Monthly Archives: November 2013
Las Vegas nightclub promoter Jay Farber became the World Series of Poker runner-up by finishing second in the main event. Even though Farber did not win the $8,400,000 first place prize, he did walk away with a respectable $5,174,357 by beating out a field of 6,352 players at Rio hotel and casino. When asked what he will be spending his $5.2 million on, Farber says that he is going to be buying a Ferrari, an Aston Martin, and a house, not bad choices at all!
Less than 10 days after saying that he was looking to buy a Ferrari and an Aston Martin, Farber came out to Exotics Racing in Las Vegas to drive a Ferrari 458 Italia on the Exotics Racing 1.2 mile road course. Faber may have been doing a little window shopping at the Exotics Racing Experience with his close friends Dan Bilzerian, Tim “Skrape” Katz, Jordan McDonald and Brad Tate. After receiving a block of instructions from the Exotics Racing driving instructors, Faber took the 458 Italia out for 5 laps. Farber and his friends had so much fun at Exotics Racing that they even hung out longer to take a driftcar ride along in a Corvette Z06!
The Exotics Racing Ferrari 458 Italia that Faber drove is a rear-wheel drive V-8 capable of producing 560 horsepower and is Ferrari’s first naturally aspirated direct fuel injection mid-engine car that delivers a 0-60 in less than 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph. The 458 Italia is the first volume production Ferrari to break the 200 mph mark. Even though Farber only drove the 458 Italia while he was at the track, Exotics Racing does have the Aston Martin V8 Vantage available to be driven. Makes us wonder if He’ll be back to drive to the Vantage next!
Dubai resident and active social networker Abrahym Al-Hashmy has posted pictures of his exotic cat crawling all over his exotic car. In this case the car is a Ferrari 458 Italia. Demonstrating a ridiculous amount of wealth and stupidity, the only thing missing from this picture is the tragic accident waiting to happen to either the Ferrari or its owner (take your pick).
Let’s not get into the obvious faults with this line of logic such as testing whether a 500 pound cat will cave in the roof of a Ferrari or whether a lion knows to retract his claws when walking on Rosso Corsa paint. Just how would one explain to the insurance company why the roof of their Ferrari looks like a bad Picasso piece? “Uhhh, my lion did it.”
However, I must admit, nothing will keep car jackers away from a prancing pony better than a prancing lion!
A customer recently paid Ferrari to create a one-off special edition of the Ferrari 458 Italia that pays tribute to Ferrari’s Formula One racing legend and recent subject of the Hollywood blockbuster feature film Rush, Niki Lauda. This build was commissioned through Ferrari’s Tailor Made program and is released as a strict one-off.
The most notable changes to the exterior include the gold racing wheels on a red paint job with a white roof that has the Italian Flag represented in tri-color racing stripes across the roof. Inside, the seats and center console are finished with red stitching and make use of the same tri-color racing stripe creating and interior design that matches the exterior paint.
The changes made to the Ferrari 458 Italia for this custom build are purely cosmetic. Under the hood this Italia still carries the same 562 horsepower V8 engine that tops out at 202 mph with a 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. Other unique cars to come out of the Tailor Made program at Ferrari include a black and yellow two-toned California that uses a unique blend of carbon fiber and Kevlar for the exterior.
The Tailor Made program from Ferrari allows customers the option to customize color and trim options. For those that are interested in customized packages that go beyond color and trim should check out Ferrari’s One-Off program. The most recent example of this program is Eric Clapton’s super custom Ferrari SP12 EC, valued at over $2 million.
Tucked away in the mountains of Epirus in northwestern Greece is the Zagorohoria, a cluster of 48 traditional picturesque villages built amphitheatrically in the area of Timfi, Pindos and Mitiskeli. These medieval structures are a popular tourist destination. People from all over the globe come to the Zagorohoria to walk through these stone streets with high walls and enjoy views that can only be found in Greece.
Earlier this week a tourist had the pleasure of witnessing just how difficult it is to own a Ferrari in this ancient part of Greece. He watched as a man attempted to drive his Ferrari F430 through these narrow cobblestone streets. According to a witness, this delicate procedure took 20 minutes to drive approximately 300 feet! Shockingly it appears that this driver was able to maneuver his F430 through these streets without putting a single scratch on his shiny red Ferrari.
