Dubai police on Thursday showed off a new Ferrari they will use to patrol the city state, hot on the heels of a Lamborghini which joined the fleet earlier.
The car sporting the green and white of Dubai police was unveiled at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It will be used by women police to patrol tourist areas.
The introduction of luxury Italian cars to the police force is being seen as a sign of economic recovery in the Gulf emirate where a housing bubble burst in 2008.
The Dubai Police have unveiled a Ferrari FF as the latest addition to its fleet of patrol vehicles.
As a quick reminder, the Ferrari FF, which stands for “Ferrari Four”, because of its four seats and four-wheel drive, is a grand tourer which was unveiled by the Maranello based automaker on the 1st of March 2011 during the Geneva Motor Show.
The FF, which is powered by a 651-horsepower 6.3-liter V-12, accelerates to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 208 mph.
News of the $250,000 Ferrari FF patrol car comes just one week after Dubai Police authorities confirmed the addition of another Italian supercar, a $550,000 Lamborghini Aventador.
This was added to the Chevrolet Camaro, which was confirmed last month by the authority, with images of its two-door prototype also being released online.
In a statement, Dubai Police has confirmed it will soon introduce sports cars into its fleet to enhance its patrolling abilities.
The authorities said the sport cars were built according to Dubai Police specifications and “will help to facilitate policing on highways.”
In case you missed LaFerrari’s unveiling in Geneva, the hypercar is now on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello as a part of the “Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth” exhibition.
The exhibition gathers some of the greatest Ferrari sportscars ever built, including historical cars such as the 250 GTO, the 250 LM, the F40, the F50, the Enzo and the related competition models.
Along with admiring the cars, visitors will learn about the entire process from the car’s initial conception to the final approval, and they will have the opportunity to see two full-scale models showing the car in various stages of its development process.
The “Ferrari Supercar. Technology, Design. Myth” exhibition will be open until September 30.
A damaged Ferrari once belonging to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is to be sold on eBay, after its new owner came to an agreement with the auction site.
Lawyer Renaud Bettcher said he and his client — a garage owner from the eastern city of Strasbourg — were “very satisfied” that they had finally been given the go-ahead to sell the car, after eBay asked for proof of its provenance.
The site would also pay undisclosed damages to the dealership, the lawyer added. According to the Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace newspaper, the figure could be as much as 20,000 euros ($26,000).
Star Autos took action against eBay after the auction site withdrew an advert for the sale of the car “for security reasons” and concern that it may not have been genuine.
It then asked the garage to provide proof about its previous owner, which Bettcher said they supplied three times. No date was given for the new sale.
The garage bought the red Ferrari 599 GTB from a Portuguese vendor for about 33,000 euros and had been asking for 50,000 euros for it at auction. Bids had reached 125,000 euros when the item was withdrawn.
Ronaldo crashed the 250,000-euro sports car into a barrier near Manchester airport in 2009, a week before the then-Manchester United striker was awarded the 2008 Ballon d’Or as world player of the year.
Ferrari created a sensation at the Geneva Motor Show with its new 963hp supercar. LaFerrari is equipped with an electric motor in addition to its V12 engine.
Two awards from French publication L’Automobile Magazine bring the Italian carmaker Ferrari‘s international honors tally up to 25.
Ferrari continues to rack up awards at the same rate at which one of its customers collects speeding tickets. Its V8-powered 458 Spider was announced best cabriolet and its V12-powered big brother, the F12 Berlinetta was named Best Coupe at this year’s L’Automobile Magazine Best Cars 2013 awards
The honors, from one of France’s most respected automotive publications, brings the number of international awards for the marquee up to 25 in the last 12 months.
But the awards are deserved as the current Ferrari line-up is one of the strongest in living memory in terms of power, performance, choice and looks.
The 458 has set new standards in terms of what can be expected from a mid-engined V8 car, while the F12 Berlinetta offers the same levels of speed and performance that could only be found in the range-topping Enzo hypercar several years ago.
Ferrari celebrated the 20th anniversary of its arrival in China Thursday with a day of events around Guangzhou including a supercar procession featuring over 130 Ferraris and a gala dinner in honor of the brand’s Chinese clients.
Ferrari held a special auction during the Austin, Texas Grand Prix to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Apple‘s head of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, is now a member of the board of directors at Ferrari.
