Monthly Archives: February 2014
Just when we thought that the situations surrounding the former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito could not get any more bizarre, Incognito manages to surprise us all by intentionally destroying a brand new Ferrari FF with a baseball bat!
Incognito’s neighbors called police Wednesday morning after discovering his damaged vehicle in front of his house with a piece of the broken bat sticking out of the front grille of the Ferrari along with red shirts draped over the vehicle with Incognito’s name written on them. When the police arrived at the home, the Ferrari and Incognito were both gone. The police gave incognito a call later that day to ask if he wanted to report a crime, which is when he confessed that he did the damage himself in a fit of rage.
When asked by MyFoxPhoenix about the damage he inflicted to the $300,000 car, he said: “Oh that was that was just me venting, that was self expression, that’s a piece of art.” He went on to say “The happiest day of my life was when I got that car and now the second happiest day will be when I donate it to Charity.”
This just proves that not everyone who owns a Ferrari deserves a Ferrari.
The Ferrari FF is a 651 horsepower 6.3-liter V12 capable of delivering a 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 208 mph.
For all those people that are sick and tired of mid-sized and econo junk being offered as rentals will now have the ability to ride away in style with the Hertz “Dream Car Program.” Hertz is now offering mere mortals the opportunity to taste the good life behind the wheel of some of the hottest supercars on the planet, such as the Ferrari California, the Ferrari F430 Spyder, along with non Ferrari models such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the Lamborghini Gallardo.
Prices do vary depending on the vehicle, for as low as $395, you can take the keys to a Porsche Boxster or a Tesla Model S. For those wanting a little more, a $1,000 will get you behind the wheel of an Audi R8 or an Aston Martin Vantage. For those wanting to go all the way, $1,500 will put you in control of a Ferrari 430 or the California.
Hertz is definitely not the first rental car company to offer such a program; they are the largest company to do so. The “Dream Car Program” will be offered in 35 cities across America, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.
According to a report by Motor Trend, Ferrari will be switching from naturally aspirated motors to turbocharged powerplants in all next generation vehicles. By switching to a turbocharged powerplant, Ferrari will improve power and create better fuel economy. This could in part be a response to tighter emissions requirements expected to take place in 2016.
This will not be the first time that Ferrari has offered turbocharged vehicles; both the Ferrari F40 and the 288 GTO were turbocharged. The F40 was introduced in 1987 as a mid-engine 2.9 liter 478 horsepower twin-turbo. The F40 was a huge success that earned the respect of Ferrari purists even though the F40 lacked the sound that roars from a naturally aspirated engine. The 288 GTO is a less known vehicle with a much smaller production run that has steadily increased in value over time.
One other important factor that may contribute to this decision is the move to V-6 engines in Formula One at the end of the 2013 season. This rule change motivated Honda to return to Formula One as a supplier of engines for McLaren.
The 2014 Formula One race year is definitely shaping up to be a “Silly Season” due to all the driver changes taking place. It seems that 2014 may also be a “Silly Season” due to some very significant rule changes passed down by the FIA on 9 December 2013, after being approved by the Formula One Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission. Here is a recap of two of the more significant changes that are taking place.
Double Points for Last Race: The decision has been made to double the points value of the last race of the season creating a last race bonus opportunity for race teams fighting for the title. The hope is that by awarding a double points kicker in the last race that the championship will come down to the wire. The other races in the season will still be referred to as grands prix, with the season finale becoming a grand epreuve, a term used in early grand prix racing to denote those events with added championship weight. Concerns exist as to how this new rule will effect situations such as mechanical failure during the last race of the season. Under the new rules, mechanical failure during the last race of the season will be twice as damaging to the championship points as a mechanical failure that happens earlier in the season.
Introduction of Mandatory Cost Cap for 2015: This is without a doubt the single most important rule change to be made in quite some time. Race teams and the governing body of Formula One have six months to figure out just how the cap will be enforced, and what the spending limits will be for the first year and whether those spending limits will remain the same for future years going forward. We anticipate that race teams will be very passionate about expressing their concerns over how these cost restrictions should be implemented. Expect well-funded teams like Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull to be extremely expressive towards their concerns about leveling the playing field when it comes to money.
