The world’s most exclusive car brand is now available for public ownership. Ferrari listed January 5 on the Italian stock exchange, the Mercato Telematico Azionario (MTA), completing a long-announced split from parent group Fiat. For those counting, this means that the Prancing Horse is independent again, for the first time since 1969. Yes, Fiat Chrysler listed 10% of Ferrari on Wall Street in October last year but this listing on the MTA represents the divestment of the remaining 80% of the Maranello firm; press reports hold that the Agnelli family (Fiat bosses basically) still own 24% of Ferrari while Enzo Ferrari’s son Piero has a 10% stake. Trading ended at €43.46, up ever so slightly from the debut price of €43. This news caps an impressive season for this legend of the auto world, as we reported previously here.
In recent years the classic car market outpaced all expectations to the point where a classic Ferrari built between 1955 and 1965 is literally worth roughly its weight in gold. For reference, a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM Spider (pictured above) weighs about 900kg and the price of gold per kg is roughly $34,000 (market rates December 29), which will become important to note in a moment. While you do the math on that one, just know that while vintage cars with the prancing horse on their hoods continue to command the highest premiums at public and private sales, trends and tastes are starting to change.
According to US-based classic car valuations and insurance company Hagerty, the market is starting to slow down, but that’s hardly surprising. In the US alone, a new record – $1.45 billion – for classic car spending was set over the course of 2015. And, $28,050,000 of that was spent on just one car, a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM Spider (Image credit: Ferrari – Flickr – Stradablog (3) by Tino Rossini from Toronto, Canada – Ferrari. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons). That made it the most expensive car to fall under the hammer this calendar year, and the entire top 10 for 2015 are also classic Ferraris, accounting for over 10% of all money paid for classics and collectibles over the period.
The world is running out of Ferraris to sell, and as a new generation of car collector comes of age, a noticeable change is starting to occur. “The market is still growing, but at a slower rate than we have witnessed in the past three years,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. “The notable exception is rapid growth among younger buyers who have entered the market and are exercising their buying power by spending on the poster cars of their youth.”
As a result, prices paid for mid-1970s-era Porsche 911s has jumped 154% over the last year. There has been a 98% surge in value for that 1980s and early 90s supercar icon, the Ferrari Testarossa made famous by Miami Vice even though beyond its extravagant looks, it was considered a terrible car to drive.
The TV influence continues with the 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTS, the car made famous by Tom Selleck in his role as Magnum PI, with prices up 69%. Even the Lamborghini Diablo (built right up until 2001) has seen a price increase of 65%.
“A new era of later model performance cars from instantly recognizable brands have irrefutably proven that the term ‘collector car’ is not synonymous with ‘old car’,” continues Hagerty.
Nowhere is this more evident than with the first edition Aston Martin DB9. Despite still being in production as recently as 2009, prices have jumped 141% since the start of 2015, meaning that only the Porsche 911 has surged more in value in recent months.
Hagerty’s data, which is based on auctions, private sales as well as its own insurance policies, also shows that there has been a 17% increase in clients adding classics from the 1980s onwards to their existing policies while fewer than 3% have added additional cars built before 1980.
From supercars to SUVs, in all some 50 new vehicles are scheduled to make an appearance at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. For some, like the Jaguar F-Pace, the show will mark a first glimpse on US shores, but for 30 of that number, including the Ferrari F12tdf, LA will be the venue for the car’s first-ever appearance anywhere in the world.
But despite its brand appeal, Ferrari will have to fight for attention. Porsche will be bringing a racetrack-ready version of its Cayman, the GT4 Clubsport, to this year’s show and Lamborghini is prepping a new, more dynamic version of its Huracan supercar.
For those who want supercar performance with extra comfort and elegance, Mercedes will be unveiling its latest generation SL coupé complete, as always with folding hard top, and although it’s yet to confirm or deny rumors, McLaren could be showing off its 570S Spider too.
