Monthly Archives: July 2014
There is a lot of buzz surrounding a rare 1960’s racer that will be crossing the auction block next month during the Monterey events auction put on by RM Auctions house. This 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is one of three vehicles produced late 1964/early 1965 and is expected to eclipse the previous sales recorder holder, a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider that sold in 2013.
The Ferrari 275 GTB racer was created in 1965 to challenge the very dominant Ford GT 40 in the Le Mans racing series. The 275 GTB racing variant features aluminum bodywork along with a lighter chassis and an additional 70 horsepower compared to its stock siblings from the same year. Being the first Ferrari to feature an independent rear suspension, the 275 GTB/C Speciale is considered rarer than some of its competitive counterparts. This particular example is a standout due to the fact that this racer never competed professionally and remains a numbers matching vehicle. For these reasons, RM Auction house is expecting to attract serious buyers with deep pockets who have the potential to make this little racer the record holder for most expensive Ferrari bought at auction.
Ex-Van Halen front man, Sammy Hagar has a love for cars that includes no less than 6 Ferraris along with several classics to include some very impressive muscle cars. The Red Rocket recently announced that he was one of the 499 who were fortunate enough to get their hands on Ferrari’s newest flagship model, the LaFerrari. Hagar recently flew over to the Maranello factory in Italy to get fitted for the custom cockpit seat. While he was there Hagar also spent time choosing interior and exterior color combinations for his 950 horsepower hybrid.
“I couldn’t be more excited, and I’m buying it to drive it”, says Hagar. “I suspect I might even have to take some more driving courses to really be able to pilot this baby with confidence. From everything I’ve read about the LaFerrari, you need to recalibrate your brain when you get inside”.
Vancouver based SR Auto recently got their hands on a stunning new Ferrari 458 Spider. The all-white Spider was fitted with Novitec lowering springs and a set of gloss black PUR LX02.V2 alloys staggered with 22 inch wheels in the rear and 21 inch wheels in the front. SR Auto then added in an Armytrix Valvetronic exhaust system that includes triple-blue exhaust tips.
Electro superstar Joel Zimmerman, better known to dance fans as Deadmau5, is selling his highly customized Ferrari 458 Spider on Craigslist. Affectionately named the Purrari, this Spider features a full-body wrap of the eight-bit Nyan Cat, pink brake calipers, prancing cat logos, A Purrari emblem and 6,500 miles on the odometer. The Purrari is currently located in Toronto, Canada, with an asking price of $380,000. Deadmau5 will donate any amount over that to the Toronto Humane Society.
Additional goodies added into the sale include an iPod full of “nyancat songs” and a meeting with Deadmau5 that will act as the official send off of the Purrari, conducted over a cup of coffee, of course. Free shipping is being offered to a buyer that is living anywhere in North America. If for some reason a buyer is interested in removing the Nyan Cat body wrap, Deadmau5 will accommodate this request.
Earlier this year, Ferrari announced that it would expand its current lineup by launching new variants of existing models. This has led to expectations of some various obvious variants such as the Ferrari 458 Scuderia, who would have imagined that Ferrari would produce a spider variant of their first hybrid supercar?
According to Automobile Magazine, Ferrari is planning to produce just 50 examples at double the price of the LaFerrari coupe. If the LaFerrari Spider does make it into production, the supercar would likely consist of a removable roof panel versus the traditional convertible configuration. If produced, the LaFerrari Spider would be the first open-topped Ferrari flagship vehicle since the Ferrari F50, which came exclusively with a removable hardtop.
The LaFerrari Spider is not the only LaFerrari variant expected in 2015 to come out of Maranello. Ferrari is expected to build a track-only version dubbed the LaFerrari XX. Only 30 examples are expected to be made and each is expected to have a power output of 1,050 hp!
The Ferrari Cavalcade is an annual event where Ferrari owners come from around the world to show off their best examples of what Ferrari has offered over the years. This event is seen as an opportunity for Ferrari to show off rare examples and one-offs that come from Ferrari’s Special Projects Division. This year Ferrari unveiled its latest one-off, the Ferrari F12 TRS.
The Ferrari F12 TRS is from the Skunkworks Special Projects Division in Maranello and is based off of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The F12 TRS replaces the coupe bodywork with new roadster sheetmetal that incorporates a glass window to display the iconic red cylinder heads of the V12 engine. The roofless vehicle features a cockpit that is trimmed in leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber. Common items such as the glovebox, air conditioning, carpeting and audio system were not included in this build. Not that air conditioning really makes sense on a car that does not have a roof.
The powerplant behind the Ferrari F12 TRS is similar to that of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The TRS has a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 engine that produces 730 horsepower and is capable of reaching 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
It is not possible for an automotive company to hide from the reality that emission reduction is here to stay. As the world embraces going green, the demand for more fuel efficient-eco friendly cars is reshaping the automotive landscape. Car companies must now produce fuel-sipping powerplants if they want to be competitive from this point forward. This can be rather challenging for automotive manufactures that pride themselves on performance and power. Classically speaking, power and fuel economy have not mixed. There is no better example of this than the muscle cars of the 1970s. For Ferrari, the challenge of reducing emissions while improving performance has been viewed as a way for Ferrari to separate itself from the pack and to introduce new models that are equally exciting as they are eco friendly.
