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The Ferrari Portofino revealed

Posted: 23.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

A GT that represents a unique combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfort

Maranello, 23 August 2017 – The Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfort.

Ferrari has chosen a particularly evocative moniker for this exceptionally versatile drop-top car, referencing one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. Portofino is renowned for its charming tourist port and, over the years, has become internationally synonymous with elegance, sportiness and understated luxury. The launch colour of the new Ferrari has also been dedicated to this marvellous town: Rosso Portofino.

Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats suitable for short trips.

The Ferrari Portofino’s all-new chassis features a significant weight saving over the California T it replaces. Thanks to the extensive use of modern production technologies, all the chassis and body-in-white components have been redesigned with a consequent reduction in weight despite an increase in torsional rigidity.

Engine

The renowned Ferrari V8 turbo, part of the engine family that was nominated International Engine of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, now punches out 40 cv more than the California T’s power unit thanks to the adoption of new components and specific calibration of the engine management software. The characteristic Ferrari V8 soundtrack has also been further enhanced and can be fully appreciated, particularly in top-down driving.

All aspects of the 8-cylinder’s efficiency have been honed with the adoption of new pistons and con-rods, and a new intake system design. The geometries throughout the exhaust system have also been revolutionised. The new one-piece-cast exhaust header reduces losses, an important factor in ensuring Ferrari’s characteristic throttle response with zero turbo lag. These improvements, combined with the Variable Boost Management which adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected, enable the Ferrari Portofino to offer even higher levels of acceleration in all gears and lower fuel consumption compared to the outgoing model.

Vehicle dynamics

The Ferrari Portofino’s vehicle dynamic characteristics have been completely revised and benefit from the introduction of new technological solutions. For the first time on this type of Ferrari model, the third generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3) has been adopted and integrated with the F1-Trac, improving both mechanical grip and the control of the car on the limit. The Ferrari Portofino is also the first GT in the range to be fitted with EPS (Electric Power Steering). This allowed the engineers to reduce the steering ratio by seven per cent for even more responsive steering without a trade-off in stability thanks to the integration with the E-Diff3. The magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) has been uprated with dual-coil technology which helps reduce roll while simultaneously improving absorption of road surface unevenness. The result is an even more dynamic, responsive car that also delivers superior ride comfort.

Design &  Aerodynamics

The Ferrari Design Centre-penned Ferrari Portofino is an aggressively-styled car with a two-box fastback configuration – unprecedented in a coupé-convertible with a retractable hard top – that adds extra sleekness to its silhouette, lending it a sportier character without impinging on its elegance and dynamism.

Close collaboration between the Aerodynamics department and Ferrari Design has ensured maximum efficiency in the development of the surface treatment. Starting with the front, the form of the large radiator grille opening, that stretches from edge to edge of the carefully contoured nose, is underscored by a new full-LED headlight assembly with a more horizontal shape. The outside edge of the headlight hides an innovative air intake which vents into the front wheelarch and exits along the flank to reduce drag.

The tail design underlines the car’s sporty stance which has been further enhanced by placing the tail lights futher apart. This elegant solution cleverly conceals the rear volume housing the all-new RHT which features a more lightweight design and can be raised or lowered at low speeds.

Comfort on board

There was also a particular focus on board comfort which is guaranteed by a slew of new features, not least an infotainment system with 10.2” touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system that improves occupant comfort both with the top up or down, a new steering wheel, 18-way electrically adjustable seats with a new backrest design that boosts legroom for rear seat passengers, and the passenger display. All occupants will particularly appreciate the new wind deflector which, when the top is dropped, cuts air flow inside the cabin by 30% and also reduces aerodynamic noise.

The Ferrari Portofino will make its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.

Technical Specification Summary

Engine
Type V8 – 90°
Overall displacement 3855 cm3
Maximum power output * 441 kW (600 cv) at 7500 rpm
Maximum torque * 760 Nm from 3000 to 5250 rpm

Weight and Dimensions 
Length 4586 mm
Width 1938 mm
Height 1318 mm
Weight distribution 46-54% front/rear

Performance
Maximum speed >320 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.5 sec

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions**
Fuel consumption 10.5 l/100 km
Emissions 245g CO2/km

* In 7th gear
** Combined cycle. Under homologation. ECE+EUDC with standard HELE system.