SUVs and crossovers are also going to be huge draws at this year’s event, especially as the West Coast is the unofficial world capital of the offroader. Range Rover is bringing its Evoque convertible — the world’s first premium compact SUV drop top. It will be doing battle, so to speak, with the Cadillac XT5, a new crossover that proves US carmakers can do luxury as well as any European brand, while Infiniti will be taking the wraps off the production version of its sub-compact X30 premium crossover.
Moving up the scale, Mercedes will be debuting its GLS-Class uber-luxury seven-seat SUV, a car it’s marketing as an S-Class with better ground clearance, such are its comfort and technological capabilities.
At a special event ahead of the show’s press day on November 18, storied Italian marque Alfa Romeo will be honored and a precession of past classics and current models will be on show, making the event the perfect occasion to finally reveal the brand’s first SUV after nearly two years of teasing.
Away from new cars, there will also be a huge supply of new technology, new announcements and new strategies at this year’s show. The Connected Car Expo will be showcasing 100 of the brightest tech start-ups with designs on the future of personal mobility and Volvo will be showcasing something called the ‘Time Machine Concept,’ believed to be a raft of autonomous driving features that won’t allow drivers to correct past wrongs or check up on their children’s future career choices, but could save drivers a huge amount of time.
The 2015 LA Auto Show opens to the public from November 20-29.
As the legendary Italian supercar maker gets ready to race onto the New York Stock exchange Wednesday here are 10 things about the marque to help you test your knowledge.
The most expensive
To date, the most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction – a 1962 250GTO (pictured) – is also the most expensive car of any shape or form to go under the hammer at $38.1 million. However, this December a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM once owned by Formula 1 legend Fangio is coming up for auction and it could well give the GTO a run for its money
The F40, (pictured) built to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary in 1987, was the world’s first road-legal production car capable of breaking the 200mph barrier. Considered the greatest supercar of all time, it also proved one of the company’s most popular.
Despite being prohibitively expensive at $400,000 ($1 million in today’s money), Ferrari more than doubled initial production to 1311 examples.
The most powerful
The Ferrari LaFerrari is the company’s first hybrid hypercar and with an electric motor helping the 6.3-liter V12 work overtime, it has a combined output of 950bhp.
To put that into some perspective, the 308 GTB, the Ferrari made famous in the TV show ‘Magnum PI,’ only had 250bhp on tap.
There are 32 Ferrari 250 GTOs out there, but there is one shark-nosed Bertone Ferrari 250 SWB Speciale, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the man who would go on to pen everything from the Maserati Ghibli and Lotus Esprit to the VW Golf. It sold at auction in August for $16 million.
The most inspiring
Ferrari may be heading away from Fiat and onto the stock exchange, but if Enzo hadn’t called off the deal at the last moment, Ferrari might have been part of Ford instead. However, the snub was just what Ford needed to unlock its engineering genius and the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupé and of course the Ford GT 40, pictured, all exist thanks to Ferrari.
The last manual
The first Ferrari with an automatic tranimission was the 400i and the last production Ferrari to offer a proper manual transmission was the first-generation California V8 convertible (pictured).
A car designed for boulevard cruising and wind in the hair driving. Only three owners out of thousands specified the stick shift. As a result, no new Ferrari will ever be offered with anything but paddle shifts.
The most influential
In 1968 Ferrari unveiled a Ferrari that was a Ferrari in every way except two – it had six, rather than 12 cylinders, and it was called ‘Dino’ in honor of Enzo’s late son. It became an unexpected sensation and led to the introduction of a smaller, 6-cylinder and then 8-clyinder range of mid-engine sportscars that persists to this day with the 488 GTB.
The most secretive
It looks like a Fiat, but underneath it’s a Ferrari. To homologize the Dino’s V6 engine for racing, Ferrari also gave the motor to Fiat to use in a coupe of its own. The result, the Fiat Dino Coupe and convertible (pictured), was just as stunning in terms of aesthetics and performance.
The most customized
Since 2013, 100% of Ferraris to leave the production line have featured some form of bespoke, client-specified customization, whether it be a specially mixed paint color, an individual panel trim or something much more complex. Expect that trend to continue with the new F12tdf, pictured. To put that into some perspective, McLaren says that only 20% of its production models are built with some form of bespoke customization.
