Ferrari Racing Days – Over 100 Ferrari cars thrill COTA

Posted: 12.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Austin, 12 March 2018 – Over 100 Ferrari race cars took to the Circuit of the Americas from March 8 – 12 for the annual North American stop of Ferrari Racing Days. A packed schedule featured six Ferrari Challenge races over the course of the weekend (a first for Ferrari Challenge in North America) alongside lapping sessions for F1 Clienti and XX Programmes participants as well as lapping sessions for owners in their Ferrari street cars. This edition of Ferrari Racing Days was headlined, however, by the on-track debut of the FXX-K EVO. Delivered to three clients during the weekend, the car equipped with the new kit immediately impressed all in attendance with its aggressive aerodynamics, excellent sound, and incredible performance.

FXX-K EVO. The Ferrari FXX-K EVO was the most admired car of the weekend. Boasting 23% more downforce than the FXX-K and over 1,000 horsepower, the EVO immediately established itself as the class of the XX Programme. Three FXX-K EVO packages were delivered to clients at the Circuit of the Americas, in a special presentation by Ferrari North America President Matteo Torre.

F1 Clienti and XX Programmes. Ten Ferrari Formula 1 cars took to the track over the course of this four-day celebration, from a 1995 412 T2, to the F138 from 2013. In fact, this was the first time that this particular F138, Alonso’s car from the 2013 season, took to the track. The sound of the car’s V8 powerplant recalled the first Formula 1 races at Circuit of the Americas, the first of which was in 2012. Twenty-one XX Programmes cars also took to the track in sessions dedicated to these racing evolutions of Ferrari street cars. In addition to the three FXX-K EVOs, there were cars representing the full breadth of the XX Programmes, starting with the Ferrari Enzo-based FXX. There were also eight 599XX and 599XX EVO cars who put on quite a display with their front-mounted V12s and front exit exhausts. The balance of the field was made up of the Ferrari LaFerrari based FXX-K in what was by far the largest ever gathering of these cars in North America.

Ferrari Challenge. Six races featuring over sixty Ferrari Challenge cars took place on Saturday and Sunday, including over forty 488 Challenge race cars. Drivers were eager to impress their F1 Clienti and XX Programmes colleagues. and perhaps at times became somewhat over-exuberant, with several safety car periods breaking up the action. In all, however, the Challenge competitors acquitted themselves remarkably well, promising a thrilling competition throughout the year to crown a champion. There were nine different winners over the weekend.

Schedule. Ferrari Challenge will next take to the track at the world-famous Laguna Seca on May 4 – 6 while the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes cars will make their way to the undulating corners of Road Atlanta for a weekend of testing followed by travelling to Imola for a special event on April 20 – 22.


Ferrari Challenge NA – Nine different winners at COTA

Posted: 12.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Austin, 12 March 2018 – The largest ever field for Ferrari Challenge in North America arrived to the capitol of Texas this past weekend when sixty-four 488 Challenge and 458 Challenge EVO race cars descended on the Circuit of the Americas. The occasion was of course Ferrari Racing Days, and while drivers reveled in the added excitement, the racing action of Ferrari Challenge took center stage.

Changing weather. A contrast in weather between Race-1 and Race-2 led to dramatically different driving conditions. While Saturday was hot, with intense, direct sun, Sunday’s stage for Race-2 was blustery and much cooler. Even the most fit of drivers faced the added difficulty of maintaining focus through the thirty minute duration of Race-1. The cooler temperatures of Sunday were certainly much appreciated for drivers and fans alike.

Trofeo Pirelli/Trofeo Pirelli AM Race-1. Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) carried on his domination at the Circuit of the Americas after taking victory in last year’s races as well. Thats not to say, however, that this was a straightforward win. Peter Ludwig (Wide World of Cars) pushed Cooper the whole way and finished only three tenths of a second back, while also setting the fastest race lap. By the end of Race-1, it became clear that these two drivers are going to continue to be championship rivals in the Trofeo Pirelli class for the duration of the season. Benjamin Hites (The Collection) rounded out the podium. In the Trofeo Pirelli AM class, Rob Hodes (Ferrari of Washington) was able to build a four second lead over Dave Musial (Lake Forest Sportscars) as he crossed the stripe, with Murray Rothlander (Ferrari of Vancouver) a further thirteen seconds back. Attrition in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class was significant, with four cars retiring due to incidents of one sort or another.

Trofeo Pirelli/Trofeo Pirelli AM Race-2. All of the tension that built up through Race-1 came to a sudden and dramatic halt in Race-2 as Peter and Cooper collided in the famous Turn 1 at the Circuit. In an overly optimistic attempt, Peter made use of the inviting and wide entry to the corner, but misjudged his braking point and speared into Cooper’s 488 Challenge car. Both drivers were fine, but also clearly frustrated with the result. This seemed to leave the door open for Chris Cagnazzi and his Ferrari of Long Island entry to march towards the checkered flag. However, it was not to be. As Chris attempted to power out of the final corner, a moment of oversteer proved to be too much to control, as the car rotated and speared into a concrete wall. Benjamin Hites (The Collection) took his maiden victory in Ferrari Challenge, while Naveen Rao (Ferrari of San Diego) and Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) took second and third respectively. In Trofeo Pirelli AM, Murray Rothlander (Ferrari of Vancouver) took the top step on the podium in a depleted class. Three AM cars did not make the start due to the damage sustained from the previous day. Ross Chouest (Ferrari of Palm Beach) took second and Rob Hodes (Ferrari of Washington) cemented his championship charge with a third place finish.

Coppa Shell/Coppa Shell AM Race-1. Thomas Tippl (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) claimed victory in Race-1 for the Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell AM classes on Saturday. Thomas took advantage of chaos behind him to build a gap that he would never relinquish. Michael Fassbender (Ferrari North America) pulled off a decisive and aggressive pass on Geoff Palermo in the middle of COTA’s esses to claim second, his second podium of the season. While he was able to eat into Thomas’ lead quite significantly, he ultimately ran out of time to make a pass stick. Palermo (Ferrari of San Francisco) finished third, challenged by Mark Fuller (Ferrari of Westlake) in forth. In Coppa Shell AM, Brian Simon (Cauley Ferrari), Dale Katechis (Miller Motorcars) and Kevan Millstein (Ferrari of San Diego) made up the podium.

Coppa Shell/Coppa Shell AM Race-2. In what was a carbon replica of the Race-1 podium on Saturday, Thomas Tippl (Ferrari of Beverly Hills), Michael Fassbender (Ferrari North America) and Geoff Palermo (Ferrari of San Francisco) climbed onto the same steps of the podium as before. However, while Race-1 was a tense affair with close battles at the very front of the field, in Race-2, Thomas was able to open a larger gap that Michael could never close. The two ultimately finished over nine seconds apart, with Geoff a further three seconds behind that. In Coppa Shell AM, John Megrue (Ferrari of Long Island) validated his Daytona performance with the win, while Kevan Millstein (Ferrari of San Diego) and Brian Simon (Cauley Ferrari) completed the podium.

458 Challenge EVO Race-1. James Walker (Ferrari of Houston) piloted his 458 Challenge EVO machine to victory on Saturday, setting a circuit record for this car along the way with a 2:16.127 second lap. Running last on a jam packed schedule, the 458 drivers benefited from slightly cooler conditions and a smaller grid to enjoy a race uninterrupted by caution periods. While James had a relatively straightforward race, the battle raged behind him with Trevor Baek (Ron Tonkin) taking the second step on the podium over Danny Baker (Ferrari of Palm Beach). Lisa Clark (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) took the Ladies Cup.

458 Challenge EVO Race-2. Martin Burroues made dramatic improvement on his fourth place finish in Race-1 to take victory in Race-2. The Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale driver finished just over a second clear of James Walker (Ferrari of Houston) and Francesco Piovanetti (Ferrari of Ft Lauderdale). Trevor Baek (Ron Tonkin) was demoted to forth position, in a closely fought battle with Francesco.


XX Programmes – The Evo kit makes its debut on three FXX Ks in Austin

Posted: 11.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Austin, 11 March 2018 – This weekend saw the official debut of the Evo kit, unveiled for the first time in November during the Finali Mondiali at Mugello. The new kit has been fitted on three cars, while the first FXX K Evo native cars are expected later in the Corse Clienti season.

Aerodynamic evolution. The most prominent feature of the new kit is the improved aerodynamics, the result of over a year’s work in the wind tunnel, with an increase in downforce thanks to the use of a new twin-profile fixed wing. The two bumpers, front underbody and exhaust pipe have also been revised.

Even better performance. The design of the front brake air intakes has been modified in line with the increased performance of the Evo version of the FXX K, while all data from the new telemetry system are shown on the display inside the passenger compartment. The new steering wheel is easier to handle and even more suitable for intensive track use. This video shows the first images of the FXX K with Evo kit.

Nearly 20,000 hp. The cars of the XX Programmes, starring at the Ferrari Racing Days at the Circuit of the Americas deploy a fearsome near 20,000 hp between them. The FXX, 599XXXX and FXX K cars, on their debut on the Texas racetrack, are putting on a show with their outstanding design and performance.

Excellent consultant. Customers were familiar with the circuit after the inspection on Thursday and then were advised by the special tutor Marc Gené on how to best deal with the various parts of the circuit. The track in Austin is very complete, alternating between fast parts and others that are mixed.


F1 Clienti – V12 engine stars at Circuit of the Americas

Posted: 10.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Austin, 10 March 2018 – A long straight and then an incredible surge in which for a moment all the driver can see is the sky. F1 Clienti drivers enjoy this amazing experience on the first curve of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, where the first Ferrari Racing Days of the season are underway.

Legendary engine. Two 412s, the T1 of 1994 and the T2 of 1995, with the V12 engine used by Prancing Horse single-seaters for years, drew most attention from the fans. Both 412s won races, with the T1 on the track at Austin triumphing in the 1994 German Grand Prix thanks to Gerhard Berger to end a Ferrari drought that had dragged on for three seasons.

Schumacher era. However, cars from the Schumacher era in the first half of the noughties did the lion’s share of the work on track. There were appearances from an F1-2000 and an F2001 belonging to the German champion. There were also a F2003 GA with which Rubens Barrichello won a number of Grand Prixes and a F2004, the record-breaking car that triumphed in 15 Grand Prixes out of 17 that season. An F2008 belonging to Kimi Raikkonen and an F138 from 2013 also made their appearance at COTA.

Prototypes. The Formula 1 cars were joined by two F333 SPs, the Prototype barchetta Sport designed for specially for F1 Clienti customers, which was very successful especially in America, including a 12 Hours of Sebring and a 24 Hours of Daytona. This video shows the best of the F1 Clienti sessions.


Test Barcelona – GP simulation, Kimi’s day

Posted: 09.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Testing ends at Catalunya: 157 laps for Raikkonen

Montmelò, 9 March – The second and final winter test at the Catalunya Circuit has now ended. Today, Kimi Raikkonen was behind the wheel of the SF71H, having recovered, after being indisposed over the past few days. He rattled off 157 laps, the best of them in 1’17”221, set using the Hypersoft tyres. Scuderia Ferrari’s programme included set-up work and a race simulation, running different types of tyre and fuel loads. This was the hottest day of the entire two weeks of testing, with temperatures over 20° and the track around the 37 mark.

“Overall, I feel we have a good package,” was Kimi’s assessment. “For sure the weather at the start of testing wasn’t ideal, but we have finished with a couple of pretty good days. The car gives me a good feeling and, even if there are still a lot of things to improve, its reasonably easy to drive and it reacts to the various set-up changes. However, no one can say where we really are, compared to our rivals. We’ll have a better idea in a couple of weeks in Melbourne and then, in general, after the first few races of the season. I like racing and I can’t wait to start.”

Over the two test sessions, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers covered a total of 929 laps (286 for Kimi and 643 for Sebastian) equivalent to 4324 kilometres.