So far 18 drivers have been confirmed for the 2014 Formula One season leaving only 4 seats vacant.
Confirmed Drivers For the 2014 Season:
Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault (Signed deal for 2014 season)
Danill Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault
Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari (Signed deal this month to move to Sauber)
Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes (Singed multi-year deal to re-join Force India this month)
Sergio Perez Mexico Force India Mercedes (Singed multi-year deal with Force India this month)
Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes (Signed with McLaren in November 2013)
Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes (Continuing multi-year deal signed in 2011)
Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault (Signed deal for 2014)
Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault (Signed deal for 2014)
Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari (Signed two year deal in September)
Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari (Has contract thru 2016)
Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes (Continuing contract signed in 2011)
Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes (Signed thru 2015)
Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault (Signed multi-year deal in 2013)
Sabastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault (Under contract till 2015)
Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes (Signed multi-year deal in 2013)
Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes (Has contract for 2014)
Jules Bianci France Marussia-Ferrari (Has deal for 2014)
Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault (Signed deal in 2013)
Mark Webber Australia (Making move to Porsche in different series)
Still upset that you couldn’t get your hands on a real Ferrari 458 China Edition? Don’t feel bad, the limited production run dedicated to world’s biggest automotive market consisted of only 20 units and had a price tag of $1 million. Making the Ferrari 458 China Edition not only horribly expensive, but only available to those living in well… China.
For all the rest of us who would still like to have our own Ferrari 458 China Edition will have to settle for the Hot Wheels 1:18 scale model. This model is part of the Hot Wheels Elite special line and is packed with plenty of surprises. The Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari 458 China Edition will cost about $105 and is available for immediate shipping (something else that is hard to get with the full-sized version).
On Columbus Avenue in New York City, a delivery truck backed over top of $300,000 Ferrari FF. This was slightly more damage than a fender bender, with the hood of the Ferrari being crushed under the ramp/tailgate of the delivery vehicle causing the already low body of the Ferrari to crush against the front wheels. No one was hurt in the incident, however the owner of the vehicle was not the one who was driving, so there may be some explaining to do.
The Ferrari FF is a 6.3 liter V12 all wheel drive with a 7-speed automated transmission that produces 651 horsepower with 504 pound feet of torque and delivers a 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Top speed on the Ferrari FF is 208 mph with the ability to go from 60 mph to 0 mph in 3.6 seconds.
With Ferrari announcing earlier this year that Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will be team mates for the 2014 season, much doubt remained about where Felipe Massa would end up in 2014. Williams F1 has announced that the 11 year veteran has signed a three-year deal to continue racing at the highest level of open-wheel.
“When I was a kid, I always dreamed of racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I’m glad to be signing with another icon of the sport,” Massa said in a statement.
Over the last eight years that Massa has been racing for Ferrari he captured 11 grand prix victories before suffering life-threatening injuries that included a titanium plate being inserted into his skull. The injuries were a result of crash during the second round of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Since returning to racing after making a miraculous recovery, Massa has not seen the success that he was used to before the injury.
For the 2014 season, Massa will be teamed with sophomore driver Valtteri Bottas. Bottas 24, is a top prospect in Formula One that fans and experts both expected to do well in 2013. Bottas failed to score a single point in 2013 and finished 18th in the World Drivers Championship.
“It is a team to fight for the championships and good results and I really want to be part of it. I understand what they are doing to get stronger. I think we can be very successful and I believe it is the best choice compared to the other choices I had,” Massa said of the problems Williams F1 faced in 2013.
Even though the German tuning program DMC may be best known for their work on Lamborghini Adventador projects, they have proven once again that they are capable of handling any Italian supercar.
DMC originally rose to fame by being the first to customize the Aventador with their Molto Veloce kit, and now they are looking to do the same by offering a complete re-design for the Ferrari F430. The project is called Carbonio, and will include a hefty dose of carbon fiber to dress up the F430, bringing the overall design closer to the styling used on the Scuderia.
As this project is far from complete, the pictures released by DMC are only a tease of what to expect. From these photos we can draw clues, such as the entire front end being wrapped in carbon fiber including the front lip that has been named “the Sword.” No word yet on when the project will be complete or what else will be done. Regardless of what comes next, DMC has definitely chosen the perfect car for this edition and we look forward to what comes next.
