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We have already reached a generation wherein automakers are making the switch from gasoline engine cars to hybrid and all electric vehicles. So far, the trend is for automakers to gradually transition their range to accommodate electric vehicles. That’s why it is significant news when automakers say that they’re not looking into electrifying their models.
While Porsche and Bentley are joining the norm by developing sports cars, it seems like Ferrari and Lamborghini have no plans of doing so, and they have just confirmed it, according to Automotive News. Both Italian automakers do not believe that electrification is the future of supercars, but they do believe that hybrid options are.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Michael Leiters, Chief Technology Officer of Ferrari, said in an interview with Automotive News that it will take a lot more time, effort and innovation to get the same performance, and more importantly the driving pleasure of what we have today with the non-electrified models. It will not be that easy to replicate the performance and ease that we have now.Read the entire article Ferrari and Lamborghini still not keen on producing electric sports cars
We’d like to believe that this Ferrari GTC4 Lusso SUV is not a fragment of another designer’s imagination. But in reality, it is. Since many of us love cars but only a few get the chance to actually design one, Spdesignsest on Instagram has digitally rendered this Ferrari into a sport utility vehicle despite the constraints in the grand tourer’s actual product design, which obviously isn’t suitable for treading the rockiest terrains on earth. To that end, the rendering artist has digitally equipped the GTC4 Lusso with highly durable plastic cladding and higher suspension.
While the likes of Bugatti, Pagani Koenigsegg and McLaren aren’t entertaining such thoughts for now, only time will tell if the idea of an off-road SUV will actually prevail. Besides, a number of luxury car manufacturers have lately jumped into the growing SUV trend. There is Aston Marin’s DBX, Rolls Royce’s Cullinan and Lamborghini’s Urus just to name a few.
Oddly, Ferrari refuses to make use of the term SUV and would rather call it an FUV. Supposedly an off-road utility vehicle is on the cards, Ferrari would rather stick to its two-door setup even when the brand has come up with several limited edition four door wagons, sedans and even concept in the past. This includes the one-off Pinin concept sedan in 1980 which was built to commemorate Pininfarina’s 50th year anniversary. There were also Ferrari’s 456 Venice or the four door wagons and sedans commissioned by the Sultan of Brunei. The GTC4Lusso no doubt, being a four-wheel-drive four-seater vehicle is the most ideal candidate for off-road treatment from the house of Maranello.Read the entire article How does Ferrari’s Off-road GTC4 Lusso sound to you?
The very first fruit of the collaboration between the oldest bicycle maker in Italy (also in the world) and the legendary Italian sports car manufacturer has finally been introduced. Bianchi and Ferrari is presenting an all-new road bike – the SF01 – as the first of the Scuderia Ferrari branded high-performance bikes, as developed by taking inspiration from racing cars in the Formula One.
SF01 comes as the first-born of the “Bianchi for Scuderia Ferrari” project, with developments done in close collaboration between the R&D and Design departments of Bianchi and Ferrari. With a weight of only 780 grams, the SF01 is an ultra-light high-performance road bike. Made from carbon and benefiting from racing geometry, the SF01 is a really lightweight bike. In addition, the SF01 features a stiff carbon frame engineered with Countervail vibration cancelling technology. Employing a special fiber architecture and viscoelastic resin, this technology could cancel up 80 percent of vibrations, which means that power and control could be optimized further.
Moreover, the SF01 employs the Astute One saddle, which only weighs around 94 grams. This saddle is made of 3k carbon, the same materials used for the seats of Ferrari’s F1 race car. The handlebar of the SF01 is wrapped in Astute’s anti-vibration Luxury Black tape, which provides an iconic black-velvet effect. The new SF01 rides on Speed 40C Carbon wheels from Fulcrum. These wheels – featuring Scuderia Ferrari custom graphics and carbon hubs – weigh only 1,420 grams.Read the entire article $18,000 SF01 road bike is first product to come out of ‘Bianchi for Scuderia Ferrari’ project
The Ferrari 812 Superfast may be one of the fastest cars you’ve seen or will ever see in the automotive industry. Given its 6.5 liter V12 engine, the Superfast can carry out as much as 800 horsepower (588 kilowatts) and 530 pound feet of torque. It can also do the 0-100 kilometers per hour sprint in just 2.9 seconds before hitting its 211 miles per hour (340 kph) maximum speed. But the reason why it can perform that well, and fast is because of its sleek design.
