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.
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 rest of the world has been able to enjoy Ferrari’s new supercar, the LaFerrari for several months now, while those of us in America have only been able to view the 963 horsepower hybrid online. That is, until now, the first LaFerrari to be delivered to North America has finally arrived! Before delivery took place, Ferrari held a special track session at Mount-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, during the Mount-Tremblant Ferrari festival.
Out of the 499 units that will be produced, 120 of them are making their way to the North America. There is no word yet on when the first LaFerrari will be delivered to the United States, however, the Canadian model is dressed in a stunning shade of red. Those who look close will notice that the North American example of the LaFerrari has been outfitted with side markers, this is due to government regulations requiring side markers to be on all vehicles in the United States and Canada.
Ferrari was not shy about announcing the arrival of the first LaFerrari in Canada, Ferrari took to twitter and YouTube posting video of the supercar turning laps at the Ferrari Festival.
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.
It seems lately as if ADV.1 is taking over the industry, they definitely appear to be the go-to brand as of late. Here is a brilliant example of the proper balance between performance and style. This firecracker-blue Ferrari 599 GTB has been outfitted with a set of ADV15 M.V2 wheels, measuring 20×9 in the front and 21 x 12.5 in the rear, both front and rear wheels are finished in a matte bronze with gloss black inlays.
Legendary rocker and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’s 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT was recently auctioned by Coys Auciton House. Richards purchased the Dino 246GT in 1972, brought it to the United Kingdom in 1975 and drove it until 1986. In 14 years of ownership, Richards managed to put a total of 25,000 miles on this silver Ferrari. After Richards’s ownership, the Dino 264GT made its way into a private Japanese collection. Finished in Argento silver with a black leather interior and Cromodoro alloys, the mid-engine Dino is powered by a 2.4-liter V6.
Coys Managing Partner, Chris Routledge, says “A Dino offered at no reserve is rare enough in itself and would make this is a highly desirable and collectible item in its own right, but when one adds to this proven long-term ownership by rock and roll aristocracy, the Keith Richards’s car has to be the ultimate Dino and will surely give any car collector and rock enthusiast a great “Satisfaction”!
When looking to post something special for the 4th of July, I happen to come across this wonderful shot of a Ferrari F430 dressed out in the American flag. Upon closer inspection, this appears to be a paint scheme and not a wrap. This photo just seemed so appropriate to post; the pic comes to us courtesy of complex.com. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY and be safe!
The German tuning house DMC has released a stunning upgrade package for the Ferrari 458 Italia that brings owners in line with the latest Ferrari design language. The Monte Carlo package includes a new front bumper, carbon-fiber front lip and new bumper diffusers. DMC has also added a set of PUR 21-inch wheels in the front on 22-inch wheels in the rear. Both sets of wheels are made from a lightweight forged alloy. Front wheels have been encased inside 255/30 Pirelli Sport Tires while the rear set is fitted with 335/25s. DMC has created all parts for this kit to be fully modular so that they can be replaced at any time with OEMs.
Initially, Ferrari insisted that the newest flagship supercar of the fleet would only be produced in red, black and yellow. Recently several of these limited-edition hybrids have been seen in other colors to include this LaFerrari in silver that was spotted leaving Maranello courtesy of BND- Supercars. I personally like it! The silver compliments the aggressive body styling quite nicely, proving once again that this car could be painted any color and look spectacular.