Monthly Archives: January 2014
Ferrari president Luca di Montezeolo gave recognition to Frenchman Jean Todt for being re-elected as FIA president for a new four-year term following a unanimous vote. The closest challenger to Todt for the position was David Ward who had dropped out of the running before the final vote. Todt, who oversaw Ferrari’s racing program and return to championship form with both Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, will now reign as president of FIA until the end of 2017.
“I wish to congratulate Jean Todt and send him all best wishes for the continuation of his efforts at the helm of the Federation,” di Montezemolo said. “I am confident that, at a time when Formula 1 is embarking on a new and key period in its history, Todt, in his second term in office, will be able to make an important contribution to the updating of our sport, while at the same time assuring that the rules feature the necessary stability and transparency.”
Todt was elected to FIA president in 2009 after beating Ari Vatanen to succeed Max Mosley.
Ferrari has made changes to the sports car that will be competing in the Ferrari Challenge North America, Asia and European series in 2014. The new Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione was put to the test at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany, Italy. Changes to the Challenge Evoluzione include a new rear wing designed to increase downforce matched with a new front splitter. These upgrades helped to increase the lap times and overall handling of the vehicle. Ferrari has not disclosed any information on the type of engine upgrades that were made to the motor. Assumptions are that the Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione will have the 4.5 liter V8 engine producing 562 horsepower with 398 lb-feet of torque.
Owned by Scuderia Ferrari, the Mugello Circuit is a race track in Tuscany, Italy. The 15 turn circuit hosts events for the Grand Prix motorcycle racing series and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Scuderia Ferrari uses the race track for Formula One testing.
A pink Ferrari FF was spotted in front of very expensive hotel in Dubai, the seven-star Burj Al Arab sitting next to several other equally as expensive vehicles. The FF is definitely the show stopper due the alarmingly pink exterior. There is a continuous debate on whether this is a wrap or a paintjob that results from a view that shows the inside of the door also displays the same color with the door-panel stickers on display overtop of the paint/wrap. Either way, this vehicle is obnoxious and screams “Hey, look at me!” Barbie would be proud.
The design department at the prancing horse is committed to improving a brand that is already the pinnacle of perfection. This time Ferrari has focused their efforts on a special edition (hence the name Speciale) of the 458 Italia.
Improvements were made to the Speciale vs. the “conventional” 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. This works out to be 133 horsepower per liter, making the 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated V-8 Ferrari ever made. The Speciale can launch from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat! Best-of-all, Ferrari says that even with improved performance, the 458 Speciale consumes less fuel than the 458 Italia.
Among the technological improvements that have increased the grip of the 458 Speciale, are changes to the algorithm of the Side Slip Angle Control system (SSC). This function’s purpose is to constantly analyze in real time, the vehicle’s lateral slip and compare it to the computer’s “ideal” values. This allows the SSC to split the torque between the rear wheels, enhancing the ability of the Speciale to take turns faster without sacrificing control. This is achieved through integration of the electronic differential and the vehicle’s traction control system.
Ferrari’s “advanced active aerodynamics” featured on the 458 Speciale include a noticeably larger heat extractor, a more chiseled lower grille and a more aggressive diffuser that sits just below the newly split exhaust. The purpose of the active aerodynamics is to improve downforce while reducing drag. Ferrari has stated that these advanced active aerodynamic features will become a standard feature on all future models.
The 458 Speciale is a variant of the 458 Italia that is available to be driven at Exotics Racing on a 1.2 mile road course. Exotics Racing now has two locations, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. For more information on how you can drive a 458 Italia, log onto www.exoticsracing.com or call 702-405-RACE (7223).
It’s not every day that you get to witness a Ferrari 599 GTB attempting to drift around a collection of luxury vehicles that includes a blue Rolls-Royce Ghost, no less than two Ferrari 458 Italias, the new Corvette Stingray and several Ferrari Californias.
That is just the case for these to aspiring stunters who put their amateur talents on display at what appears to be the roof of a parking garage in the United Arab Emirates. The two were thoughtful enough to rig the 599 GTB with cameras that give us views from all angles inside and outside the car.