Ferrari Powertrain Director Vittorio Dini recently told Automotive News Europe that Ferrari has plans to improve its current average C02 emissions of 270 grams per kilometer by 20 percent by 2021. This would create a new benchmark for the Prancing Horse of 216 grams of C02 per kilometer. “In the future, all of our V8s will use turbos,” explained Dini. For the V12 engines, Ferrari has elected to go with a hybrid system that better suits the V12 engines versus the heat that is created from turbos.
Evidence of this new philosophy can be seen in the new California T that ditches the naturally aspirated engine in favor of a smaller displacement, more powerful turbocharged unit. The LaFerrari is an example of how Ferrari has paired the larger V12 engine with a powerful hybrid system.
The Ferrari F12 SP America is the latest creation to come out of Maranello’s Special Projects division. This one-off was produced by the Maranello Skunkworks team and is based on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta with cues from the 250 GTO. The evidence of the 250 GTO’s influence can be seen in the trio of nostrils in the nose, the unique side vents, and the restyled rear haunches that meld into an integrated rear spoiler.
The Ferrari F12 SP America is a 6.3-liter V12, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The Ferrari F12 SP America produces 730 horsepower with 509 lb-ft of torque and is capable of launching from 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds with a standing quarter mile in just 11 seconds.
The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most coveted examples of Ferrari’s golden era of racing, with only 39 examples ever made. It is extremely uncommon for one to come up for auction and when they do, they tend to fetch a large amount of cash.
During most of the 1980s, the 250 GTO was selling in the six figures. By 1989, a Ferrari 250 GTO sold at auction for $10 million with a second example selling a few months later for $13 million. By 2012, the price for a GTO at auction was around $35 million with even one example selling for an astonishing $52 million.
Bonhams auction house has gotten its hands on an extremely rare example that is rich in racing history; chassis number 3851 GT will be auctioned off at the Quail Lodge during Monterey weekend next month.
Chassis number 3851 GT is the 19th example of the Ferrari 250 GTO and was released for sale on September 11, 1962. The initial owner was a French racer named Jo Schlesser, who died in an experimental Honda F1 car six years later at the French Grand Prix. The Ferrari 250 GTO was later crashed at the Montlhery Autodrome and then repaired at the Maranello factory and returned to completion the following year. In 1965, Fabizio Violati became the owner and kept the 250 GTO is his collection until his death in 2010, making this the longest single-owner GTO in existence.
During an interview with racing journalist at the British Grand Prix this past weekend, the 2007 World Champion and winner of 20 grands prix, Kimi Raikkonen suggested that 2015 will be his last season racing for Ferrari or anyone else in Formula One. When asked how long he expects to stay in Formula One, Raikkonen answered: “Until my contract is finished, and then I will probably stop. That is what I think is going to happen.”
Raikkonen has been struggling this season with an underperforming car, ranked 12th in the standings, Raikkonen is currently ranked lower than he has finished any season while driving in Formula One. This poor performance has been compounded by the fact that longtime rival and current teammate, Fernando Alonso has managed to secure a 4th place ranking while struggling with the same underperforming equipment.
At 34 years of age, Kimi Raikkonen is the oldest active driver in Formula One. Raikkonen has 3 months of age on Jenson Button and a full year on former teammate Felipe Massa. Considering how many young faces currently make up the Formula One lineup, it’s only natural to start wondering just how long Raikkonen will continue to race.
Gene Haas has announced that he will field a new Formula One team for the 2016 season versus the much easier task of purchasing an existing team. Haas also announced that the team will be housed out of his NASCAR team’s headquarters in North Carolina. Gene Haas will be teaming up with Ferrari for this Formula One partnership, Ferrari remains the most successful race team in Formula One racing, with sixteen Constructors’ Championships, fifteen drivers’ titles and 221 grand prix victories. Ferrari won its last championship in 2008.
Ferrari has patented a new steering system designed to improve accuracy. This new steering system aims to reduce inaccuracy and inconsistent feedback found in the existing steering setups. By doing so, Ferrari hopes to create future sports cars that steer with greater precision. The new system uses software to make adjustments for inconsistencies such as those found when turning the wheel at different angles from left to right. This software is suppose to calculate the angle and torque applied to the steering wheel, applying the necessary corrections to reduce “transmission error,” a term used to explain the delay between the drivers input on the wheel and response of the front wheels.