The most Apple-compatible
As well as building some of the world’s fastest cars, Ferrari can also lay claim to being the first automotive brand to successfully bring Apple’s CarPlay hands-free smartphone system to market.
The technology, which mirrors a number of apps found on the iPhone including for navigation and music as well as text messages, made its global debut on the Ferrari FF – four seat, four-wheel drive GT.
A FERRARI driven by five-time Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio, will be auctioned off in New York in December.
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The 1956 red Ferrari is “the Holy Grail for car collectors and aficionados the world over” and could go for more than $28 million, Sotheby’s auction house said ahead of its December 10 sale.
The car — Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626 — was specially built for Fangio, the legendary Argentinian driver who drove it in the 1956 Italian endurance race Mille Miglia, where he came in fourth.
But the vehicle had a distinguished career of its own, later being driven by other celebrated racers, including Phil Hill, the only US-born Formula One champion. After it was retired from racing, the car was owned by French collector Pierre Bardinon before being purchased by its current owner.
“Driven by the greatest drivers of the 1950s and built for possibly the greatest driver in history, this is a car with which Enzo Ferrari was personally involved and is a fundamental part of Ferrari folklore,” Sotheby’s car specialist Peter Wallman said.
The auction house’s “Driven by Disruption” sale of cars and car-related memorabilia will also feature a blue Ferrari 500 Mondial built in 1955 and a psychedelic Porsche once owned by rock music legend Janis Joplin.
The Italian car maker has unveiled the F12tdf, which is a tribute to the Tour de France automobile road race, which the brand dominated in the 1950s and ’60s with the 250 GT and 250 GTO.
The F12tdf has a V12 with 780hp, directly derived from that of the current F12berlinetta which delivers only 740hp. It can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in only 2.9 seconds (and it takes less than 8 seconds to get from 0 to 200km/h) and has a top speed of 340km/h.
FERRARI says that this engine has been designed with advanced technology taken directly from Formula 1.
Designed by the Ferrari Design Centre, this F12tdf stands out from the F12berlinetta with its complex front bumpers inspired here too by competitive driving, with small wings on the side and a new rear diffuser.
With a production of 799 units, the F12tdf will be officially unveiled at the Mugello circuit in Italy as part of the Ferrari Challenge World Finals on November 8, 2015. Its price tag has not yet been disclosed, but it will no doubt top the minimum price of 270,000 euros for the F12berlinetta.
Having added Apple CarPlay to its FF model and California T, Italian supercar firm Ferrari will be adding the iOS integration system across its range of high-performance sports cars.
The announcement was timed to coincide with the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, which runs September 17-27. The Ferrari FF and California T had adopted the standard at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2014.
The 488 Spider is the most powerful, technically advanced and aerodynamic V8 drop top in Ferrari’s history.
When Ferrari unveiled the 488GTB coupé in February, only one thing could have made it look more impressive — turning it into a convertible.
Six months later, at the height of the European summer, the Italian supercar builder has kindly obliged and the Ferrari 488 Spider is a reality.
Rather than fabric, Ferrari has gone for a retractable hard top for this particular model, which the company claims is actually lighter than a material cover. This hard top — which can go up or down in just 14 seconds and is therefore the slowest thing about this car — also means that the cabin will be quieter when the roof’s up, letting in less wind roar.
Ferrari has added a glass air-deflecting window behind the seats which can be raised or lowered. Even when the roof’s in place, this rear window can be dropped for ventilation and to hear that twin-turbo 660bhp V8 mid-mounted engine even more.
But Ferrari hasn’t simply cut the roof off the existing coupe version; the car has had to be significantly redesigned to be able to still deliver the same sorts of performance, thrills and spills as its solid-top brother.
The aerodynamics of a convertible are different, and the company has pulled out all of the technological stops to ensure the Spider offers the same responsiveness, agility and road-holding while dialing up the drama thanks to its drop top.