Test Barcelona – Sebastian “in race mode”

Posted: 08.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

On his last day of testing, Vettel completes a trouble-free GP simulation

Montmelò, 8 March –Winter testing has now ended for Seb Vettel. The next time he meets up with the SF71H will be in Melbourne, for free practice at the Australian Grand Prix. The final day of testing for the German champion was given over to a programme that included set-up and tyre evaluation with different fuel loads, the classic race weekend simulation that signs off winter testing for every driver. By the end of the day, Seb had completed no fewer than 188 laps (equivalent to over 875 kilometres,) in all conditions, including a false start test, with other cars on track. His best lap was a 1’17”182, set on the new Hypersoft tyres that are making their debut this season.

“The times on these test days don’t mean much,” repeated Sebastian. “The important thing is that the SF71H has proved to be very strong, allowing us to run all day without any significant problems. We are still working on some things for the first race and it’s not really possible to make any predictions based on the performance of the other teams, because everyone is running a different programme. However, I’m happy for the guys in the team.”

It was cloudy and chilly this morning at the Catalunya circuit and then a bit milder in the afternoon, with an average temperature of 15 degrees (28 track temperature) with a few gusts of wind. Tomorrow, Kimi Raikkonen will round off testing with a similar programme to his team-mate.


Ferrari Racing Days – Over a hundred Ferrari cars ready to invade COTA

Posted: 07.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Austin, 7 March 2018 – The first ever Ferrari Racing Days organised on the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, kicks off on Thursday with the first Ferrari Challenge practice sessions. More than one hundred Ferrari cars are expected on the track that hosts the Formula 1 US Grand Prix. These include exhibition cars, which will be found in the paddock, customer cars and track models: those of XX Programmes, the F1 Clienti single-seaters and the cars of the Ferrari Challenge North America.

Event for everyone. The Ferrari Racing Days are something that every car enthusiast, and especially Ferrari ones, must see at least once in lifetime. They are also very family-friendly. The paddock will be teeming with Prancing Horse cars, offering the chance to see up close some of the cars that have made the history of Formula 1, or to take a picture with the current range or even with a classic model, which if it could speak would tell of epic races, transporting the listener way back into motoring history.

XX Programmes. The cars of the XX Programmes will include two FXXs, the first of this very special type of car, along with seven 599XXs and another seven FXX Ks. However, everyone will be waiting for the debut of the Evo kit on three FXX Ks. The latest aerodynamic research applied to the hybrid 1000-plus hp car will make its debut in Austin, while the first cars native to this new configuration are due later in the year.

F1 Clienti. The Circuit of the Americas is home to one of the best-loved Grand Prix. All drivers love racing in the US due to the atmosphere and the passion of the fans. Since the Circuit of the Americas was built, there has also been a spectacular racetrack guaranteed to host a great show. The cars expected include two 412 T2s, packing the latest V12 engine designed by the Prancing Horse for Formula 1. There will also be appearances from the F2000, the F2003 GA and the F2004, all cars that have competed in and won the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis. The fans will also get to see the F138 that raced at Austin in 2013 driven by Fernando Alonso as well as two F333 SPs, the barchetta that won a lot in the 1990s, especially in America.

Ferrari Challenge. Six Ferrari Challenge North America races will take place over the weekend. All the competitors in the four divisions that got underway at Daytona will be there, plus the 458 Challenge EVO drivers whose four-round season begins here. Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender, winner in Race 1 at Daytona will be on track, seeking another podium in Texas.


Test Barcelona – A change of plan

Posted: 07.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi share the driving on the second day of testing 

Montmelò,  7 March –It was a bit of an unusual Wednesday at the Catalunya Circuit, as both drivers had a turn behind the wheel of the SF71H. Scuderia Ferrari completed 115 laps, equivalent to a distance of 535 kilometres. Sebastian Vettel did 66 laps in the morning, the German’s best being a 1’19”541. Kimi Raikkonen was only able to drive in the afternoon, feeling unwell and staying in his hotel room until lunchtime. The Finn managed 49 laps, with a fastest time of 1’20”242, as he continued with the programme that had been affected by last week’s bad weather. Both men set their best times on the Soft tyres. Tomorrow, testing continues with Sebastian Vettel driving, so that Raikkonen can make a complete recovery. Kimi will return on Friday, thus bringing the second and final winter test to a close, prior to heading off to Melbourne.


The Ferrari 488 Pista: the synthesis of extreme, track-level power and driving exhilaration for the road

Posted: 06.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Ginevra, 6 March 2018 – The Ferrari 488 Pista is powered by the most powerful V8 engine in the Maranello marque’s history and is the company’s special series sports car with the highest level yet of technological transfer from racing. In fact the name, meaning ‘track’ in Italian, was chosen specifically to testify to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.

Technically, the Ferrari 488 Pista encompasses all of the experience built up on the world’s circuits by the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. For over 25 years, Maranello has been organising the most prestigious of all one-make championships, the Ferrari Challenge, in which over 100 drivers split into three continental series do battle at the wheel. Last year saw the introduction of the 488 Challenge, the first model in the series to be equipped with a turbo engine. The Ferrari 488 GTE is instead the car fielded in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the pinnacle of GT racing, where it has won two consecutive GT Manufacturers’ titles and no less than five titles in total since the championship’s inception in 2012. Thanks to wins in both the Pro and Am categories, the 488 GTE has taken no fewer than 35 out of the 50 races run to date.

The new car’s engine adopts numerous solutions from that of the 488 Challenge and its power output has been increased to 720 cv. It is also lighter, thanks to new titanium con-rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums. The inverted radiator cooling system is also derived from the Challenge with the radiators raked rearwards (rather forwards as in the 488 GTB), improving cooling and maintaining optimal performance levels even in high thermal stress situations.

The car’s aerodynamics are derived from both the 488 GTE and from Formula 1, specifically the S-Duct at its front, the rear spoiler and diffuser profiles which boost efficiency by  20% compared to the 488 GTB. Other solutions have been carried over from the track to shave off further weight, including the lithium battery (from the  488 Challenge) and also the new carbon-fibre wheel rims – a first for Ferrari. The overall result is that the 488 Pista is an impressive 90 kg lighter than the 488 GTB.

As with the three previous special series, the Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, this new berlinetta is the perfect marriage of extreme performance and track car-style handling.

The vehicle dynamics were designed for unique driving feedback and to make the car’s full potential available to all drivers, professional or otherwise. Specific vehicle controls were developed with this in mind, first and foremost being a new oversteer management system usable in the manettino’s CT-OFF position and designed to make the car’s performance on the limit easier to reach and control.

A new gear-shift strategy in the RACE position delivers a far more sporty experience, very similar to that of a track car. In other words, the Ferrari 488 Pista offers drivers of all abilities an exceptional and exhilarating experience that normally only a competition car could deliver, setting a whole new benchmark in terms of driving pleasure for the Ferrari range.

The Ferrari 488 Pista’s extreme design is underlined by the optional livery that highlights the aerodynamic innovation of the S-Duct. The car’s lines were developed to underscore its sporty soul and cleverly combine the purity of the 488 GTB with some of the hugely successful racing and functional elements of the 488 GTE and 488 Challenge while staying true to Ferrari’s traditional styling.


The  Ferrari 488 Pista can punch out 720 cv at 8000 rpm, giving it the best specific power output in its class  at 185 cv/l, while torque is higher at all engine speeds, peaking at 770 Nm (10 Nm more than the 488 GTB). An extreme evolution of the turbo engine elected overall International Engine of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, this is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.

The 50 cv power increase over the 488 GTB’s engine is also the largest ever leap in engine power for a Ferrari special series car and a remarkable 115 cv more than the previous model, the 458 Speciale. In short, this V8 is the new benchmark not only for turbo-charged power units, but for all engines.

The development of this sportier version of the 488 GTB thus presented Ferrari’s engineers with the highly complex challenge of improving on what was already acknowledged as the world’s best engine. To do so, they had to test out a string of leading-edge solutions, drawing on Ferrari’s successful experience in the competition world. The result is that the Ferrari 488 Pista’s engine has over 50% of new components compared to that of the 488 GTB.

The Ferrari 488 Pista also fully exploits new features developed for the 488 Challenge, not least the engine air intake layout with the intakes moved from the flanks to the rear spoiler area where they are connected directly to the plenums. This drastically reduces fluid-dynamic load losses and ensures a higher volume and cleaner flow of air to the engine, thereby contributing to the increase in power.

Moving the air intakes from the sides to the rear also freed up space for a larger intercooler. Thanks to a cooling layout derived from the 488 Challenge and featuring radiators with an inverted rake so that they are inclined towards the rear, the hot air flow is channelled to below the flanks, well away from the side intakes for the intercooler. This guarantees that power is maintained even in critical situations, such as in the wake of another car.

Specific valves and springs combined with a new cam profile give this engine a more aggressive, racing character. The pistons and cylinder heads have been strengthened to cope with the higher loads – up to an extra 10% of pressure in the combustion chambers. Particular attention was also focused on reducing internal friction by introducing, for example, DLC-coated piston pins.

The Ferrari 488 Pista’s engine also benefits from all the lightweight components featured on the Challenge version, resulting in a weight reduction of 18 kg compared to the 488 GTB. The exhaust manifolds are now made from  Inconel while the crankshaft and flywheel are both lighter too. Titanium con-rods have also been introduced and the reductions in the weight of the rotating masses cut inertia by 17%. Drivers feel the impact of these reductions very clearly as the driver can see the revs increasing much more rapidly.

The 488 Challenge also provides the turbos with integrated rev sensors. Response times are instantaneous and even faster than the 488 GTB thanks to a new control strategy developed specifically for this model. A new pedal map also makes driving on the limit even easier.

Lastly, the Ferrari 488 Pista’s engine sound is unique and unmistakable, as such a special version of the Ferrari V8 sports car warrants. The new Inconel exhaust manifolds and an optimised exhaust bypass logic contribute to the superior quality and the intensity. The level of sound is also  higher than the 488 GTB in all gears and at all engine speeds, up to a maximum of 8 dB more, in proportion with the progressive increase in power.


The sporty driving feedback is further enhanced by the high-performance gear shifting, typical of a thoroughbred race car. The new gear shift strategy, available in the manettino’s RACE position, reduces shifting times by 30 ms with positive acceleration when the higher gear engages that the driver can feel distinctly.

This model also adopts the hugely successful Ferrari Variable Torque Management strategy for all gears. To adapt it to the car’s extreme sporty spirit, all of the curves were redesigned to deliver a feeling of consistently smooth, powerful acceleration all the way to the red line.


The aim of the Ferrari 488 Pista’s dynamic development was to produce a car that offers blistering mechanical performance in terms of lap times and standing starts, driving pleasure and accessibility of performance to drivers of all types.

To achieve these objectives, Ferrari’s engineers had to work on several fronts, starting with introducing numerous lightweight solutions as well as evolving both a new generation of the Side Slip Control System (SSC 6.0), improving the efficiency of the braking system and developing a new specific tyre, the Michelin Sport Cup 2.

The Ferrari 488 Pista is 90 kg lighter than the 488 GTB, which brings huge advantages in terms of its agility and responsiveness. To maximise on this, the weight reductions are concentrated in the most weight-sensitive areas of the car, such as the unsprung masses and components away from the car’s centre of gravity.

The bodyshell was designed to keep the car as light as possible and features ultralight materials such as carbon-fibre for the engine cover, the front and rear bumpers and the rear spoiler, and Lexan for the rear window.

This is also the first time that a 20” (optional) single-piece carbon-fibre wheel rim has been used in the Ferrari range. Entirely in carbon-fibre, it is around 40% lighter than the 488 GTB’s standard wheel rims and features a special coating developed for the aerospace industry to the channel and spokes which efficiently dissipates heat generated under braking.

The evolution of the Ferrari 488 Pista’s dynamic vehicle control systems saw the introduction of a new actuation system that flanks those featured on the 488 GTB and is integrated into the new version 6.0 of the SSC concept.

