In the world of supercar upgrades, there are a lot of performance packages to choose from, some are conservative and some are downright outrageous. Every once in a while a performance package comes along that is the perfect combination of style and performance that brilliantly blends together everything that was special about the original build with just the right amount of extra muscle. The N-Largo Ferrari F12 from Novitec Rosso is a stunning example of this perfect harmony between aftermarket and stock excellence. The N-Largo features a carbon-fiber body kit with unique side skirts, a new hood that is matched to a black spoiler and a set of twin-spoke wheels that are off-set 21 inches in the front and 22-inches in the rear. A mild power package has been added to give the F12 a performance boost above the standard 740 hp. This combination of weight reduction, aerodynamic improvement and power boost creates a stunning result that is a beautiful as it is powerful.
Suggestions have been made recently that a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for sale on the auto trading site Mobile.de with a listing of $64 million is actually a fake. That is the expert opinion of the world’s leading Ferrari historian, Marcel Massini. “It’s a replica” Massini told. “I can tell you that with 100 percent certainty. I know where all of these cars are today and this not one of the original GTOs.”
Massini has an extensive relationship with not only the location of the original 39 Ferrari 250 GTOs; he has photos and detailed histories on all of them. Massini also points out that the method for how the GTO is being sold is also a red flag that this Ferrari is a fake. Massini suggests that anyone interested in selling a Ferrari this rare and expensive would not choose to use an internet car site for sale. He also mentions that the astronomically high price of $64 million also is a warning sign.
The latest episode of EVO features a drive through the Swiss Alps in a Rosso Corsa Ferrari F40 being driven by Henry Catchpole. This video maintains a focus on featuring the aspects of the Prancing Horse and how the F40 handles the twisting turns of the Alps versus the more traditional supercar video that uses helicopter views of sweeping landscapes. The turn from the traditional approach to cinematography creates a fresh perspective and definitely maintains a focus on the car. Catchpole integrates seamless commentary about the quirks of the Ferrari F40 along with funny stories that he has experienced with the supercar.
It is not a secret that the relationship between Chris Harris and Ferrari is a strained relationship at best. This has not stopped Harris from purchasing Ferrari’s 12-cylinder supercar, the Ferrari FF. There is also a lot of fuss at the moment about the Drive network wanting fans to pay for the Drive+ channel in order to see the top videos. There has been some grumbling around the web that the timing of Harris showing of his shiny new supercar lining up with the release of the pay channel was poorly planned at best. Regardless of the situations, the Ferrari FF is downright gorgeous and Harris is hands down one of the best supercar drivers on YouTube. It’s good to see that even when there are differences between the manufacturer and the reviewer that everything can be worked out.
Chris Harris has once again taken to the road and later to the track with another amazing supercar. This time Drive magazine has given Harris the newest and most powerful street car to ever be released by Ferrari, the LaFerrari. This video starts with Harris taking the 960 horsepower hybrid supercar out onto the road. Harris seems to be more than impressed the capabilities of the LaFerrari and a little concerned at the same time. Harris decides that the best and safest place to test the limits of Ferrari’s current flagship vehicle would be on Ferrari’s Fiorano test circuit where he manages to drift the hybrid supercar around every turn! Take a look at the video shot for the Cars segment on the Drive’s YouTube channel.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is a serious upgrade over the base model variant Ferrari 458 Italia, the Speciale has more power, styling and attitude. With this limited edition package, Ferrari didn’t just throw in some shinny new extras, they made an amazing supercar. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is faster around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track than the previous fleet flagship vehicle, the Enzo and the Ferrari 599 GTO by at least 1.5 seconds. Considering that the Ferrari 458 Speciale sits around $288,000 it is a much more affordable choice than the Ferrari 599 GTO or the Enzo. There is more than a possibility that the Ferrari 458 Speciale will turn out to be the last naturally aspirated V-8 supercar to be released by Ferrari. If this turns out to be the case than the Ferrari 458 Speciale will carry with it a very unique distinction that will definitely increase its value. Check out this video provided by EVO magazine as they take the Ferrari 458 Speciale out onto the track.
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.
One would expect that the leading supercar to come out of Maranello, the LaFerrari, would handle excellently on the track and it does. What there is less information on is how it handles on the road. One of the reasons for this is the fact that Ferrari is not letting anyone review the car. Very few people in the industry have been given a chance to take Ferrari’s first hybrid out on the open road. Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago was granted permission by Ferrari to do so for the latest edition of Ignition, Lago went on to say that the LaFerrari may just be the best road car he has ever driven.