Known for living a very lavish lifestyle, Mayweather has acquired an extensive car collection to include a white-on-red Ferrari 599 GTB. This prancing pony was the flagship of Ferrari from 2006 until the release of the F12 Berlinetta in 2013. Styled by Pininfarina under the direction of Frank Stephenson, the 599 GTB made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2006. The name 599 comes from the vehicle’s total engine displacement of 5999 cc. This 6.0 liter V12 engine produces over 600 horsepower and over 400 lb-ft or torque. Also known as the FTO Fiorano, this vehicle has an aluminum chassis, body and powertrain bringing the total weight of the vehicle to 3,726 lbs with a powerful six-speed manual or automated manual transmission. The Ferrari 599 GTB completes 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds with a quarter mile finished in less than 11 seconds.
Floyd Mayweather is currently undefeated as a fighter with a record of 45 wins, no losses and 26 wins coming by way of knock out. Mayweather is a five-division world champion, having won eight world titles and the lineal championship in three different weight classes. Mayweather is a two-time Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year (1998 and 2007); he also won the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year award in 2007 and the Best Fighter ESPY award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Floyd Mayweather received his largest payday to date after beating Canelo Alvarez in a stunningly lopsided fight in September. Mayweather received $41.5 million for the fight and approximately the same amount for his cut of the pay-per-view and other promotions making Mayweather the highest paid athlete two years in a row.
This day was bound to happen, even knowing that a sellout was guaranteed when only 499 are being produced, it’s still a somber moment knowing that the day has finally came. The LaFerrari was first introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show just 9 months ago. Only 120 of the 499 vehicles are slated to be sent to North America with each vehicle carrying a hefty price tag of $1.4 million.
The LeFerrari is going to rival the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and the future Acura NSX. Being the first (hopefully not the last) hybrid to leave the Maranello shop, the LaFerrari is powered by a hybrid HY-KERS powertrain that delivers 963 horsepower with a 0-60 in less than 3 seconds and a top speed of over 220 mph!
When looking at a car as an investment, the LaFerrari is a solid bet. Take into consideration other limited production Ferraris that have went up in price such as the Enzo. 10 years ago Ferrari introduced the Enzo for $650,000, now the Ferrari Enzo will cost well over $2 million. Executives at Ferrari expect the LaFerrari to do the same thing. Marco Mattiaci, president and CEO of Ferrari North America, said that the LaFerrari is “going to be the benchmark of the auto industry…its trajectory is going to follow exactly the vintage Ferrari cars. This is a unique piece, the first hybrid Ferrari.”
It can be quite hard to make a car look sportier than the original without ruining the complete design. German supercar turner DMC set out to accomplish that feat on the newest member of the Ferrari fleet, the 2014 LaFerrari. DMC has taken this hybrid to a whole new level by combining elements from the Ferrari GTO, the XX and FXX. All the changes made for this digital rendering were cosmetic with zero alterations being made to the LaFerrari’s original DNA except for a race inspired exhaust. For as wild as the FXXR is, these ideas may not be farfetched. Many of the carbon fiber details and the sharper lines, not to mention the rear spoiler are items that can all become a reality should Ferrari introduce a track edition. There is no word as to whether DMC has any plans to actually build the FXXR. One serious setback to making the FXXR a reality is that there are only 499 potential customers in existence and with the LaFerrari costing $1.4 million, it’s hard to say if any of the owners will be willing to undergo such a radical transformation.
Ashton Kutcher, the underwear model turned actor who is best known for his show “Punk’d” on MTV and his role on “Two and a Half Men” has recently delivered his best acting to date in the film adaptation of the life and career of Tech Giant Steve Jobs, titled… well, “Jobs” was recently seen posing next to his very impressive red Ferrari California.
For some reason Kutcher has this “I don’t know what to say” look on his face with his hands out in the “what’s the big deal” gesture. Well, for starters, the big deal could be the fact that he is standing next to a $200,000 supercar that is capable of doing 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds. Or maybe he is just hiding a bad hair day.