The 488 Pista also hails another first for a Ferrari road car – a lateral dynamics control system that uses Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the callipers. The Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE) is available when the manettino is in the “CT-OFF” position. It regulates the lateral dynamics variables, including side slip angle estimation.  The control system intervenes in advance, lightly actuating the callipers through, and exiting corners.

As a result the system manages the evolution of the side slip angle, making control of the lateral dynamics in high performance situations more intuitive, controllable and predictable. So it is not a stability control system, but a maximum performance-focused system.

The introduction of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer into the integrated SSC 6.0 system thus gives drivers extra confidence so that they can more easily handle even lengthy oversteer situations. It also makes performance on the limit easier to reach and control even for less expert drivers.

The Ferrari 488 Pista is extremely efficient in dealing with rapid changes of direction and offers drivers a unique sense of predictability. The recalibrated SCM-E dampers and the 10% stiffer springs contribute to this improved handling precision.

As the Ferrari 488 Pista was developed for mostly road use but also to unleash impressive performance on the track, the braking system was modified to improve cooling, particularly under extreme use, and also to cut the time it takes to get up to temperature.  The 488 Challenge’s brake servo was adopted to enhance the sporty pedal feel and deliver smooth, consistent braking even in extreme conditions.

These interventions, combined with the lightweight solutions adopted, have shortened the 200-0 km/h stopping distance by a metre compared to the 488 GTB.


In-depth aerodynamics research played a big part in improving the Ferrari 488 Pista’s performance. Working on a concept focused on uncompromising innovation allowed considerable engineering freedom in developing significant solutions. The already-exceptional aerodynamic efficiency of the 488 GTB has been improved by 20%, with major benefits in terms of absolute speed and lap times on medium-fast tracks as well as sheer fun behind the wheel.

Essential to the development of the Ferrari 488 Pista’s aerodynamics was the wealth of knowledge Ferrari has built up on previous and parallel projects where the aerodynamics department was able to test new and efficient solutions, integrating ideas developed for the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE.

The 488 Pista’s V8 turbo punches out 50 cv more than the car on which it is based, thanks in part to a reduction of almost 15° C in the temperature of the air entering the plenum with respect to the 488 GTB. The development of the thermo-fluid dynamics consequently focused on the powertrain cooling specifics, to minimise any impact on pure aerodynamic performance.

To guarantee the kind of performance demanded of the powertrain, the intercooler required an increase of over 25% in size compared to that of the 488 GTB. In order to minimise the increase in weight and drag associated with such a large radiating surface, the engineers worked intensively on the car as a whole to improve efficiency, limiting the increase required in surface area to just 7%. The main contributing factors to the improved intercooler efficiency were the radical layout choices made at the front of the car.

The front radiator arrangement was completely redesigned to minimise interference caused by the thermal boundary layer, introduced by the hot air flow coming off the front radiators, with the air flow entering the intercooler intake. As with 488 Challenge, the rake of the radiators has been inverted and they are now inclined towards the rear to direct the hot air to the underbody ahead of the front wheels.

This choice produced, on the one hand, an improvement of 10% in the performance of the rear intercoolers, and, on the other, an additional aerodynamic benefit: the virtual fairing of the exposed area of the tyre cuts the car’s drag by 7%.

The engine air intakes have been moved from the flanks – the solution adopted on the 488 GTB – to the rear spoiler as per the 488 Challenge.  The specific shape of the spoiler delivers powerful recompression which guarantees the engine air intake benefits from high dynamic pressure, shortening the length of the inlet duct, reducing consequent losses and boosting engine performance.

The need for efficient downforce resulted in the whole of the front of the car being completely redesigned, particularly the bumpers and bonnet. One innovative Formula 1-derived solution in particular stands out: the S-Duct, which is being used for the very first time on a road car. The air from the intake on the front bumper passes through an aerodynamic duct with calibrated sections and exits through a vent on the bonnet, creating downward force over the front axle.

Furthermore, the front intake is completed by a central lower wing profile that, on the one hand, acts as a splitter which, thanks to its curvature, accelerates the flow and increases the amount of air passing through the S-Duct, thus improving its performance while, on the other hand, creating a low pressure area under the front underbody thanks to the acceleration of the flow generated on its lower surface, further boosting downforce.

This introduction of this particular solution accounts for 18% of the overall increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB, but barely a 2% increase in drag.

The exterior sections of the bumper ahead of the wheels were also extensively redesigned with solutions modified from the 488 Challenge and reinterpreted so successfully that they are responsible for 23% of the increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB. Radical scoops in the front bumper allow aerodynamic elements to protrude in areas where they can be most efficient.   The volume of the front bumper extends towards the wheelarch to deflect the flow ahead of the wheels outwards, generating suction from the wheelarch and thus from the front underbody, which is equipped with diffusers, all to the benefit of front downforce.

At the rear, two elements contributed to the achievement of the downforce target: the blown spoiler system and the venting behind the rear wheels.

The spoiler is higher (+30 mm) and longer (+40 mm) compared to the spoiler on the standard production car. Development work focused on the efficiency of the bleed under the spoiler to adapt it to the change in the car’s overall downforce. The calibrated sections have been optimised and the direction in which the air is blown has been modified: the angle is now upward, aided by the deflection of the flow by the upper surfaces of the spoiler, to generate even more rear downforce. The evolution of the spoiler system and its bleed has had a significant impact on downforce, accounting for 25% of the overall increase compared to the 488 GTB.

The increase in drag caused by the new blown spoiler system is compensated for by the shape of the air flows venting from the rear bumper below the tail lights. Furthermore, the vents have been optimised to exploit the pressure field generated by the spoiler to encourage evacuation from the rear wheelarches, increasing intercooler efficiency by 3%, on the one hand, and incorporating the wake from the wheels on the other, allowing the diffuser to be struck by a cleaner, more energised flow, boosting the rear downforce it generates.

As is always the case with each new Ferrari, the 488 Pista’s underbody has been specifically redesigned to ensure it delivers as efficient a Cl figure as possible. The first big difference compared to the 488 GTB is how the hot air from the radiators is deflected to the underbody ahead of the front wheels. This choice, made to enhance the cooling layout and lower the car’s drag coefficient, however shrinks the surfaces that can be used to generate downforce. To make up for this and further boost downforce, the designers decided to exploit other areas of the underbody.

The Ferrari 488 Pista was thus equipped with front diffusers, made possible by the change in the inclination of the front radiators and the elimination of the dams ahead of the wheels. Thanks to a ramp already optimised for the 488 GTE, the diffusers accelerate the flow, venting it into the wheelarches, creating strong suction that in turn is responsible for 12% of the overall downforce increase compared to the 488 GTB.

The vortex generators on the underbody have also been optimised and now generate 20% more downforce, thanks to modifications to their profile and length.

The rear diffuser is also derived directly from Ferrari’s World Endurance Championship experience and has the same double kink line as the 488 GTE’s, amplifying the extraction and downforce generation capacities of a traditional diffuser. As in the 488 GTB, the diffuser is equipped with a system of 3 active flaps which rotate 14° in minimum drag configuration to completely stall the diffuser and thus significantly reduce the car’s drag.



Aerodynamic demands guided the work of the Ferrari Design Centre team. The 488 Pista’s forms have been meticulously sculpted to ensure they are more performance-oriented than ever, with huge attention lavished ensuring that while aerodynamic demands were met, the Maranello marque’s signature styling elements and aesthetic canons were respected.

The designers used innovative elements, such as the aerodynamic S-Duct at the front, as an opportunity to visually shorten the car’s nose, creating an original floating wing effect. The black, omega-shaped edging on the front bumpers and the side flicks reference the prominent aerodynamic underbody motif of the 488 GTE.

Most notable on the flanks is the fact that the splitter in the side air intakes of the 488 GTB has been removed. At the front, the aerodynamic profiles that start at the front bumpers run sleekly along the side miniskirts all the way to the side appendages of the rear diffuser.

The concept of the front is echoed in the dolphin-tail rear spoiler which appears suspended to provide an impression lightness and efficiency, while the rear volumes add a sense of power to the tail. The rear diffuser juts out and has been developed in width: its design was inspired by that of the 488 GTE.

The Ferrari 488 Pista features a two-tone livery that runs the entire length of the car, starting at the front bumper, then diving into the S-Duct and continuing all the way to the rear spoiler.


The interior has a distinctive racing feel with all superfluous elements eliminated. The extensive use of lightweight, exclusive technical materials such as carbon-fibre and Alcantara works brilliantly with the meticulous crafting and sophistication that is the signature of all Ferrari cockpits. Contrasting hand-stitching, tread plates and heel rests in triangular pattern aluminium and particularly fluidly sculpted door panels are fine examples of this.

The glove compartment (normally incorporated into the dashboard directly in front of the passenger) has been removed and replaced by handy storage pockets on the rear bench and the doors. The effect is to significantly visually slim down the volume of the under-dash area.

Ferrari 488 Pista

Technical Specifications 


Type                                       V8 – 90° twin turbo

Overall displacement               3902 cm3

Max. power output*                530 kW (720 cv) at 8000 rpm

Max. torque*                           770 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII

Specific power output              185 cv/l

Max. engine speed                   8000  rpm

Compression ratio                   9.6:1


Length                                     4605 mm

Width                                     1975 mm

Height                                    1206 mm

Front track                              1679 mm

Rear track                               1649 mm

Kerb weight**                         1385 kg

Dry weight**                         1280 kg

Dry weight/power ratio          1.78 kg/cv

Weight distribution                41.5% front – 58.5% rear

Boot capacity                           170 l

Fuel tank capacity                   78 l


Front                                       245/35 ZR 20 J9.0

Rear                                        305/30 ZR 20 J11.0


Front                                      398 x 223 x 38 mm

Rear                                        360 x 233 x 32 mm


F1 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox

ELECTRONIC CONTROLS  E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High  Performance ABS/EBD with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC with FDE


0-100 km/h                            2.85 s

0-200 km/h                            7.6 s

100-0 km/h                            29.5 m

Max. speed                             > 340 km/h

Fiorano lap time                      1’21.5”


Fuel consumption***              11.5 l/100 km

Emissions***                         263 g CO2/km

* With 98 octane petrol

** With optional content

*** ECE+EUDC Combined Cycle with HELE: under homologation


Test Barcelona – Pushing for the 800

Posted: 06.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

That’s the distance in kilometres covered by Seb today in the SF71H

Montmelò – 171 laps of the Catalunya Circuit totals 796 kilometres. That’s the distance Sebastian Vettel reeled off in the SF71H on this the first day of the second and final pre-season test session.
This time, the weather behaved itself with air temperature reaching 15 degrees and the track hitting 26. Only wind in the afternoon affected the session.

Scuderia Ferrari set to work on the dot of 9, the car doing some laps fitted with sensors to acquire data linked to the aerodynamics. After that came some relatively long runs, switching between the Soft and Medium compound tyres. It was on the latter that Seb set his fastest time in 1’20”396, on his 66th lap.

“It was a good day’s work,” commented the driver at the end of the session. “We managed to get through our programme, even if the conditions weren’t always ideal, because of the wind.”

Tomorrow, Wednesday, testing continues with Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel.


Test Barcelona – Testing ends at Catalunya

Posted: 01.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari

120 laps for Seb today, almost 300 over three days

Montmelò, 1st march – The 120 laps Sebastian Vettel drove today, brings the total completed by the SF71H over what was effectively just a three day session to 298, equivalent to 1387.19 km/h. After yesterday’s snowfall, temperatures were very definitely on the up today at the Catalunya Circuit: at the end of the session, there had been a high of 12.7° air and almost 15 on track, but damp conditions in the morning still affected the work. It explains why, during the first few hours, Seb used wet weather Intermediate tyres, before switching to new and used Softs for the rest of the day. The final part of the session was given over to long runs, which yielded a best lap during these tests of 1’20”241. “The afternoon wasn’t exactly ideal,” commented the driver, “because of the track conditions and also a bit of time lost in the garage to sort out a few details. I’d have liked to have driven more, but we can do that next week, when we will start to get a clearer picture.”
The team also did some pit stop practice. Testing resumes on Tuesday 6th March, running through to the 9th.


