Monthly Archives: December 2013
Whoever said that three’s a crowd definitely wasn’t talking about Caitlin Hixx with a Ferrari 599 and a Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spyder 16M. This lovely trio combines the perfect combination of raw power and raw beauty courtesy of professional photographer Nino Batista who definitely knows a thing or two when it comes to cars. The Ferrari F430 Sucderia delivers a stunning 510 horsepower with a 0-60 in 3.6 seconds while the Ferrari 599 is back by a powerful 6.0 liter V-12 engine that produces an astonishing 600 horsepower! Nino Batista has once again proved that good things do come in 3s.
Earlier this week a LaFerrari was out on the Fiorano racetrack. Nothing strange there, LaFerrari’s belong out on the track, what are strange were the sounds that were coming out of Ferrari’s first hybrid. This little racer did not have the familiar exhaust note of a normal LaFerrari. It sounded a lot more like the note from the turbocharged V-6 engine that we will see in Formula 1 next year. It goes without saying, that these two engines have a much different sound and are impossible to confuse, suggesting that there is more to this story.
We are not sure exactly why Ferrari would choose to test the new Formula One engine in a LaFerrari. A common speculation is the guess that the drivetrain may be easy to change out on the LaFerrari making the initial drivetrain tests easier to do this way. Then again, it’s anybody’s guess; we expect that Ferrari will shed some light on this soon enough.
British racing magazine EVO recently put the Ferrari 458 speciale up against the Ferrari 458 Italia and the ruff-and-tumble Ferrari F430 Scuderia. All three cars were driven by Jethro Bovingdon, on a racetrack somewhere in the U.K.
When comparing horsepower, the 458 Speciale definitely has the advantage with 605 horsepower compared to the 570 horsepower of the 458 Italia and 503 horsepower of the Scuderia. The difference in horsepower would strongly suggest that the 458 Speciale would have the advantage on the racetrack. However, there is so much more to racing than just horsepower. Check out the video and see which one of these supercars performed best on the track.
Ferrari announced earlier this year during the unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Speciale at the Frankfurt Motor Show that they believe the 458 Speciale to be “more fun than the Ferrari F40.” Even without seeing one in action, everyone from around the world was eager to see what the new 458 Speciale could do.
British racing magazine Autocar got the opportunity to take the Ferrari 458 Speciale out on the track. Steve Sutcliffe was the lucky man who got to find out if the Ferrari 458 Speciale lived up to all the hype. During the video, Steve makes specific reference to the upgraded gearbox that allows 44% faster downshifts. He is also very impressed with the LaFerrari-style brakes and the new traction control system that allows the driver the ability to slide without spinning.
The 458 Speciale includes the same 4.5-liter V-8 engine that is found in the stock 458 Italia; the engine has been tweaked to produce 596 horsepower and 398 lb-feet of torque. This results in the Ferrari 458 Speciale having 34 more horsepower that the standard 458 Italia, making the 458 Speciale the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 ever built by Ferrari. The 596 horsepower engine allows the 458 Speciale to achieve 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph.
Most people would consider Ferrari ownership as being a special experience reserved for those rich few who can afford such luxury. Most would imagine that these Ferrari owners walked into a dealership and purchased the supercar of their dreams. Not the case for Eric Clapton, who had Ferrari custom make a 1 of 1 supercar, the Ferrari SP12 EC.
Designed by the Ferrari Style Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina and Maranello’s most senior engineers, the SP12 EC is a custom one-off of the Ferrari 458 Italia with design styles influenced by Eric Clapton’s favoriate Ferrari, the Ferrari flat-12 BB 512i of the late 70s and early 80s, of which Clapton owns at least three examples. The musician reportedly wanted his custom order to include a 6.0-liter V12 Ferrari engine, after some discussion between Clapton and the Special Ferrari team, the decision was made to go with the standard engine used in the Ferrari 458 Italia. Evidence of Clapton’s desire to have a V12 can be seen in the name SP12 EC (Special Production 12 cylinders, Eric Clapton). Body modifications made to resemble the Ferrari 512 include a Boxer-like rear deck, lower trim and for some reason, Enzo headlights! The price tag on this custom piece is not exactly cheap, while Ferrari will not disclose the actual price of sale; the SP12 EC is rumored to have cost Clapton $4.8 million.
