Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari has begun producing respirator valves and fittings for protective masks at its Maranello factory to help fight Covid-19, cases of which surpassed 1.87 lakh yesterday in Italy.
"In the next few days, Ferrari plans to manufacture several hundred items of equipment that are already being distributed by some of the companies involved, with the coordination of the Italian Civil Protection Department, to various Italian hospitals," Ferrari said in a statement.
In March, the Angelli family, who manage the Ferrari Formula 1 team, stated they would donate €10 million to officials dealing with the catastrophe, provide transportation to the Italian Red Cross, and source around 150 ventilators.
Some of the valves have been developed by diving equipment manufacturer Mares. These valves are tailor-made to fit masks, which can then be used to assist patients suffering from respiratory failure.
Other fittings are being supplied to a company called Solid Energy, who will use them to transform Decathlon snorkel masks into aids to protect healthcare workers.
In the coming days, Ferrari intends to produce hundreds of pieces of equipment.
Ferrari's F1 operations have been put on hold for now. The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) last week decided to extend its shutdown for another 14 days.