Ferrari models tend to sell out quickly including those that are only offered in a limited production or pack a lot more horsepower than other models. Australia’s Motoring magazine is claiming that Ferrari has sold out the entire inventory of the new 458 Speciale.
For those who are new to this blog or have possibly been living under a rock, the 458 speciale is the 3rd fastest Ferrari to ever put in laps at the Fiorano test track. That makes the 458 Speciale faster than the 599 GTO and the Enzo. This mid-engine V8 takes its cue from the 360 Challenge Stradale and the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the 458 Speciale is lighter, more powerful and more aerodynamically sound than the 458 Italia for which the 458 Speciale is based off of.
No official price has been given yet; our best guess is that the Ferrari 458 Speciale will be approximately $300,000.
Two children aged 9 and 11 were seen driving around India in a Ferrari F430. As it turns out, the Ferrari belonged to the 9 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 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.
Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo has just re-signed with Real Madrid making him one of the highest paid athletes in the world earning more than $23 million a year. With that much extra cash laying around there is always some money to put to good use such as buying a $1.4 Million LaFerrari and becoming one of only 499 people in the world to say that they own Ferrari’s first hybrid supercar (not bad for bragging rights).
The LeFerrari is designed to rival the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder. Having the distinction of being Maranello’s first hybrid, the LaFerrari is supported by two HY-KERS electric motors that assist the LaFerrari’s powerful V12 engine to produce 963 horsepower with a 0-60 in less than 3 seconds and a top speed of over 220 mph!
Ronaldo has long been known as a supercar aficionado. Other supercars that make up his collection include a Ferrari 599 GTO and a Lamborghini Aventador. Not that Ronaldo needs any more cash, but he may find the LaFerrari to be a solid investment when considering that Ferrari’s limited production Enzo has more than quadrupled in price in less than 10 years. When taking into consideration the collectability of a vehicle that is both Ferrari’s first hybrid and first supercar to break 900 horsepower, it’s easy to imagine that the LaFerrari will soar in price before too long.
Test driver Pedro de la Rosa and Driver Academy member Jules Bianchi have been chosen to share driving responsibilities for Ferrari during the Pirelli tire test at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. Pedro de la Rosa will be behind the wheel of the F138 for the first two days to continue his development that has up to this point been taking place in a simulator. Bianchi will be given an opportunity to demonstrate what he has learned in his 2013 appearances on the Formula One schedule during the last day of tire testing.
The tire test has been called by the FIA in the name of safety to give teams an opportunity to run on the 2014 spec tires that were unavailable to be tested in Brazil due to rain.
Other teams that will be making an appearance at the tire test include, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Mercedes.
There seems to be nothing more ridiculous in the world of Ferrari than a Lapo Elkann photo shoot. Unfortunately, Elkann likes to do photo shoots, making these scenes of a grown man in a red suit lying across the hood of a Ferrari “swimsuit model” style way too common. This shoot recently took place in Miami for reasons unknown.
Lapo Elkann is a New York-born Italian entrepreneur and Former Fiat marketing manager who is currently manager of brand promotion at Fiat Autombiles, group Fiat, and is a founding partner of LA Holding and current president of Italia Independent and Independent Ideas. Elkann is the grandson of Italian industrialist and principal shareholder of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli.
The Ferrari LaFerrari is the newest flagship vehicle of the Ferrari fleet and rightfully so. With a combined power output of 930 horsepower and a limited production run of only 499 units, the LaFerrari follows in a proud tradition of limited vehicles to come from Maranello. Other head-turning limited editions from the recent past include the F40 and the Enzo.
This most recent example of Ferrari excellence was seen recently driving around the curvy streets of Monaco dressed in a stunning shade of Red. While the sight of exotic cars cruising the streets of Monaco is not all that rare, it is always a treat to see such a limited production model as the LaFerrari.
Ever wonder what a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta would look like if the front half was buried inside a bush? Well, now you do thanks to the wonderful driving of a British couple who managed to submerge the front half of their supercar inside some of the local scenery. No information is available on what caused this unfortunate incident or whether the F12 Berlinetta’s 740 horsepower had anything to do with this.