Need for Speed: Rivals, will see the return of the Ferrari as an included manufacture in the games full car list for the first time in seven years, with the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta being the showcase car of the Ferrari lineup. The last time that the prancing horse made an appearance in the franchise was in 2009 when Xbox 360 users got 10 models as part of a paid, downloadable pack for Need for Speed: Shift. The last time that Ferrari was included in the initial launch release of a series was in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2.
The addition of Ferrari back into the series should bring a lot of the attention that has been recently focused on Forza Motorsport 5 and Gran Turismo 6 back to the much older and more successful Need for Speed franchise. Need for Speed: Rivals, has several release dates depending on the system with the Paystation 4 release November 15, and the PS3 and Xbox 360 releases on November 19th, and November 22 for the Xbox One.
Customer deliveries of the 2014 Ferrari hybrid supercar, LaFerrari have not began and one has already been involved in an accident in Italy, rumored to have occurred in a small town by the name of Modena over the holiday weekend.
A Rosso Corsa LaFerrari wearing the white camouflage covering was rear-ended by a semi, possibly an Iveco. The damage seems to be minor, possibly involving the rear tail lights and perhaps some carbon fiber panels. Even with minor damage, when it comes to a vehicle of this stature with a price tag well north of a million dollars, any news of an accident is major news around the world.
The LaFerrari is the first and hopefully not the last hybrid to come from Maranello produces 950 horsepower, 789 horsepower are from the 6.3-liter V-12 and the rest are from two electric motors. The LaFerrari also produces an astonishing 516 lb-ft of torque and a top end of 217 mph. Additional examples of excellence included in the LaFerrari are a lighter crankshaft, variable-length intake runners, an equal-length six into-one headers hydroformed from Inconel and a seven-speed automated-manual transaxle. With the LaFerrari weighing only 2,800 pounds, that’s a half ton lighter than the well respected F12 Berlinetta, the newest prancing horse is able to hit 0-60 in less than 3 seconds! The LaFerrari hybrid system consists of two electric motors developed in conjunction with the Fiat Group subsidiary responsible for developing high-technology components: Magneti Marelli. The first motor powers the wheels, while the second powers the accessories. A 120 cell battery pack arranged in eight 15 cell modules is assembled in-house by the Ferrari racing team. The battery pack is charged any time the carbon-ceramic brake discs are applied.
The Ferrari Driver Academy is about to start the inaugural Florida Winter Series. This program is being created to remedy the issue of having a lack of suitable weather at European tracks in the winter. Other manufactures run a winter series to include Toyota who runs an off-season series in New Zealand.
The Ferrari Driver Academy is training program designed to give aspiring drivers more seat time and opportunities to develop their skills. The Florida Winter Series will act as more of a developmental program than a competitive championship. The Florida Winter Series will consist of 15 aspiring drivers behind the wheel of the Tatuus Formula Abarth FA010B, this open-wheel racer comes equipped with a 195 horsepower engine furnished by Fiat Powertrain Technologies. Engineers will be assigned to cars with a ratio of one engineer per three cars in the series.
The series will consist of 5 events with 3 of these events being held at the Homestead Motor Speedway, the other two events will take place at Sebring and Palm Beach. FDA chief and former Formula One engineer Luca Baldisseri will be the Florida Winter Series supervisor. Young talent from several different open wheel series are expected to attend to include Ferrari prodigy Jules Bianchi, F3 champ Raffaele Marciello and Formula Renault winner Antonio Fuoco.