This might be the most pointless place in the world to own a Ferrari as the average speed through these streets is apparently 15 feet per minute.
Las Vegas nightclub promoter Jay Farber became the World Series of Poker runner-up by finishing second in the main event last week. Even though Farber did not win the diamond-crusted championship bracelet or the $8,400,000 first place prize, he did walk away with a respectable $5,174,357. The 29 year old Farber, who had never won a major poker event, beat out a field of 6,352 entrants over seven days of play at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Despite taking home over $5.2 million, Farber says that he will be keeping his night job working as VIP nightlife host saying that the publicity will be good for business. When asked what he will be buying with his new found wealth, Farber says that he will be buying a Ferrari and a new house.
It appears that Farber seems to be keeping true to his promise, earlier this week he was spotted at Exotics Racing last week driving a Ferrari 458 Italia on their 1.2 mile road course. We can only assume that he was using his time at Exotics Racing School as a bit of a test drive. After receiving a block of instructions from the Exotics Racing driving instructors, he went out on the course for 5 laps. Farber had so much fun at Exotics Racing that he even hung out longer to take a driftcar ride along in a Corvette Z06!
While we don’t know exactly what Ferrari Farber will choose to buy, if he does choose buy the Ferrari 458 Italia, he won’t be disappointed. The Ferrari 458 Italia is a rear-wheel drive V-8 capable of producing 560 horsepower with 398 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm, with 80% percent of the torque at 3,250 rpm! The Ferrari 458 Italia is Ferrari’s first naturally aspirated direct fuel injection mid-engine car that delivers a 0-60 in less than 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph. The 458 Italia is the first volume production Ferrari to break the 200 mph mark. With the type of earnings he made earlier this week, Jay will find the $300,000 price tag to be a steal for such a wonderful car.
With the release of the XBOX One less than a month away, we are starting to get a sneak peek at what gaming accessories will be on the shelves to make that slick new racing experience even better. The Thrustmaster: TX Racing Wheel, Ferrari 458 Italia Edition for Xbox One allows players to feel like they are behind the seat of the real $300,000 supercar. This controller re-creates the actual wheel from the Ferrari 458 Italia to include paddle gear shifters and metal floor pedals.
Just like a real Ferrari, expect to drop some serious cash if you want to be behind the wheel of this bad boy. Opening price for one of these on launch day (Nov.22 alongside the Xbox One launch) will be $400.00. To put this in perspective, the Ferrari 458 Italia racing wheel will cost you the same price as a PS4!
Like I said… it’s a Ferrari.
Japanese fashion giant, A Bathing Ape or BAPE as the company is commonly called, has pioneered Japanese street culture with a flair for urban American Hip Hop influence. One can only assume that the need to wrap a 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia in modern camouflage must have roots that stem back to urban Hip Hop culture (DMX would be proud). None-the-less, BAPE’s Ferrari 458 Italia looks stunning wrapped in camo that definitely represents a Soviet slant to the camouflage paint scheme.
Even though this 458 Italia has received a paint upgrade, the vehicle itself is completely stock. The Ferrari 458 Italia features a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 562 hp with the ability to go from 0-60 in just 3.4 seconds! The top speed for the camo pony is 202 mph with a price tag of about $300,000.
Personally, I have some concerns about the tactical benefits of camouflaged Ferrari. First, why would you want to go to war in a Ferrari in the first place? Secondly, assuming that they cannot see you because you are camouflaged, they will defiantly hear you when that massive V-8 begins to roar! However, the thought of equipping a Ferrari 458 Italia with a couple of machine guns and ripping through a warzone definitely has a certain appeal.
Robert Kubica has many distinctions, one being that he is the first Polish driver to ever compete in Formula 1, another is being the 99th driver to ever win a world championship race. It appears that Kubica will no longer have the distinction of being a driver in the Formula 1 racing series.
