Monthly Archives: May 2014
Saudi Arabian based tuning company ByDesign Motorsports is gaining a reputation for making subtle modifications designed to better improve the quality of supercars that are already close to perfection. Keeping in tradition with this philosophy, ByDesign Motorsport’s latest project, a stunning white Ferrari 458 Italia has undergone subtle changes versus the more extreme bodykits favored by other custom shops.
The 458 Italia has been dressed in white paint with a contrasting black roof and then fitted with a set of eye-catching high-gloss twin five-spoke wheels that perfectly accent the bright red brake calipers. The Italia also features black side skirts and a custom exhaust system featuring blue tips. The final touch placed on this Ferrari 458 Italia from ByDesign Motorsports was a stripe stretching the length of the car that features the colors of the Italian flag.
Steve McQueen’s 1967 red Ferrari 275 GTB/4 that was purchased during the filming of “Bullet” will cross the auction block during the festivities surrounding the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
This piece of Hollywood history has undergone a full restoration and has received it certification from the team at Ferrari Classiche. Ferrari Classiche, was established to provide restoration and maintenance services, technical assistance and Certificates of Authenticity to owners of classic Ferraris. Housed in the former Ferrari Foundry building within Ferrari’s Maranello, Italy factory, the 10,225 square foot workshop was opened in 2006 by the current Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo made a surprising declaration during an interview with an Australian journalist that Fernando Alonso is the “The best driver in the world.” Ferrari then issued a press release to praise Alonso and repeat the claim that Alonso is the best.
“Fernando is the best driver in the world, who always gives 200% in the races,” said Montezemolo.
“He knows how much I count on him, even away from the race track, in terms of his contribution and the impetus he gives to the team.
“I think it’s incredible that there are still some so-called experts who don’t understand that and are always looking for a polemical situation that simply doesn’t exist.
“The truth is that he and Kimi, another incredible driver, need a competitive Ferrari and giving them that is our sole objective.
“We are working very hard, starting with Marco Mattiacci, who knows what needs to be done and who will instigate many changes at a technical and organizational level and in speeding up the decision-making process.
“That’s what I want, as do our drivers and our fans, while all the rest is just idle chat.”
Kimi Raikkonen remains confident that Ferrari has what it needs to return to championship form and that changes/improvements have been made to salvage the 2014 season while remaining focused on improving qualifying times for the prestigious Grand Prix of Monaco.
The 2007 World Champion remained at the Circuit de Catalunya to participate in both days of testing with the new Ferrari racer, the F14 T. The focus on qualifying is very important to Ferrari with the ability to pass at Monaco being so challenging, a good qualifying position is almost required to have a solid finish. After the two days of testing, Raikkonen sees signs of overall improvement.
“Qualifying can have a big effect on the outcome, an area on which we are doing our utmost to improve,” Raikkonen told Ferrari’s official website.
“After the race, we stayed on in Barcelona for the test, which was reasonably positive: we had problems at the start, but by the end, I can say I was pleased with the work we managed to get through.”
“The F14 T is improving and I am sure that, step by step, the results will come, but we must push harder to get them.”
The Grand Prix of Monaco will prove to be a very important race for Ferrari, an event that Ferrari has not won in 13 Years.
Along with the announcement of the Moto E and the Moto G LTE, Motorola revealed the Moto G Ferrari edition; this stunning improvement to cellular technology is unfortunately only available south of the border, in Mexico.
The Moto G Ferrari Edition comes equipped with a Kevlar back cover – similar to what Motorola has been using on the Droids released by Verizon over the past few years. Ferrari logos are visible on both the front and back of the device and exclusive Ferrari accessories will be offered to those who buy the phone.
Phone-wise, the Moto G Ferrari Edition is identical to the 16GB Moto G LTE and offers a 4.5-inch 720p display, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 5MP rear camera, 1GB of RAM and a microSD card support along with the Adroid 4.4 KitKat operating system.
The Moto G Ferrari Edition will be available starting in June for an astonishing 4,999 pesos or approximately $387.00.
FERRARI CHARIMAN LUCA DI MONTEZEMOLO HINTS AT POSSIBLE INCREASE IN F1 BUDGET TO ATTRACT TOP TALLENT SUCH AS RED BULL ENGINEER ADRIAN NEWLEY
Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo has suggested that he is willing to increase Ferrari’s budget to get the Formula One team back to its winning ways. One of these budget busting attempts may include going after the highest paid engineer in Formula One, Adrian Newey.
Ferrari definitely has the money to go after Newey, The Financial Times states that Ferrari recorded “record revenues, profits and cash flow” last year, with a net profit well over $330 million.
Spending more to get Formula One talent is not the only change that Ferrari has made lately in an attempt to save the 2014 season. Ferrari recently fired team boss Stefano Domenicali. Suspicions that Montezemolo was willing to increase the Ferrari budget were the results of a quote posted by the La Gazzeta dello Sport that stated, “Given heavy investment and F1, which requires an exceptional effort economically to recover the gap to the opposition.”
Ferrari has announced that revenue is up 12% for the first three months of the year despite delivering 6% last cars than the first quarter of 2013. Company revenue hit $850 million with delivery of 1,699 models globally, 100 cars less than last year. Net profits soared to $75 million, a 5% increase over 2013.