You would think that a bright yellow Ferrari 458 Spider would be hard to miss just by the mere sound that a Ferrari makes or by the attention that it demands at all time or maybe just because it’s BRIGHT YELLOW. Obviously that wasn’t the case for a police officer who ran into the back of this poor unsuspecting Ferrari while the cop was attempting to perform a 3 point turn on the narrow streets of London. People passing by can be heard on the video breaking out into laughter at the sight of this spectacle. To make matters worse, when the BMW police vehicle backs out of the collision, it takes the rear bumper off of the Ferrari!
Video of the London police at their best was uploaded by the Supercars of London and has been viewed more than 43,000 times and that’s just in the last 24 hours! The uploader of the video had this to say “The laughing is by far my favorite bit! It’s a situation you just have to laugh at…unless you’re the Ferrari owner”
Law enforcement has confirmed that this event did take place with the following response: “We can confirm a police car was in a collision with a Ferrari. No one was injured during the collision and no arrests were made.”
Last week Sotheby’s auction house in New York City held their first automotive auction in more than a decade. The “Art of the Automobile” event featured 34 trophy cars and 7 automobile exhibits attracting more than 1,500 visitors per day. The auction made $62.8 million, exceeding the presale estimate of $50 million with the top lot being a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM that sold for 14.3 million, smashing the previous record of $6.9 million for this model.
Officially known as Chassis number 6107, this 250 LM is unique in the fact this racer was not originally bought to be a racecar. It wasn’t until 1968 that Chassis number 6107 was sold to an Ecuadorian couple who kicked off the cars racing career. Its best result was at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona, where this little red racer finished eighth overall and first in class. The car also ran at events at Daytona and Sebring, never matching the success achieved at the 24 Hours of Daytona. In 1983 the cars was sold to its most recent owner, a Japanese collector who has had the vehicle on display in his collection ever since.
According to the press release, this numbers-matching, “gently freshened” little racer has just over 10,000 miles on the odometer. The fact that this vehicle was lightly raced and other wised treated as a museum piece is what makes chassis number 6107 so much different that the other 31 Ferrari 250 LM vehicles produced. Standing only 44 inches tall, this little red Ferrari was designed by Carrozzeria Scaglietti and maintains its status as a true competitor from the glory days of racing.
As impressive as it is to bring in $14.5 million at auction, chassis number 6107 will have to live with the fact that the title of world’s most expensive car belongs to a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer that sold privately at a previous auction for $52 million dollars.
With most of the 2014 Ferrari lineup remaining unchanged (the Ferrari California, Ferrari FF, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and the Ferrari 458 Italia and 458 Spider, Ferrari has focused much of their efforts on the LaFerrari and the 458 Speciale as new models for 2014.
LaFerrari: The first and rumored not to be the last hybrid to come from Maranello produces 950 horsepower, 789 horsepower are from the 6.3-liter V-12 and the rest are from two electric motors. The LaFerrari also produces an astonishing 516 lb-ft of torque and a top end of 217 mph. Additional examples of awesomeness included in the LaFerrari are a lighter crankshaft, variable-length intake runners, an equal-length six into-one headers hydroformed from Inconel and a seven-speed automated-manual transaxle. With the LaFerrari weighing only 2,800 pounds, that’s a half ton lighter than the well respected F12 Berlinetta, the newest prancing horse is able to hit 0-60 in less than 3 seconds! Improvements to the stability-control system and active aerodynamic elements allow the LaFerrari to handle with 20 percent greater acceleration than the Enzo. The LaFerrari hybrid system consists of two electric motors developed in conjunction with the Fiat Group subsidiary responsible for developing high-technology components: Magneti Marelli. The first motor powers the wheels, while the second powers the accessories. A 120 cell battery pack arranged in eight 15 cell modules is assembled in-house by the Ferrari racing team. The battery pack is charged any time the carbon-ceramic brake discs are applied. No pricing has been announced yet, it’s safe to guess in the upwards of $2 million. For those that are interested in owning one of these will have to act fast, Ferrari is only producing 499 LaFerraris.
