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Kimi Ambassador for Sport

Posted: 18.01.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Finnish Prime Minister honours Raikkonen in Helsinki: “Thanks to my family and the Team”

The Finnish government has never before appointed anyone as an Ambassador for Sport, but it did so at a Sport Gala, held in Helsinki on Tuesday 17 January. The recipient was none other than Kimi Raikkonen, who received the honour from Prime Minister Juha Sipila. Kimi’s presence at the gala had been kept secret right up until the last moment. “I’m not that used to making formal speeches,” said Raikkonen. “But I would like to wish all the best to the winners in every category, as well as those who missed out on the prizes this year. I would stress how important it has been in my case to have the support of my family and help from trustworthy colleagues and the people within the Ferrari Team, with whom I have worked for so many years now.” In 2017, Finland celebrates the centenary of its independence..

 

The legend of Ferrari to be star of the next Retromobile

Posted: 18.01.2017 / Source: Retromobile

Ferrari has a place all of its own in the automotive industry’s hall of fame and the Italian brand with the prancing horse emblem continue to make dreamers out of grown-ups and little ones. At the next Retromobile show, a total of eight exceptional models will be presented through an exhibition made in tribute to the 70 years of the brand. A selection of most incredible racecar the 166 Mille Miglia to the iconic 250GT SWB, will be exposed as the Ferrari heritage.

FERRARI’S PASSION

Just try it: say the name «Ferrari» in front of any group of people. You will see their faces light up. Their eyes will sparkle and twinkle. Sometimes, they even become hysterical. Ferrari is now the world’s most influential brand – ahead of Apple – reigning supreme in the world of car manufacturers. Most of its models fetch extremely high prices at auction.

The Ferrari legend can trace its roots back to the first half of the 20th century. Ferrari was a man before becoming a brand. The kind of story you’d expect to find in a novel : a story about a man who was practically married to cars – so much so that he spent his whole life working with them.

FERRARI, 70 YEARS OF HISTORY

Not content with being a competent racing driver with numerous titles to his name, including second place in the 1920 Targa Florio open road endurance race and numerous other victories – from Savio to Pescara – Enzo Ferrari proved his worth as a manager, officially taking over Alfa Romeo’s racing. The red cars quickly found their flanks adorned with badges featuring a black horse rearing up against a golden yellow background – the colour of Modena. This coat of arms was originally emblazoned on the cabin of an aeroplane belonging to Francesco Baracca – a crack Italian aviator who died in combat on 19 June 1918. His mother, Countess Paolina Baracca, encouraged Enzo Ferrari to feature this emblem on his cars. «It will bring you luck», she assured him. History was to prove her right.

At that time the Grand Prix Alfa Romeos were the machines everybody wanted to beat. Ferrari founded Scuderia Ferrari on 1 December 1929. In 1933, it started officially representing Alfa Romeo’s racing department. Wilfredo Ricart started working for Alfa Romeo, heralding changes to the balance of power within the company. Enzo Ferrari’s dislike for the man led to his leaving. Ferrari returned to the premises of the now-defunct Scuderia in Modena. There, he was able to turn his dream of designing and producing a car bearing his own name into reality. Well, nearly. When he left Alfa Romeo in 1939, it was under the understanding that he would not use the Ferrari name in association with races or racing for at least four years. He got around this by founding Auto Avio Costruzioni in September 1939. The outbreak of the Second World War postponed his racing car projects, forcing him to move to Maranello. After the war ended, he was once again able to resume work on his dream.

On the 12 of March 1947, a crowd gathered in the Trento Trieste in front of Ferrari’s factory, hoping to get a first glimpse of the 125 S, which already featured a V12 engine. The famous Ferrari emblem adorned the end of the bonnet against a yellow background. On 25 May, only just over two months after the world’s very first Ferrari had rolled off the production line, Franco Cortese clinched a victory at the Rome Grand Prix at the wheel of a Ferrari 125 Sport. But this first success story was not enough to stave off Ferrari’s day-to-day difficulties. To keep the company afloat and enable it to develop racing cars, Enzo Ferrari decided to start building road cars. At the Turin Motor Show in September 1948, he revealed his first ever grand tourer: the four-seater 166 coupé designed by Milan-based coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring.