Part of this success can be contributed to an ongoing strategy by Ferrari to produce fewer vehicles than demand requires. This technique was put in place to increase the value of both modern and vintage Ferraris. For the first quarter of 2014, Ferrari has reduced the number of units sent to Europe, Maranello’s second largest market. Another factor that has increased profits was the elimination of the entry level California.
Japan received twice as many cars in the first quarter 2014 with 128 units being delivered, 57 more than last year. Orders for mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have grown 42% since January. The United States saw delivery of 494 models, an 8% increase.
The restoration of vintage cars, especially those with a very limited production run, can be very expensive, complicated and time consuming. Traditionally this process can take well over a year and be very costly to complete. German 3D printing manufacturer Voxeljet uses state-of-the-art techniques to reduce the amount of time and cost required to refurbish this vintage Ferrari 312P Racer, allowing the project to be completed in a few weeks at a fraction of the cost.
Voxeljet used reversed engineering by utilizing mobile measurement arms that were able to generate 3D data of the cylinder heads. Voxeljet then used precise 3D printers to create seven sand components, including one of each the upper and lower box, and 5 sand cores that formed the entire cast of the block.
“Reverse engineering with 3D printing is by far the most efficient method for reproducing components that are no longer available,” explained Voxeljet CEO Dr. Ingo. “Often, it is the only way to reproduce certain components quickly and at reasonable cost. Thus there is considerable demand for 3D printing in this area. We are of course very pleased that our technology was a contributing factor in the successful engine overhaul of a Ferrari 312P.”
The name 312P, explains that the racer featured 3 liter displacement, with 12 cylinders, the “P” represents that the racecar was a prototype. The car’s 60 degree V12 engine is capable of putting out 430 hp, a number that at the time was unheard of. The 312P was introduced in 1969, the year that Ferrari returned to racing after protesting a rule change that banned their previous racecar from competition.
ROSS BRAWN VISITS FERRARI FACTORY IN MARANELLO, CREATING SPECULATION OF POSSIBLE RETURN TO FERRARI F1
Ross Brawn has went out of his way to downplay the significance of his recent visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello on Monday stating that he was there “with a group of friends as part of a tour of Italy – no more that that!”
Brawn, 59, was the Ferrari Formula 1 technical director during the team’s dominant period of the early 2000s. With his departure as team principal for Mercedes in December, fans are left wondering if this was more than a friendly vacation to see old friends.
A spokesman for Ferrari also downplayed the significance of Brawn being on property by saying that Brawn’s visit was “simply an Italian fantasy tour with friends scheduled for some time.” Brawn and his friends tried out two Ferrari road cars, including the new LaFerrari hybrid supercar on the Ferrari owned Fiorano test track.
Ferrari is off to the worst start in recent history with only one podium finish in the first four races. The lackluster start to the season has resulted in the replacement of team principal Stefano Domenicali with Marco Mattiacci, the former head of Ferrari’s North American road-car division who is a protégé of the top management of parent company Fiat.
Big news has been released this week from the Fiat-Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mi, a press conference was held yesterday to discuss the future of all models manufactured by the automotive giant to include Fiat’s fast selling, low-volume producing brand, Ferrari. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke briefly about the future of Ferrari providing a simple explanation that created more questions than answers about the future of the prancing horse.
Sergio explained that Ferrari will release a new car every year between now and 2018. Cars will have a four-year life cycle, after which, “M” versions will be produced; each “M” version will have a separate four-year cycle. Specific information about what these models will include was not provided.
The production cap of 7,000 units per year will remain in place. Marchionne explained that this is a “willful and intended” limitation; he did suggest that production could be ramped up to 10,000 units in the future. Further information on what criteria must be met for this production bump to take place was not provided.
Marchionne closed with explaining that Ferrari “is not for sale,” stating that Ferrari is a “phenomenal repository of value” for Fiat. Ninety percent of Ferrari’s stock sits within Fiat and its shareholders and according to Marchionne, “That’s where it belongs.”
April 30th marks the expiration of the first of two embargoes on the Ferrari LaFerrari. These embargoes are agreements between news agencies and manufactures to hold information and images of vehicles until a predetermined date. While embargoes are not unusual, they are frustrating for all of us that can’t wait for more information to be released on the newest car to come out of Maranello. With the first of two embargoes officially over, expect a lot of coverage of the hot new hybrid from Ferrari, the LaFerrari.
The first video to be released is from Evo and it is almost 10 minutes long. Dickie Meaden takes the 900-plus-horsepower hybrid for a run around the Fiorano test track and out onto Italian roads.
Rumors have been surfacing for some time now that Ferrari has been working on a track version of the LaFerrari called LaFerrari XX. There are reports that a variant of the LaFerrari XX equipped with a hybrid 6.3-liter V12 engine capable of producing 949 horsepower was seen putting down a six minute, 35 second lap time around the historic Nurburgring.
Latest rumors state that Ferrari has chosen to scrap the current powerplant in favor of the engine currently being used in Formula 1. This means that the 6.3- liter V12 hybrid will give way to a twin-turbo V-6 engine. This represents an extreme change in direction. It’s hard to tell how power and speed will compare between the two variants; however, the Formula 1 inspired engine package will definitely reduce weight, combined with a revised aero package and some suspension changes could result is much faster lap times.