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Ferrari Magazine has released a teaser image of a new one-off model, which is going to be built for Cheerag Arya, a 32-year old businessman from Dubai.
When he was a little boy, he fell in love with Ferrari after seeing a South American football player with an F40 in a magazine.
It was only after he moved to Dubai, six years ago, that he actually bought his first Ferrari, a 575M Maranello – but that was quickly followed by a 430 Scuderia, along with an Enzo, a Daytona, a 599 GTO and, at last, the F40 that started it all.
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, valued at over $30 million, has been crashed in France in what reports suggest is the world’s most expensive car crash.
American businessman Christopher Cox, the Ferrari’s Owner/Driver smashed into another car last week during a trip to commemorate the model’s 50th anniversary.
The Italian godfather of car design, Sergio Pininfarina, renowned for crafting sleek Ferrari race cars and revolutionising the common auto, died in Turin on Tuesday.
Born in 1926 near Turin in the industrial north of the country, Pininfarina worked with top carmakers during his long career, designing the Ferrari Testarossa, Fiat 124 Spider, Fiat Dino and Maserati GranTurismo, among others.
Ferrari has teamed up with Cobra Puma to launch the Ferrari Golf Collection. It’s a collection of Ferrari-branded golf gear, including luxury equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories.
The highlight of the package is the COBRA Ferrari Driver, the only Ferrari club, designed by Puma and engineered by Ferrari for optimum aerodynamic efficiency.
Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari is organising a rare online auction to raise funds for victims of two earthquakes that left 23 people dead in Italy.
“Ferrari has decided to collect funds to help the families of victims of the quakes which hit the Emilia Romagna region with a big online auction open to bidders internationally,” the famous automaker said in a statement.
Among the “important and rare” items up for auction will be a Ferrari 599XX Evo, the latest of the luxury racing line’s track-only specials, usually only driven by select customers as part of the brand’s development process.
Ferrari has created a special one-off car, the SP12 EC, as an homage to famed guitarist Eric Clapton‘s career and his long-lasting passion for Ferrari.
Designed by the Centro Stile Ferrari, in collaboration with Pininfarina and engineers from Maranello, the bespoke model is based on the 458 Italia and draws inspiration from the 512 BB.
Ferrari says Clapton wanted a car inspired by the 512 BB but presumably with modern underpinnings, so it keeps the same 570bhp 4.5-litre V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The nine luxury cars that were reportedly up for sale in Dubai have been seized as part of evidence from various crimes and will not be sold.
“The one Ferrari Enzo and the other regular Ferraris are required by Interpol. So, the nine cars are not for sale,” Captain Khalid Al Kamali was quoted as saying.
This comes as a disappointment to the many Brits, Americans, Indians and Russians who reportedly asked to buy the rare Enzo Ferrari.
Ferrari has confirmed that it will offer a hybrid system for its sports cars from next year. The legendary Italian brand has been playing with hybrid trehcnology on its Formula One vehicles for some time now with the HY-KERS system.
Italy’s first private high-speed train, launched by Ferrari head Luca di Montezemolo’s company NTV and boasting sleek interiors and a cinema carriage, made its inaugural journey on Friday.
The dark-red 200-metre (656 foot) bullet-shaped train — named “Italo” — set out from Rome’s Termini station, taking just over an hour to reach Naples.
To mark the anniversary of the sale of the first Ferrari in China – a Ferrari 348 TS ordered by a Beijing customer – Ferrari is opening an exhibition at the Italia Center in the Shanghai World Expo Park and releasing a China-only limited edition 458 Italia.
Covering 900 square metres the Ferrari Exhibition will last for three years and will feature some of the best collections from the Maranello Museum divided into five topics, including Ferrari in China, Green Technology, Product, Design and Racing.
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The limited edition 458 Italia will sport an exclusive new colour called Marco Polo Red, specially developed for this car.
The most eye-catching element of the car’s exterior is the golden dragon on the front bonnet, which is offset by gold and black livery stripes symbolising a racing track.
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Each of the 20 cars also sport a ‘20th Anniversary Special Edition’ plaque is set into the dash. No word on the pricing yet.
This 458 Dragon is the second China-only Ferrari, the first one was the porcelain-painted Ferrari 599, only one was made and sold for 1.77 million dollar.