It is not a secret that Ferrari is known as the most successful manufacturer to ever race in Formula One. What a lot of people do not remember is that Ferrari had a very successful career in sports car prototype racing. Between 1940 and the early 1970s, Ferrari won 9 Le Mans wins and 13 World Sportscar Championships. Ferrari’s involvement in sports car prototype racing came to an end in 1974 when Ferrari Chairman, Enzo Ferrari, decided to focus the manufacturer’s attention on Formula One racing. Two decades would pass before the Prancing Horse would return to prototype racing with the release of the Ferrari 333 SP in 1994.
Designed by the famed Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara, at the request of amateur racer Giampero Moretti, the 333 SP was available for purchase until 2003, and holds the distinction of being the only Ferrari race vehicle to win the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2014 Vmax200 Hypermax Festival of Speed brought out some of the world’s best supercars for a day-long event full of racing and high-speed demonstrations. Shmee was on hand to capture the event’s festivities. Here is a video from Shmee 150 as he rides shotgun in a Ferrari Enzo during a donut demonstration on a British airfield with speeds reaching 195 mph on the runway. Enjoy.
Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has been transferred from the hospital in Grenoble, France, where he has been since his skiing accident last year to a recovery ward at the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Michael has left…to continue his long phase of rehabilitation,” according to his manager Sabine Kehm.
As in previous statements, Schumacher’s agent asked for the media and fans to respect the privacy of Schumacher and his family as they continue forward with his recovery.
“The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes,” Kehm said. “We are sure it helped him. For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.”
The seven-time Formula One world champion is an avid and experienced skier who suffered severe head trauma as a result of a skiing accident at the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29. Investigators believe that Schumacher struck a rock that was hidden below the snow while traversing an area between two pistes, which catapulted him face first into another rock.
In early January, a French prosecutor tasked with investigating the accident concluded that speed was not a reason for Schumacher’s fall.
This little racer has the distinction of running over 50 races and winning half of them, making this the winningest Ferrari ever. The story starts in 1957, when a guy by the name of John von Neumann, an accomplished race car driver on the California coast, ordered a 250TR V12 Ferrari engine. His goal was to put this engine inside the engine bay of a Ferrari TRC. This was more than tricky due to the fact that the engine bay was originally designed to fit a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. He enlisted the help to fellow race car driver and technical wizard, Richie Ginther, the two of them created the first and only TRC with a factory V12 and by doing so created the first Ferrari hot rod.
Ever driven blindfolded at speeds over 180 mph? Extreme Motorsports is looking for anyone over the age of 21 with a valid driver’s license who believes they have what it takes to drive a supercar blindfolded. Last September, Mike Newman broke the world record for the fastest car driven blindfolded, reaching a top speed of 186.12 mph driving a Porsche 911 GT2. Extreme Motorsports is out to break that record, this time using a Ferrari 458 Challenge Race Car.
Those crazy enough to try will be trained by head coach Pery McCarthy who will be teaching a special military method for driving at night. This special event will take place at an airfield in York, England. Registration is open to anyone through the Extreme Motorsports Website.
A recent video posted by WorldSupercars shows a Ferrari 458 Speciale running loose on the streets of Monaco with a custom exhaust outfitted by Capristo. The Capristo exhaust gives this supercar and extra special exhaust note, especially through Monaco’s famous tunnel that is a key part of the track during the running of the Grand Prix of Monaco.
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.
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.”
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.