458 Speciale: The Ferari 458 Speciale is a naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V-8 has 597 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, making the Ferrari 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated Ferrari V-8 of all time. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a 133 horsepower per liter making the 458 Speciale the highest horsepower per liter ratio ever achieved by a naturally aspirated engine manufactured by Ferrari. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a power-to-weight-ratio of 4.77 pounds per horsepower allowing the Ferrari 458 Speciale to hit 0-60 in 3 seconds flat with a top speed of 202 mph.
Ferrari has updated the algorithm used for the Side Slip Angle Control System (SSC); this allows the 458 Speciale to achieve better car control when being pushed to its limits. By performing real-time analysis of the car’s lateral slip, the Ferrari’s computer system is able to adjust the amount of power being released to assist the driver with completing turns through improved integration within the car’s traction control system and the electronic differential. To maximize results from this setup, the manufacturer worked directly with Michelin to create a special set of tires designed to improve lap times. When the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were brought out to the Fiorano circuit, the Ferrari 458 Speciale produced lap times of 1.23.5; to help understand what an improvement this is, keep in mind that the LaFerrari tops the speed charts at Fiorano with a 1.20.0 lap time. These improvements to the SSC will allow average drivers to corner and produce lap times previously only achieved by experienced drivers.
No word yet on what the price tag for the Ferrari 458 Speciale will be the rumored price is approximately $330,000.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale made its United States debut last month at an event organized by Ferrari North America to officially introduce the Ferrari 458 Speciale to the North American audience. The event was held at the Austin Studios in the capital of Texas with Marco Mattiacci, President of Ferrari North America and Stefano Domenicali, the Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal on hand to display the latest special series release Maranello to the public. The audience was presented with an official video of the car that was followed by two Speciale supercars being driven into Austin Studios by Scuderia’s official test drivers Marc Gene and Pedro de la Rosa.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale made its world debut earlier this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V-8 has 597 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, making the Ferrari 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated Ferrari V-8 of all time. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a 133 horsepower per liter making the 458 Speciale the highest horsepower per liter ratio ever achieved by a naturally aspirated engine manufactured by Ferrari. As a direct result of the Speciale’s weight reduction to 2,844 pounds-down from 3,042 pounds in the standard Italia, the Speciale now has a power-to-weight-ratio of 4.77 pounds per horsepower! The Ferrari 458 Speciale shoots from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat.
For the 458 Speciale, Ferrari has updated the algorithm used for the Side Slip Angle Control System (SSC); this allows the 458 Speciale to achieve better car control when being pushed to its limits. By performing real-time analysis of the car’s lateral slip, the Ferrari’s computer system is able to adjust the amount of power being released to assist the driver with completing turns through improved integration within the car’s traction control system and the electronic differential. To maximize results from this setup, the manufacturer worked directly with Michelin to create a special set of tires designed to improve lap times. When the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were brought out to the Fiorano circuit, the Ferrari 458 Speciale produced lap times of 1.23.5; to help understand what an improvement this is, keep in mind that the LaFerrari tops the speed charts at Fiorano with a 1.20.0 lap time. These improvements to the SSC will allow average drivers to corner and produce lap times previously only achieved by experienced drivers.
The aerodynamics has been improved with assistance from Pinifarina, most notably in the larger heat extractor on the hood and by implementing a more chiseled lower fascia and grill. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a dual exhaust system instead of the triple exhaust system found on the Italia and Spider variants; the dual exhaust is accompanied by a more aggressive diffuser located just below the exhaust. These improvements to aerodynamics allow the Ferrari 458 Speciale to increase downforce while reducing drag.
Matiacci did not get into discussing price when addressing the audience in Austin; he did say “We are very happy to be able to present this amazing car right here in Austin while the city is hosting the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix”. “The 458 Speciale expresses the synthesis of Ferrari’s sporting spirit and technology and there could no better way to launch it than alongside a race which is part of the highest level of motor sport and technology”.
