Ferrari red paint passes road test for trip to Mars ESA

The symbol of Ferrari’s extraordinary success, its red paint ‘Rosso Corsa’, has been given the green light to go into space, as it was declared officially ‘space qualified’ at a formal ceremony held today at INTESPACE in Toulouse, France. A specially constructed glass globe, known as FRED, containing the sample of paint was then integrated on to the Mars Express spacecraft, in readiness for the fastest journey Ferrari has ever made. The sample of red paint is due to begin its trip to the Red Planet on-board the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft in May/June 2003.