The criterion for purchasing a LaFerrari is rather strict to begin with. One of the prerequisites requires that all applicants have previously purchased two Ferraris new from the dealership, and owned six Ferraris in total over the past ten years. So it is not a surprise that real estate mogul Jon Hunt has a Ferrari 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo in his collection. What is a surprise is that when the call came from the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Hunt decided to use his friends and family to help him drive his entire Ferrari collection from London to Modena to pick up the newest flagship vehicle from Ferrari.
With only 80 units ever built, this drop-top variant of the track-focused Ferrari 599 GTO is expected to pull in over a million dollars at sale. This may not be the most sought after Ferrari on the market however it is one of the sexiest most powerful modern-day examples from Ferrari. Given the current trend for limited edition supercars, the $1 million price tag may actually turn out to be a solid investment.
This particular example has been dressed in a brilliant coat of Rosso Dino, with an Iroko leather interior and custom blacked out details to include the driver and passenger roll hoops. Additional extras on the Ferrari 599 SA Aperta include yellow brake calipers, carbon-fiber trim, orange stitching, a yellow tachometer and four-piece matching luggage. The Ferrari 599 SA Aperta is powered by a 661 hp V12 capable of producing 0-60 mph results in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph.
Vancouver-based SR Auto group has a Far East based affiliate company named LP Auto Gallery that has just released a rather impressive upgrade package for the Ferrari FF. The package for the Ferrari FF includes an aerodynamic carbon-fiber body kit made up of a front lip, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear trunk spoiler. Additional extras in this kit include a Frequency Intelligent exhaust system and 21-inch PUR RS05 alloys finished in gloss black diamond.
The Ultra-rare one-off 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale from Pinifarina is definitely one of the most impressive cars to be auctioned next month by Gooding and Company. The unique Ferrari is regarded as the Italian marquee’s original mid-engine V12 supercar made for street use, and comes with a three-seat layout and central-positioned steering wheel. The road-going “P” car is powered by a 4.4-liter V12 with Webber carburetors rated at 380 hp attached to a five-speed manual transmission. With less than 5,000 original miles, this mint condition ultra rare Ferrari is expected to fetch more than $20 million at auction during Monterey Car Week in mid-August.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An ultra rare example of a 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus recently sold at the Bonhams Auction for a stunning $18.3 million. The abnormally high auction bid may be connected to this particular car’s racing history. Jose Froilan Gonzalez drove this 375-Plus to victory at Silverstone in 1954; the sports car went on to run at the Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. It is not uncommon for a 1950’s era racer to pull a high six figure or low seven figure return at auction, however this particular example now joins a very small group of cars that have sold for over $10 million. Current auction trends suggest that we should expect more vintage Ferraris to hit the eight figure mark in the future.
The Ferrari 375-Plus variant included an additional 400 cc, increasing the size of the then powerful V-12 to 4.9-liters. Each 375-Plus came with body upgrades from Carrozzeria Pinin Farina and was only available at the end of the Ferrari 375 production run.
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.