Test Barcelona – Snow stops play

Posted: 28.02.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Testing wiped out by bad weather. Ferrari and Kimi take a break

Montmelò –Meteorologically speaking, spring starts tomorrow, but it seems that doesn’t apply to the Catalunya Circuit. The third day of testing was wiped out…following snowfall this morning. And even when it turned to rain in the afternoon, temperatures never reached the sort of numbers required to run a Formula 1 car. Air temperature just crept over two degrees with the track a fraction more.
Come the afternoon, Kimi Raikkonenn and Scuderia Ferrari took the only reasonable decision, namely to write off the day, which under the current regulations cannot be recovered later. Tomorrow, Sebastian Vettel will drive as planned, to round off the first test session. So the SF71H spent the whole day in the garage. There was no point in venturing out, because with such low temperatures, even the Wet tyres would not work properly and furthermore, running would not generate any worthwhile date on how the car was performing.
“Today, it felt more like being in Finland than Spain,” quipped Kimi. “And everyone knows there’s no Formula 1 in my country.” He will be back at the wheel next week, with the T2 session getting underway on Tuesday 6th March, running for four day. This time, the Scuderia Ferrari programme has Sebastian driving on the 6th and 8th, with Kimi getting his turn on Wednesday 7th and Friday 9th, that being the final day of winter testing.


Barcelona Test – Marathon on ice

Posted: 27.02.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Cold and even snow, but Vettel and the SF71 rattle off 98 laps: “And that’s the important thing”

Montmelò, 27 February –Snow just a few kilometres from the Costa Brava on the Spanish Mediterranean is not what you expect. The last time this happened at an F1 test at the Catalunya Circuit was 19 years ago, but the icy blast of the past few days brought in a few snowflakes this afternoon. Nevertheless, the SF17H, with Sebastian Vettel having his first day at the wheel, reeled off 98 laps, the fastest of which was a 1’19”673, set on Soft tyres. Scuderia Ferrari wasn’t in action for all nine hours – one more than usual as even the lunch break was cancelled – but come the end of the day the programme ran to plan.

And that’s the point made by the driver: “The important thing today wasn’t the lap time, but the fact that, in these conditions, we managed to cover almost a hundred laps without encountering any reliability problems. That’s what we are concentrating on at the moment, with the search for performance coming later. From an operational point of view, everything went smoothly and I’d say the car is working. But today’s conditions are not the ones in which you’d normally run an F1 car: today it even snowed and with air temperature around 3 to 4 degrees and the track at 8 to 9, everyone struggled to get the tyres up to temperature. The weather was the limiting factor today: the fact it’s been much colder than last year and also that the track has been completely resurfaced, means it’s impossible to make any comparisons. For now, we are concentrating on ourselves, without looking at what the others are doing.”

During the day, the SF71 used the Medium and Soft tyres and also did a couple of laps on the Intermediates. Tomorrow, it’s again Kimi Raikkonen’s turn, for his last day of this session.


Barcelona Test – “The only problem was the weather”

Posted: 26.02.2018 / Source: Ferrari

A cold debut for the SF71H with Kimi at the wheel

Montmelò, 26 February –While Italy is freezing, the Barcelona area is not doing much better, even if the trees are already in blossom here. After a sunny Sunday, which meant that Scuderia Ferrari was able to comfortably complete its Filming Day, the “real” debut for the SF17H took place in plunging temperatures, with rain arriving towards the end of the session. However, by the end of the day, Kimi Raikkonen had completed 80 laps of the Catalunya Circuit, the fastest of them in 1’20”506 on Soft tyres. He worked through the first part of a programme that, over the course of this week, is given over mainly to acquiring data.

“The real problem, the only one today, was the weather,” summarised Kimi. “My first impressions with the new car were OK, but it’s still too early to make any judgement, especially given today’s conditions. These tyres aren’t designed to work at 8 degrees and it was difficult for everyone. As for the rest, our work had nothing to do with lap times and we just ran and changed a few things, trying to understand the car, which doesn’t seem to have any faults. Now we must try and do more kilometres.”

The first long run with the Halo protection fitted over the cockpit went off without any problems. “Compared to the tests we did in previous years, this time the Halo had been conceived as an integral part of the car design, which had not been possible before. I didn’t notice anything different to driving the car without the protection.”

Testing continues tomorrow, with Sebastian Vettel, while it will once again be Kimi’s turn on Wednesday, with Seb then rounding off the first winter test.


Ferrari SF71H

Posted: 22.02.2018 / Source: Ferrari

The SF71H (the code name for the 669 project) is the sixty fourth single-seater car designed and produced by Ferrari to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship. Rule changes introduced last season led to the introduction of significant aerodynamic modifications and wider tyres, all aimed at increasing performance. Therefore the new 2018 Ferrari F1 car has been created to make the most of the experience gained last year. Compared to 2017’s SF70H, the wheelbase has been changed slightly, with the side dimensions also revised along with the cooling system. The suspension follows the tried and tested practice of using push-rods at the front and pull-rods at the rear, however, their design has been updated based on experience gained during the first season running the wider tyres.

Cockpit protection

The most obvious element to catch the eye is the Halo, designed to protect the cockpit area. After two years of on-track testing, it has now entered the rule book. It weighs around 7 Kg, plus fittings and this has only been partly compensated for with an increase of 5 Kg – from 728 to 733 – to the minimum car weight set in the 2018 regulations.

Power Unit

The number of V6 engines that can be used over the course of the season, without incurring a penalty, continues to decrease, this year from 4 to 3. The same number applies to the turbo-compressor and MGU-H – the energy recovery system attached to the turbo – while only 2 MGU-K -the device that generates kinetic energy linked to the transmission – are allowed over the year, a figure which also applies to the electronic control unit and the batteries. Therefore those in the engine department have also based their work on these new parameters.

The programme

After it’s launch on Thursday 22nd February, the SF71H will be transported to Barcelona’s Catalunya Circuit, for a filming day on Sunday 25th, followed by the start of testing proper on Monday 26th. The first session runs to the end of Thursday 1st March, while the second test takes place at the same circuit from 6th  to 9th March. Both Scuderia Ferrari race drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will be driving.

Technical Data
Chassis made from carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Longitudinal Ferrari gearbox (8 speed + R)
Hydraulically controlled limited slip differential
Semi-automatic high speed, electronically controlled gear change
Brembo ventilated carbon disc brakes (front and rear) with brake-by-wire system on the rear brakesPush-rod front suspension
Pull-rod rear suspension
Weight with water, oil and driver, 733 kg
13” OZ wheels (front and rear)


ERS System
Battery energy (per lap) 4 MJ
Power of MGU-K 120 kW
Max revs MGU-K 50000
Max revs MGU-H 12500


Ferrari 062 EVO Engine
Cubic capacity 1600 cc
Maximum revs 15000
Supercharging A single Turbo
Fuel flow rate 100 kg/hr max
Amount of fuel 105 kg
Configuration V6 90°
No. of cylinders 6
Bore 80 mm
Stroke 53 mm
Valves 4 per cylinder
Injection Direct, max 500 bar


Introducing the new 488 Pista

Posted: 20.02.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Geneva unveiling for exhilarating, high-performance new Special Series

Maranello, 21 February 2018 – The 488 Pista, which will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, is the successor to Ferrari’s V8-engined special series – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale – which have received critical acclaim for their performance and undiluted handling.

The Ferrari 488 Pista marks a significant step forward from the previous special series in terms of both sporty dynamics and for the level of technological carry-over from racing. The name is, in fact, a direct homage to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.

The car’s development evolved directly from the company’s involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship – in which it has won five Manufacturers’ titles in the GTE class in the six years since the series’ inception – and its 25 years’ experience in running the Ferrari Challenge one-make series.

The 488 Pista’s extensive weight saving solutions, along with engine, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic developments, all derive from Ferrari’s racing cars: the 488 GTE and the 488 Challenge. The result is a car with an uncompromising mission: to offer impeccable track-like performance on and off the road, even when in the hands of non-professional drivers.


The new model weighs an impressive 90 kg less (1280 kg dry) than the 488 GTB. This fact, combined with the largest ever increase in engine power for a special series car (+50 cv), sets a new benchmark for Ferrari’s V8 sports cars.
Its engine is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and is an extreme evolution of the turbo unit that won the overall International Engine of the Year award titles in both 2016 and 2017.

It punches out 720 cv with the highest specific output of in its class (185 cv/l) and is now lighter too, thanks to solutions adopted from the 488 Challenge. As a result it has a top speed of 340 km/h and sprints from 0-100 km/h in 2.85” and 0 -200 km/h in 7.6”.

The engine sound is unique and unmistakably Ferrari, as such a special car warrants. Both the sound quality and the intensity are higher than the 488 GTB in all gears and at all engine speeds in proportion with the progressive increase in power.


The 488 Pista makes full use of Ferrari’s motor-sports experience for maximum aerodynamic performance even on the road. Among the racing solutions adopted is the front F1-inspired S-Duct and the design of the front diffusers which feature a ramp angle that was optimised for the 488 GTE to create strong suction for increased downforce. Additionally, the rear blown spoiler is higher and longer and the shape has been optimised. The final result of all these interventions is an impressive 20% increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB.


The vehicle dynamics were designed to enhance driving pleasure and make the car’s full potential available to all drivers, professional or otherwise. The objective was to make the car’s performance on the limit easier to reach and control.
This was achieved by synergies between the development of the mechanical set-up and the electronic dynamic controls integrated into version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system. SSC 6.0 incorporates all the following systems: E-Diff3, F1-Trac, the magnetorheological suspension (SCM) and, for the first time ever, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. The FDE features a world-first: it uses Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the callipers.


The design of the 488 Pista is focussed on functional aerodynamic concepts while the cockpit is pared back in keeping with its very sporty vocation. Ferrari Design used innovative elements, such as the aerodynamic S-Duct at the front, as an opportunity to visually shorten the car’s nose, creating an original floating wing effect.

The racing livery colour scheme is an integral part of the design of the car and the way it dives into the S-Duct underscores the berlinetta’s compact yet imposing forms. Contrasting edging on the aerodynamic elements on the bumpers and flanks add structure to the design.

The concept of the front is echoed in the dolphin-tail rear spoiler which appears suspended to provide an impression lightness and efficiency, while the rear volumes add a sense of power to the tail.

Ferrari 488 Pista
Short technical specifications

Type V8 – 90° twin turbo
Overall displacement 3902 cm3
Max. power output * 530 kW (720 cv) at 8000 rpm
Max. torque * 770 Nm at 3000 rpm in 7th gear

Length 4605 mm
Width 1975 mm
Height 1206 mm
Dry weight ** 1280 kg

0-100 km/h 2.85 s
0 -200 km/h 7.6 s
Max. Speed > 340 km/h

Under homologation

* With 98 octane petrol
**With optional lightweight features


The Ferrari Portofino Japan Premiere

Posted: 20.02.2018/ Source: Ferrari

True Ferrari Performance combining luxuryversatility and on-board comfort 
Italian GT par excellence opens up a new horizon

February 20, 2018, Tokyo, Japan – Ferrari Japan unveiled the Ferrari Portofino, which debuted at the Frankfurt International Motor Show last year, to Japanese clients on February 19.

Representing the perfect combination of luxury, versatility and on-board comfort, the Ferrari Portofino is the new GT set to dominate its segment. After the global debut in Frankfurt, the unveiling in Japan where GT model lineup had achieved great success was much-awaited. Over 300 VIP guests with particular interests of the new GT have gathered to see this latest model.

On this particular occasion, the venue was transformed into the world of Cavallino Rampante incorporating the latest technology to show the high performance via emotional visuals and sound. The event reached its climax when the car coloured in the sophisticated Bianco Italia was unveiled. The guests enjoyed the cocktail style party with an opportunity to see the elegantly-designed and highly innovative latest Ferrari, celebrating another page of the Cavallino Rampante history in Japan.

