Italian rail operator Trenitalia has unveiled a full scale mock-up of the of the Frecciarossa 1000 high speed train currently being built by rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and its consortium partner AnsaldoBreda. The Frecciarossa 1000 is the newest member of Bombardier’s ZEFIRO family of high speed trains, known as the V300ZEFIRO model.
The unveiling took place in Rimini, Italy on Sunday, August 19. The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti, attended the event along with Mauro Moretti, Managing Director, Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian Railways), Maurizio Manfellotto, Managing Director, AnsaldoBreda, and Roberto Tazzioli, Chief Country Representative of Bombardier Transportation in Italy.
“In addition to its beautiful design, our new train is a game changer in the rail industry,” Tazzioli said. “It offers not only very high speeds of up to 360 km/h, but also cost-efficiency, a capacity of up to 600 passengers, reliability, safety and durability. The ZEFIRO family also sets a new benchmark for sustainable mobility by offering the lowest energy consumption per seat of any very high speed train in the world today. This unparalleled economic and environmental performance makes high speed rail an attractive alternative to other forms of travel.”
The new train also offers an unusually high acceleration that ensures excellent travelling times even on winding routes. In September 2010 Bombardier and AnsaldoBreda won an order to deliver 50 trains. The first units are already in production and track tests will take place at the end of 2012.
After the Rimini exhibition, the Frecciarossa 1000 mock-up will travel to Berlin, Germany, to be displayed at the world’s largest rail trade show, InnoTrans, from September 18 to 21.