In the meantime, change was the only ever constant in his racing car factory. Ferrari was spinning his web. Single-seater, Sport and GT: Ferrari started building cars of all types. More often than not, successfully. They started amassing praise and titles, establishing themselves as the cars to beat. This unique and unshakeable commitment across the board in all of the main areas of motorsport is what sowed the seeds of the legend of Ferrari. Ferrari’s charismatic personality, the commitment of the best engineers and racing pilots taking on a merciless fight, the cult that had grown up around V12 engines, the sculpted, feline, distinguished forms of the cars themselves, the nobility of racing which defined the very essence of the grand tourers, the cars’ exclusive nature that resulted from limited production runs and highquality performance all contributed to the special aura which was beginning to surround the brand.

Ferrari’s main accomplishment was not so much its accumulated F1 victories (in itself a major feat, considering how young the company was), so much as its ability to work on several programs at once. Following the defections of a number of leading builders, the sports authorities had decided that Formula Two was to take over from Formula One for the 1952 and 1953 World Championships. Ferrari saw it as an opportunity to inexpensively develop a single-seater derived from the F2 which was dominating the discipline. Beneath the bonnet of this new car was a 4-cylinder 2 L engine featuring a double overhead camshaft and a 185 hp twin-plug ignition system. This engine, designed by engineer Lampredi proved unfailingly reliable. Ferrari was therefore involved in competition events right at the very beginning.

The following years saw many ups and downs. The 1970s were difficult years for sports cars: oil prices increased, and speed limits were increasingly widespread. As far as racing was concerned, the Scuderia factory saw both victories and disappointments. Enzo Ferrari died on 14 August 1988. He is survived by what he created. He had long since passed over the running of the company to Fiat. Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was appointed CEO in 1991, heralding the start of a highly successful era – both from a sports perspective and in terms of sales. Following Jean Todt’s appointment as Sporting director in 1993, Ferrari won eight Constructors’ Championship titles and six World Drivers’ Championship titles, five with Michael Schumacher at the wheel. On 21 October 2015, Ferrari made the headlines for a completely different reason: it became a Wall Street listed company. A new chapter is just beginning.

FERRARI’S SHOW AT THE RETROMOBILE EXHIBITION

Retromobile pays tribute to Ferrari with eight exceptional cars, true sacred beasts on both the road and competition. Initially in the racing field the manufacturer has, over the time, become a reference in the industry and art of the automobile which made it known as a pioneer as much in design than performance.

The Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia sports race car on show has a golden pedigree. With its Touring bodywork, it won the first 24 hours of Le Mans to be staged after the Second World War in 1949. Luigi Chinetti – who had already won the race in 1932 and 1934 – drove the 166 MM for more than 22 hours, as part of a team with Lord Selsdon. On loan from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest Museum, the red racing car (number 22) marks the start of Ferrari’s supremacy at the 24 hours of Le Mans . Eight more victories were to follow up until 1965, six of which were consecutive (1960 to 1965).

The Ferrari 500 F2 is one such example: With two world titles in 1952 and 1953, this single-seater is the most decorated car in the brand’s whole history. It won 11 Grand Prix with Alberto Ascari at the wheel. With 14 victories under its belt out of a total of 15 races, the 500 F2’s superiority was absolute. The car was already an example of Enzo Ferrari’s forward-thinking and strategising approach.

The Ferrari 250 LM, the manufacturer’s first mid-engined saleable racer for the public. On loan from the Schlumpf Collection housed at the Mulhouse National Automobile Museum under the chassis number #5975 GT, this model featuring a 3.3 L V12 engine (275 LM) has the lowest mileage of the line and it has clocked up barely 1300 miles since it was delivered to its very first owner – Helge Pehrsson from Sweden. The real fake GT had never known the thrills of racing before becoming part of the Schlumpf collection in 1967. It was at around this time that the Schlumpf brothers acquired the 500 TRC two-seater MD TR (chassis number #0692), sold new to Adrian Conan Doyle. Much prized by private collectors – often amateurs themselves – this 1957 sports car was the last vehicle to feature Lampredi’s 4-cylinder engine. It is an important milestone in the family tree of sports cars: its chassis formed the basis of the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa which was to replace it in 1958.