Ferrari claims that this is the most aerodynamically efficient Spider in its long and distinguished history and, as a result, it posts the same 0-100km/h time — 3 seconds — as the 488 GTB and a top speed of 203mph (326 km/h), yet, because it is a convertible, Ferrari has made the ride slightly softer, believing, quite rightly, that this is a car that will be spending more time on boulevards and autobahns than on closed circuits.
However, it doesn’t mean that the car can’t perform when the time comes. With a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds, there is virtually no turbo lag and, thanks to its set-up, the car is, in Ferrari’s words, “remarkably easy to drive on the limit,” even in more challenging conditions.
The Ferrari 488 Spider will be making its real-world debut at the Frankfurt motor show and the car is expected to go on sale in early 2016.
Too many classic cars that fall under the auctioneer’s hammer are described as historic and as being masterpieces in the accompanying catalogue. But in the case of this unique Ferrari there could no truer terms.
The car, a 1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale, sports a shark-nose body built by legendary designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro under the guidance of his boss, Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone.
Nuccio Bertone never saw himself as a designer, but as the head of Carrozzeria Bertone — the design studio he managed until his death in 1997, he proved himself perhaps the world’s greatest design talent scout.
He unearthed and polished to perfection the abilities of Giorgetto Giugiaro and Marcello Gandini and under his wing, they developed some of the most beautiful, challenging and influential cars of the 20th century including the Lamborghini Miura and its follow-up the Countach, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint and the Lancia Stratos.
But despite the company’s success, Bertone was frustrated that the company was yet to design a Ferrari. In 1962 he took matters into his own hands, buying a 250GT SWB chassis from Ferrari and, with Giugiaro’s help, created the car that will go under the hammer at Gooding & Co’s Pebble Beach auction on August 15 and 16.
As well as the shark nose, the car’s exterior seamlessly integrated a number of racing-inspired design cues while inside, the cabin’s comfort and luxury were taken to another level. The seats were trimmed in leather, the steering wheel redesigned and the windows electrically operated.
Bertone kept the car as his personal run-around before selling it on a year later. And while it’s changed hands several times since, it has never before come up for auction.
What makes the auctioneers certain that this car is on the verge of fetching $16 million is the Giugiaro as much as the Bertone factor.
This was only the third car Giugiaro had ever had a hand in styling but he would go on to build up one of the most impressive portfolios of anyone in the automotive design world, full of everything from Alfas and Lamborghinis to the Lotus Esprit and the Volkswagen Golf, but only this one Ferrari.
As for Bertone, when the company finally got the chance to design for Ferrari, the Dino 208 GT4 was poorly received upon its debut in 1973 and Ferrari returned to Pininfarina for its replacement in 1980. A situation that Nuccio Bertone considered one of his greatest regrets in life.
Italy sports car giant FERRARI has recalled 2,600 cars globally because of a default in airbags supplied by Japanese company Takata.
“The issue is a possible production defect in a component inside the airbags, which were fitted to around 2,600 cars,” a Ferrari spokesman said.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that more than 800 of the cars were being recalled in North America.
The vehicles may be equipped with a driver-side airbag “that was improperly assembled” causing the airbag to deploy in a rotated orientation, the company reported earlier, saying there was a greater risk of injury.
“This issue is not related to the other recall made by other manufactures for Takata airbags,” the spokesman for the high-end Italian automaker said.
Ferrari’s problem with assembling the airbags comes amid a roiling scandal over defective Takata airbags, which have been linked to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries around the world.
Ten global automakers, including General Motors, Honda and Germany’s BMW, are recalling 34 million cars in the United States alone to replace the inflators — the biggest recall in US history.
The white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa used extensively in the classic 80s cop show will be going under the hammer at the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey this August.
The star of Miami Vice wasn’t Don Johnson, or Philip Michael Thomas, it was the bright white Ferrari Testarossa that the undercover cops raced through the streets on the trail of drug dealers and other miscreants.
Famously the car was black when it arrived on set but director and executive producer Michael Man decided to have it repainted white so that it could be seen clearly during night-time scenes – unwittingly sparking a trend for white supercars the process.
The Testarossa has been sitting in storage since the show finished in 1989 and was only unpacked earlier this year for a full engine-out service.