Level 5 Motorsports has won the first race of the United SportsCar Racing series GTD class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The controversial finish resulted in a battle between Alessandro Pier Guidi racing a Ferrari 458 Italia for Level 5 Motorsport and Markus Winkelhock who was piloting an Audi A8 for Flying Lizard Motorsports. Both drivers were midway through the infield portion of the race when the Level 5 Motorsports entry No 555 was fighting aggressively to maintain the first place position over the Flying Lizard entry No 45. The Audi ended up being squeezed by the Ferrari resulting in the Audi going off-course and losing momentum. International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials initially ruled that the Ferrari had made avoidable contact with the Audi and was therefore was penalized resulting in a victory for Flying Lizard. Upon closer review of the video replay, IMSA officials ruled that no contact had been made between the two cars and awarded the victory to Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia.
“A full post-race review of the incident on the last lap of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona was completed by IMSA Supervisory Officials. The decision has been made to reverse the decision by the race director, rescind the penalty against the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia team, and reinstate drivers Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Guidi as the GT Daytona class winners. We regret the confusion following the race, and appreciate the patience by our fans, drivers, teams and the media so we could properly review and subsequently report this decision.
Screen legends/heartthrobs Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are set to reunite for the first time on the big screen since their 1994 performance in Interview with the Vampire in the film adaptation of AJ Baimes’ book about the 1960s rivalry between the American and Italian racing factories of Ford and Ferrari. This film has been fast-tracked into production after the success of Ron Howard’s film Rush, that depicts the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt during the 1970s.
Film Director Joseph Kosinski, who recently worked with Cruise on the sci-fi thriller Oblivion, is signed on to direct while Cruise is slated to play Carroll Shelby. No word yet on who Pitt will play. Rumors have swirled around that Pitt was attached to an earlier version of this project originally scheduled to be directed by Michael Mann.
Adrien Brody has an extensive collection of cars ranging from undercover clunkers to top of the line Italian supercars, such as the 460 horsepower Ferrari California. The Ferrari California is possibly the most well-rounded grand touring convertible to ever come out of Maranello. Brody can be seen here using his to grab a hotdog from a street vendor in New York back in 2010.
Adrien Brody is best known for his Academy Award winning performance in “The Pianist”, a film adaptation of the acclaimed “Death of a City” memoir written by a World War II survivor and musician Wladyslaw Szpilman. Other films Brody has been in include Summer of Sam, The Jacket, Predators and Cadillac Records.
The German tuning company DMC has recently released their “Elegante” styling kit onto the Ferrari 458 coupe for the first time. DMC had recently applied this styling kit to a Ferrari 458 Spider. The “Elegante” styling kit adds even more style and aggressiveness to the already stylish and aggressive Italia. This is done with a complete aerodynamic package that includes front lips, side skirts, carbon fiber front hood and the rear diffuser.
The engine also gets an upgrade in power that boosts the 458 “Elegante” to an impressive power output of 608 horsepower. This was achieved by a remapped ECU and a new stainless-steel exhaust system. Being that the base 458 Italia comes standard with 562 horsepower, this boost in power is a respectable jump in numbers considering that no major engine work was done.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has declared 2013 as “a year to forget” and that he was “sick of coming in second”. Montezemolo is focused on 2014 and strongly believes that the new Ferrari F1 racer, the F14 T will help to overcome the dominance of Red Bull Racing and return Ferrari to championship form.
Montezemolo has a right to be confident about the 2014 season; Ferrari has two very strong drivers this year with Kimi Raikkonen being paired with Fernando Alonso.
“I’m confident because I think we have a strong team, and I think we have all the ingredients to be a success,” Montezemolo said in a statement issued by Ferrari.
American Hip Hop artist Fabolous posed for a pic recently leaning against his new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The F12 looks very stylish done in white with black wheels and red accents. Choosing this vehicle says a lot about Fabolous’s taste in cars. The F12 Berlinetta is a naturally aspirated V-12 engine that produces 730 horsepower utilizing Ferrari’s seven-speed automated manual transmission.