La 250 GT Cabriolet « Série 1 » : The 250 family is without contest the most prolific and the most glorious. The 250 exposed will be a «Series 1” 250 GT Cabriolet designed by Pinin Farina as part of a close collaboration that had begun in 1951. With a chassis number of #1193 GT, this extremely elegant cabriolet is one of a very limited series of only thirty-seven vehicles that were built practically to measure in the Corso Trapani factories between 1957 and 1959.

The classical 250 GT Berlinetta : Ferrari was to unveil another masterpiece designed by its partner coach builder that year at the Paris Motor Show: the 250 GT Berlinetta, more frequently known as the SWB (which stood for Short Wheelbase). Built by Italian automobile designing coachbuilding company Carrozzeria Scaglietti, the 250 GT Passo Corto was produced in two versions: aluminum and steel.

The 275 GTB, one of the last Maranello GT to hold on to the front engine position : The Berlinetta who replaced the 250 GT Berlinetta in 1964 was once again the epitome of elegance it was also designed by Pininfarina which – starting in 1961 – was written as a single word (a move formally authorized by Italy’s president). The sign of a bygone era, red was in considerably less demand than it is today. The car on show is maroon; the first GTB sold in France in January 1965 was dark green.

 

Ferrari reveals its latest bespoke one-off: The SP 275 rw competizione

Posted: 21.12.2016 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 21 December 2016 – Designed under the direction of Ferrari’s Styling Centre with the collaboration of Pininfarina, the latest Ferrari one-off model, the SP 275 rw competizione, is built on the chassis of the F12berlinetta but equipped with the more powerful V12 engine and gearbox from the limited-series F12tdf.

Drawing inspiration from the 275 GTB, one of the most iconic front-engined V12 berlinettas of the 1960s, the SP 275 rw competizione features a thoroughly modern interpretation of some of the themes that give the 275 GTB its berlinetta connotation, such as the quest for the ultimate balance in proportions and the pure and curvaceous surface treatment. The stance of the car, particularly in the muscular transition from the rear three-quarter panel to the wheelarch was carefully refined with a slightly wider track to express potency over the rear wheels and confer a rakish attitude.

The characteristic front engine-bay vents of the 275 GTB are an evident styling cue, as is the adoption of the triple louvres in the three-quarter panel in place of the F12berlinetta’s B-post quarterlights. The louvres on the rear bumper, together with the pronounced nolder on the tail and milled aluminium fuel filler cap, recall instead the special competition-developed 275 GTB (chassis number 06885) that won the GT category in the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hour race, coming home an impressive third overall behind the winning 250 LM. The yellow paint scheme is also a tribute to that 275 GTB, echoing its Ecurie Francorchamps team colour.

The front features a closed perimeter Ferrari grille with a prominent yet smoothly integrated bonnet bulge, while the slim, vertically-stacked headlights and forged 20” alloys are unique to this car.

 

Ferrari Christmas, a time to look ahead

Posted: 19.12.2016 / Source: Ferrari

President Marchionne: “The team is giving its all”

Maranello, 19 December – “The team is giving its all and has a great will to win.” The words of President Sergio Marchionne rang out in determined fashion in the room that hosted the usual Christmastime meeting with the press. “We have restructured and I prefer to look to the future in a different way. I don’t regret the choices made, they were well thought out, so there’s no need to change ideas.” At the end of a season that was far from easy, the bosses at the Scuderia are, above all, thinking and looking to the year to come. “There are still many things missing,” added the President, “but the team is the team and it was put in place over a period of years and we’re not about to change it now. Our working practice is already different to what it was back in August, which is when Mattia Binotto took over the reins. The organizational change was also partly made to bring some calm. Put in the work and the results will come.”

Team Principal, Maurizio Arrivabene echoed the President’s sentiments. He thanked the Prancing Horse fans – “you have been very patient and we will do our utmost not to disappoint you” – and in replying to questions from the journalists, he immediately dismissed those who would describe Sebastian Vettel as being “demotivated.” “With Vettel and Raikkonen we have two world champions on our books. Sebastian was here yesterday, working in the simulator and he repeated the fact that he wants to win with Ferrari. It’s up to us to give them a car capable of doing that.”