The Ferrari 348 Challenge was just not that popular. Even when it was new, other products from the prancing horse just outclassed the 348 in both performance and appeal. Stacey Slead solved this issue by teaming up with Steve Maxwell of Maxwell’s Exotic Car service in California, together they took #10 of just 32 that were made that year and transformed the 355 Challenge into a 3.4-liter V8 twin-turbo capable of delivering 610 horsepower! Maxwell also fitted the 355 Challenge with a six-speed gearbox taken from a 355 Challenge.
Ferrari has released a LaFerrari premier video made by Ferrari’s hired videographer and photographers. This video teaser clip gives us a good look at the Prancing Horse’s newest flagship supercar. Unlike the first video teaser to come out from Ferrari, this clip gives us a much better idea as to what the LaFerrari sounds like and how it will look on the road.
In addition to displaying the enjoyable exhaust note of the LaFerrari, this video gives us a look at the LaFerrari with the engine bay uncovered, displaying the powerful 6.3-liter V-12 engine that lies within. This view definitely demonstrates that the LaFerrari is the fastest and most powerful road car ever launched out of Maranello.
With 950 horsepower and more than 660 pound-feet of torque delivered by a Formula One inspired V-12 hybrid drivetrain, the LaFerrari will accelerate from 0-60mph in under 3.0 seconds, reach 186mph in 15 seconds before arriving at a top speed of 217mph.
Right now, the LaFerrari is hands down the hottest car on the market with every auto-journalist on the planet lining up for a chance to take one out onto the track. The boys over at Top Gear got their chance recently and took the LaFerrari out in style. Check out the video as they power effortlessly around the track in this 950hp V-12 hybrid that easily climbs to 200 mph without even breaking a sweat.
The Ferrari California T is a completely new car that proudly displays a turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 with a redesigned chassis and a new Formula 1 gearbox. Recently Autocar was given the opportunity to take the 2015 Ferrari California T out for a spin. It’s safe to say that they were equally as impressed with the performance of this introductory offer from the prancing horse that is designed to attract first time Ferrari buyers.
The Ferrari 288 GTO was one of the most highly anticipated models to be released by Ferrari. Once debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1984, the 288 GTO created the “instant collectible” market for automobiles – those rare examples of automotive excellence that have always commanded a price greater than the original sticker.
The Ferrari 288 GTO received its name from having a 2.8-liter engine of eight cylinders with the GTO being a direct reference to the 250 GTO race car of the 1960’s. The body of the 288 GTO was designed by Pininfarina design chief Leonardo Fioravanti who used the Ferrari 308 GTB for the basis before adding the styling of the 250 GTO.
The engine of the 288 GTO was equipped with two Japanese IHI turbochargers along with an oil cooler, dry-sump lubrication, intercoolers to reduce the air temperature of the twin turbos and an electronic injection and ignition system derived from Ferrari’s Formula 1 competition racers delivering a staggering 400 horsepower making the 288 GTO 130 horsepower greater than the 308 GTB. Additional performance enhancements included an independent front and rear wishbone suspension; coil springs over tube shocks and antiroll bars.
Not long ago British sports car writer Jethro Bovingdon crashed a Ferrari FF into a low stone curb. So when we found out that Jethro had been invited by Chris Harris to drive a brand new Ferrari 458 Spider through the Stelvio Pass, a road that is well… basically lined with low stone walls, we felt it was appropriate to share. This video was shot for a new Car & Driver segment called the Car and Driver Abroad video series and marks Jethro Bovingdon’s first trip to the Stelvio Pass.
The Stelvio Pass has been referred to as the “World’s Greatest Road”, at over 9,000 feet high, it is one of the highest roads in Europe, and is responsible for connecting northern Italy to southern Switzerland. Not only does the altitude and location provide for amazing scenery, they help illustrate what makes this road so special, the curves. The Stelvio pass, constructed by the Austrians in 1820 consists of 48 hairpin turns covering over 16 miles of road that was built long before the creation of the automobile and lined with a beautiful, yet low stone wall that protects the driver from very steep drop-offs.
Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar Magazine recently traveled to Maranello, Italy, home to the Ferrari factory and the Fiorano circuit for a chance to test out the all new Ferrari 458 Speciale. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is the latest variant of the 458 that produces 597 horsepower with 9,000 rpm and weights 50lbs less than the standard car. The Ferrari 458 Speciale also has a new manettino setting that allows the driver to go sideways with the ESP still engaged. The 458 Speciale is a truly great example of the Ferrari brand.