 

Belgian Grand Prix – Spa and its legendary corners

Posted: 22.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Eau Rouge is the most famous, but is it the most demanding?

93 years and still going strong, Spa-Francorchamps is the granddaddy of the current Formula 1 circuits, as well as being the longest at over seven kilometres. However, by comparison with the original circuit, inaugurated in 1924, it pales into insignificance, the older one being an altogether bigger beast and almost fifteen kilometres in length. Apart from a few modifications, the current layout has been in use since 1979 and the Ardennes track has hosted nearly all the Belgian Grands Prix, right back to the Twenties and then from 1950, the first year of the Formula 1 World Championship, although there were a couple of exceptions held at Nivelles and Zolder between 1970 and ’80. When it comes to Zolder, one cannot help but recall that it was here in 1982 that Gilles Villeneuve left us. The much less well known Nivelles circuit, not far from the Belgian capital, Brussels, was less than four kilometres long.
For all drivers, Spa is something of a right of passage. It’s one of the tracks where a driver can “make the difference,” which might explain why Michael Schumacher won here six times and Ayrton Senna five. Kimi Raikkonen has won at Spa four times and two of those victories, in 2007 and 2009, were with Scuderia Ferrari. Mention Spa and thoughts immediately turn to Eau Rouge and Raidillon, the brutal vertical compression to which driver and car are subjected, as the incline changes. However, maybe not everyone is aware that, these days, the most demanding corners, also from a physical point of view, are Pouhon and Blanchimont. These two “kinks” actually produce the highest lateral forces of the whole season. And this year, with the new aerodynamic rules and wider tyres, one can expect to see staggering figures. On the subject of tyres, the use of the softest ones in the range – Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft – should add another interesting element to a race that, thanks to its setting and atmosphere, is one of the absolute highlights of the sport.

 

Renewal of the agreement between Scuderia Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen

Posted: 22.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello (Italy), 22 August 2017 – Ferrari N.V. (NYSE/MTA: RACE) announces that Scuderia Ferrari has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The Finnish driver will therefore race for the Maranello team in the 2018 Formula One World Championship.

 

 

 

 

 

Ferrari 70 years taking center stage at Pebble Beach

Posted: 20.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Pebble Beach, 20 August 2017 – Ferrari’s worldwide celebration of 70 years of automotive passion is taking center stage at the prestigious Pebble Beach Automotive Week in California. The anticipation has been building with clients, media and fans, so many of whom have flocked here from around the world to this picture-postcard of California coastline. On Sunday the festivities got underway as the Ferrari 70thAnniversary Concours roared onto the lawn of the First Fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. This Ferrari Concours, with a total approximate value of nearly a half a billion US dollars, is officially sanctioned by the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, signifying the first time in history that two concours have shared the spotlight at this, the most prestigious motoring event in North America.

It’s not an easy task to spotlight just a handful of the 70 masterpieces from Maranello, spanning all seven decades, that comprise this Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concours, but headlines include the 1960 250 GT SWB Competitzione; a pair of 1962 250 GTOs; 1967 275 GTS/4 “NART” Spider; pair of 288 GTOs from 1983 and 1985; and the 2013 LaFerrari.

Next up is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which will include four special classes of Ferraris in tribute to the 70th Anniversary of the Prancing Horse, and the first North American showing of the penultimate LaFerrari Aperta.

 

Ferrari celebrates 70th anniversary with a thrilling rally on Silk Road

Posted: 19.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Italian supercar legend revisits ancient trade routes in China to pay tribute to 70 years of glory and legacy

Shanghai, August, 2017– Ferrari staged an enthralling and exhilarating seven-day rally event along the ancient Silk Road in Western China this summer, amongst a plethora of tailor-made programmes in China to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the most illustrious automotive marque in the world. The exclusive driving experiences, A Tribute to 70 Years of Glory – Ferrari Red Rally Returns to Silk Road, from August 12th to August 18th gave 40 esteemed media and 80 faithful Ferrari consumers a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to drive behind the wheels of the Cavallino Rampante along the magnificent Silk Road, the far-stretching historical trade routes that have been central to the cultural and economic interaction between the East and West for centuries.

