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.
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.
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.