The Ferrari Portofino was named after one of the most attractive towns located in Riviera in the Liguria Region. Portofino has long been known to the world as a symbol of scenic beauty embracing elegance and unique nobility. Bearing the name of the town, the Ferrari Portofino has become the most versatile GT car.

Powered by the Ferrari V8 turbo, a member of the engine family that won the International Engine of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017 consecutively, the new car boasts an ability to punch out 600cv and to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.5 seconds. Due to the adoption of new components and the calibration of the engine management software, the output power increased by 40cv from the California T power unit. Thanks to further tuning, the characteristic Ferrari V8 soundtrack can be fully appreciated in open-top driving.

The Ferrari Portofino is also an aggressively-styled car with a two-box fastback configuration – unprecedented in a coupe-convertible with a retractable hard top. This successfully adds extra sleekness to its silhouette, highlighting a sportier character.

This Ferrari model is designed for enjoying daily driving and converts from an authentic Berlinetta into an open-top Spider in just 14 seconds even in low-speed driving. With a brilliant marriage of design, performance, and technology, and with various advantageous features – retractable hard top, spacious trunk, ample passenger space, and two rear seats suitable for a short trip – the new model is perfect for any occasion.

Its vehicle dynamic characteristics have been completely revised. For the first time on this type of Ferrari model, third-generation electronic rear differential (E-Diffs) has been integrated with the F1-Trac, improving both mechanical grip and the control of the car to the limit. The Ferrari Portofino is also the first GT in this range to be fitted with EPS (Electric Power Steering) The integration of the EPS and the E-Diff3 reduced the steering ratio by 7% for even more responsive steering without a trade-off in stability at high-speed driving. Thanks to the adoption of dual-coil technology, the magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) has been upgraded, helping to reduce roll while contributing to improving absorption of road surface unevenness. The result is an even more dynamic, responsive car that also delivers superior ride comfort.

The new car also focuses on on-board comfort and this is achieved by a slew of new features – an infotainment system with a 10.2” touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system that improves passenger comfort either with the top up or down, a new steering wheel, 18-way adjustable electric-powered seats with a new backrest design that boosts legroom for rear seat passengers, and the passenger display. All passengers will highly appreciate the new wind deflector which can cut air flow inside the cabin by 30% and reduces aerodynamic noise in open-top driving.

The Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible car that Ferrari has ever produced.


Enzo Ferrari was born 120 years ago

Posted: 18.02.2018/ Source: Ferrari

The Enzo Ferrari Museum is celebrating the anniversary with a photo exhibition

“It seems incredible to think that Enzo Ferrari was born in the 19th century,” says Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne. “His lesson is more relevant than ever and his modernity unquestionable. He was a man with extraordinary vision and ability to manage people and resources as well as a strong entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional courage. One wonders what he could have achieved if he had had access to today’s technical resources and knowledge. The mark that he left on the world remains a source of pride for all of us at Ferrari and for the whole of Italy.”

Enzo Anselmo Ferrari, the son of Alfredo and Adalgisa, was born in Modena on 18 February 1898. As a child, he showed an unbridled passion for cars (his father, after all, had a workshop…) and as an adult he went on to become not only a great car manufacturer but one of the world’s greatest representatives of the Italian spirit. He was also one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century.

To celebrate his 120th birth anniversary, a photographic exhibition has been organised at Enzo’s birthplace, within the complex that now houses the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena. It includes images depicting him at various stages of his life: from childhood to adulthood, from his career as a driver to that of a manager and manufacturer alongside unforgettable motor racing champions such as Nuvolari, Castellotti and Villeneuve.


Gala evening dedicated to Ferrari customer teams

Posted: 18.02.2018/ Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 18 February 2018 – The Fiorano circuit hosted a gala evening on Saturday, with an award ceremony for the drivers and teams that won GT races at the wheel of Ferrari cars. These range from the 488 GTE, dominator of the FIA WEC World Championship and the European Le Mans Series, to the F430 Challenge, still capable of winning in Australia. In 2017 more than 50 drivers and 20 teams on four continents secured national and international titles for the Prancing Horse, as well as many individual race victories. Some of these were highly prestigious such as the 12 Hours of Bathurst or the 24 Hours of Spa and Le Mans. The guests were welcomed by Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Enrico Galliera, along with head of the Attività Sportive GT, Antonello Coletta. Seven of the nine official Ferrari Competizioni GT drivers also attended the evening.

Queen. And on the subject of special guests there was also an appearance from the “Queen”, the 488 GTE that won five out of nine races in the GTE-Pro class of the FIA WEC also winning the Trophy for GTE-Pro teams for AF Corse. The Piacenza based team will also race two cars in the GTE-Pro class of the 2018-19 WEC FIA Super Season and will offer technical support to various teams competing with Ferrari. The 488 GTE also triumphed three times in the GTE-Am class, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the colours of JMW Motorsport. The victorious teams included the US Scuderia Corsa, winner of the 2017 IMSA championship in the GT-Daytona class, alongside Kessel Racing and Rinaldi Racing awarded for their triumphs in the Blancpain championships in the Pro-Am Cup and Am Cup classes. The top management of Ente Competizioni GT were called on stage along with representatives of Michelotto Automobili, which always helps Ferrari to prepare its racing cars.

The prizewinners. Five official Ferrari drivers numbered among the more than 50 prizewinners. James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi were celebrated for the GT world title won in the FIA WEC, while Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina received an award for victory in the Gulf 12 Hours. Toni Vilander was also called on stage for his triumph in the 12 Hours of Bathurst 2017 with the 488 GT3 of Maranello Motorsport. The most successful drivers included Hillclimb phenomenon Lucio Peruggini and then David Perel, Marco Zanuttini, Jacques Duyver and Stephen Earle of Kessel Racing, as well as Alexander Mattschull and Daniel Keilwitz from Rinaldi Racing. Also meriting a mention was the tribute to the Wochenspiegel Team Monschau drivers who won the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in the Pro-Am class and gave Ferrari its first overall victory at the Nordschleife, the long Eifel track, since 2011.


IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2018 – Round 1 – Rolex 24 at Daytona

Posted: 28.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Circuit Daytona International Speedway
Date 27.01. – 28.01.2018
Laps 808
Distance 4.628,256 km / 2.876,480 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
Paul Dalla Lana
Pedro Lamy
Mathias Lauda
Daniel Serra
488 GT3
Spirit of Race
44. overall / 21. in class GTD
62 Toni Vilander
Alessandro Pier Guidi
James Calado
Davide Rigon
488 GTE   Risi Competizione 16. overall / 5. in class GTLM
63 Cooper MacNeil
Alessandro Balzan
Gunnar Jeannette
Jeff Segal
488 GT3   Scuderia Corsa 30. overall / 10. in class GTD
64 Bill Sweedler
Townsend Bell
Frank Montecalvo
Sam Bird
488 GT3   Scuderia Corsa 25. overall / 5. in class GTD
82 Miguel Molina
Ricardo Perez  de Lara
Martin Fuentes
Santiago Creel
Matt Griffin
488 GT3   Risi Competizione 39. overall / 17. in class GTD


IMSA SCC – 24 Hours of Daytona – Great untapped potential

Posted: 28.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Daytona, 28 January 2018 – Ferrari’s experience of the 24 Hours of Daytona 2018 could be summed up in a nutshell as significant untapped potential, a performance at times to match the very best, but an unsatisfactory finish.

GTLM. In GTLM class car no. 62 of Risi Competizione crewed by James Calado, Davide Rigon, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Toni Vilander was the star of the first half of the race. Vilander didn’t push things at the start but was in the leading group after four hours, on the tail of the two lightning fast Fords. Despite various troubles, including a problem with the safety net in the passenger compartment, a puncture and a door replacement, the 488 GTE was in the mix for a podium finish. However, a technical problem at the halfway mark lost it six laps. The almost complete absence of yellow flag phases also did the car no favors, so in the end it had to settle for fifth. Nevertheless, the Ferrari proved its potential by clocking the fastest lap, with James Calado recording a time of 1:44:008 in the first third of the race.

GTD. There was even more cause for regret in the GTD class, given that Ferrari had monopolised the front row in qualifying. Car no. 82 of Risi Competizione took command thanks to a fast Miguel Molina but the Houston team’s performance was compromised by a refueling problem in the first part of the race. The car returned to the pits, but a issue with the filler caused fuel to spurt out, which landed on hot parts of the car, ignited and ruined the rest of the race. Molina drove the car over the line after alternating with Matt Griffin, Martin Fuentes, Santiago Creel and Ricardo Perez de Lara. It finished in 17th. Car no. 63 of Scuderia Corsa was the star of the early stages of the race until technical trouble lost Balzan-MacNeil-Jeannette-Segal nine laps that they only partially made up. They ended in tenth. The crew of the 488 GT3 no. 51 of Spirit of Race was up among the leaders until 8 am, but was forced to retire after Paul Dalla Lana came off track and it was too damaged to continue. The best of Ferraris in the end was car no. 64 of Scuderia Corsa, the one that had struggled most in qualifying. Sam Bird, Frankie Montecalvo, Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell fought back from 14th to fifth place again proving the car’s potential. Unfortunately though, this great potential remained untapped. The Cadillac of Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi was overall winner.


IMSA SCC – Hour 20 – Hard Fought Battle Nearing Conclusion

Posted: 28.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Daytona, 28 January 2018 – As the sun rose over the Daytona International Speedway, the 24 Hours at Daytona entered its final phase.  The strongest contenders were the No. 51 Spirit of Race entry and the No. 64 Scuderia Corsa entry.  Things looked very close for a podium position, but calamity soon struck the No. 51 when a spin forced a lengthy pit stop for repairs.  Further down the field, the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa entry put in some strong lap times, but has thus far been unable to make any headway on their 7 lap deficit to the leaders.

GTLM. Ford has solidified its advantage in the GT-LM field, having lapped all of their nearest competitors.  The No. 62 entry from Risi Competitzione is in fifth place with Toni Vilander at the wheel, six laps behind their nearest competitor.


IMSA SCC – 24 Hours of Daytona – Hour 17: Ferrari Mounts a Charge in GT-Daytona

Posted: 28.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Daytona, 28 January 2018 – At hour 17, all five Ferraris continue to work their way towards dawn in the 24 Hours at Daytona. The night has shaken up the running order, but consistency, speed and some well timed caution periods have brought the No. 64 entered by Scuderia Corsa (the car received a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane) and No. 51 entered by Spirit of Race back to the lead lap of the GT-Daytona battle. Both cars are running within twenty seconds of the leading Lamborghini, ensuring a dramatic final third of the 24 Hour classic.
GTLM. Mechanical woes have blunted the Ferrari challenge in the GTLM class as the team has been required to spend additional time in pit lane. The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari is currently 7th in class, and seven laps behind the class dominating Fords.


IMSA SCC – 24 Hours of Daytona – Hour 2: Spirit of Race in command

Posted: 27.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Daytona, 27 Jan 2018 – After two hours car no. 51 of Spirit of Race is ahead in the GTD class. The Ferrari has so far been driven by Daniel Serra, Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy. However, a problem sent car no. 82 of Risi Competizione into the pits, after it had led the first part of the race. The two 488 GT3s of Scuderia Corsa with Townsend Bell and Cooper MacNeil are still racing and in the top ten.

GTLM. In the GTLM class James Calado has taken over from Davide Rigon in the Ferrari 488 GTE of Risi Competizione. The car is in ninth place in a race where up to now there have been no yellow flags.


IMSA SCC – 24 Hours of Daytona – Molina ahead in the first hour

Posted: 27.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Daytona, 27 Jan 2018 – The 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona got underway at 2:40 pm local time. Two Ferraris lead the field in the GTD class. Miguel Molina, at the wheel of the Ferrari 488 GT3 of Risi Competizione, started by immediately overtaking Daniel Serra in the sister car of Spirit of Race. The two Scuderia Corsa Ferraris are respectively in seventh, with Sam Bird making up seven positions, and in ninth with Alessandro Balzan.