And on the topic of that 2017 car, which will be officially launched on 24th February, it was the turn of the Scuderia’s Chief Technical Officer, Mattia Binotto to say a few words. “There are so many changes to the rules relating to aerodynamics. We will see cars that are much quicker through the corners, under acceleration and in braking. There is nothing to say that we here in Maranello cannot build such a car…It’s just a matter of time. What we lacked on occasions this year was the ability to react quickly. We must be able to introduce new solutions before the others do.”

And with that goal, the work does not stop, not even during the holiday period.

 

World Premiere of the Ferrari J50

Posted: 13.12.2016 / Source: Ferrari

Tokyo, 13 December 2016 – During a special celebration held at the National Art Center in Tokyo to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan, Ferrari revealed a new strictly limited series of bespoke cars, the J50.

The Ferrari J50 is a two-seater, mid-rear-engined roadster that marks a return to the targa body style evocative of several well-loved Ferrari road cars of the 1970s and 1980s. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team in Maranello, just 10 examples of the J50 will be built and, in the spirit of Ferrari’s fuori serie tradition, each one will be tailored specifically to the customer’s requirements.

Based on the 488 Spider, the J50 is powered by a specific 690 cv version of the 3.9-litre V8 that won the overall International Engine of the Year Award this year.

The bodywork is all new and heralds a radically futuristic design language, with a highly distinctive personality that suits the tastes of a clientele that seeks the utmost in innovative styling. The design approach was led by the desire to create a very low-slung roadster, encapsulating intrinsic Ferrari values of nimbleness and agility. To achieve this, a strong dynamic was imprinted on the flank of the car by the converging interplay between two main guiding lines: the slanted top edge of the side window, continuous with the windscreen, and the raked black swage line which dramatically rises from the low-set nose until it vanishes in the air intake aft of the doors.

While the “helmet visor” effect, which spawns from the window graphic, is reminiscent of Ferrari’s open competition barchettas going as far back as the 1950s, the black dividing line is a novel interpretation of a recurring Ferrari styling cue seen on iconic models such as the GTO, F40 and F50. Circling around the front of the car below knee height, it is a key element which alters the perception of the beltline, setting it at a much lower height than usual, transforming the J50 into a barchetta.

The bonnet section is lower at the centre with raised wheelarch crests giving the emphasized muscularity typical of Ferrari mid-engined sports cars. Two carbon-fibre air channels in the front bonnet create an even more diminutive and sharper looking front mass underlined by the full LED headlights that feature a specific and very dynamic profile.

The J50 benefits from detailed aerodynamic development with a number of significant functional solutions. Firstly, the radiators have been positioned closer together, and the front bumper has been completely redesigned. The windscreen header rail has been lowered allowing more airflow over the aero foil and thus over the rear spoiler.

The sophisticated tail section is dominated by the artful interplay of graphic design themes and three-dimensional elements. The engine is framed by a transparent polycarbonate cover which is intricately shaped to provide a visual extension of the two separate roll hoops protecting the heads of driver and passenger. A transverse aero foil projects as a bridge between the hoops, effectively revisiting one of the most distinctive features of Ferrari sports prototypes of the 1960s.

The rear is decidedly aggressive in nature, with the quad taillight design widening the car visually under a high-downforce wing profile. The rear diffuser features an extractor shape inspired by jet engine afterburners, giving the car a powerful stance. 20” forged rims of unique design were crafted specifically for this limited-edition model.

Inside the cabin, specific trim adorns the sports seats, echoing the design of the rear bonnet contour to provide a unmistakable signature feature. The carbon-fibre hard targa top is divided into two pieces which stow conveniently behind the seats.

The J50 presented at the launch in Tokyo is finished in a special shade of three-layer red with a red-over-black interior trimmed in fine leather and Alcantara.

 

Ferrari unveils the 488 Challenge at the World Finals in Daytona

Posted: 04.12.2016 / Source: Ferrari

Daytona, 4 December 2016 – The Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona this weekend saw the unveiling of the latest model to join the ranks of Ferrari’s prestigious international Challenge racing series for clients. The 488 Challenge is the sixth model to participate in the one-make series which, in 2017, celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Since the announcement of the racing series in 1992, there have already been over 1000 races, with over 1000 drivers taking part in up to three series organised on three continents. Over the years, the Ferrari Challenge has proved to be an ideal platform for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships, and an impressive number have gone on to win in Grand-Am, IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship, ELMS an even the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 488 Challenge is the first ever turbo-charged model to race and is the most powerful Challenge car ever, powered by the 670 cv 3.9-litre V8 derived from the series production engine that took the overall 2016 International Engine of the Year Award.

Thanks to extensive development of the car’s engine, aerodynamics and chassis, the 488 Challenge reaches new levels of performance, chopping a second off the Fiorano lap time of the preceding 458 Challenge EVO for a new record of 1’15.5”.

Compared to the production 488 GTB V8, the Challenge’s powertrain features specific engine mapping, optimised for racing performance, and shorter gear ratios providing up to an 11.6% increase in acceleration out of turns compared to the naturally-aspirated 458 Challenge EVO. The F1 DCT transmission features a new racing shift strategy which enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to maximum revs in 4th gear in just six seconds. Further improvements include a reduction in overall powertrain weight, with 19.7 kg being shaved off the engine and a further 8.5 kg off the exhaust system.

Ferrari’s patented Slip Slip Angle Control software makes its first ever appearance on a Challenge car, improving the longitudinal acceleration through bends by 4.2%. A further significant development is the decoupling of the manettino function regulating the electronic vehicle dynamic controls. Rather than a single manettino intervening on all aspects of the software, the functions have been separated into two, either side of the steering wheel. The right-hand manettino (TC1) governs the level of intervention required based on the levels of grip, while the left-hand one (TC2) controls the degree of intensity of intervention. The result is a more tailored degree of integration between the driver and the car, governing when and how torque is delivered to the rear wheels and enhancing the performance of the car and the driver’s consistency.

The most noticeable changes to the 488 Challenge compared to the production car regard the aerodynamics. To achieve the technical objective of increasing the car’s aero efficiency while respecting the design, the engineers worked closely with the Ferrari Styling Centre. The front radiator layout was reworked, inverting the rake so that they are now inclined towards the rear. This solution improves the air flow over the radiators in racing conditions whilst, at the same time, reducing drag. The new layout required new vents at the bottom of the bumper ahead of the wheels.

The front bumper itself has been completely redesigned with a more pronounced splitter and flicks to increase downforce and balance the rear load, for a 7% improvement in efficiency compared to the 458 Challenge EVO.

The front bonnet is all new with triple vents and integrated flaps to direct the hot airflow from the radiators rearwards. To increase stability at high speeds, the 488 Challenge features a bigger rear wing, with an air foil similar to that used on the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship-winning 488 GTE, which alone increases efficiency by 9% compared to the 458 Challenge EVO.

The intakes on the rear flanks now take cooling air to the rear brakes, optimising downforce, while the engine air intakes are now positioned laterally under the rear spoiler, taking advantage of the high pressure generated in this area.

 

One-of-a-kind LaFerrari raises $7Million to benefit Central Italy

Posted: 04.12.2016 / Source: Ferrari

Daytona Beach, FL (4 December 2016) – Last night, a prized LaFerrari was sold at auction for $7 Million to benefit the reconstruction of Central Italy in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes of 2016. The auction was held in conjunction with RM Sotheby’s and in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund. The price achieved represents a record for the most valuable 21st Century automobile ever sold at auction.

All proceeds from the auction will go toward the reconstruction efforts in the areas affected by the earthquake. RM Sotheby’s has graciously donated their expertise to raise the highest amount possible. The decision to donate a LaFerrari from the company’s own collection for this cause was announced on August 31st 2016 on the occasion of the bilateral talks between the Italian and German governments that took place at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

The LaFerrari boasts a unique livery with a distinctly Italian theme: a red exterior with a white dream line on the hood and rear windshield. A small Italian flag on the hood serves as a reminder that this is a gift by Ferrari to its home country. The car will also feature a commemorative plaque.

 

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