Ignacio Albera was the man behind the 812 Superfast when it comes to the design. The model first made its debut earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as the successor of the F12Berlinetta. This example went through several and extensive aerodynamic testing that includes going through the wind tunnel, and now the company is putting this scale model up for auction as it heads to the RM Sotheby’s Leggenda E Passione sale.
The 812 Superfast scale model that is being offered to the public does not have the V12 engine. It also doesn’t have the drivetrain and the steering wheel. This scale model had been finished in hand-sculpted carbon fiber and some “prototype materials”. So why would history buffs and collectors want it? This half-scale model was used when the 812 Superfast car was being developed. That included testing of computational fluid dynamics results in the wind tunnel. Furthermore, it maintains its original modularity that was used to optimize the aerodynamic properties of the body.Read the entire article Ferrari 812 Superfast wind tunnel scale model will be auctioned off
Say goodbye to the Ferrari California T hardtop, the V8-powered grand touring sports car. But don’t be sad yet, as the Italian carmaker has already lined up a suitable replacement for the charming convertible – the new Ferrari Portofino.
Instead of retaining the already iconic moniker that is California, Ferrari has decided to give this new drop-top car a new name, one that reflects charm, elegance, luxury and sportiness.
Thus, Ferrari opted to name the California T successor as the Portofino, derived from a beautiful and charming town located in the northwestern section of Italy. In addition, the Italian sports car maker also named the launch color of this new V8 GT after the town – Rosso Portofino.Read the entire article 2018 Ferrari Portofino becomes official ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show
Back in the 1980s, Ferrari was not able to come up with a proper 288 GTO Group B racer that could go against the Audi Sport Quattro, as well as the BMW M1 and Porsche 959. This is why the racing series has been discontinued after four years in 1986. Decades later, there are still those who dream of a Ferrari Group B racer, and here is a rendering based on the 288.
This artist calls his work a 288 GTO R. Zoki Nanco imagined a modern version of the racer, complete with wings, louvers, and diffusers - and it is looking quite solid. We are pretty sure that the “R” in its name stands for race. Looking at it, it comes with a bit more aggression compared to the standard 288 GTO Group B, but less than the 288 Evoluzione that we saw in 1987.
By looking at the photos, it’s obvious that it is meant to stand out, with its beautiful orange paint combined with a strutted front splitter, side skirts, and a massive diffuser. Altogether, they complement the 288’s overall look. The rear comes with a wing that adds aerodynamic properties when it is on the track. It comes equipped with a set of HRE wheels that are wearing Yokohama tires. We can tell that this would stick out if it has been added to the Group B lineup.Read the entire article Zoki Nanco shows off rendering of Ferrari 288 GTO R
According to James Edition, the seller based in Esloo Netherlands, the limited edition Ferrari’s current mileage is at 118 km (73mi) and it also features the Ferrari 458 Speciale’s 600PS (447kW) naturally aspirated V8 engine. Then why is it more special? Read on.
The limited edition Ferrari was initially developed into a concept car as a tribute to Sergio Pininfarina, a renowned designer from Turin, Italy, who passed away in 2012. A year after the prototype’s premiere, Ferrari has put the car into production with only six examples in total, which also falls in line with Pininfarina’s 85th anniversary. All six roadsters were completely sold out following its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015 with a sticker price of $3 million each.
Fast forward, one of the six bespoke Ferrari Sergio roadsters is now up for sale in the Netherlands with a listed price of a cool €4.3 million. That’s about $5,043,900 after the current exchange rates or $2 million more expensive than it was a couple of years ago. Sergio Pininfarina after all was called the “godfather of automotive design” and has always been associated with Ferrari. He has also designed cars for Fiat, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and was a board member of Ferrari for a number of years.Read the entire article This rare Ferrari Sergio could be yours for $5.06 million
Back in March 2011, we witnessed the Ferrari FF concept designed by Pininfarina at the Geneva Motor Show. It was a four-seater grand tourer with a four-wheel drive setup, hence its name. However, it turned out to be more like a crossover. Ferrari decided they would go for the FF instead of the F151 that was styled by Giugiaro since the latter did not earn the approval of Ferrari’s bosses.