GTLM. In the GTLM class the 488 GTE of Risi Competizione is placed seventh, the same position in which it started, with Vilander in the driver’s seat. After a shower just before the race, the track dried quickly and the temperatures rose but humidity remains high.


Ferrari Challenge Completes Thrilling Weekend at Daytona

Posted: 27.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

The Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli made a thrilling debut on the high banking of the Daytona International Speedway in support of the 24 Hours at Daytona.  Saturday morning’s race was run under cloudier skies, but less wind than earlier in the weekend.  Drivers took the green flag just a few minutes past 9:30 and raced hard for thirty minutes.  Fierce competition marked the thirty minute race with some podium winners earned penalties for their driving tactics.

Trofeo Pirelli. Peter Ludwig (Wide World Ferrari) took the top step of the podium in the Trofeo Pirelli class after a late braking maneuver took him past pole-sitter Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari of Silicon Valley).  Cooper did his best to keep Peter honest, but besides late drama with a back-marker, Peter was able to hold on for the win.  James Weiland (Boardwalk Ferrari) took his second podium of the weekend as well in a distant third.

Trofeo Pirelli AM – Rob Hodes took the top step of the podium in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class in his Ferrari of Vancouver 488 Challenge car.  Rob was able to take a fairly comfortable victory after contact between Dave Musial (Lake Forest Sportscars) and Alfred Caiola (Ferrari of Long Island) sent Alfred back to 9th in class and earned Dave a post-race time penalty.  Barry Zekelman (Ferrari of Ontario) and Osvaldo Gaio (Miller Motorcars) were promoted to second and third place respectively.

Coppa Shell –  The Coppa Shell class results were marred by post-race penalties, most importantly to Mark Fuller of Ferrari of Westlake.  While Mark was first to cross the line, a driving infraction meant a 10 second penalty dropped him back in the order.  That advanced Brian Kaminskey (Ferrari of Long Island) to the top step of the podium with Chris Carel (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) and Robert Picerne (Ferrari of Central Florida) to second and third respectively.

Coppa Shell AM – Thomas Tippl (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) took his first ever victory in his first Ferrari Challenge weekend at the Daytona International Speedway, holding off his rival, Dale Katechis (Miller Motorcars) by two seconds.  Brian Simon of Cauley Ferrari of Detroit finished in third position.


IMSA SCC – 24 Hours of Daytona – All Ferrari front row in GTD class

Posted: 25.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Daytona, 25 January 2018 – Daniel Serra in the 488 GT3 no. 51 of Spirit Of Race will start from pole position in the GT-Daytona (GTD) class of the 24 Hours of Daytona. Miguel Molina will be in second for Risi Competizione in an all Ferrari front row. In the GT-Le Mans (GTLM) class Tony Vilander qualified the 488 GTE of Risi Competizione in seventh place.

GTD. Right from the start, Daniel Serra in the Ferrari 488 GT3 of Spirit of Race dictated the pace. He improved lap by lap for a final time of 1:46:049, the fastest ever recorded in this category at the International Speedway. Serra will be joined by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda. Second place was taken by the sister car of Risi Competizione, driven in qualifying by Miguel Molina. He also improved lap by lap, stopping the clock at 1:46:502. Miguel, an official Maranello driver, will share the car with Matt Griffin and Mexicans Martin Fuentes, Santiago Creel and Ricardo Perez de Lara. The first of the two Scuderia Corsa Ferraris will set off in fifth. Alessandro Balzan recorded a time of 1:47:055. In the race, he will share the 488 GT3 with Gunnar Jeannette, Cooper MacNeil and Jeff Segal. The other Scuderia Corsa car, the no. 64 of Sam Bird, Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler and Frankie Montecalvo enjoyed a less successful qualifying. Bird recorded a time of 1:47:839, for 14th place.

GTLM. In the GT-Le Mans the Ferrari 488 GTE of Risi Competizione had a less successful qualifying session. Toni Vilander began by recording relatively high times, but improved towards the end for a time of 1:43:601 good for seventh place. He was just over eight tenths of a second behind the Chevrolet of Jan Magnussen, which took pole in 1:42:779. The overall pole went to the Cadillac of Renger Van Der Zande in 1:36:083.

Programme. The race will start on Saturday at 2:40 pm local time (8:40 pm CET) but is preceded by more free practice sessions, including one at night so that all the drivers can become familiar with the conditions they will have to face in the race.


IMSA SCC – 24 Hours of Daytona – Five Ferraris chase a dream

Posted: 25.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

Daytona Beach, 25 January 2018 – Ferrari returns to Daytona with five cars, one in the GT-Le Mans (GTLM) class and four in the GT-Daytona (GTD). The 488 GTE and four 488 GT3s will be trying to beat the many other manufacturers at the legendary 24 Hours that opens the IMSA SportsCar championship season and, indeed, a full-on year of GT racing.

GTLM. One car will be competing in the GTLM class. The 488 GTE of Risi Competizione will be there with an entirely official crew of Toni Vilander and Davide Rigon, plus the FIA World Endurance Championship winners, James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi. Calado and Vilander came third last season, so now the goal is to win, even if the BoP once again penalises the Italian berlinetta on the straight, which at Daytona means much of the track given that the 31-degree parabolic curves are also driven at full throttle. Calado and Vilander’s best finish at Daytona is still the third place of 2017, while Rigon was sixth in 2016 with the 488 GTE of Risi Competizione, and Pier Guidi won the 2014 edition in the GTD class with Level 5 Motorsports, for the Prancing Horse’s most recent triumph on the legendary Florida track.

GTD. Four 488 GT3s will be involved in the GTD class. Expectations are high for the car of Scuderia Corsa that, without Christina Nielsen, will see Alessandro Balzan, the return of Jeff Segal and new entries Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette. Segal was part of the team that won in 2014, while MacNeil was second in 2015. Fourth is the best result so far for both Balzan (for Ferrari in 2013) and Jeannette (2014). Giacomo Mattioli’s team is also fielding a second car, the no. 64 of Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler, Sam Bird and Frankie Montecalvo. Bell won in 2014 with Sweedler while both Bird and Montecalvo recorded their best results in 2014, with respectively a sixth and a fourth place. The third 488 GT3 belongs to Spirit of Race and will be driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda, Pedro Lamy and Daniel Serra, who more usually compete against Ferrari crews. Fourth place is the best result achieved so far by all four drivers. Dalla Lana, in his ninth outing, recorded it in 2016, just like his three co-drivers, although Lamy had previously been fourth also in 2009. The last of the Ferrari group is Risi Competizione’s second car, crewed by rookie Miguel Molina, official Ferrari driver, Matt Griffin, and Mexicans Santiago Creel, Martin Fuentes and Ricardo Perez de Lara, an old acquaintance of the Ferrari Challenge. Griffin was fourth in 2015, Fuentes sixth in 2014, Creel tenth in 2017 and Perez De Lara 17th in 2013.

History. Ferrari has twice been overall winner of the 24 Hours. The first victory came in 1967 with the official 330 P3/4 of Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon, when there was the famous one-two-three finish and a Ferrari hat trick on the podium. Then in 1998 the 333 SP of Doran-Moretti Racing won with Arie Luyendyk, Didier Theys, Mauro Baldi and Gianpiero Moretti. There have also been eight class victories, most recently in 2014 in the GTD with Segal-Pier Guidi-Bell-Sweedler and Level 5 Motorsports. However, there were also another 11 wins not obtained in the 24 hours. The first came in 1959, in the USAC series, with Santiago Gonzalez and Skip Hudson in a 250 GT of the Hans Hirch team. We also shouldn’t forget the triumph in the 6 Hours of 1972 by the 312 PB of 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 3:55 pm local time (9:55 pm CET) for the GTLM class and at 4:20 pm (10:20 pm CET) for the GTD. On Friday, there is another test session before the race starts at 2:40 pm local time (8:40 pm CET) on Saturday. The conclusion is of course scheduled for the same time on Sunday.


Ferrari Challenge North America Takes Off at Daytona

Posted: 24.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

The cool but sunny weather continued from the morning qualifying session into Race 1 of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli at Daytona International Speedway.  Having just set the grid for Race 2, drivers had a short break before preparing to do battle in the late morning.

Trofeo Pirelli. Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari Silicon Valley) took victory in his first of three races at Daytona International Speedway.  Cooper will be racing not only in the Ferrari Challenge this weekend, but also in the 24 Hours at Daytona.  He held off a strong charge from Peter Ludwig (Wide World Ferrari) who maintained a close gap and even took the fastest lap of the race (1:47.962), until backing off at the end.  James Weiland completed the podium in his Boardwalk Ferrari 488 Challenge car.

Trofeo Pirelli AM. Alfred Caiola returned to Ferrari Challenge after a hiatus and started his season off with a win in the Trofeo Pirelli AM category.  Driving his Ferrari of Long Island powered 488 Challenge Car, Alfred took the win by only two tenths of a second over the hard charging Dave Musial (Lake Forest Sportscars).  Rob Hodes (Ferrari of Washington) completed the podium with third place.

Coppa Shell. Michael Fassbender (Ferrari North America) took his first victory in Ferrari Challenge in the Coppa Shell class with a charging drive after starting in fourth position.  Once taking the lead from Brian Kaminskey (Ferrari of Long Island), Michael went to work establishing a gap over his nearest rivals.  However, Chris Carel (Ferrari Westlake) soon made it by Brian and began closing the gap.  He soon ran out of time, however, and had to settle for second, while Brian rounded out the podium in third.

Coppa Shell AM. John McGrue (Ferrari of Long Island) took his first victory in Ferrari Challenge and set his season off to a great start.  John was able to get a couple of Coppa Shell cars between himself and second place Jason McCarthy (Wide World Ferrari) while Brian Simon (Cauley Ferrari of Detroit) rounded out the podium in third.


The car: what’s new for 2018

Posted: 22.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

The less well known points of the F1 regulations and their effect on the design

Last year, the rules underwent a truly revolutionary change, but there will be less upheaval in 2018. Nevertheless, the look of the car will change in several areas. Also down to the regulations, there will be different parameters when it comes to how the mechanical components are managed. Let’s take a closer look at these changes, including their finer points:

Chassis and Aerodynamics. The most visible modification is the introduction of the HALO, the structure designed to protect the driver from being hit by a flying object. This change involved a great deal of work for the designers, on the one hand because the 5 kilo increase in the car’s minimum weight, to 733 Kg, only partly compensates for the weight of the component and, on the other, because of the inevitable effect on air flow. Aesthetically however, one can expect an improvement over the prototypes seen to date, thanks to it being slightly faired-in and also integrated into the livery of the car.

The large “shark fin” on the engine cover has almost completely gone, while the positioning of the transversally mounted T-wing, which all the teams used in 2017 to better direct air flow towards the rear wing has been reviewed. Also gone at the back end of the car is the crash wing, better known as the “monkey seat” which used to sit below the rear wing. The exhaust exit has been position further back and this year, as a further safety precaution, each wheel will have three cable tethers to prevent them detaching in an accident. The frontal crash test standard is also more severe and finally, on the front of the chassis, cars will carry a 360 degree video camera.

Power Unit. According to the sporting regulations, the number of internal combustion units (the V6 engines) that can be used over the course of the 21 race season, has been reduced from four to three, which means each one will have to deal with a 40% increase in its mileage. There are more severe restrictions on oil consumption, with just one type of lubricant allowed over the course of a race weekend, to be used at a rate of no more than 6 litres every 100 Km. There are new regulations relating to the positioning of some electrical components in the area around the rechargeable batteries, while further restrictions are imposed when it comes to rules regarding fuel and the air temperature going into the air intake, as well as of the exhaust gases.


Ferrari at Autosport International 2018

Posted: 12.01.2018 / Source: Ferrari

At Birmingham NEC until Sunday

Birmingham, 12 January 2018 – Ferrari is pleased to be the main feature at the annual Autosport International racing car show at the NEC in Birmingham, which runs until Sunday. This is the first time that Ferrari’s Competizioni GT and Corse Clienti departments have had a motor show stand dedicated to the company’s racing activities.

