation Grand Prix winner's cup in your hands. It's a copy, but reduced in size. You can't drink champagne from it like real pilots do on the podium as it's strictly forbidden by UAE laws. Read our reviews "What not to do in Abu Dhabi and the UAE" and "Alcohol in Abu Dhabi and the UAE".
However, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winners are drinking a small amount of champagne at the podium. So far, none of them has been fined or taken to the police.
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The newest, the fastest, the most powerful Ferrari F150 (LaFerrari) with 950 hp hybrid engine and reaching 217 mi/h (350 km/h) is unfortunately not presented in the museum. As we said above, most of the cars there are from private collections. So far, no one has been willing to put his USD 7 million LaFerrari in the museum.
Maybe, it will be there by the time you visit.
But you can see the predecessor (of LaFerrari) - Ferrari Enzo, named after Enzo Ferrari - the company's founder.
This car was the great commercial success of Ferrari. Shortly before the release, the company offered to buy the new supercar for the owners of the F40 and F50 models. So all 399 planned Enzo were sold even before the start of production! Later another 50 copies were produced.
There are only 449 Ferrari Enzo cars in the world, even less than the latest LaFerrari, which were produced in only 710 units.
Another interesting fact about the Enzo model. This car had a chance to be in a movie even before its official release. It was the movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). Already after the filming the car went to the official release at the Paris Motor Show.
The engine power is 651 hp, engine volume is 6 liters, fuel consumption is 43 liters per 100 kilometers (62 miles) in the city and 20 liters per 100 kilometers (62 miles) on the highway. The Sports Car International magazine has put Enzo on the 3-rd place in the list of sports cars of the 2000s, Ford GT and Porsche Carrera GT are higher.
Enzo is the most powerful and expensive car in the museum, not considering bolides F1. Be sure to pay attention to it and don't forget to take a picture.
The next supercar is the legendary Ferrari F50. This model was produced from 1995 to 1997, a total of 349 copies were produced.
This car was made famous by the computer game Need for Speed. The F50 was one of the fastest cars in Need for Speed II, Need for Speed: High Stakes, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 and Need for Speed: Rivals.
Many visitors guess a bodywork of a Formula 1 car in the outline of the F50's. This is no coincidence as many solutions tried by the F1 team are used for production sports cars. The F50 is inspired by the Ferrari 641, which was driven by Alain Prost in 1990. By the way, Alain Prost did not become the champion then, losing to Ayrton Senna.
The F50 is one of the most discussed cars of its era. Some admired the body design, others called it "ugly". The technical solutions were considered a revolution by some and a failure by others. In any case, do not forget to look at F50 and take memorable photos.
The engine power is 513 hp, engine displacement is 4.7 liters, fuel consumption is 34 liters per 100 kilometers (62 miles) in the city and 24 liters per 100 (62 miles) kilometers on the highway.
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The F40 is the most famous, the most mass-produced, the most recognizable supercar by Ferrari. It was produced from 1987 to 1992, a total of 1,311 copies were made. The figure is astronomical for cars of such class!
The F40 can be recognized by retractable headlights and rear wing. Among the general public, the F40 became famous after the games Gran Turismo, Test Drive, and Test Drive 2. The game F40 Pursuit Simulator was even fully dedicated to this car.
The F40 was released to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary, and it was the last car approved personally by Enzo Ferrari (died in 1988).
It was the most expensive car of its time, priced at USD 400,000. If converted to today's money with inflation, that's USD 840,000. Despite this, it was difficult to buy an F40 even with that kind of money in your pocket. In 1990, Nigel Mansell's F40 sold at auction for GBP 1 million. The record of this sum lasted then until 2010.
The engine output is 471 hp, engine volume is 3 liters, and fuel consumption is 21 liters per 100 kilometers (62 miles) in the city and 15 liters per 100 kilometers (62 miles) on the highway.
We recommend you pay attention to this car, it is very unusual. The abbreviation FF stands for "Ferrari Four". This is the first and so far the only Ferrari car with all-wheel drive. It is also the world's fastest car with all-wheel drive.
This is one of the new models, produced from 2011 to 2016, more than 4,000 copies were produced. A very big number, considering the price - USD 300,000.
All-wheel drive in the Ferrari FF turns on only in "snow" and "comfort" modes. The rest of the time it is a regular sports car with two-wheel drive.
Ferrari FF reaches 100 km/h (62 mi/h) in 3,7 seconds. Maximum speed is 335 km/h (208 mi/h).
The engine power - 660 hp, the engine volume - 6.3 liters, fuel consumption - 22 liters per 100 kilometers (62 miles) in the city and 15 liters per 100 kilometers (62 miles) on the highway.
We talked only about the most interesting exhibits. In addition to these, you can see the Dino 246 GT, 250 GT Lusso, 288 GTO, 599 GTO, 250 Europa, 365 GTC/4, 275 GTB/4, 328 GTS, 330 GTC, 512 BBI and other models in the Ferrari Gallery in Abu Dhabi. Walk around, look, read the explanatory captions near each car.
- Eyes up. There are banners around the perimeter of the balcony. The banners tell about all the F1 champions in the Scuderia Ferrari team. Tourists know by name and face many of them. Kimi Raikkonen (2007), Michael Schumacher (2000-2004), Jody Scheckter (1979), Niki Lauda (1975,1977). Remember the recently released movie "Rush", which recounts the duel between Niki Lauda and James Hunt in the 1976 championship;
- You can see even more models of Ferrari cars, but in miniature on a separate stand;
- Don't miss the small collection of Enzo Ferrari's personal belongings, racers' clothing and a few trophies. Of course, the collection is not comparable to the Maranello Museum, but better than nothing;
- Visitors can stand in a real wind tunnel, which is located near the museum. It is in such a tube they test car bodies and study their aerodynamics. Of course, the tube is not turned on full power;
- If you want not only to look at F1 cars, but also to experience the feelings of the pilots, welcome to the Formula Rossa attraction in the Ferrari World Park.
We wish you an interesting tour of the Galleria Ferrari, and read our pages about the United Arab Emirates (see the list of the links below).
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