It has been a couple of years since the F151 was rejected. Perhaps the company was not ready for a family car back then and everybody knew that Ferrari has no plans of coming up with an SUV. However, we have been hearing a lot about the Ferrari Utility Vehicle (FUV) lately, and this might be the first family oriented car that the company will be producing. Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne recently said in a conference call that the FUV “will probably happen”, though this might only be offered to “the selected few” if it gets approved.
Marchionne also said that the utility vehicle will still carry the same style of the prancing horse, and will have the same standards as any other cars they have done in the past. Though he did make it clear that the suspended model cannot climb rocks or go off-road. But then, this won’t be a big deal since that is not what Ferrari customers look for anyway. Just like the high-powered Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga, these SUVs are only driven on smooth roads.Read the entire article Marchionne says that the Ferrari SUV will probably happen
2017 is looking great for Ferrari as they have just announced a 24 percent profit increase in the second quarter of the year. Apart from that, they have also shipped 5.3 percent more cars within the period and recorded €920 million ($1 billion) of revenue. That is 13.5 percent more than last year's figures. The company would like to give thanks to the LaFerrari Aperta and the GTC4Lusso for breaking their own record.
In the second quarter alone, the company shipped a total of 2,322 cars - or 118 more cars from the year before. Another contributor to the profit increase would be the V12 based models, these cars took account for another 36 percent sales increase. Besides the LaFerrari Aperta and the GTC4Lusso, the F12berlinetta and the F12tdf were also some of the faster moving models. If you didn't know, these models have already been phased out as the new 812 Superfast makes its way to the market. Other models from the 488 family, the GTC4 Lusso T from 2016 and the California T, are still going strong.
The company feels that by the end of 2017, they will reach over €950 million ($1.13 billion) in profit, while CEO Sergio Marchionne suggests that it could reach about €1 billion ($1.18 billion). This is possible as the company continues its domination in the Unites States and Australia, as well as with the anticipated success of the new Hong Kong dealership. The US has already seen a 3 percent increase, and a 20.5 percent increase in Australia.Read the entire article Business is looking good for Ferrari in 2017, profits jumped 24% in second quarter
Aston Martin is indeed taking powertrain technology (including engines, transmissions and electrification projects) very seriously as the British carmaker has tapped a man very well suited to the job of leading the development of these systems. Aston Martin has named Joerg Ross to one of its top positions, as Powertrain Chief Engineer.
Ross’ new role at Aston Martin makes him the man in charge of and responsible for the development of the carmaker engines, transmissions and electrification. Boasting more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, Ross’ previous post was at Maserati, where he served as the Italian carmaker’s chief of advanced powertrain development. He also had held senior management roles at German engineering IAV, Scuderia Ferrari F1 and Ford.
Born in Remscheid, Germany, Ross has a degree and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He is fluent in a number of languages like German, English, and Italian. His appointment at Aston Martin follows the selection of Maximilian Szwaj, former chief of chassis and body engineering at Ferrari, as Chief Technical Officer and Vice President in December. Ross will be based at Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.Read the entire article Aston Martin taps Maserati’s Joerg Ross as its powertrain chief engineer
Fans of Ferrari should prepare themselves for the eventuality that their favorite brand will be releasing in a few years an SUV, or at the very least a “utility vehicle.”
Development of this model is underway which the brand is calling, as of now, the F16X. Bloomberg reports that this new model is projected to make its official debut in 2021, given that it is expected to play a significant role in the plan to at least double company profits by the year 2022.
This will be part of a business plan spanning five years presented by CEO Sergio Marchionne. The overall goal is to increase the yearly deliveries to above 10,000 units, the current limit. Though the actual plan will still be officially fully disclosed by 2018, there is the expectation that given the stricter environmental guidelines, more hybrid models will likely be released. In the same report by Bloomberg, Ferrari believes it can attract new wealthy customers through hybrid models. Indeed, each model to be sold beginning 2019 will come with a hybrid version.Read the entire article Ferrari hopes to double profits by 2022 with release of its first SUV
Ferraris usually come in their most popular shade of red. This is because in the past, vintage race cars would be painted in the colour of their country, and red represented Italy.