Fabolous is a American hip hop recording artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York who is currently signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs label Ciroc Entertainment and is most know for his hit singles “Breathe” and “baby”.
Not sure what the deal is with the foreign license plate being that he resides in Brooklyn, New York.
A destroyed 1991 Ferrari F40 that was brought back to life by the Gas Monkey Garage crew of the Discovery Channel show Fast ‘N’ Loud has sold at the Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ for a whopping $742,500. Considering that this car only had 7,148 miles on the odometer, this might be considered a good deal to some.
The car, originally painted red, was totaled back in 2011 when a service-center employee crashed into a building, destroying most of the original body work and causing severe damage to the frame. The crew over at the Gas Monkey Garage is rumored to have bought the totaled F40 for $400,000 with the plan to rebuild the Italian supercar to a condition better than when it was originally sold.
This was going to be a challenge to pull off since the F40 was the benchmark for high-performance cars of its time and is still considered one the last true analog high-performance vehicles.
The body damage was repaired with help from Ferrari-certified technicians. Once the bodywork was repaired, the F40 was reborn in a coat of black paint with some sinister HRE three-piece wheels.
The 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 was upgraded with a Tubi exhaust, rebuilt turbos, aluminum flywheels and a new clutch resulting in a new power output of 550 hp.
Hip hop performing artist Gucci Mane has the unique distinction of being the first person in America to receive shipment a Ferrari 458 Italia back in 2010. Being the first recipient of such a luxury item is a feat that very few have been able to off, including when you consider the selection process that is involved in gaining access to a new Italian supercar. Mane dressed out his 458 Italia in black and yellow Forgiato Opposti wheels to match the color of the car.
The Ferrari 458 Italia officially debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September 2009. This mid-engine V8 packs 562 horsepower at 9,000 rpm with a 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds with a top speed just under 200 mph.
The 1998 Ferrari F300 driven by Michael Schumacher recently went across the auction block at Barret-Jackson for $1.7 million. This particular example is number three of nine built for the 1998 season. The F300 is a 3.0-liter V10 engine responsible for producing 805 horsepower at 17,500 rpm. The car was used by Schumacher for 38 races throughout the 1998 campaign that was won by Mika Hakkinen.
“Accompanied by its Classic certificate and Ferrari documents showing the car was driven by Michael Schumacher 38 times, this car has been fully restored by Ferrari and is eligible for a number of historic events,” read a press release from Barret-Jackson.
“As an actual verified Ferrari that has been piloted by seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher. We believe the 1998 F300 Chassis 183 was an integral part in re-establishing Scuderia Ferrari’s dominance in Formula 1 racing.”
Schumacher currently remains in a medically induced coma after suffering severe head trauma during a skiing incident late last year while on vacation in the Alpine resort of Meribel.
Ferrari has taken the unusual step of reaching out to the public thru social networking (Twitter) and asking the fans to name the 2014 Formula One car, with an online poll offering five different choices.
The options to choose from to name the 2014 Formula One car are F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo and lastly, F616. All these selections reflect either the year of 2014 or a reference to the 1.6-liter V6 engine that will be used for the 2014 Formula One racing season. Early voting results show the main front runners to be F166 Turbo and F14 T.
The car itself will be unveiled on January 25.
The Ferrari F14-T is the 60th car from Ferrari to participate in Formula 1. This new model will carry the same 1.6 liter, turbocharged V6 as the rest of the field. What separates the F14-T from the rest of the pack are the unique aspects of the new nose design. This new design is a direct result of Formula 1’s new regulations being made in the name of driver safety that require teams to lower both the nose and the chassis. These changes are being made with the intent to lower the point of impact on side collisions so that wrecks are less likely to impale drivers.
The individual teams interpretation of how to deal with revised height regulations has garnered distinctly different results when it comes to the nose cone. These nose designs range from elephant to phallic to wide-open. The teams will be paying close attention to how these uniquely different nose designs work under true racing conditions. It is possible that as the 2014 F1 season plays out teams may begin to adapt a universal nose piece that has proven to be the most effective.
