Italian Olympic athletes could soon be using Ferrari-designed equipment to help improve their performances.
The Italian Olympic Committee announced an agreement to team up with sports-car maker in an effort to develop more aerodynamical materials and better technical results for its athletes.
"We want to be as fast as a Ferrari in Beijing," CONI president Giovanni Petrucci said.
The partnership will focus on materials for bobsled, luge, skeleton, speedskating, sailing, canoe and Paralympic skiing.
The agreement, announced Monday, covers the period ranging from this year's Beijing Games to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, with athletes having access to Ferrari's ultra high-tech wind tunnels.
"There are three things we have in common: passion, the ability to work as a team and the Italian flag," Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said. "If there is even one-thousandth of Ferrari in Italian victories, we'll be honored."
"There is a huge margin for improvement, all of which will obviously respect the rules," CONI secretary general Raffaele Pagnozzi said.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.