It has 16124 miles on the clock and has been authenticated by Ferrari Classiche, and while Mecum is yet to place an estimate on the car, a standard, immaculate Testarossa can easily fetch over $150000 at auction.
But for a car as iconic as this the figure could be 10 times higher.
Ferrari has unveiled its special ‘Tailor Made’ California T it will bring to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
This highly-personalized right-hand drive Ferrari California T sports a Bianco Italia three-layer exterior paint job with a double-asymmetric stripe in Blu Hellen, along with 20-inch forged wheels painted in Blu Hellen and Argento Nurburgring, all inspired “by the passion and colors of polo and horse racing,” in tribute to Ferrari’s famous prancing horse.
The Ferrari California T Tailor Made will be on display alongside a comprehensive display of Tailor Made materials, inside Ferrari’s VIP hospitality enclosure reserved exclusively for their clients in order to highlight the brand’s customization prowess and ability to cater to its clientele’s every demand.
Powered by a 552-hp, 3.9-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, the California T can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from standstill in just 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 196mph (316 km/h).
This Ferrari also possesses the latest traction control system to come out of its F1 program, which gives the car optimal acceleration coming out of corners. Its carbon-ceramic brakes, coupled with ABS and ESP technology guarantee quick braking, and its retractable roof takes just 14 seconds to turn this well-insulated hardtop coupe into a convertible.
Ferrari has created an online configurator for its new California T that allows prospective buyers to customize their car down to the last detail.
The Festival of Speed is taking place place in Goodwood, England, June 25-28. For more information, go to goodwood.co.uk.
The 8th edition of the “Automobiles sur les Champs” auction by the Artcurial auction house brought in a total of 11.2 millions euros after 80% of the lots were sold.
At the auction, Artcurial broke six world records with a Porsche 911 ST 2.3L Rallye Coupé (sold for €908,900), a Bugatti Type 13 Brescia (€905,900), an Alpine A210 Berlinette Le Mans (€478,000), a Maserati Khamsin (€274,200), a Ferrari 308 GTB (€202,600) and a Fiat Dino 2400 Spider (€188,300).
As for the biggest sale of the night, all eyes were on a 1991 Ferrari F40 that was valued between 900,000 and 1.1 million euros and ultimately sold for €1,013,000.
The iconic Dino series from FERRARI is set to make a comeback, according to the automaker’s recently appointed chairman.
The original Dino 206 GT and its successors, the 246 GT coupe and GTS targa are among the most cherished and collectible of Ferrari classics.
The original Dino debuted in 1968 and was a revolutionary Ferrari in a number of ways. Firstly, it was ‘affordable’ in supercar terms at least. It was mid-engine and as a result its handling surgical, and that engine was a 2-liter V6, not a V12. It was the first Ferrari built for the road, not the track, looked beautiful thanks to Pininfarina’s flowing curves. And lastly, it was called ‘Dino’ in honor of Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari.
There is not a single ‘Ferrari’ badge or reference anywhere on the car. The name ‘Dino’ was chosen because during his short life, (Dino died, aged 24 in 1956 form muscular dystrophy) he had pestered his father about developing a V6.
Ferrari’s new chairman, Sergio Marchionne, has stressed that the new Dino isn’t simply a stroll down an automotive memory line, nor is it a cynical attempt to increase sales volumes without diluting the core Ferrari brand.
The car will have a mid-mounted V6, like the original, however it will get two turbochargers and be capable of outputting more than 500bhp.
Ahead of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, a symbolic first brick from the home of Enzo Ferrari was laid at the site of FerrariLand, a new theme park to be built within the PortAventura resort complex south of Barcelona.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Artur Mas (president of the Catalonia regional government), Arturo Mas-Sardà (CEO of PortAventura), Maurizio Arrivabene (director of Scuderia Ferrari), and Sebastian Vettel.
Located near the main entrance of PortAventura, FerrariLand will include reproductions of the traditional houses in the village of Maranello, Italy, along with other elements linked to the famous car maker’s history.
