Italy's Graziano Trasmissioni designed and engineered the complete transmission for Ferrari's new Enzo supercar.
Graziano, part of the Saurer group of Switzerland, will build the six-speed transmission in the Luserna S. Giovanni plant near Turin. It weights just 84kg despite handling torque up to 700Nm.
Graziano already supplies manual gearboxes for the entire Ferrari and Maserati range. It will also engineer, develop and produce a six-speed gearbox for the Lamborghini L140 project in 2003.
Graziano has six plants in Italy, one each in the UK and India, and subsidiaries in the UK and USA.
Graziano had revenues of E260 million in 2001 and is projecting E370 million this year.
High-performance gearboxes accounted for 12.3 percent of 2001 revenue. But they are expected to grow significantly in coming years as many carmakers add high-performance engines to current and upcoming vehicle ranges.
Most mass-produced manual gearboxes can't handle the torque of high-performance engines.
All Graziano transmissions work either in manual mode with a conventional gear lever, or in Formula One-style automated manual transmission mode.