Adding further memorable moments to the rally are a list of star-studded special guests including famed actor William Feng, Mewe media founder, CEO and host Ma Dong, famed actor Shawn Dou and the live performance by the team of well-known musician Tan Dun. Using rare instruments painstakingly reconstructed from ancient Dunhuang frescoes, the performers enchanted audiences with an intimate show, Dunhuang Ancient Music from Original Manuscrip, which was inspired by the Dunhuang culture along the Silk Road.

For over 2,000 years, the Silk Road has played a significant role to boost commerce and civilisation of the nations along the routes. It was not only recognised by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2014 but kept exerting its influence in the contemporary world through the Belt and Road Initiative. One key stretch of Silk Road ended exactly in Italy, where the Ferrari legend begins. Embodying the pinnacle of Italian excellence and exclusivity the world over, Ferrari has been a frontrunner to make its contribution to the Silk Road. The silhouette of the Cavallino Rampante can be found on Silk Road at least more than a decade ago, as back in 2005, Ferrari already visited the ancient routes during its incredible 15,000 Red Miles China Journey. Reflecting an ongoing Ferrari legacy, there couldn’t have been a more ideal way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, in China other than a dream drive revisiting part of the routes. In 1947, Enzo Ferrari fired up the 125 S, the first car to bear his name. 70 years later, Ferrari hosted a string of unique experiences in more than 60 nations to celebrate the milestone event, with a grand celebration in Italy in September to extend the celebratory exhilaration to a culmination, to highlight the “Driven by Emotion” concept, one of the cornerstones on which the Ferrari story was founded and has flourished throughout 70 years.

Spanning about 1,700 kilometres, the Ferrari rally on the Silk Road amazed the fortunate Cavallino Rampante enthusiasts with natural heritage, magnificent landscape and invaluable cultural legacies. Starting from picturesque Qinghai Lake, the diverse range of loyal Ferrari customers and established media gathered under the guidance of experienced instructors. Setting off at a sprint on August 12th, the fleet of some of the greatest super sports cars available today swiftly headed to Ta’er Monastery. Continuing further northwest into Zhangye Danxia National Geopark in Gansu Province, the landscape gradually evolved from pastures of grass plains into a terrain of colourful rising rock formations vibrantly hit by brilliant desert sunrays.

While the expedition ploughed on, there were also no shortage of thrilling and stimulating driving experiences when the fleet arrived in Jiayu Pass, on the far western reached of the famed Great Wall and Dunhuang, best known for the extraordinary Mogao Grottoes, and the adjacent Mingsha Mountain, named after the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes, the singing sand phenomenon. These were ideal venues for the fleet to enjoy the magnificent Chinese historical relics before they finally completed the fantastic journey in Yumen Pass, the subjects of countless ancient Chinese poems, whose most famous lines are still frequently quoted nowadays. Every guest that had participated in the incredible drive had gained a unique insight into not only these cherished Ferrari creations, but also the historic heartland of China and its longstanding and well-established culture.

The event goes beyond a pursuit of extravaganza driving experience. Ferrari presented a donation to 4 local primary schools for the provision of much-needed equipment and resources for the poverty-stricken children. As a further message of gratitude and devotion to the region, Ferrari honourably presented a donation to Dunhuang Grottoes on arrival at the UNESCO World heritage site for its ongoing restoration and future conservation. All the efforts to give back to society serve to reflect the “The Love of Red” programme, which has formed the central pillar for the corporate social responsibility initiatives of Ferrari in China, aiming to align all philanthropic efforts of Ferrari in four core areas with donations valued over 14 million RMB annually.

Such an exclusive journey couldn’t have been achieved without the top-end performance made available by the most acclaimed Maranello creations. A full model range of Ferrari composed a fleet of 50 supreme sports cars, including the Ferrari 812 Superfast, the most powerful production car to date, and the GTC4Lusso T, the first Ferrari four-seater to be powered by a V8 engine and a truly powerful model both on track and on road. Adding a further exciting addition to the programme was the display of the LaFerrari Aperta onsite, a model launched as an icon of the 70th anniversary, the highest performance spider hyper car available today will be present at each stage of the 70th anniversary celebration events worldwide to tribute to the glory and excellence of the Ferrari brand.

