Ever since the roofless/windshieldless Pininfarina concept that honors Pininfarina founder, Sergio Pininfarina, made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, there have been rumors that a limited production run may be in the works. A report has surfaced that the impressive Ferrari 458-based supercar will have a limited production run of six examples with an approximate price tag sitting around the $2 million mark. Unlike the concept, the production version of the Sergio will likely come with a windshield and side windows in order to meet European road standards, as well as a 12-mm taller nose to pass pedestrian protection guidelines.
During the two-day event that took place in Pebble Beach, over 21 million dollars changed placed at the classic car auction hosted by auction house RM. During that auction the top six sellers were all Ferraris while the top four were all members of the 275 family. In total, 21 cars were sold for over one million dollars, 13 of those cars sold were Ferrari.
One of those cars was a 275 GTB/4 that was originally owned by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen. Exotic cars with Hollywood roots tend to sell well at auction, including those that belong to celebrities that are synonymous with racing and speed. Steve McQueen’s vintage Ferrari grabbed an impressive $10,175,000 at auction.
Other vintage examples of Italian muscle also did well at the Pebble Beach Rm Auction to include a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, which sold for just over $2 million. The most expensive non-Italian car to cross the block was a 1911 Mercer Type 35R, which pulled in a respectable $2.53 million.
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.
There appear to be a lot of changes underway at Ferrari that seem to show the Prancing Horse taking a new direction from what up to this point has always been naturally aspirated engines. We have already seen evidence of this attitude shift in Ferrari’s newest flagship supercar, the LaFerrari and the release of the California-T. Car Magazine is reporting that an inside source claims that Ferrari is developing a new twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine that is “designed to be long-term, street-legal and affordable in big growth markets such as China.” Don’t let the fact that we are talking about a V6 engine fool you, the inside source states that the power output from the twin-turbo V6 will be close to 600 hp. Release date on this new engine is not expect until the 458 is completely replaced in 2019. Ferrari is currently preparing a twin-turbo variant of the Ferrari 458 to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
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.
There are a lot of time pieces on the market that pay tribute to supercar companies and racing roots to include the Scuderia Ferrari line from Movado. This is first time that we have come across a company that is actually using car parts from a real Ferrari in their face design. British watch designer Christopher Ward has created a limited-edition watched appropriately named the C70 3527 GT. The nomenclature 3527 is a nod to the chassis number of the seventh Ferrari 250 GTO from which the designer uses pieces of the exterior paneling to make the face of the watch.
The Christopher Ward C70 3527 GT Chronometer uses a museum-grade sapphire crystal and traditional Ferrari red coloring. The exterior panel of the Ferrari 250 GTO used in the making of the watch can be seen on both sides of the time piece. Cut by Swiss metal-cutting experts, the exterior panel done in Rossa Corsa red shows through the number six on the back of the timepiece. Rossa Corsa stitching is also present on the leather band of the watch.
There are 100 of these timepieces being made at a price of $2,950, and a limit of one timepiece per individual buyer.
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.
The Ferrari Challenge is a customer interaction program that allows Ferrari customers the opportunity to race their specially built Challenge cars in a structured and competitive environment against other Ferrari owners. The Ferrari Challenge takes place on some of the most challenging tracks in both the United States and Canada. The Ferrari Challenge comes to the famous Watkins Glen racetrack on September 19-21, for a complete weekend of supercar racing, gourmet food and fun filled activities for the entire family. The only requirement to participate in the Ferrari Challenge is ownership of a Ferrari. Ferrari hopes that these sort of engagements help to strengthen the bond between Ferrari owners and the Ferrari brand.
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.
Everyone expects the current Ferrari flagship, the LaFerrari, to have a reign at the top of the Ferrari food chain for about a decade. Given the space between previous flagship projects such as the Enzo, this timeline makes the most sense. This hasn’t stopped designers from imaging what the next supercar to take over the world could possibly look like. Independent designer Adriano Raeli has envisioned a “street legal F1 car,” named the Ferrari F80. This is a futuristic design that embodies several very aggressive styling cues to include side mirrors attached to the roof and an insane front grill. Raeli’s design is powered by a twin-turbo V8 that delivers 900 horsepower matched to a 300 horsepower KERS system for a combined power output of 1,200 hp with a 0-60 mph time of just two seconds and a top speed of 310 mph.
