It’s bright red, has plush seats, a great stereo and can roll over the Italian countryside at more than 227 mph. If your guess is a new Ferrari, you’re not completely wrong. Italian company Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) recently inaugurated its new super train service in Italy.
With its sleek, aerodynamic design, upscale interiors and blazing fast speeds, NTV’s new Italo trains was designed by train maker Alstom, and one look at it and easy to see the influence of one of NTV’s owners, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Ferrari’s chairman. It’s no surprise then that the new Italo train is built on the same technology behind the world’s fatest train.
Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori is Europe’s first private sector operator in high-speed rail. Formed when the European Union liberalized its rail policies, NTV’s initial fleet of 25 trains will service the Naples-Rome-Florence-Bologne-Milan corridor with the schedule extending to Salerno, Turin and Venice by the end of the year.
While Italy has long been a pioneer in high-speed rail, the new NTV Italo trains up the ante significantly and position the rail company to compete directly with airlines for in-country Italian travel.
Aside from their striking looks, the trains are innovative from front to back. The Italo trains were designed to reduce impact throughout the operating life of the train, from the initial stage of production to the final stage of recycling. The train is 99 percent built with recyclable materials, such as aluminum, steel, copper and glass. The use of materials resistant to deterioration gives Italo an operating life 15 percent longer than other trains, meaning one of more than 30 years.