Reflecting on the success of the enthralling and wonderful rally on Silk Road, Mr. Matteo Torre, the President and CEO of Ferrari Greater China, commented, “Ferrari is a proud company in which tradition and innovation are melded each and every day to fuel the Cavallino Rampante. The Silk Road rally we staged in China combined authentic Ferrari excellence with distinctive Chinese elements to create a truly unique Cavallino Rampante experience. It not only stands out as a clear demonstration of our wholehearted tribute to the ancient legend with modern day interpretation, but also the strongest possible statement that Ferrari is dedicated to the China market by keeping bringing world-class Italian sports car excellence here. We are always thrilled to gear up for further achievement along this incredible journey.”

 

Scuderia Ferrari News - The summer break – how it all began

Posted: 17.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Up until 2008, we raced all summer long

Once upon a time, August was a hot month for motor sport. Until a few years ago, the F1 calendar didn’t feature a mid-season break. It was quite common for the Hungarian Grand Prix to take place over the weekend known in Italy as “Ferragosto”, the nearest to the 15th August. And for us Italians, “Ferragosto” can only mean holiday time. Nevertheless, in ’98 for example, we put thoughts of the beach far behind us as we tackled qualifying in Budapest on 15th August and a day later, Schumacher and Ferrari went on to take one of the great Grand Prix wins.

Those were the days. An F1 team is part of a company and, as such, it has an obligation to allow its staff a rest period. From 2009, this break has been regulated, first of all by an agreement between the teams, who were then gathered under the umbrella of the Formula One Teams Association, which required that one comply with a moral obligation to stick to the rule. Then, in 2014, this agreement became part of the Sporting Regulations (Art.21.9.) It defined the minimum shutdown period as 14 days in the event that the gap between two consecutive races on the calendar be 24 days, as is the case this year between Hungary and Belgium, or 13 days, if the gap is only 17 days.

So what happens, or more correctly, what doesn’t happen in this break? The drivers make the most of it and go on holiday. The Ferrari duo of Kimi and Seb are planning to spend time with their respective families. And all work has to stop: no simulator, no wind tunnel and so forth. You could claim that today, with portable computers and smartphones, there’s nothing to stop people working at home. But the teams themselves are actually very strict about ensuring everyone adheres to the rules. One interesting point: a few years back, the idea was put forward that there should be a further break around the Christmas holidays. It was not approved, mainly because December and January are months that feature frenetic activity as teams rush to build their new cars.

 

Ferrari 70th Anniversary in Belfast

Posted: 12.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Charles Hurst Ferrari was delighted to celebrate this Special Milestone in Ferrari’s History, on Saturday 12th August.

A cavalcade of 70 Ferraris driven by their owners, had the unique opportunity to journey through Belfast, led by Ferrari’s Special Anniversary car, The LaFerrari Aperta.
Our Cavalcade met for registration and reception at The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, where our guests had the unique opportunity to explore the museum. We then travelled onwards, stopping at the iconic Titanic Quarter Slipways for a photograph, before arriving at the Royal Palace, Hillsborough Castle, to begin our evening celebrations.

Our evening began with a Champagne reception in the Beautiful Gardens at The Royal Palace and a chance to explore Hillsborough Castle, followed by an exclusive dining experience by local multi award winning Chef, Chris McGowan.

We were delighted to be the final UK Dealer to host our 70th Anniversary celebrations.
We had a fantastic day and our customer feedback has been superb!

 

Ferrari 812 Superfast Australasian Premiere

Posted: 11.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

V12 Ferrari with the most powerful ever 800 cv production engineGreatest performance and luxury comfort

The Ferrari 812 Superfast has officially made its Australasian debut, the very first appearance in Australia following the International Premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in March this year.

The model opens a new chapter in Ferrari V12 engine history and marks the 70th anniversary since Ferrari released its first Cavallino Rampante sports car, the 125 S, in 1947. Ferrari remains to this day the only manufacturer to have continuously produced sports cars with 12-cylinder engines throughout that time.

This highly acclaimed car in a new colour Grigio Caldo Opaco, was unveiled in the exclusive location, The Meat Market in North Melbourne. This iconic heritage listed building was transformed into the world of the Cavallino Rampante with dynamic and sporty flavor which epitomized the pulse of the 812 Superfast, the star of the day.