The theme park will also be home to Europe’s highest vertical drop roller coaster (112 meters/367 feet), with acceleration from 0 to 180km/h in five seconds, equivalent to 1.35G. Visitors will also have the option of staying at the world’s first Ferrari Hotel.
A celebration of speed and of Italian automotive tradition, the park will cover a total area of 75,000 square meters (807,300 square feet). Construction costs are estimated at around €100 million ($113 million).
The attraction will not be the world’s first Ferrari theme park, however. Opened in 2010, Ferrari World is located in Abu Dhabi, within the race track that hosts the emirate’s annual F1 Grand Prix.
The park includes around 20 attractions, including an enormous roller coaster and a go-kart track.
The PortAventura resort complex, which already includes an amusement park, a water park and several golf courses, has been visited by over 60 million visitors in its 20 years of existence.
FERRARI has announced its latest supercar, the Ferrari 488 GTB which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Less of a completely new model and more of an evolution, the latest mid-engined V8 supercar from Ferrari is the first to get a turbocharger.
To be precise, it’s a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 and when both turbos are scrolling up the result is 660bhp, a substantial improvement over the normally aspirated V8 that powered the 458 Italia, this car’s predecessor.
But as well as more power, it’s also faster — faster than its current closest competitor, the McLaren 650S. Ferrari is claiming a 0-100kph time of just 3 seconds and a top speed of 208mph (334kph).
Thanks to a smaller cubic capacity and horsepower generated by turbos, the 488GTB is more economical than the car it will be replacing.
But emissions is the only area in which Ferrari is holding back. The 488GTB has a revised double clutch, seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox and updates to the intelligent traction control and differential system and to the stability control, meaning that drivers will be able to use more of the car’s ferocious power more of the time without leaving the track in a tight bend.
The exterior that wraps around all of this engineering excellence is once again designed by Pininfarina and picks up where the 458 Italia left off.
The new car retains the same proportions and stance but appears more balanced. The biggest visual differences between the old and new car are the front nose air inlets and the side venting over the rear wheel arches that improve cooling and down force — the inlets are actually integrated spoilers. Inside, the cabin has had another upgrade too.
Ferrari is persisting with the multifunction steering wheel which is great on the track but confusing on normal roads but the infotainment system is new as are the lever switches and even the air vents.
The car will make its official debut in Geneva in March, and expect it to be joined in the not to distant future by a convertible version.
To mark the 60th anniversary of its partnership with Pininfarina, Ferrari is building six bespoke supercars based on the Sergio concept car.
When Pininfarina took the wraps off its incredibly bold, incredibly stripped back Sergio concept at the Geneva motor show in 2013 the reaction was such that it looked that it would only be a matter of time until Ferrari bent to its biggest fans’ wishes and put the roadster into limited production.
The concept car was created to celebrate the 60th year of its partnership with Ferrari and to remember the achievements of Sergio Pininfarina.
Sergio led the design studio from 1966 to 2001 following the death of its father, and remained on the board until his own passing in 2012.
Sergio’s flair for exterior aesthetics was only matched by his deep-rooted understanding of engineering. It was his badgering of Enzo Ferrari that led to Ferrari adopting a mid-engine layout and is why the two companies are now synonymous with each other; every Ferrari that rolls out of the Modena plant carries both the Prancing Horse and Pininfarina badges.
The production version of the Sergio is close to the concept model in terms of appearance and proportions. It is a permanent open-top roadster however, unlike the concept model, Ferrari has opted for a windshield.
This nod to comfort has not in any way diluted its track focus. Every angle, curve and duct of its exterior is about channeling or maximizing performance, but without offending the eye. And inside it’s a similar story, the cockpit is focused on simplicity as to not distract the driver.
And concentration will be needed in massive quantities. Under the hood is Ferrari’s now legendary 605hp normally aspirated 5-liter V8. The same engine that catapults the 458 Italia from a standstill to 100km/h in 3 seconds and which promises even more dynamism in this body shell.
The first Ferrari Sergio is destined for the SBH Royal Auto Gallery in the UAE, at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, and the remaining five examples are currently being hand-built based on their clients’ individual tastes.