Last year, Edo Competition tasked Ferrari’s Tailor Made personalization program to create a one-off Ferrari 458 Italia that honored Formula One racing legend Niki Lauda. For some reason, Edo Competition has decided to sell this very unique vehicle less than 5 miles on the odometer! The custom 458 Italia comes with subtle accents inspired by the Formula One cars that Lauda drove while racing for Ferrari between 1974 and 1977. The white roof features an Italian flag, while the supercar sits on gold alloys along with white accents on the front splitter, side skirts and rear spoiler. On the inside, this special addition displays an Italian flag motif on the center console along with red stitching and carbon fiber trim. All of the special features on this limited edition one-off are purely cosmetic; the Niki Lauda Edition Ferrari 458 Italia packs the same naturally aspirated V8 engine found on the standard model. Edo Competition wants $385,000 for their limited edition Ferrari 458 Italia that pays tribute to Formula One legend Niki Lauda.
As previously stated in this blog, there have been rumors for some time that Ferrari was planning a track-only LaFerrari based FXX and a street-legal variant in convertible. As time passed, the rumor began to look more like fact as other evidence became available. What has remained a mystery is the question of when these two cars will become a reality. According to Car Magazine, Ferrari is expected to launch both vehicles in 2015.
According to Car Magazine, the Spyder FXX is going to be extremely limited with a production run consisting of approximately 50 vehicles and is expected to cost more than the LaFerrari Coupe, possibly costing twice as much.
The track-only version of the LaFerrari FXX will follow in the footsteps of the Enzo-based FXX with only 30 examples being made. These 30 examples will not only be very expensive, they will only be offered to loyal and longtime customers of Ferrari. The LaFerrari-based FXX track edition is expected to be around 1,050 horsepower and capable of delivering much faster performance times than the current LaFerrari.
The windshield less Ferrari one-off named after Pinifarina founder and CEO, Sergio Pinifarina is on display at the Berkeley Hotel Ferrari showroom. The Sergio is a concept made off of the platform of the Ferrari 458 and carries a 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine capable of producing 570 horsepower. The Sergio launches from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 199 mph.
Sergio Pinifarina had a long standing relationship with Ferrari and was personally involved in the creation and design of the Ferrari 360, 328 and the F40. In addition to his work with Ferrari, Pininfarina also was involved in the creation of the Cadillac Allante, Benley Azure, and the Maserati Quattroporte. Sergio Pininfarina died in 2012 at the age of 85.
Celebrity auctions are always exciting; people just love owning a piece of Hollywood/Rock N Roll history. Auctions America has announced that they will be auctioning off Rod Stewarts impeccable Ferrari F40 during its Burbank event. Stewart’s F40 is chassis #60 of just 213 US-spec examples ever produced. This particular vehicle has less than 7,900 miles on the odometer along with carbon fiber seats. The F40 is expected to bring in well over a million dollars at auction.
Superstar tuning house Novetic Rosso recently unveiled a new performance package for the Ferrari 458 Speciale. This package includes a lightweight body kit consisting of a new spoiler and front bumper blade, carbon fiber moldings along the side windows and a carbon fiber diffuser fitted with an electronically adjustable midsection. Additional features for the limited-edition track inspired supercar include a redesigned high-performance exhaust system made up of two exhaust manifolds, a rear muffler and sports catalysts, along with two 100-mm black-coated tailpipes. These advantages bring the total horsepower produced by this naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 to 636 hp with 422 lb-ft of torque and a new top speed of 205 mph. No word yet on what this upgrade kit for the Ferrari 458 Speciale will cost or how long these upgrades will take.
A remapped ECU allowed JMP Optimering to boost the horsepower of the most powerful naturally-aspirated V-12 engine that Ferrari has ever made from a combined output of 950 hp to a whopping 1,050 hp! The 6.3-liter V12 generates 800 horsepower with the electric motor bringing the total horsepower up to 950 hp before any modifications were made to the ECU. No word on how much this power boost cost the owner or what the reason behind the boost in power was.
Miller Motorcars recently placed for sale a rare Enzo-based Ferrari FXX Evoluzione. This particular racer currently ranks as the fastest model that Ferrari has ever built, a title that the FXX Evoluzione will continue to hold until the LaFerrari XX is officially unveiled. Only 30 examples of this variant exist with this particular model having the distinction of being the first from the factory and only one of nine sold in the United States.
This 6.2-liter V12 has been bumped up from 800 hp to 860 hp along with sever other upgrades to include an updated suspension, rear wing, brakes and a reworked transmission that cuts shifting times from 80 milliseconds all the way down to 60 milliseconds. The Ferrari FXX Evoluzione reaches 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 250 mph.
Miller Motorcars has yet to set a price for this race piece of Ferrari superstardom leaving us to guess how much such a unique example should be worth. Stay tuned for any updates that we may get on what price this ultra rare supercar will demand.
1974 ended Ferrari’s involvement in prototype sports racing, making this 1972 Ferrari 312PB the last prototype racer to come out of Ferrari. The 1972 312PB has wins at some of the most prestigious races on both the European and American circuit to include Watkins Glen, the 6 Hour at Daytona, the Sebring and Nurburgring. Ex pro-skier Steven Read owns the last race car that Ferrari developed before they turned their focus entirely to Formula One. Petrolicious recently released video of Read taking his prototype out onto the track and it sounds amazing! Take a look at the video for yourself.