 

RM Sotheby’s Gathers Seven Decades of Ferrari’s Finest for Maranello Sale

Posted: 11.08.2017 / Source: RM Sotheby`s

BLENHEIM, ONTARIO, 11 August, 2017

RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to announce an incredible lineup of recent entries for its single-marque Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione sale, set for 9 September in partnership with Ferrari. Held at the legendary marque’s factory in Maranello, the auction celebrates Ferrari’s 70th anniversary year with automotive milestones across seven decades.

Highlights among recent entries for the exclusive event are led by a genuine, numbers-matching 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti, chassis no. 1503 GT. One of the most desirable examples of the ultimate open Ferrari of its era, 1503 GT is offered from nearly two decades of single ownership, having seldom been shown over this time. Sporting a beautifully maintained restoration and with fascinating history, it is ready for enjoyment on the show field or the vintage rally circuit (Est. €7,500,000 - €9,500,000).

early 30 years down the road in Ferrari’s rich heritage, we saw the first in its unparalleled series of supercars, the 288 GTO. The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO on offer at Maranello, chassis no. 57709, is arguably one of the finest and best preserved examples in existence. The 255th of just 272 ever built, the 288 GTO is virtually as-new throughout, having been purchased by its current owner in 1993 and stored ever since. Discovered earlier this year, the car has been carefully reconditioned and is beautifully preserved inside and out. Having covered a mere 729 km, finding another example like this is simply unrepeatable, making the car’s offering in September an opportunity not to be missed (Est. €3,250,000 - €4,000,000).

Additional featured highlights from across the decades include:

The Fifties

· 1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Coupé, chassis no. 0081 S (Est. €1,100,000 - €1,500,000);

· 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé, chassis no. 0313 EU (Est. €2,800,000 - €3,400,000);

· 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza, chassis no. 0534 M (Est. €3,400,000 - €3,800,000);

· 1955 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II, chassis no. 8897 SF (Est. €1,600,000 - €2,300,000);

· 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I, chassis no. 0791 GT (Est. €4,900,000 - €5,700,000).

The Sixties and Seventies

· 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II, chassis no. 1779 GT (Est. €1,350,000 - €1,650,000);

· 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy, chassis no. 08111 (Est. €2,400,000 - €2,800,000);

· 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, chassis no. 09481 (Est. €1,800,000 - €2,200,000);

· 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, chassis no. 07214 (Est. €375,000 - €450,000).

The Eighties, Nineties, and Today

· 1989 Ferrari F40, chassis no. 83572 (Est. €950,000 - €1,100,000);

· 1994 Ferrari 348 GT/C LM, chassis no. 97553 (Est. €390,000 - €450,000);

· 1994 Ferrari 333 SP, chassis no. 006 (Est. €2,800,000 - €3,300,000);

· 2004 Ferrari Enzo, chassis no. 136733 (Est. €1,800,000 - €2,000,000);

· 2012 Ferrari 599 GTO, chassis no. 174698 (Est. €425,000 - €500,000).

The 288 GTO will be on early preview at Ferrari’s Casa Ferrari display next week during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

 

A month to go until the 70th anniversary celebrations in Maranello and the historic single-marque auction with RM Sotheby’s

Posted: 09.08.2017 / Source: RM Sotheby`s

Maranello, 9 August 9, 2017

The countdown has officially begun for the big event for Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. The celebratory weekend will take place on September 9-10th in Ferrari’s hometown of Maranello and will feature a number of exciting events. Clients from all over the globe will be invited for an action-packed weekend including an auction, a Concours d’Elégance of historically significant Ferrari cars, and a celebratory show.

A highlight will undoubtedly be Saturday’s (September 9th) “Leggenda e Passione” auction hosted leading auction house RM Sotheby’s. The event is poised to be the most significant single-marque sale in collector car auction history. Cars spanning all decades of Ferrari’s 70 years of history will be included in the sale. Among the early auction entries is a fully Ferrari Classiche certified 1966 275 GTB Alloy with a desirable long-nose that still retains its original engine and transmission. The first owner of this Ferrari was Adlai Stevenson III a US Senator from the state of Illinois (and great-grandson of Adlai Stevensen I, Vice President of the United States) .

The auction is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 9 2017 in Maranello with previews starting Friday, September 8.