Robert Kubica’s trouble began in February 2011 while racing in the Ronde di Andora rally, a race that he had entered for fun. During the first stage of that race, Kubica suffered a serious injury resulting in a partial severing of his forearm as a result of a collusion with a crash barrier at a high rate of speed. He was flown by helicopter to Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure where it was confirmed that he had suffered a partial amputation of his forearm. Almost immediately after surgery Kubic swore that he would make a swift return to Formula 1. As reality set in, it became obvious that Kubic would miss the remainder of the 2011 season and the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons. Kubic did return to racing in September, 2012 winning a minor rally in Italy. This triumphant return to racing resulting in a victory won Kubic “The Man of the Year 2012” award from Top Gear magazine.
Unfortunately this level of bravery does not appear to be enough to secure a seat in the highly competitive world of Formula 1 racing. When asked during an interview on Scuderia Ferrari’s website whether Kubica would return to Formula 1; Scuderia Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali replied “Yes, we are keeping an eye on him. Unfortunately, I don’t think he will be back, because with his physical problem, he would struggle in certain limited situations which require reactivity. It’s a shame.”
Good news is that Kubica will have a ride for the 2014 racing season driving for Citroen in the European and World Rally-2 Championships.
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer or GOCE was heading towards Earth and most likely to crash in the ocean or Polar Regions later today, according to the scientists latest guess as to where the debris from this satellite will land. There were fears that part of this space craft would hit regions in Europe, the ESA has now said that there is a “very high probability” that Europe will be safe. The thought of a 1-ton satellite falling back to earth has kept most of Europe on their toes. Most of the craft is expected to burn up on reentry; however, there are several pieces that are expected to not completely burn up on reentry. The largest piece being approximately 440 lbs with several pieces weighing around 200 lbs. Continue reading “GOCE Satellite Dubbed “The Ferrari of Space” to Crash Back to Earth” »
Felipe Massa will make the move to Williams in 2014, bringing with him experience to the struggling race team in hopes of returning Williams to championship form. Ferrari has announced earlier this year that Kimi Raikkonen will be returning to Ferrari in 2014 as teammate to Fernado Alonso. Massa, a 32-year-old Brazilian will replace Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado who has been ineffective at Williams since relationships between driver and team broke down earlier this year. Continue reading “Felipe Massa to Leave Ferrari in 2014” »
Over the years, elaborate automotive paint schemes has been a popular way to personalize one’s automobile. the exotic supercar market has seen many trends. Who can forget the “Murdered Out” matte black finished paint schemes of the last few years that have became so popular that some leading manufactures now offer matte black as a factory paint scheme. Before that there was the popular Chameleon Paint of the late 90′s; and who could forget the old school airbrush art of the 1970’s and 1980’s or even of the foil art and wood grain of the 1960’s. Continue reading “Crystal Encrusted Ferrari 458 Italia” »
The Ferrari 458 Speciale debuted last month at the Frankfurt Motor Show to a crowd of thousands. The U.K. release was incredibly different; only 100 hand-picked Ferrari customers were invited to the unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Speciale at a private event hosted by the Carrs Ferrari and Maserati in Exeter, Devon.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is essentially a beefed up Ferrari 458 Italia. Improvements were made to the Speciale vs. the “conventional” 458 model (like anything at Ferrari is conventional) by focusing on the three most important factors of a supercar: power, grip, and aerodynamics. Performance was added to this 4.5L V-8, raising the horsepower to 605, while keeping the torque steady at 398.
Gaming mega company Electronic Arts (EA) has announced the roll out of a long awaited update to the very popular Real Racing 3 app. For the first time gamers will be able to pilot the Ferrari FF, the Ferrari 458 Italia and the V12-powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Additonal features on the app include a recreation of the famous Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, time trial challenges that allow gamers to compete against each other, the ability to hire crew members to earn more racing cash, improved collision avoidance and faster times through the corners and the ability to tweak personal settings to improve the racing experience.
Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, whose brash behavior has had him in the center of a media firestorm appears to be comfortable continuing to make brash and arrogantly offensive moves. Incognito, who is suspended from football for allegedly bullying teammate Jonathan Martin, who quit the team on October 30, was seen outside his beach-side Fort Lauderdale home taking possession of a brand new black Ferrari FF that was delivered to him by truck from California. Incognito was seen walking around the vehicle several times before caressing the hood, signing papers and eventually taking his new car for a drive.