The Edizone 747 is not an upgrade to the massive jetliner but rather a reference to the amount of horsepower being produced by the latest Ferrari F430 Scuderia to receive an upgrade from Ferrari’s most distinguished tuner Novitec Rosso. In true Novitec Rosso fashion, most of the emphasis on the Scuderia is centered on performance versus cosmetic body upgrades, even though the two-tone special matte yellow and grey paintjob with matching interior is very stunning. The Edizone 747 boosts the power of the V-8 engine thru the use of a bi-compressor that takes the standard 510 horsepower all the way up to 747 horsepower with an equally impressive 544 lb-ft of torque. The Edizione 747 hits 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and delivers a top end of 217 mph.
The engine comes equipped with an intercooling system that sports a dedicated water circuit giving a maximum boost pressure of 0.53 bar.
The Edizione 747 is equipped with Michelin Pilot Cup tires fitted to 20 inch rims all around with stiffer springs that lower the Ferrari’s ride height by 1 inch. Additional cosmetic upgrades besides the awesome paintjob include blacked-out taillights and side markers matched to an interior comprised of a leather-and-carbon fiber steering wheel with carbon-fiber shift paddles that are considerably longer than the stock shift paddles.
Novitec Rosso is based out of Stetten Germany and is a premier tuner of Ferrari vehicles. Novitec prides itself on performance orientated parts that improve the way Ferraris brake, handle and accelerate.
It’s hard to imagine that Ferrari can continue to amaze the world with each new car being so much more… more power, more style, more performance, however, that is exactly what Ferrari has done with its latest creation the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
The Berlinetta is a Pininfarina-styled front engine coupe that is equipped with a 6.3-liter V-12 producing 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. 0-60 is achieved in a mere 3.1 seconds with a top speed of over 211 mph. This is largely due in part to a seven-speed-dual-clutch automated manual transmission that compliments the massive V-12 power perfectly.
There are no less than 12 different alloys used to create the body of the F12. The combination of these alloys has made the vehicle lighter and at the same time, 20 percent stronger than the Ferrari F12 that the Berlinetta will be replacing, while reducing the weight anywhere from 150 to 300 pounds. In comparison to the F12 there are several physical differences that help increase power, reduce weight and create tighter dimensions. The Berlinetta is 2 inches shorter than F12 and sits 2.5 inches lower than the Ferrari 559. Another strong difference between the Berlinetta and previous models is the fact that even with over 700 horsepower the Berlinetta delivers a respectable 16 mpg.
Die hard Ferrari enthusiast have been very vocal about their displeasure with significant changes in the otherwise classic body styles of Ferraris as of late. The Berlinetta V-12 embodies all of the classic Ferrari body styles to include a long classic hood/short deck design that is emphasized by the formed hood channels that push air through openings in front of the A-pillar and then down along the Berlinetta’s sides resulting in an increased downforce of over 76 percent in comparison to the Ferrari 599.
Improved cornering speeds were achieved through a combination of upgrades and new technology. A revised magnetic ride suspension system combined with carbon-ceramic brakes and an electronic differential all help to increase the stability and control of the Berlinetta. Additional features include a Formula One-inspired stability control system and an active brake cooling system that allows increased air flow through cooling ducts when the vehicle achieves high temperatures.
The cabin of the Berlinetta features an array of luxury touches and functional attributes. Some of the highlights include an exquisite leather package and aluminum surfaces complimented by carbon-fiber trim. Considering the amount of performance that is included in this Italian prize fighter, the $300,000 price tag is quite reasonable and will contribute the F12 being a sales success. Victory may be short lived due a 920-hp supercar being developed by Ferrari for a 2014 release date that will allow Ferrari to once again amaze everyone (to include myself) who believe that is Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is as-good-as-it-gets.
Drifting at full-throttle is exciting in any vehicle; the experience becomes beyond super-awesome when your drift car happens to be Ferrari’s fastest street-legal production vehicle currently made. This 740-horsepower V-12 packs a mind-blowing 509 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm guaranteed to leave tires screaming as they run for their lives. This may explain why Ferrari provided an additional four sets of tires to auto journalist Chris Harris of EVO magazine and co-host of DRIVE for his driftcar excursion thru Europe’s most beautiful track, the Anglesey Race Circuit in Wales.
The design department at the prancing horse is committed to tirelessly working on improving a brand that already is 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 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated V-8 Ferrari ever made. The 458 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.
Come and drive the 430 Scuderia on a race track. Ferrari’s 430 Scuderia is equipped with a highly tuned V8 pumping out 510 hp and it sheds away 220 lbs from the regular F430. When Ferrari decided to make the F430 Scuderia the ultimate track car they consulted one of the best Formula 1 drivers in history, Michael Schumacher. Continue reading “Ferrari 430 Scuderia” »