Ferrari has just taken the wraps off the race spec version of the LaFerrari hypercar, called the FXXK.
Scheduled to make its first real-world appearance at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi next weekend, FERRARI describes the car as “completely uncompromising” and promises that those lucky few that get to own one will get an “unprecedented driving experience.”
The FXXK is 194mm longer and 59mm wider than the standard LaFerrari hypercar on which it’s based. It also delivers 1021bhp from its combination of a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 and electric motor working in unison.
The Formula One-inspired KERS energy recovery system has also had some serious tweaks so that the driver has more control over how that energy boost is used.
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The ‘Qualify’ setting delivers maximum performance within a limited number of laps; while ‘Manual Boost’ will give the car an extra edge on demand, upping the torque levels to maximum at the turn of a dial.
The energy can also be returned to the car’s battery via the Fast Charge mode, or leaving the KES system in ‘Long Run’ mode will return energy, boost and acceleration consistently.
The FXXK will have a faster 0-100km/h time than the LaFerrari’s (under 3 seconds) and should also go past the standard car’s 217mph (350km/h) top speed, too.
If you want to buy a FXXK, you’ll need to be chosen for Ferrari’s driver development program so you’ll have to already have the standard LaFerrari in your garage in order to qualify for consideration.
UPDATE: Ferrari has just taken the wraps off the race spec version of the LaFerrari hypercar, called the FXXK.
Spotted running test laps at the Adria Raceway in Italy, a new modified version of the LaFerrari hybrid supercar packs over 1,000hp!
Dubbed the LaFerrari XX, this exceptionally high-performance model differs from the original LaFerrari through new aerodynamic features, including two small rear fins for better handling.
The interior is stripped of any unnecessary frills and equipped with a roll bar, in addition to a steering wheel with built-in controls.
This enhanced supercar is said to have up to 1,050hp, although no specific details have surfaced on the nature of the powertrain.
The LaFerrari XX will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Finali Mondiali, which is to take place in Abu Dhabi from December 3 to 6.
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Introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the LaFerrari combines an electric motor with an 800hp V12 fuel engine for a total output of 963hp.
The model can reach a top speed of 350km/h, accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in less than three seconds and go from 0 to 300km/h in less than 15 seconds. To achieve this exceptional performance, the LaFerrari emits an average 330g/km, significantly less than the Enzo’s 545g/km.
The LaFerrari XX would be a direct competitor to the McLaren P1 GTR, which is also currently testing and due for launch in 2015.
A concept version of the British supercar was premiered last August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the US. Like the LaFerrari XX, this enhanced version of the P1 is expected to rev up with over 1,000hp.
Ferrari has announced the launch of a new version of the F60, the Ferrari F60 America, which is launching to celebrate 60 years in North America.
Only 10 will ever be built and have been designed specifically for American FERRARI enthusiasts. That means that the car has a throbbing V12 engine up front and a drop top.
The car will be officially unveiled to its adoring public at a special event in Beverly Hills on Saturday where the company is also expected to announce that every example is already pre-sold.
The car references design elements from classic Ferraris of the 1950s and 60s and in particular the NART Spider, a car that only came about because a certain US importer, Luigi Chinetti took Enzo Ferrari to one side and told him to build a drop top GT for his American clients.
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The 731bhp V12 that powers the F60America is the same as that found in the current F12 Berlinetta coupé and is capable of launching the car from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.1 seconds.
And while the new car uses the same platform as the Berlinetta, Ferrari’s design team have made a host of significant changes to ensure that the F60America truly is a car in its own right.
The nose, wings, grille and interior have all been redesigned. The cabin also features embroidered American flags and a two-sided finish. The driver’s side is dressed in red leather and the passenger’s side in black, a reference to how Ferrari competition cars used to be finished.
The car’s fabric roof will do a good job of keeping the rain out but because it’s designed to be lightweight and because the car is heading to a country with a wonderful climate, it is only able to cope with wind speeds of 75mph. So good enough for highway driving but you’ll need to put the roof down when heading to the track.