Additional changes had to be made to the front suspension so that it would fit into the lower monocoque. The front wings on all cars must now be 3 inches smaller on each side creating a front wing surface that is now 6 inches more narrow than the previous model. Ferrari had to completely redesign the front wings in order to maintain and improve downforce over the front wheels.
Other exterior changes for the 2014 F1 season include a revised Drag Reduction System (DRS) that has required teams to completely redesign the rear wing of the car. Smaller calipers on the back were developed to compensate for increased braking along with a new “Brake-by-Wire” system that was added to assist drivers with changing brake dynamics during the race.
Formula One will be making the switch this year from the current 2.4 liter V8 to a 1.6 liter turbo V6. Additional changes to the current fuel delivery system and the KERS battery system will also be in place for the 2014 race season. This very informative video will help explain the impact these technical regulations are having on how engines are being designed for the 2014 race season. It will be interesting to see how these changes will impact the quality of racing for the upcoming season.
The LaFerrari has barely been on the road and now one is already up for sale. SEMCO GmbH in Munich claims to be selling the car for a hefty $3.24 million that is almost double the initial retail price. This type of situation is seriously frowned upon by Ferrari who goes to great lengths during its selection process of potential buyers to weed out any perspective “scalpers” who are just looking to flip the car for a quick buck. Ferrari wants to ensure that the people who purchase these limited vehicles are going to hold on to them for a long while. With the LaFerrari, this practice was so apparent that Ferrari Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo chose the final list of buyers personally. This strongly suggests that whoever is selling this vehicle should not expect to be on Ferrari’s hot list of buyers any longer.
If anyone is wondering why a vehicle fresh off the production line would resell for twice the original retail price, there a two reasons that come to mind, one is that limited production vehicles such as this have a tendency to continuously go up in price just like the Ferrari Enzo that is now worth 3 times its original retail price. The other reason is that the LaFerrari is an amazing car that can launch from a dead stop to 60 mph in under 3 seconds.
The limited production hybrid (only 499 units will be sold) LaFerrari that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show introduced the world to a hybrid system derived from Scuderia Ferrari’s F1 KERS technology. The current version of the HY_KERS that is available on the LaFerrari does not feature an electric only option even though the system is designed so that in future applications a car can be driven in electric mode only. The LaFerrari is the first Ferrari to utilize the benefits of the HY-KERS system. The gasoline engine in the LaFerrari is a 789 horsepower 6262cc V12 that revs to a maximum 9,250 rpm. The LaFerrari also features a 120 kw electric motor, giving the vehicle a combined power output of 950 horsepower.
The hybrid system is made of two electric motors developed in cooperation with Magneti Marelli. The first motor powers the driven wheels and the second the ancillaries. Developing the HY-KERS system in cooperation with Scuderia Ferrari allowed for considerable weight reduction pertaining to the individual components to include a battery pack that weighs 132 pounds. The batteries of the HY-KERS system are charged in different ways: the batteries will charge every time the V12 produces more torque than required such as what is achieved during cornering and every time under braking or even hard braking with the ABS active is achieved.
The LaFerrari’s Brembo braking system is also integrated into the hybrid system with several new features including new lightweight calipers designed to guarantee correct cooling and carbon-ceramic material discs. This has helped to allow the LaFerrari to put up track times 5 seconds faster than the Enzo and 3 seconds faster than the F12 Berlinetta.
The 2014 Formula 1 racing season is quickly approaching, teams are getting ready to test the new turbocharged V-6 engines and drivers are looking to settle in. Kimi Raikkonen has started the first week of his second stint with Ferrari by spending some time with the engineers in the simulator. This is what he had told www.ferrari.com during a break in testing.
“It’s good to be back at work,” “I began by getting used to all the new systems and procedures that we will use this year. From this point of view, the simulator is really very useful. It’s true there’s lots to do, but the workload is not much different to what it was in the past. For me, these days in Maranello are also an opportunity to be with the team and spend a bit more time with my many friends here.”