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 held a special auction during the Austin, Texas Grand Prix to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
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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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
A new museum dedicated to Enzo Ferrari, the legend behind the prancing horse, opened in Modena March 10.
Formerly Ferrari’s house, the new Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari museum is something of a sister project to the established Museo Ferrari at Maranello and is likely to attract motor racing fans from all over the world.
Ferrari has unveiled the fastest road-car it has ever produced, ahead of the vehicle’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show (March 8-18)
The F12 Berlinetta can streak from 0-100km/h in 3.1 seconds and continue up to 200km/h in just 8.5 seconds, thanks to a host of powertrain and design changes.
Developed in 1952 by wealthy Italian industrialist Achille Castoldi and Ferrari Grand Prix racers Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi, the speedy craft, propelled by a 4500cc V12, handily won the world speed record the following year.
The boat piloted by Castoldi averaged speeds well over 150 mph in 1953. It broke the 24 nautical miles record in the 800 kg category as the Arno XI averaged 102 mph.
Ferrari has confirmed the revised 2012 California convertible will get more power, a lower body weight and a new optional handling package.
The model will be about 30kg lighter and will deliver an additional 30 HP. Both the exterior and interior will also be improved.
The changes in weight and power have cut the car’s zero-to-62 mph (0-100 kilometers per hour) acceleration time to 3.8 seconds.