The Edizone 747 is not an upgrade to the massive jetliner but rather a reference to the amount of horsepower being produced by the latest Ferrari F430 Scuderia to receive an upgrade from Ferrari’s most distinguished tuner Novitec Rosso. In true Novitec Rosso fashion, most of the emphasis on the Scuderia is centered on performance versus cosmetic body upgrades, even though the two-tone special matte yellow and grey paintjob with matching interior is very stunning. The Edizone 747 boosts the power of the V-8 engine thru the use of a bi-compressor that takes the standard 510 horsepower all the way up to 747 horsepower with an equally impressive 544 lb-ft of torque. The Edizione 747 hits 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and delivers a top end of 217 mph.
The engine comes equipped with an intercooling system that sports a dedicated water circuit giving a maximum boost pressure of 0.53 bar.
The Edizione 747 is equipped with Michelin Pilot Cup tires fitted to 20 inch rims all around with stiffer springs that lower the Ferrari’s ride height by 1 inch. Additional cosmetic upgrades besides the awesome paintjob include blacked-out taillights and side markers matched to an interior comprised of a leather-and-carbon fiber steering wheel with carbon-fiber shift paddles that are considerably longer than the stock shift paddles.
Novitec Rosso is based out of Stetten Germany and is a premier tuner of Ferrari vehicles. Novitec prides itself on performance orientated parts that improve the way Ferraris brake, handle and accelerate.
Two children ages nine and eleven were seen driving around India in a Ferrari F430. As it turns out, the Ferrari belonged to the nine year old driver’s father who not only gave the children permission to drive the Ferrari F430 on a public street; he filmed the event and posted it on YouTube!
Obviously a video of children barley tall enough to reach the pedals while driving one of the world’s most amazing supercars was a hit with social media and critics alike. The public backlash from such a foolish idea has led to the arrest of the father Mohammed Nishan. The Times of India reported the video sparked “widespread outrage” prompting the police in Kerala to arrest the father. Nisham was charged with encouraging underage driving and allowing an unlicensed minor to drive the vehicle.
Ferrari is following a growing trend by automakers to offer high-performance cars with reduced emissions. BMW has just showcased the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar while McLaren has been rumored to also have a hybrid supercar in the works. This is clearly the result of political pressures being placed on both automakers and the motorsports industry to make more environmentally friendly products. Formula 1 has opted to downsize their engines in an effort to reduce emissions; NASCAR has been considering using an ethanol fuel over the current high-carbon dioxide producing mixture. It’s safe to say that the automotive landscape that we have became familiar with is about to change. The need to test the eco-friendly concepts out on high-end supercars makes sense due to the fact that customers who purchase high-end supercars tend to be less price sensitive, and more willing to pay for additional technology. A clear example of this is $845,000 clean air production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder that has just been released.
By adding two electric motors to the already 798-horsepower 6.3 liter V12 gas motor of the LaFerrari, Ferrari was able to achieve 949 horsepower with a 0-60 in less than 3 seconds with a top speed of over 218 mph. This completely contradicts the classic logic that an electric car or hybrid will be good for the environment but bad for horsepower. Supercar manufacturers have found a way to deliver higher horsepower than what is possible in a gas motor while delivering a considerably more eco-friendly product. Transforming the perception that all hybrids are wussy little “smart cars” with no balls into masculine high-performance machines that kick ass. This upswing in horsepower is match with an extremely limited production line designed to increase Ferrari’s profitability by offering high-end customized versions of its vehicles while restricting their availability to enhance the brand’s reputation for exclusivity.
Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed to Bloomberg that Ferrari has plans to introduce and develop more hybrid models in the future. Luca di Montezemolo was careful to ensure that Ferrari tailors production to meet customer demand. Even though di Montezemolo did not give any details on what hybrid models to expect, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa has previously stated that the technology used to create the LaFerrari was engineered to be compatible with all future Ferrari models.