Now, most people who get a Ferrari opt for the red exterior paint too. But then, there are so many other cool colours out there to make your Ferrari stand out even more. Check some of these out.Read the entire article Top 5 paint colors for a Ferrari sports car
One event that die-hard Ferrari fans should not miss is the Monterey Car Week that will run through the whole week of August 18. This is because the company will be bringing in a total of 70 iconic models, to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary. All in all, these cars have a net value of half a billion dollars - or around $7.14 million dollars per car on average.
These models range from cars from the 1950s to the latest models out today. Along with the seventy cars that will be on display, there will be four special classes at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. These include: Ferrari Major Race Winners, Ferrari One-Off Spéciales, Ferrari Grand Touring, and Ferrari Competition. And before I forget to mention, there will also be a LaFerrari Aperta that will be showcased too.
To make the event even more exciting, Ferrari will auction some cars over Monterey Car Week. RM Sotheby’s plans to put 13 cars on the line, with an estimate price of $18 million. Meanwhile, Gooding and Company will be auctioning a 1966 275 GTB/C, expecting it to sell for $12 to $16 million, as well as a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet at $5 to $7 million, among other models.Read the entire article Ferrari marks 70th anniversary at 2017 Pebble Beach with 70-car display worth half a billion dollars
Ferrari has recently launched the New Power15 extended warranty program. The company developed this program in response to the notion that supercars are very expensive to maintain. Truth be told, it’s this impression that has dissuaded many car enthusiasts from taking the plunge into the uber-luxurious car club.
So with the new warranty program, the company’s coverage will include their new and old customers’ mechanical components up to 15 years. These major mechanical components include the engine, gearbox, suspension, power transfer unit, and steering. But the best thing about the New Power 15 is that this privilege can be transferred from the original owner to the new owners of the car, if it is a second-hand model. Furthermore, this applies to pre-owned Ferraris that go through “specific technical checks” and pass the test. So far, this is probably the best deal we’ve heard from any automaker. It’s also the longest warranty you could get from any brand out there.
That is not all. To make it clear, this sits on top of Ferrari’s existing four-year bumper-to-bumper warranty along with the seven-year maintenance-free program that new Ferrari customers get. Moreover, customers can purchase an additional year of full coverage, that can be added to the New Power that only begins on the sixth year. If you plan to keep your Ferrari maintained for more decades, you can extend this warranty yearly.Read the entire article Ferrari pampers its customers with 15-year warranty and transferable coverage
Recently, Autocar revealed that a Ferrari SUV is on the way, after the company continuously denied that they will not build one. And unlike the usual crossover styling, Ferrari will give it rear doors that will not be visible, to make it look more like a coupe. Well, we think it’s brilliant. Many will disagree.
Ferrari calls it the “F16X”, a Ferrari Utility Vehicle (FUV) that gets its inspiration from the GTC4 Lusso, mechanically. For instance, the F16X can have a twin-turbo V8 or a naturally aspirated V12 that produces either 602 or 681 horsepower, giving power to the all-wheel drive setup. There is a possibility that this model will get a hybrid powertrain too. And just like the GTC4, it will probably have a liftgate with four or five seats, except it sits higher on the road.
So how will Ferrari introduce an SUV to us if they have been saying that they will never produce one? Well, they can always call it something else. This model, for instance, is said to be an FUV. Just like when they said that they were not building an entry-level Ferrari, but they actually were - it’s just that they called it something else. It is all about branding. This is very ironic as Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne once said that you would have to shoot him first” before the company builds an SUV. Rumours say that the crossover is being developed for a 2021 launch.Read the entire article Ferrari SUV will arrive in 2021 with rear doors that are not visible
Aston Martin has been giving us teasers of the Valkyrie that look nothing short of amazing. So far, we know that it can generate over 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts) that not many hypercars can attain even after a tuning session. Also, we know that it only weighs 2,270 pounds (1,029 kilograms), and it is road-legal too. So far, it is one of the best in terms of performance, but not until competitors like Ferrari and McLaren develop one of their own.
For instance, take note of this rendering that Alex Imnadze Baldini made for Ferrari, which he calls the Concept P3 / Scuderia Baldini. The designer imagined this to be the perfect rival of the Valkyrie. Baldini’s inspiration comes from the iconic Ferrari P3 from decades ago, specifically between the late 60s and early 70s. He combined this inspiration of his with some futuristic elements.
