Vertu has expanded its Ti line with a luxury smartphone whose design was inspired by the Ferrari F12 berlinetta. A limited edition of 2,013 smartphones will be produced and sold.
The new Vertu Ti Ferrari is the result of a close collaboration between the luxury phone maker and the luxury sportscar brand. Ferrari has supplied some of the red and black leather used in the seats of its sports cars for the leather accents along the smartphone’s casing. Vertu, in turn, has treated and conditioned the leather to ensure it will withstand the constant handling a smartphone is subject to.
The smartphone’s casing is made of diamond-like carbon (DLC), a lightweight material ten times stronger than stainless steel, which Ferrari uses to protect its motors from extreme heat and friction.
The back of the device is modeled after the aerodynamic lines of the F12 berlinetta, while the position of the supercar’s headlights is echoed in the position of the phone’s camera.
The Vertu Ti Ferrari’s feature set is not particularly impressive. Equipped with a 3.7-inch screen, an 8MP photo camera at the back and a 1.3MP front camera for video chats, the smartphone runs under Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is equipped with Bluetooth, wifi and 3G+ connectivity.
The start screen of the Vertu Ti Ferrari features the signature colors of the famous Italian car maker, and the Vertu for Ferrari App provides access to the latest Ferrari news from the brand’s social network pages and the automotive trade press.
The on-screen clock is modeled after the F12berlinetta’s tachometer, and the four available ringtones purr with the sound of the grand tourer’s V12 engine. Pricing has not yet been announced.
In Frankfurt, Ferrari will present a new, ramped up version of its 458 supercar. This “Speciale” edition promises to be powerful, with its V8 engine boasting 605 hp for a power-to-weight ratio of 2.13 kg/hp
With its 605 hp V8 engine, the Ferrari 458 Speciale has 35 hp more than the original 458, enabling acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds and 0 to 200km/h in 9.1.
The new version has also slimmed down, weighing in at just 1.29 kg for an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 2.13 kg/hp. In addition, the front and back of the supercar feature new aerodynamic flaps, which move into place to reduce drag when needed.
Production of Ferrari 458 Speciale will certainly be limited, and the price of it certainly very high. Further details will be revealed closet to the IAA.
On July 12, Bonhams will auction off John Lennon‘s very first car, a Ferrari 330GT Coupé, during the Festival of Speed in Goodwood, England.
The sports car is expected to fetch between £180,000 and £220,000 (US$275,000-338,000). Lennon bought this sky-blue right-hand-drive Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupé for £6,500 back in 1965.
The late Beatle kept it and drove it all over the place for three years. Repainted and revamped several times since then, the car was eventually restored to its original specs by its current owner, and will go under the hammer in all its original glory.
Ferrari has confirmed that all 499 examples of its latest flagship, the LaFerrari, are already spoken for as biggest rival Porsche reveals mixed fortunes with its latest flagship offering, the 918 Spyder.
Ferrari’s parent company, Fiat, is examining other opportunities to extend the car’s production run in some way with the most likely outcome being an even more limited edition but with even more power and extreme performance. Each of which could change hands for as much as $3 million.
Reusing the car’s platform and V12 petrol engine (but not its electric motors) in order to create a Maserati hypercar is also under consideration. The last Maserati hypercar, the MC12, was actually a Ferrari Enzo in disguise but with a slightly de-tuned engine.
The news highlights not only the strength of the Ferrari brand and the loyalty and trust of its existing client base – a member of the public is yet to officially test drive the 949bhp car – but it also underlines the success of the Prancing Horse in this particular segment, compared to McLaren or Porsche.
The LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and the long-awaited Porsche 918 Spyder all have three things in common — they use a hybrid powertrain (a combination of a petrol and an electric motor); they all have a strictly limited production run; and they each cost more than $1 million.
However, only Ferrari can claim that its hypercar is sold out. Mclaren has managed to sell 275 of its 375 P1 hypercars after little more than six weeks on the market.
Porsche, whose 918 Spyder has been on display in concept and prototype version for two years now, is still trying to sell many of the 918 examples it intends to build — despite the fact that it is $300,000 cheaper than the McLaren and $600,000 less than the Ferrari yet offers similar performance.
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.
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →