Pier Guidi debuts among champions – The new official driver introduced at the Competizioni GT awards ceremony
Posted: 19.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 19 February 2017 – The Fiorano Circuit was the venue for a gala evening with a twist on Saturday night, with the awards ceremony for drivers and teams that won GT races at the wheel of a Ferrari in 2016.Alessandro Pier Guidi appeared as a surprise guest after having signed a contract that afternoon to become an official Ferrari driver. In 2017 the 32 year-old from Piedmont will compete in the World Endurance Championship at the wheel of the 488 GTE no. 51 of the AF Corse team of Amato Ferrari.
Champions’ Parade. Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Enrico Galliera, welcomed guests to Fiorano along with five official Ferrari Competizioni GT drivers: Davide Rigon, Andrea Bertolini, James Calado, Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander, who recently won the Bathurst 12 Hour with the 488 GT3 of Maranello Motorsport. Almost 40 drivers and as many representatives of Ferrari customer teams paraded on stage to be celebrated by Maranello for winning 34 titles with five different cars: the 458 Challenge EVO, the 458 Italia GTE and GT3 and the 488 GTE and GT3. The two 488s were also on display and certainly drew the attention of drivers and team managers ahead of the 2017 season which promises to be as intense as ever.
World title. The event ended with a tribute to the 2016 season of the World Endurance Championship that saw Ferrari retake the Constructors’ title in the GT class after a break of just one year. That was when Alessandro Pier Guidi was invited on stage and had the chance to speak for the first time as an official Prancing Horse driver:”Racing with Ferrari is every driver’s dream, especially if you are Italian. In my career I have already been lucky enough to win several races with the 360 Modena, the F430, and the 458 Italia and I feel very proud to try to win the next ones with the 488 GTE as an official standard-bearer. I am very happy.”
Welcome Alessandro - Pier Guidi joins Ferrari as official driver
Posted: 19.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 19 February 2017 – Ferrari has reached a technical and racing agreement with Alessandro Pier Guidi. The Italian driver will compete in the 2017 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) pairing up with James Calado in the 488 GTE no. 51 managed on the track by the AF Corse team.
Pier Guidi will thus join the other official Ferrari GT race drivers.
Alessandro Pier Guidi was born in Tortona on 18 December 1983 and for over 10 years has been one of the top drivers on the GT racing scene. He has over 200 races under his belt with more than 30 victories, the most prominent being the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona in the GTD class at the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia.
Read the extended version of Alessandro’s racing bio.
Alessandro Pier Guidi was born on 18 December 1983 in Tortona, Piedmont. He began racing in karts as a child and made his debut in a single-seater in 2002, competing in Formula Renault Italia with the Birel Formula team.
He debuted in GT racing competitions in 2005 for Playteam for which he drove a Ferrari 360 Modena GTC in GT championships in Spain and Italy. Paired with Giambattista Giannoccaro in the Spanish series he won at Jarama, Valencia, Estoril and Barcelona, while in Italy he triumphed at Misano, Magione and Mugello with Toni Vilander. In early 2006 he also won the Mil Milhas Brasil race at Interlagos with Giannoccaro and Vilander.Again with Playteam in that same year, paired with Michael Bartyan, he competed in the International GT Open (winning at Monza, Magny-Cours and Barcelona) and in the Spanish GT (wins at Jarama and Albacete) with the new F430 GTC. During the winter he also took part in four single-seater races in the A1 Grand Prix.
In 2007 he drove intermittently in the FIA GT in the GT1 class for Maserati with which in four years he won a race at Zolder and two podiums in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. In 2008, he returned to the single-seater taking part in the Formula Superleague in which he took three third places for Galatasaray. Again with Maserati he competed in a number of races in the GT4 class also winning the 6 Hours of Vallelunga in 2010 alongside Andrea Bertolini.
In 2011 he returned to the wheel of a Ferrari triumphing in the Barcelona race of the International GT Open in the F430 of Vittoria Competizioni paired with Juan Manuel Lopez. The following year he won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in the Pro-Am class in the new 458 Italia GT3 of AF Corse with Louis Machiels, Niek Hommerson and Bertolini, while at the end of the year he emerged victorious in the 6 Hours of Vallelunga with the 458 Italia GT3 of Estamotorsport alongside Alessandro Balzan and Alexander Skryabin.
Alessandro's most prestigious win was in 2014 when he was a member of the crew that triumphed at the 24 Hours of Daytona at the wheel of the 458 Italia of Level 5 Motorsports with Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler, Scott Tucker and Jeff Segal. In the same year he competed in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with the 458 Italia GTE of Team Ukraine winning the 4 Hours of Silverstone in the GTC class alongside Andrii Kruglyk and Sergey Chukanov.
In 2015 he teamed up in the European Le Mans Series with Alexander Talkanitsa father and son winning the race at Imola. He took the laurels again in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in the Pro-Am class at the wheel of the 458 Italia GT3 of AF Corse with Stephane Lemeret, Gianmaria Bruni and Pasin Lathouras. In 2016 he competed in three continents with various Ferrari customer teams and made his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside Bruni and James Calado in the 488 GTE of AF Corse.
Gianmaria Bruni to leave Ferrari
Posted: 19.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 19 February 2017 – Ferrari and Gianmaria Bruni announce that, by mutual consent, they have early terminated their relationship.
After a collaboration started in 2007, Bruni will leave Ferrari at the end of June of this year.
Ferrari thanks Gianmaria Bruni for his professional contribution and wishes him the best of luck for his new challenges.
Posted: 16.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Most powerful ever 800 cv production engine
Maranello, 16 February 2017 – Ferrari has selected the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show for the world premiere of the new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history. This new car not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but is also particularly significant as the V12 series marked the official start of the glorious Prancing Horse story in 1947, 70 years ago this year. The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. It is aimed at clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range: an uncompromising sports car that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be comfortable enough to allow its owners enjoy it as an all-round experience.
Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine that unleashes 800 cv, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the mid-front-engined sports car segment, achieving maximum power output at 8,500 rpm, which translates to a specific power output of 123 cv/l. Figures that no other front-engined production car has ever even come near to delivering and which ensure the kind of thrilling top-end performance that is the exclusive characteristic of Ferrari’s noble V12 heritage. The engine’s power is underscored by a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by its increased displacement. Maximum torque is 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving both driveability and pick-up even at low revs. These performance levels were achieved in part by adopting a 350 bar direct injection system for the very first time on a high-performance engine and pairing it with variable geometry intake tracts conceptually derived from those of naturally-aspirated F1 engines. The 812 Superfast’s dual-clutch transmission has specific gear ratios which, combined with shorter up and down-shifting times between gears, sharpen throttle response still further.
The 812 Superfast is equipped with leading-edge control systems and components, resulting in unparalleled handling and roadholding. It’s the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering) which, in accordance with Ferrari’s uncompromising engineering approach, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car’s performance and, through the complete integration with all the electronic vehicle dynamics controls – including the latest 5.0 version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SSC) – make its powerful performance easier to handle and even more thrilling to exploit. The vehicle controls also feature, for the first time, the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, following the experience gained with the F12tdf, features a further evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times even further.
Styling and aerodynamics
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new 812 Superfast redefines the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris, underlining the car’s exceptional performance with very sporty lines and proportions. Seen in silhouette, the 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 of 1969. The design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterised by impressively muscular wheelarches which imbue the 812 Superfast with the power and aggression warranted by its imposing V12. Full-LED headlights integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the bonnet also emphasise that front muscle, integrating with, and wrapping around the front wheelarch. At the rear, four round tail-lights inspired by Ferrari tradition emphasise a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and cabin. As with all Ferraris, style and aerodynamic function are seamlessly integrated to produce innovative solutions and forms. Two examples are the multi-functional frontal section, which incorporates a cluster of aerodynamic solutions including active flaps at the front of the underbody, and the rear flank which features an unprecedented aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce. The car is being launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta, which marks the company’s 70th anniversary.
The interior of the 812 Superfast has been revisited in line with the more extreme exterior whilst maintaining unaltered the exceptional on-board comfort and space that Ferrari’s front-engined V12 berlinettas have always offered. The cabin has been given a sportier, more radical look with the main elements seeming to float, creating an effect of both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance. The horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural look. New, more sporty and ergonomic seats feature alongside the new HMI, including new steering wheel and instrument clusters and the latest infotainment and air-conditioning units.
812 Superfast – Technical Specifications
Type V12 – 65°
Overall displacement 6,496 cc
Maximum power output * 588 kW (800 cv) at 8,500 rpm
Maximum torque * 718 Nm at 7,000 rpm
Weight and dimensions
Length 4,657 mm
Width 1,971 mm
Height 1,276 mm
Dry weight** 1,525 kg
Weight distribution 47-53% front/rear
Maximum speed >340 Km/h
0-100 km/h 2.9 sec
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions ***
Fuel consumption 14,9 l/100km
Emissions 340g CO2/km
* With 5 cv ram effect
**With lightweight optionals
*** Under homologation. ECE+EUDC with standard HELE system
Posted: 05.02.2017 / Source: Event website
The #88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 of Toni Vilander, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes has secured victory in the 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The final hour was nothing short of intense for the front-runners of the field, full of drama, crashes and more for a number of the top four. See below for more details.
Taking victory in the classes were the #88 (Liqui-Moly GT3 Pro-Pro), the #12 Competition Motorsports powered by Ice Break Porsche (BRM Watches GT3 Pro-AM), the #912 Walkinshaw GT3 Porsche (Rydges Bathurst GT3 AM), the #21 Steve Richards Motorsport Porsche (myPlates Class B GT3), the #91 MARC Cars Australia Focus V8 (Racer Industries Class I) and the #19 PROsport Performance Porsche Cayman PRO (Avis Class C).
FULL DAY WRAP TO COME, FOR DETAILS ON HOW THE LAST HOUR UNFOLDED, PLEASE READ ON:
As the twelfth and final hour kicked off, the #12 Competition Motorsports powered by Ice Break Porsche was handed a drive through penalty for the contact with the #32 JBS Australia Lago Racing Lamborghini at the close of the eleventh hour. Serving the penalty from third on the road, the #12 was thought to now be out of contention.
Meanwhile, things were getting hot on and off the track, with the #29 Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini catching fire in its pit stop. The fire crew acted quickly to put it out and send the car on its way.
It was about this time, that the battle for the win really got down to brass tacks. With 59 minutes to go, Jamie Whincup pitted the #88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari from the lead for fuel and tyres.
This saw the #22 take the lead with Shane van Gisbergen at the wheel, with a 53.76second gap over the now second-placed Whincup.
With 55 minutes to go, it was the #17 Bentley’s turn to pit, taking on fuel and tyres, and he would need no further stops. Meanwhile, the #22 was driving hard as van Gisbergen looked to establish the best gap he could before his pit stop, which came with 45 minutes left on the clock. The #22 team elected to not change tyres to save time, with van Gisbergen re-joining the track some 350m ahead of Whincup.
It was well and truly ‘on’ at this point, with Whincup getting the tow through Conrod Straight to make a move on his Red Bull Racing Virgin Australia Supercars team-mate, and after some argy bargy between the two it was Whincup that would emerge at the front, quickly establishing a gap.
Moments later, gasps were elicited around the track when van Gisbergen came into contact with the rear of the #51 IMAK Kwikmit Porsche, putting it into the wall hard at turn 22. This called out the 15th safety car for the Bathurst 12 Hour race and turned the attention of race control to the #22.
On the restart with 20 minutes left to run, the #22 was given a drive through penalty for driver conduct, but it wouldn’t matter – just moments later van Gisbergen would make a mistake and spin himself hard into the wall to put himself and the #22 out of the race.
The 16th and record-breaking safety car was called to retrieve the #22, with the restart coming with just five minutes and one lap left to run.
Whincup controlled the field ahead of Matt Campbell in the #12 Porsche – once again in with a shot. However, there was nothing he could do with Whincup driving a faultless race to control the final laps and take victory.
Aside from the #22, the only other entry penalised in the last hour was the #1 Tekno Autosports McLaren, for driving over a wheel nut during a pit stop.
Posted: 04.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Bathurst, 4 February 2017 – Maranello Motorsport’s Ferrari 488 GT3 has taken pole position for this weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hour. In Saturday’s qualifying session, international Ferrari factory driver Toni Vilander set the fastest lap of the Shootout with his Ferrari 488 GT3 recording the only ‘two’ of the outing – 2m 2.0861s – around Mount Panorama Circuit.
“Overall the lap was pretty good. I thought I had it under control but, overall it was a good lap. It’s not an easy form of qualifying, the shoot-out. There is some extra pressure. You wait those three long hours to get there and you don’t really know what to expect,” said Vilander. “The track itself is one of the best in the world. It’s cool to be back here, in the past with the Ferrari 458 this year with the 488.”
Drivers. Toni Vilander will share his car this weekend with acclaimed Australian drivers, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup. The only Ferrari in the field, the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 dominated the qualifying session, with Toni Vilander shooting to the pole position early in the session.
Schedule. The Bathurst 12Hour will go green on Sunday, February 5 at 05:00 AM AEDT with coverage beginning at 5:45:00 AM AEDT on 7TWO.
Posted: 03.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Second and final day of data correlation testing
Fiorano, 3 February – There was a second day of testing at the Fiorano circuit today, with a programme based on correlating simulator data with that gathered on track. Sharing the driving duties on the “standard” SF15-T were Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, who was behind the wheel in the morning and Kimi Raikkonen, who took over for the afternoon. The weather was far from ideal, especially when Kimi was driving, with the Finn having to deal with rain as well as strong winds. Nevertheless, he still completed several runs.
Ferrari will be back on track next week, on 9th and 10th February, again at Fiorano, when it will be evaluating Pirelli’s wet weather tyres.
Posted: 03.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Bathurst, 3 February 2017 – Just one week after the 24 Hours of Daytona, official Ferrari driver Toni Vilander is in Bathurst, Australia, to compete in one of the most prestigious 12 Hours of the season. Indeed there will be a Ferrari present on Sunday at the Mount Panorama circuit.
The team. The 488 GT3 of Mark Coffey’s Maranello Motorsport will be there. In 2014 this team gave the Prancing Horse its first and only victory in the Australian classic founded in 1991. The team based in Richmond, Virginia, triumphed three years ago with a 458 Italia driven by former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo with Australians John Bowe, Peter Edwards and Craig Lowndes.
Drivers. This is Toni Vilander’s debut in the Bathurst 12 Hour. The Finn will team up with two greats of Australian motorsport both from Melbourne. One is Craig Lowndes, 42, a winner with Ferrari in 2014, whose first victory was 1994 when he was the new Australian Formula Ford champion. He has also won one V8 Supercars and two Australian Touring Car Championships. Jamie Whincup will complete the trio making his debut at Bathurst and with Ferrari. The 33 year old has six wins to his name in the V8 Supercars championship and the 2002 Australian Formula Ford.
The track. The 6.2-kilometre long Mount Panorama track, considered one of the most difficult in the world, has been dubbed “Blue Hell”, just like the “Green Hell” of the old Nürburgring. Ferrari won the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2014, but has two other victories to its credit on this circuit. The first was in 1968 with Australia’s Bill Brown at the wheel of a 350 P4 of Scuderia Veloce. The most recent was in 2015 in the Prodsport championship with the 458 Italia of DeFelice Homes crewed by Tony DeFelice and the Dane Benny Simonsen.
Programme. The Bathurst 12 Hour will begin with free practices on Friday, which will be followed by qualifying on Saturday. The race will start at 5:45 am on Sunday morning, Australian time (7:45 pm CET on Saturday) and will end at the stroke of the twelfth hour. It will be livestreamed at www.Bathurst12Hours.com.au.
Posted: 02.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 2 February 2017 – The Fiorano circuit provided the backdrop for Antonio Giovinazzi’s track debut with Ferrari, when he got behind the wheel of an SF15-T today. As from the 2017 racing season, Antonio has come onboard at Scuderia Ferrari as its third driver. He ran a test programme, approved by the FIA, aimed at making a comparison between data acquired in the simulator and on track. Once he had finished for the day he said, “it was a wonderful feeling, as this was my first time driving a Formula 1 car. For an Italian, driving out of the pits in a Ferrari is an amazing experience. The actual testing was very interesting, with so many procedures to follow. But the guys in the team were very nice to me and extremely helpful and that made everything much easier. I’d like to thank the whole team.” As permitted within the rules relating to off-season testing, the 2015 car will be running again tomorrow.
Posted: 01.02.017 / Source: Ferrari
Paris, February 1st, 2017 – The Jury of the International Automobile Festival, chaired by internationally renowned architect, Jean Michel Wilmotte, awarded the Ferrari GTC4Lusso “The Most Beautiful Supercar of the Year” Grand Prize. This represents the first European award of the year for this car.
During the opening ceremony of the Festival in the prestigious site of les Invalides at Paris, Flavio Manzoni, Senior Vice President, Ferrari Design, received the award in front of 600 guests. Flavio Manzoni declared: “I’m very proud and honored to accept this very prestigious award on behalf of Ferrari and the team at the Ferrari Styling Centre. The Ville Lumière is a symbol of elegance and beauty which encapsulates the very essence of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso.”
The GTC4Lusso will be on display at the Festival until the 5th of February.
Posted: 26.01.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Daytona Beach, 26 January 2017 – Ferrari 488 GT3s have taken over the front row of the GT-Daytona field for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona. In GT-Le Mans class the 488 GTE of team Risi Competizione took fourth place.
GTD, a family affair. In Thursday’s qualifying session, Alessandro Pier Guidi drove the No. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 to pole position with a time of 1:47.099 around the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway. Pier Guidi, who won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2014 in a Ferrari 458 Italia, will share his car this weekend with Peter Mann, Rino Mastronardi, Maurizio Mediani and Ferrari factory driver Davide Rigon. A scant 0.018 of a second behind Pier Guidi was the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Alessandro Balzan. Balzan, who is the defending IMSA GT-Daytona champion with Christina Nielsen, will share the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari in this weekend’s race with Nielsen, Ferrari factory driver Sam Bird, and Matteo Cressoni. The two Ferrari 488 GT3s dominated the qualifying session, with Pier Guidi shooting to the pole position early in the session and Balzan quickly following into second place.
GTLM. In qualifying for the GT-Le Mans class, Toni Vilander drove the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE to fourth position with a late flying lap. Vilander, who set 1’44”123 makes up the lineup of full Ferrari factory drivers in the Risi Competizione Ferrari which includes James Calado and Giancarlo Fisichella.
Schedule. The day schedule was completed with a session of night practice, while tomorrow there’s another session of free practice in the morning. The 24 Hours of Daytona will go green on Saturday, January 28 at 2:30 PM EST with coverage beginning at 2:00 PM EST on FOX.
Posted: 26.01.2017 / Source: Ferrari
Daytona Beach, 26 Jan 2017 – Ferrari is back at Daytona just over a month after the success of the first Finali Mondiali ever held in America. In December, the Prancing Horse was there essentially to celebrate the marque together with customers and American fans. However, this time the aim is to beat the many other manufacturers at the legendary 24 Hours that opens the IMSA SportsCar Championship season and, in effect, the intense season of GT racing.
GLTM.Three Ferraris will be racing in two categories 50 years after the famous clean sweep of 1967. The 488 GTE of Risi Competizione, owned by Giuseppe Risi, will race in the GTLM class with an all-official crew of Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella, who will compete in the entire American championship season. James Calado will join them to reform the trio that won the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the last race of the 2016 season. The competition will be tough, with US cars keen to do well at home. It will also be the debut race for some new models, just like the 488 GTE a year ago.
GTD.Two 488 GT3s will be involved in the GTD class. Anticipation is high for the Scuderia Corsa car, with Denmark’s Christina Nielsen and Italy’s Alessandro Balzan seeking another championship win. Matteo Cressoni and Sam Bird, the Prancing Horse’s official GT racing driver, will crew the car of Giacomo Mattioli’s team in the 24 Hours. Spirit of Race will field the other 488 GT3, in the hands of the great gentleman driver Peter Mann. Maurizio Mediani, Rino Mastronardi, Alessandro Pier Guidi and official Maranello driver Davide Rigon will support Mann who is famous for his blue cars. This top-level crew will also include a past winner of the race. In fact, Alessandro Pier Guidi was a member of the crew that triumphed in the GTD class in 2014 at the wheel of the 458 Italia of Level 5 Motorsports.
History.Ferrari has twice been overall winner of the 24 Hours. The first time was in 1967 with the official 330 P4 of Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon, when there was the famous one-two-three overall finish and a Ferrari hat-trick on the podium. Then in 1998 the 333 SP-Moretti Doran Racing team won with Arie Luyendyk, Didier Theys, Mauro Baldi and Gianpiero Moretti. There have also been eight class victories, most recently the already mentioned one of 2014 in the GTD with Segal-Pier Guidi-Bell-Tucker-Sweedler on the Level 5 Motorsports 458 Italia. However, there have been another 11 wins not obtained in 24 hours. The first came in 1959, in the USAC series, with Santiago Gonzalez and Skip Hudson in a 250 GT for the Hans Hirch team. We also shouldn’t forget the triumph in the 6 Hours of 1972 by the 312 PB Scuderia Ferrari with Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx.
Programme. The long weekend at Daytona kicks off on Thursday with the free practice sessions followed by qualifying at 3:10 pm local time (9:10 pm CET) for the GTLM class and at 3.35 pm (9:35 pm CET) for the GTD. On Friday there is another practice session before the race starts at 2:30 pm local time (8:30 pm CET). The conclusion is of course scheduled for the same time on Sunday.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.