 

Ferrari 70th Anniversary in Edinburgh

Posted: 08.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

August 8 – 2017 – United Kingdom – Graypaul Edinburgh organised a gathering of over 70 Ferraris in Holyrood Park, Broad Pavement, Queens Drive Edinburgh to celebrate 70 years of Ferrari.

Over looked by the famous Crags’ of Arthurseat and within the proximity of Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament the clients gathered between 14:00 – 18:00 to enjoy the glorious sunshine, specially created tricalore pizza and homemade ice cream which went down very well on such an unusually hot day in Scotland.

At 16:00, the clients gathered to do some serious flag waving to the sound Italian anthem. They enjoyed it so much so they asked for an encore, which was duly obliged.

Headed up by the LaFerrari Aperta at 18:00 the cars all lined up for the parade through the famous streets of Edinburgh starting with a drive past the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile, which took some time to negotiate with the thousands of spectators who came down to see the parade during the Edinburgh Festival. Cars in the parade included a LaFerrari, F12tdf, Dino and the 328 GTB that was featured in Magnum PI.

Heading on past Calton Hill with its collection of historic monuments, which form some of the most important landmarks of the city we made our way back to the dealership at Fort Kinnaird.

Clients then enjoyed an evening of sumptuous Italian food and Italian inspired entertainment to finish of an excellent day, which included the unveiling of the 812superfast.

All in all a great day celebrating 70 years of Ferrari in such magnificent surroundings.

 

A testing summer

Posted: 02.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

From Hungary to Barcelona, an overview of pre-holiday testing

“There’s hardly any testing these days and you have to make the most of every opportunity.” That’s a sentiment always shared by Kimi, Seb and the entire Scuderia Ferrari crew. Ever since 2009, when in-season testing was drastically reduced and strictly controlled, every session is extremely precious, because it’s the best way to bring together all the work carried out in the factory, in the simulator and on computer.

The difference between these tests just completed and the two winter sessions is pretty marked: in February and March, Barcelona serves as a test bed for a car that has yet to tackle the rigours of the race track. One is mainly looking for reliability, while learning about the car and establishing a baseline set-up. On the other hand, at the in-season tests, one is dealing with a known quantity and its strengths and weaknesses can be understood. The work therefore focuses on improving on what one already has. But where can that improvement come from? At the Hungaroring test and also at the session in Bahrain in April, many journalists were asking how can a team prepare for an upcoming race on the calendar, on a track which might have very different characteristics. Consider for example that the Hungarian test will be followed by races at Spa and Monza. The reality is much more complex, because a test programme involves validating new solutions that might be of use throughout the rest of the season, aside from the fact that one might use a high or low downforce wing. When a car emerges from the garage, it is not necessarily fitted with all the new components available…

Lap times do not count for that much in testing, but one can say that the SF70H worked well in Hungary, both with the race drivers and with Charles Leclerc at the wheel. The regulations insist that part of the test is given over to “young drivers,” who have taken part in a maximum of three Formula 1 Grands Prix. Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi then split the work load at the Pirelli test in Barcelona. In this instance, the SF70H was kept in standard trim, because, during tyre testing, teams are not allowed to make any significant changes to the car.

One final point: the two tests this season, in Sakhir and at the Hungaroring, both followed on from a Scuderia Ferrari victory. Worth noting that the final test takes place in Abu Dhabi, just after the final round of the championship.

 

Hungary Test – Ferrari wraps up Hungarian testing

Posted: 02.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi optimistic: “We’ve picked up momentum, want to be stronger everywhere”

Mogyorod, August 2 – The second and last in-season test session of the year ended with both Scuderia Ferrari drivers back on track at the Hungaroring after last Sunday’s one-two in the race. Sebastian Vettel took the wheel of the SF70H this morning at 9, and handed over to Kimi Raikkonen after a couple of hours, for the Finn to continue the development work. Sebastian completed 47 laps, his best time being a 1min17sec124 on Supersoft tires, while Kimi ran 60 laps with a best time of 1’’17’842 on Supersoft tires. Now it’s time for our guys – not only the drivers, but all the team – to have some well-deserved rest during the two-week summer break, to get ready for the forthcoming challenges.