Dream display. On display are a Ferrari 488 Challenge, with which clients compete in the Ferrari Challenge European series, the world-championship 488 GTE driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, a FXX K EVO, the new entry among the XX Programmes cars, the F2004 F1 car, a single-seater that takes part in the F1 Clienti activities, and the SF17H F1 car driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen during the 2017 season.

Top class drivers. As part of the company’s involvement in the show, Ferrari drivers and World Champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi were protagonists on the Autosport main stage, entertaining the live audiences with a recap of their experiences in Ferrari GT racing and what it feels like to be a world champion. Ferrari drivers Miguel Molina and Marc Gene join the Autosport International show on Friday and will be taking part also on Saturday.

“Muner”. Ferrari is also supporting the “Muner” project (Motorvehicle University of Emilia Romagna) which is a new initiative with four Universities in the Italian Motor Valley, based in the Emilia Romagna region, in partnership with several automotive manufacturers in the region. The initiative will see the Universities offering a range of Master’s Degree level courses with the aim of preparing young top class engineers for the automotive industry.

Challenge UK series. The Autosport International show was the perfect location for Ferrari to announce the company’s intention to evaluate to launch a dedicated Ferrari Challenge series in the UK in 2019. A dedicated UK series of the Ferrari Challenge would be run to the same regulations as the Ferrari Challenge European Series, and would be open to any UK clients who own a Ferrari 488 Challenge race car. Further details regarding the potential race calendar and other technical details will be announced at the Ferrari Challenge Europe race weekend which takes places at Silverstone from 27-29 April 2018 and at the FIA WEC’s 6 Hours of Silverstone from 17-19 August 2018.


Ferrari Challenge – Evaluating a UK series for 2019

Posted: 11.01.2018/ Source: Ferrari

Birmingham, 11 January 2018 – Ferrari’s Corse Clienti division is evaluating to launch a dedicated Ferrari Challenge series in the UK in 2019, as announced at the Birmingham Autosport International today.

National B licence. A dedicated UK series of the Ferrari Challenge would be run to the same regulations as the Ferrari Challenge European Series, and would be open to any UK clients who own a Ferrari 488 Challenge race car. Clients wishing to race in a Ferrari Challenge UK Series would only require a National B racing licence, and participating in the UK series would enable clients to progress and to qualify for an International C racing licence which is required for the Ferrari Challenge European Series.

Dealer network. Clients wishing to register their interest in the Ferrari Challenge UK Series for 2019 should contact their local official Ferrari dealership. The official Ferrari dealer network will be an integral part of the Ferrari Challenge UK Series, and will be able to provide a “turn-key” solution for clients wishing to participate in this exciting new UK motor sport opportunity.

Challenge Europe in the UK. Further details regarding the potential race calendar and other technical details will be announced at the Ferrari Challenge Europe race weekend, round 2 of the European series, which takes places at Silverstone from 27-29 April 2018 and at the FIA WEC’s 6 Hours of Silverstone from 17-19 August 2018.


FIA WEC – Calado and Pier Guidi: “We aim to retain the title in the Super Season”

Posted: 11.01.2018/ Source: Ferrari

Birmingham, 11 January 2018 – FIA World Endurance Championship champions, James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, appeared on stage at the Birmingham Autosport International where they reviewed their extraordinary 2017 and talked about their expectations for a 2018 season that is shaping up to be intense and special and will see the two together again on the 51 Ferrari 488GTE with Sam Bird and Davide Rigon confirmed on the 71 sister car.

Perfect reaction. James and Alessandro won the title in their first season as teammates, achieving great results right from the off. However, their sprint to the title began after the disappointment of Le Mans. “We were very unlucky in France because we were involved in an accident in the morning while we were in the leading group,” said James Calado. “That disappointment rather than discourage gave us a chance to react. We started right from the following race at the Nürburgring, and we didn’t stop.” Alessandro Pier Guidi is very clear about the turning point: “I think it was in Austin, when bad luck seemed to be dogging us again. Near the end of the race, when we were comfortably ahead, we had a puncture but managed to react and secure the win. At that moment we realised that we could do it.” James remembers the relief and joy at crossing the finish line: “For 15 seconds I screamed about everything down the radio… I was over the moon.”

Daytona and Super Season. The 2018 season is already about to begin for the two world champions: “Alessandro and I will be at Daytona at the end of the month and along with Toni Vilander will try to win one of the world’s most important endurance races,” said James. “Risi Competizione finished third in 2017. We want to try to do even better.” Then there will be the WEC Super Season: “It will be a special one spread over two years and comprising two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” explained Pier Guidi. “Our aim, of course, is to retain the title, but also we would like at least one podium finish in the two races to be held in France.”


Benelux debut for Ferrari Portofino at Brussels Motorshow

Posted: 10.01.2018/ Source: Ferrari

Brussels, January 10th, 2018 – The new Ferrari Portofino makes its Benelux debut at the upcoming Brussels Motor Show where visitors of the Belgian show will also be able to admire all the latest additions to the Ferrari model range.

The Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of outright performance and versatility in addition to a level of driving pleasure and on-board comfort unparalleled on the market. Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.8 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 complete with two rear seats suitable for short trips.

On the Ferrari stand, flanking the Bianco Italia Portofino, are a 812 Superfast finished in Rosso 70 Anni, a GTC4Lusso T in Grigio Silverstone, a 488 Spider in Rosso Corsa and a 488 GTB in Grigio Titanio.


The GP d’Autore exhibition officially opened at Ferrari Museum in Maranello

Posted: 09.01.2018/ Source: Ferrari

Internationally-renowned artists give their unique take on the world of Formula 1 in the “GP d’Autore’ exhibition officially opened at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello today.

Twenty works by nine different graphic novel artists each tell the story of a different round of the 2017 F1 World Championship, taking their inspiration from the traditions and legends of the various host nations.

The exploits of the Scuderia Ferrari’s SF70H single-seater are immortalised in works featuring pyramids and superheroes, skyscrapers and dragons, mountains and deserts that reference modern-day stories as well as those from history.


Screen & Track Star: RM Sotheby’s adds 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Spider to Paris Sale

Posted: 09.01.2018
Source: RM Sotheby’s


  • RM Sotheby’s announces unique Ferrari 166 MM Spider raced in 1953/54 Mille Miglia and featured in Kirk Douglas film The Racers for annual Paris sale, 7 February
  • Auction held during world-famous Rétromobile week features 84 vehicles, including very rare riveted Iso Grifo A3/C formerly owned by the late, beloved Johnny Hallyday
  • RM Sotheby’s Paris digital catalogue now available at

LONDON (9 January 2018) – RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce final featured entries for its fifth annual Paris sale, 7 February at Place Vauban during Rétromobile week. The 84 vehicles on offer are led by a supremely original 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Spider, chassis no. 0272 M.

The fifth of 13 166 MMs built for 1953, the car on offer features unique spider coachwork, though its specific builder remains a mystery. Most historians believe that it was designed by Aurelio Lampredi and is thought to have been built by Ferrari itself. One of 0272 M’s earliest track outings was at the 1953 Mille Miglia, with original owner Dr. Alberico Cacciari and R.H. Bill Mason—father of Pink Floyd drummer and noted Ferrari collector Nick Mason—at the helm. During this time, the car was also used in the production of the 1953 Shell movie about the Mille Miglia, directed by Bill Mason himself.

Raced in numerous events across Italy throughout the 1953 season, the car was campaigned once again in the 1954 Mille Miglia by Emmanuel de Graffenried and G. Parravicini. While entered under the Scuderia Ferrari name, the 166 was used exclusively by MGM Studios for its movie The Racers starring Kirk Douglas, with the two pilots acting as stuntmen for the film. Following the race, the car was exported to California to continue filming, after which it was raced and shown frequently throughout the U.S. West Coast, including at the Monterey Historics and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, as well as at the Cavallino Classic. In more recent years, the car has participated in numerous events, including the Mille Miglia Storica, Le Belle Macchine d’Italia, and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The 166 MM is offered at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale retaining its original mechanical components, including frame, engine, gearbox, rear axle, steering box, and all carburettors, as well as most of its original bodywork. With a fascinating history, 0272 M would be an exceptional acquisition to show, drive and enjoy at the world’s most prestigious concours and vintage racing events (Est. €3.700.000 – €4.500.000).

“A 166 MM is truly a joy to drive – smooth and with plenty of horsepower on tap channeled through its might V-12 and five-speed gearbox,” comments Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s Europe. “The reliability of this particular early Ferrari racer is clearly demonstrated by its long and continuous competition history and incredible originality, further set off by its unique coachwork and Hollywood connection.”

The Paris sale is also set to feature the eighth of just 10 riveted Iso Grifo A3/Cs built for 1964, chassis no. B 0209. Bred with endurance racing in mind (A3/Cs won their class at Le Mans in 1964 and 1965), the example offered in Paris is one of the very desirable ‘riveted’ A3/Cs, made by Carrozzeria Sports Cars of Piero Drogo in Modena. The bodies were made in ‘avional’, a special alloy of aluminum, copper and magnesium that is very light and elastic but difficult to weld, meaning it needed to be riveted in a fashion similar to an airplane.

Finished in dark red over black leather seats, the A3/C was delivered to its first French owner in November 1964 and was quickly sold to Paris resident Jean-Phillippe Smet, better known as none other than the late musician Johnny Hallyday. Beloved throughout France, Hallyday is pictured in and around the car in Paris in late 1964 and early 1965. Following Hallyday’s ownership, the Iso spent significant time in long term ownership, including 24 years in Prince Pierre Sangusko’s castle, and more than 15 years in Michel Hommell’s Manoir de l’Automobile museum in Lohéac, France. It has since been displayed at the 2017 Chantilly Concours, where it garnered the ‘Special Award’ within the Great Musicians’ Cars class, and it comes to Paris with less than 27,000 km covered and having spent its entire life in France (Est. €2.500.000 – €3.000.000).

Sabatié-Garat adds: “The offering of a riveted Iso Grifo A3/C is extraordinarily rare in its own right. Add to that its exceptional French provenance and former ownership by the late, and much loved, Johnny Hallyday, and you have a once-in-a-generation opportunity for collectors. We’re tremendously honoured to bring an important car owned by such a cherished French icon to public auction for the very first time.”

Additional featured highlights for RM Sotheby’s fifth annual Paris sale include:

  • 2017 Bugatti Chiron, one of the first 20 examples to be delivered worldwide (Est. €3.200.000 – €3.600.000);
  • 1993 Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport Prototype, an ultra-rare prototype with unique factory modifications and showing just 3,300 km from new (Est. €850.000 – €1.100.000);
  • 2014 McLaren P1, with numerous McLaren Special Operations custom features and just 6,000 km from new (Est. €1.700.000 – €2.000.000);
  • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy, a matching numbers, Classiche certified example clothed in desirable ‘long-nose’ alloy bodywork (Est. €2.400.000 – €2.800.000);
  • 2005 Maserati MC12, one of just 50 ever built, and one of six cars offered as part of a private collection entirely without reserve (Est. €2.000.000 – €2.500.000); and,
  • 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II, highly original throughout and having had just two German owners from new, including single ownership for more than four decades (Est. €1.600.000 – €1.800.000).

Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February 2018), RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International, which runs through 4 February. This exciting event features a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pays tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on Festival Automobile International, please visit

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris sale, to view the complete digital catalogue, or to register to bid, please visit Interested bidders are invited to call RM Sotheby’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 to speak with a car specialist.