“I’m not saying when, but it is possible that this technology will be on all Ferrraris,” Felisa said in a March 2012 interview with Autocar. “It has been designed to fit all our future architecture, and if we go ahead it will be fitted as standard. It is not the sort of thing you offer as an option.”
The LaFerrari represents a huge step up in powertrain technology for the Maranello based manufacturer. Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed that the LaFerrari was not a one off, rather the first piece in an intricate strategy to meet the growing demand for clean air technology while still delivering the quality, performance and exclusivity that has made the prancing pony one of the most distinguishable brands on the market today.
Throughout the years many people have tried to replicate a Ferrari, normally by assembling a kit onto a Pontiac Fiero or maybe even a Toyota MR2, never have we seen a Ferrari made out of Cardboard! French artist Bendetto Bufalino actually took the time to construct what appears to be a mid 1980s Ferrari Testarossa out of cardboard and attached this Ferrari “clone” shell to the top of his Citroen Aixam city car.
It appears that this Ferrari costume fits like a glove and is completely functional in traffic. The windows appear to be a little restricted, not sure that the visibility is any worse than what is on a real Testerossa. Not sure if anyone in traffic is actually fooled by this attempt, we definitely give him credit for creativity. When it comes to performance, no amount of cardboard in the world is going to change that fact that his Aixam city car only goes 45 mph.
This is not Bufalino’s first venture into car creativity; previous works of art have included putting a Renault Clio on its roof to make a tree planter and using a VW Golf as a ping pong table.
It’s hard to imagine that Ferrari can continue to amaze the world with each new car being so much more… more power, more style, more performance, however, that is exactly what Ferrari has done with its latest creation the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
The Berlinetta is a Pininfarina-styled front engine coupe that is equipped with a 6.3-liter V-12 producing 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. 0-60 is achieved in a mere 3.1 seconds with a top speed of over 211 mph. This is largely due in part to a seven-speed-dual-clutch automated manual transmission that compliments the massive V-12 power perfectly.
There are no less than 12 different alloys used to create the body of the F12. The combination of these alloys has made the vehicle lighter and at the same time, 20 percent stronger than the Ferrari F12 that the Berlinetta will be replacing, while reducing the weight anywhere from 150 to 300 pounds. In comparison to the F12 there are several physical differences that help increase power, reduce weight and create tighter dimensions. The Berlinetta is 2 inches shorter than F12 and sits 2.5 inches lower than the Ferrari 559. Another strong difference between the Berlinetta and previous models is the fact that even with over 700 horsepower the Berlinetta delivers a respectable 16 mpg.
Die hard Ferrari enthusiast have been very vocal about their displeasure with significant changes in the otherwise classic body styles of Ferraris as of late. The Berlinetta V-12 embodies all of the classic Ferrari body styles to include a long classic hood/short deck design that is emphasized by the formed hood channels that push air through openings in front of the A-pillar and then down along the Berlinetta’s sides resulting in an increased downforce of over 76 percent in comparison to the Ferrari 599.
Improved cornering speeds were achieved through a combination of upgrades and new technology. A revised magnetic ride suspension system combined with carbon-ceramic brakes and an electronic differential all help to increase the stability and control of the Berlinetta. Additional features include a Formula One-inspired stability control system and an active brake cooling system that allows increased air flow through cooling ducts when the vehicle achieves high temperatures.
The cabin of the Berlinetta features an array of luxury touches and functional attributes. Some of the highlights include an exquisite leather package and aluminum surfaces complimented by carbon-fiber trim. Considering the amount of performance that is included in this Italian prize fighter, the $300,000 price tag is quite reasonable and will contribute the F12 being a sales success. Victory may be short lived due a 920-hp supercar being developed by Ferrari for a 2014 release date that will allow Ferrari to once again amaze everyone (to include myself) who believe that is Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is as-good-as-it-gets.