“You don’t get a lot of testing over the season”, Seb said “so it was a good opportunity to try a couple of things and get a feeling from the car. Obviously, in such a brief test you are not expecting to turn the world upside down, but it will be useful for the next races and for a better understanding of the car. I think this year we’ve been strong pretty much everywhere, of course there have been races in which we did not perform at our best; of course there will always differences from track to track, but the purpose of all the work we do is to be in a good shape for the rest of the season. We’ve picked up momentum with the win in Hungary, now it’s up to us to keep it going, but I am confident that we have the right people and are going in the right direction. As for my holidays… I haven’t done much planning, I think I’ll just be getting some rest, after all those flights!”

“We always bring something different, irrespective of where we are and try to learn from it, commented Kimi. “We had a very good result, as a team, here in Hungary, but we always try to improve further. Today was a normal testing day, but obviously here you have more time and tires available than you have during a race weekend, so we try to get the best out of it. In the last few races, my feeling with the car has improved consistently, which shows that the new things we’ve brought have helped me drive better and better. Also, I am happy that I could help Charles Leclerc prepare for his test, but then it’s fair to say that all the team supported him”.

 

Hungary Test – Leclerc: “A fantastic experience”

Posted: 01.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

98 laps in the SF70H: “Driving a Ferrari is never a normal thing”

Mogyorod – 98 laps at the wheel of the SF70H in the boiling heat of the Hungaroring and a final lap time of 1’17”746, on the Soft tyres. It was also the fastest lap overall on the day. But for Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari Driver Academy student and current leader of the F2 championship, the stopwatch readout was not the most important aspect of this day.
“Driving a Ferrari is never a ‘normal’ experience,” commented the 19 year old Monegasque driver. I felt as though I was driving a race car for the very first time. It’s a great honour I have been accorded and I thank Ferrari with all my heart for this opportunity. I am pleased with the work I did and I hope the team is too. Driving the SF70H was a fantastic feeling and coming from F2, it’s a whole other world, from every point of view. It was the first time that I’ve driven a Formula 1 car with the wider tyres and this level of aerodynamic downforce and it was an incredible feeling. I also learned a lot from the work in the garage: Ferrari has the best engineers in the world and I felt very comfortable working with them. To set the fastest time is nice, but, in testing, its importance is only relative. I can now go on holiday in a happy mood, before concentrating on the second part of the F2 season. For the moment, Formula 1 is just a dream. I still have work to do and I know that: one step at a time.”

Tomorrow, 2nd August, the test continues with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen driving.

 

70th Anniversary of Ferrari at Maranello

Posted: 01.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Ferrari has organised two days of festivities in the company of thousands of customers from around the world to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Several events will be held on this special weekend. “Legend and Passion” is a celebratory auction where Sotheby’s will help sell some of the most representative models in the history of the Prancing Horse.

On Sunday, over 120 masterpieces that have emerged from Maranello’s factories from 1947 to today will compete in a prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza where they will be evaluated by a panel of judges chaired by Ed Gilbertson, Honorary Head Judge at the event. Some of these models will parade through the streets of Modena on Saturday and will be displayed outside the city’s Military Academy.

The celebrations will culminate on the evening of Saturday 9 September when customers will be given a unique show, embellished by the presence of international guests.

 

Ferrari 70th Anniversary at Capesthorne Hall

Posted: 01.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

1st August 2017, Cheshire, UK – Hundreds of people gathered in Cheshire to witness one the largest collections of Ferraris in the North West of England, as Stratstone celebrated 70 years of the iconic brand.
Against the stunning backdrop of Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, more than 70 Ferraris were displayed for people to experience the luxury marque up close.

Amongst them was the LaFerrari Aperta, the Special Series model that recently starred at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As people milled amongst the incredible collection, they enjoyed prosecco and Peroni in the Butler’s Pantry, and ice cream served throughout the day.

At 4pm, the crowd gathered as all Ferraris roared to life and began a parade through nearby villages Alderley Edge and Wilmslow. The parade included three LaFerrari Apertas, a LaFerrari and an F12 TDF, which were a hit with spectators, who waved their flags as the impressive vehicles passed by.

To round off a fantastic day, those who took part in the parade enjoyed a prestigious post-event dinner where a static display of Ferraris continued the celebration of the evolution of the marque. Attendees also had the first chance to see the new Ferrari 812 Superfast in the North-West.

 

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