The Ferrari P3 rendering has a low-slung hood and a grille that would remind you of the original P3. But futuristic elements like the LED headlights and a glass cabin complete the look. The wheels are also looking quite aggressive, combined with the aerodynamic body kit. Baldini also gave it a central fin that sticks out of what looks like a glass roof. Just like a Le Mans racer, the purpose of the fin is to give it extra downforce and stability when the car speeds up.Read the entire article Ferrari P3 rendering looks like it could go head to head with Aston Martin Valkyrie
Do you ever wonder what challenges automakers have in selling limited edition cars? It’s different for each company but it can get stressful if the demand is high instead of the other way around. For instance, Enrico Galliera, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer of Ferrari recently sent out 200 boxes each containing a key of the limited-edition LaFerrari Aperta to their preferred clients, and all 200 of them bought the new model without even knowing how it looks. It’s crazy particularly when you factor in that each vehicle has a $3.9 million price tag.
Obviously, the company has no problems when it comes to marketing its cars. In fact, it did not even have to market the car publicly and it didn’t even divulge its price. The open-roof Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is equipped with a naturally aspirated V12 gasoline-hybrid powertrain generating 950 horsepower.
In an interview with The Drive, Ferrari said that they always have a much higher demand than their supplies. So what they do is they try and identify which of their customers deserve the limited edition car. Galliera added that he considers the LaFerrari Aperta as a gift to their best customers - even if they have to pay millions for it.Read the entire article 2018 LaFerrari Aperta units have sold out, Ferrari is pressured to resolve long waiting lists
Haven’t you ever wondered how Ferrari’s names and numbers were actually derived? As it is Ferrari’s 70th year in the industry, we believe that it’s only fair that we shed light on this.
After all, the designated letters and numbers like the 275GTB/4 for example can be a tad confusing to some. To explain the meaning of its names, we have gathered a simple guideline as to how these names were made.Read the entire article The meaning behind some of Ferrari’s names and numbers
Many people wish to own at least one sports car sometime in their lives. But there are those lucky ones who don’t just have one of them. In fact, we know a couple of people who collect sports cars. But they usually don’t make these purchases sound like they’re getting candy from a store. Well, Floyd Mayweather had recently said that he bought not just one Ferrari LaFerrari. Rather, he got a pair.
There have been a lot of hype lately with Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s upcoming fight. Both guys have been throwing a lot of trash talking toward each other, while traveling the world. In one of their face-to-face confrontations, they got the crowd cheering and chanting. After this confrontation, there was a video of Mayweather that was published by FightHype wherein he had a check worth $100 million. In the same video, he bragged that he had just purchased two LaFerraris, one in white while the other is red.
As mentioned earlier, Mayweather is one of the biggest car collectors out there, being the owner of a Bugatti Veyron, Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, and a few Rolls-Royces. So it should not be a surprise that he got himself a pair of LaFerraris. But what will he do with both?Read the entire article Mayweather brags about buying a pair of LaFerraris before McGregor fight
From the moment that Ferrari pulled the wraps off the LaFerrari, each of the 500 examples has been spoken for albeit the seven-digit price tag. As it is armed with a hybrid powertrain that delivers a combined 950hp and 664lb-ft of torque, not to mention its very superb design, it isn’t hard to realize why the hypercar nearly sold like hot pancakes.
Besides, it is unusual for an upcoming car (then Enzo’s successor) to have been built on so much hype. There were endless teasers, concept drawings and even wild speculations concerning the LaFerrari’s specs before its debut. At the end of it, the Italian hypercar boasts a high revving V12 engine with electric motor featuring HY-KERS (or Kinetic Energy Recovery System that is), which charges the batteries either by means of the engine or with the use of regenerative braking.
The 6.3-liter engine has a peak power of 800PS (789hp) at 9,000 rpm. To push the hypercar’s total power output by up to 963PS (950hp) and 900Nm (664lb-ft) of powerful torque, the electric motor ekes out an additional 163PS (160hp). With both power plants working at the same time, the LaFerrari can sprint from 0-62 miles per hour (0-100km/h) in less than 3 seconds and 0-186mph (0-300km/h) in 15 seconds before reaching a top speed of 217mph (350km/h).Read the entire article Check out these renderings of Ferrari LaFerrari successor a.k.a. LaRossa
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