Even with the Ferrari Enzo being over a decade old and no longer the reigning king of the Ferrari kingdom, these ultra rare supercars are still demanding sky-high prices at both auction and private sale. One of the reasons that the Enzo continues to climb in value has a lot to with just how limited this supercar was and how rare it is to see one come up for sale. With only 400 ever made, this particular example only has 1,157 miles on it and has been placed up on EBAY by Manhattan Motorcars for an astonishing $3.2 million. This will set the record as the most expensive sale of a Ferrari Enzo to date. There is no sign that the value of these supercars are anywhere near their price peak. Expect the Enzo to continue to climb in value.
Slated for release in early 2016, the updated Ferrari FF will have even more power than the current model and will likely have an optional turbocharged V8 engine. All reports suggest that the Ferrari FF will still be equipped with an even more powerful V12 engine as the standard option. Expect horsepower output in this new V12 option to be closer to 700 hp.
The new engine option for the Ferrari FF will be a slightly reworked version of the new turbocharged V8 that is currently found in the Ferrari California-T. The all-wheel drive system is also expected to be updated and revised to increase performance. The Ferrari FF will ditch the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in favor of a new eight-speed gearbox.
Expect the interior of the 2016 Ferrari FF to also get revised with an emphasis on newer lightweight materials and an updated infotainment center. The exterior will also receive so weight reduction upgrades such as carbon fiber body panels. These updates will give the buyer a buffet of new options to choose from and should definite help to keep the supercar relevant for several more years as Ferrari continues to work on a replacement design.
The Ferrari F50 is considered by many to one of the greatest supercars of all time. With only 349 examples ever made, the demand for this Prancing Pony will always remain high. Silverstone Auctions has announced that an ultra-rare example of the Ferrari F50 will go across the auction block during the Salon Prive event on September 4th. This Ferrari F50 displays 6,300 original miles and is expected to bring around 1 million dollars.The 513 hp naturally aspirated V12 Ferrari F50 was originally sold to a customer in Germany who later had the supercar shipped to Japan where it has remained until auction.
Car Magazine is reporting that Ferrari will unveil a twin-turbocharged variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Named the Ferrari M458-T, this updated version of the Italia will be powered by a reworked version of the California T’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 capable of producing 670 horsepower. This is a 100 horsepower increase over the standard Ferrari 458 Italia. The Ferrari M458-T also has significant design changes in place to accommodate the twin-turbochargers, new intercoolers and improved braking system. The M458-T also has a restyled front and rear bumper with LED lights and improved aerodynamics. A Harman-Kardon infotainment system that Ferrari also uses in the California-T will be found in the M458-T along with a reversing camera.
Most attempts at creating a Ferrari replica fail miserably and have zero chance of fooling anybody. This particular knock-off is the exception to the rule. This Prancing Horse look-alike is wearing several original parts to include Ferrari-branded orange calipers. The seller of this fake Ferrari has not disclosed what car was used in this build, only that the donor car was built in 2000 with 51,000 original miles. The 2.5-liter V6 has been modified to look like the Italia’s 4.5-liter V8. This fine example of fakery is currently listed on UK’s Auto Trader for $64,000. This may seem like a steep price to pay for a Fake Ferrari even if it is a good fake. Then again, it is only a fraction of the cost compared to a real example.
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.
It seems that the Ferrari 250 GTO continues to set records every time one is sold. This has to be the most sought after example of the Prancing Horse currently being sold today. Several factors contribute to the popularity of the Ferrari 250 GTO. With only 39 examples in existence, the 250 GTO is an extremely rare item. Those wanting to add this item to their collection do not get many chances to buy one. Given that each hand-built model has its own idiosyncrasies, they are truly a one-of-one situation even with 39 examples.
This particular example features the wildly popular Ferrari red paint matched to a blue interior and is currently on sale in Germany for 47.6 million Euros – that comes to just a tad under $64 million. The sale of the car does include a 19 percent VAT, which would net the government approximately $10 million dollars in taxes.
The Ferrari Testarossa is without a doubt one of the most popular Ferraris ever made. The Testarossa defined power and excess during the 80s and was the supercar that many of us grew up dreaming that we may one day own. The Testarossa’s 4-9-liter flat V12 engine produces an impressive 380 horsepower with a 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and a standing quarter mile time of 13.5 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. These may seem like mild numbers compared to the supercars of today, but the Ferrari Testarossa was the most powerful and iconic supercar of its time. Here is the famed Testarossa with an aftermarket exhaust that sounds as good as it looks.
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.