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RM Sotheby’s 2018 Paris Auction – The Ferrari Lots

S/N 19751
Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina
  • Lot: 111
  • Estimate: 150.000 – 175.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 4189 GT
Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III
  • Lot: 115
  • Estimate: 430.000 – 470.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 08069
Ferrari 275 GTB “Alloy
  • Lot: 120
  • Estimate: 2.400.000 – 2.800.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 36775
Ferrari 512 BB
  • Lot: 121
  • Estimate: 240.000 – 280.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFDT57B000139664
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
  • Lot: 122
  • Estimate: 200.000 – 250.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N – ZFFGJ34B000093710
Ferrari F 40
  • Lot: 123
  • Estimate: 850.000 – 950.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFFD60B000167984
Ferrari 599 GTB
  • Lot: 125
  • Estimate: 300.000 – 350.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFBT55B000128466
Ferrari 575 M Maranello
  • Lot: 138
  • Estimate: 85.000 – 125.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFZR528000124364
Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
  • Lot: 140
  • Estimate: 265.000 – 325.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks: 386/448
S/N ZFFLA40B000096850
Ferrari 512 TR
  • Lot: 141
  • Estimate: 110.000 – 145.000 EUR
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S/N 12043
Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
  • Lot: 146
  • Estimate: 210.000 – 240.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFPA41B000101523
Ferrari F 355 Challenge
  • Lot: 161
  • Estimate: 135.000 – 175.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 00854
Ferrari 246 GT Dino “L-Series”
  • Lot: 164
  • Estimate: 300.000 – 350.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFUA36B000096858
Ferrari 348 GTS
  • Lot: 166
  • Estimate: 75.000 – 100.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 0272 M
Ferrari 166 MM Spider
  • Lot: 172
  • Estimate: 3.700.000 – 4.500.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFSP44B000102488
Ferrari 456 GT
  • Lot: 178
  • Estimate: 60.000 – 80.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFAA17B000091201
Ferrari Testarossa
  • Lot: 182
  • Estimate: 70.000 – 90.000 EUR
  • Result:
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Challenge APAC – And the winners are Prette, Seto, Fujiwara and Berry!

Posted: 22.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 22 December 2017 – The seventh season of the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific (APAC) had the honour of hosting the debut of the 488 Challenge in Abu Dhabi. In the Trofeo Pirelli Angelo Negro was first driver to win with the new car. Philippe Prette came back to take Race-2, while the Racing Days in Shanghai as usual witnessed some excellent performances from the Chinese drivers. Hulin Han won Race 1, but the following day it was the turn of Prette who also triumphed in the only race at Zhejiang and the first at Fuji. However, Race-2 in Japan saw a win for his rookie son Louis. Prette took another step toward the title with a victory at Sepang in Race-1, while the next day Han bagged his second victory of the season. Ringo Chong prevailed twice in Singapore while Prette wrapped things up in Race-1 at Mugello.

The duel between Japan’s Ken Seto and Taipei’s Tiger Wu dominated the Trofeo Pirelli Am season. The two shared the spoils in Abu Dhabi, with Wu making a clean sweep at Fuji. However, Seto limited the damage and then triumphed at Sepang in Race 1. Ziad Ghandour enjoyed two days of glory in Singapore, while Wu lost precious points to Seto. Then finally, while King ruled the roost at Mugello, Seto sealed the title with a second and a fourth place.

Makoto Fujiwara made an explosive start to the Coppa Shell. The Japanese driver finished first in two races at Abu Dhabi and at Shanghai but he had to fight it out with China’s Eric Zang who won the two races at Fuji. The rivals shared the winner’s laurels at Sepang while in Singapore Zang pulled-off a one-two, although Fujiwara limited the damage with a second and third place. The Japanese won the title finishing second and a fourth at Mugello. David Dicker took the Coppa Shell by just one point over Grant Baker, 105 to 104, while the Ladies’ Cup went to Indonesia’s, Kathicha Chimsiri.

Australian rookie Martin Berry was fastest right from the get-go in the 458 Challenge EVO class and sealed the title very early. The only other drivers to win were Tani Hanna, Hidehiko Hagiwara, Sam Lok and Tamotsu Kondo.


“We have taken giant strides”

Posted: 18.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

The President’s message: “There are already signs of progress for 2018”

Maranello, 18 December –The Gestione Sportiva Christmas lunch with members of the media is a time for exchanging season’s greetings after a year spent together at the race tracks. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to look back at the key moments of what was an action packed championship.

“Given where we started from last year, this season we have taken giant strides forward,” was president Sergio Marchionne’s overview. “Having said that, the second half of 2017 was…character building. We learned a lot over the past six months, trying to move forward and that’s the most important thing. From back in August of last year, when we overhauled the organisation, I totally believed that these guys, with Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal and Mattia Binotto heading up the technical side, would be capable of doing something amazing. We really believed we could do much more: but in 2017, we were unable to reach our objectives. That has also resulted in some changes to the organisation of the Gestione Sportiva. We can already see significant signs of change when it comes to the team’s production capacity. The important thing is to start 2018 with all this expertise and experience and to manage this organisation. I have no doubt that we will be competitive.”

Naturally enough, the conversation moved on to the subject of the drivers: “Sebastian Vettel is a guy who studies a lot, studies himself and is committed, therefore, I think that we will see less of his emotive side. I think he has learned enough. Plus, there were plenty of opportunities for him to get annoyed, as he’s had a couple of rather difficult seasons, this year and the previous one. I continue to maintain we have an obligation towards these drivers, to give them a car with which they can race the others. I think we gave them a great car in 2017 and so, from now on, it’s down to him. As for Kimi Raikkonen, I believe he is really great, truly talented and I have never doubted his abilities. I tell you, he’s a really top guy, otherwise he wouldn’t have taken pole at a track like Monaco. I think Maurizio has done a great job with the drivers and that’s not an easy task.”

Until we meet again on 22nd February, when we will reveal the car that will race in the 2018 world championship, happy holidays to you all.


David Fumanelli wins Challenge race at Motor Show

Posted: 02.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 2 December 2017 – David Fumanelli won the exhibition race of the Motor Show featuring the 488 Challenge cars that usually compete in the Ferrari one-make series. The Italian Rossocorsa driver defeated 2017 European champion Daniele Di Amato (CDP) in the final. Third and fourth place went to Thomas Gostner, with the 488 Challenge of Ineco-MP Racing, and Bjorn Grossmann, in the car of Octane 126.

Eliminated in the first round. The other four competitors in the Motor Show exhibition race were knocked out in the first round. Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) and Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) were respectively eliminated by Thomas Gostner and David Fumanelli in the other Rossocorsa car, while Daniele Di Amato and Bjorn Grossmann defeated Manuela Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) and Maurizio Pitorri (CDP).

2018 championships. The Ferrari Challenge is over for 2017, but will resume again in January with the first of the three championship series. The first round of the North American series takes place from 24 to 27 January at Daytona. The other two championships will kick off on 22 to 25 March. The first round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific goes to Melbourne, while the Ferrari Challenge Europe begins at Mugello, the Ferrari-owned track.



Posted: 18.12.2017 / Source: RM Sotheby’s

  • Star of RM Sotheby’s upcoming Paris sale is a recently restored alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
  • Rare, one-of-five, 2-litre 1954 OSCA 2000 S and one-of-14 1995 Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet also confirmed
  • Supercar selection includes a prototype Bugatti EB110 SS and a 2014 McLaren P1 with MSO features
  • More than 70 collector cars set to be offered on 7 February 2018 during Rétromobile week
  • Frequently updated list of entries and additional sale info available at

LONDON (18 December, 2017) – After a phenomenal end to 2017, RM Sotheby’s 2018 European auction calendar will open again in Paris with an auction offering that features stunning sports, racing, and performance lots, including a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy, a one-of-five 2-litre 1954 OSCA 2000 S and a rare Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet.

Held during the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018), RM Sotheby’s has amassed more than 70 collector cars for its prestigious Paris sale on 7 February. The star of the auction is an exceptionally rare long-nose, alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB. Benefitting from over forty years of single ownership in the United States, chassis no. 08069 has recently undergone a ground-up restoration, returning the matching-numbers car to its original factory colors of Argento Metallizatto over a Nero interior, whilst also boasting certification by Ferrari Classiche. One of a mere 60 alloy-bodied 275 GTBs ever made, and widely considered one of the greatest Ferraris of the 1960s, this is one of the finest 275 examples to be offered for public sale (Est. €2.400.000 – €2.800.000).

Lining up alongside the Ferrari is one of the rarest sports cars ever made, a 1954 OSCA 2000 S, chassis no. 2005. This example is one of five cars built and sports gorgeous Morelli coachwork. Winner of the 1954 12 hours of Messina and raced at a handful of other events in Italy, the OSCA benefits from a four-year restoration concluded in 2003 and is ready to be enjoyed and driven on road or track by a discerning new owner (Est. €875.000 – €975.000).

At the other end of the rare collector car spectrum is a 1995 Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet. One of just nine left-hand-drive examples made of a mere 14 that ever left the Porsche Exclusive factory, chassis no. 8509 has been carefully used and has covered just 32,000 km from new. A unique and appealing mix of narrow-bodied ‘993’ Carrera bodyshell and ‘964’ Turbo running gear, this drop-top Porsche was a special edition, paired with a desirable ‘G50’ manual gearbox and, unlike the production 911 Turbos of the era, is rear-wheel drive. This example is the second-to-last car ever made and is fitted with a unique electric clutch produced by RUF and installed by Porsche Exclusive. It comes with a comprehensive history file, and a fresh service (Est. €625.000 – €725.000).

Joining the recently announced ‘no-reserve’ 2005 Maserati MC12 and 1992 Ferrari F40 are additional iconic supercars, including a rare Italian-delivered and registered 2014 McLaren P1. Finished in a unique paint-to-sample Porsche Grauschwartz 7A1 Gloss with Rocket Red Pinstripes by McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) team – a €100.000 cost when it was ordered – the P1 has covered just 6,000 km by its sole owner (Est. €1.700.000 – €2.000.000). It is featured alongside a prototype 1993 Bugatti EB110 SS with unique factory modifications, including a twin tank single filler system, a carbon fibre engine cover, and a revised gear selector (est. €850.000 – €1.100.000). Rounding out the modern era supercar line-up is a one-of-150, two-owner 1996 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 in a rare colour combination of Titanium over Blue Alcantara.

And for less ‘money, money, money’ than you might imagine, the sale also features a rakish 1977 BMW 633 CSionce owned by Polar Music, the record company of ABBA—Swedish super group of the 1970s. The car was purchased new to be used by Björn Ulvaeus, an avid BMW fan, as well as fellow band member Benny Andersson, and will be sold without reserve at the Paris sale (Est. €25.000 – €35.000). Joining it is an Italian-delivered 2001 BMW Z8, which is offered from its single private owner, a successful Italian touring car driver, and has covered just 28,500 km from new (Est.€180.000 – €240.000).

Meanwhile, ahead of next year’s deliveries of the new Alpine A110, RM has secured a pair of Alpine-Renault A110s for its Paris sale; a 1974 A110 B ‘Team Vialle Autogas’ and a 1974 A110 1600 S. The former, a highly successful example, was driven by Piet Kruythof in 1977/8 in the FIA European Rallycross Championship and has been restored by its current long-term owner with historic racing in mind. The A110 1600 S participated in the 1975 Targa Florio before being placed in storage until 2000. It has since been restored and is ready to drive and enjoy, be it in vintage racing or on the open road. Both cars are exceptional examples with fascinating competition histories and carry pre-sale estimates of €140.000- €180.000 and €130.000- €140.000 respectively.

Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018), RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International, which runs through 4 February. This exciting event features a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pays tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on Festival Automobile International, please visit

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris auction or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please or call RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070.


Ferrari drivers shine at the Bologna Motor Show

Posted: 02.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 2 December 2017 – Antonio  Giovinazzi was the highlight on the first day of the public opening of the Bologna Motor Show. Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver put on an exhibition with two shows at the wheel of a 2009 F60. The Italian pulled off some electrifying accelerations before pulling in to allow the mechanics of Scuderia Ferrari to execute a number of lightning fast pit stops. “It was great having the chance to drive a Ferrari Formula 1 car at the Motor Show. I remember when I used to visit the Motor Show with my father when I was a child, and it looks incredible now to be here for the enjoyment of so many tifosi and young motorsport lovers on the grandstands”, said Giovinazzi after his exhibition on the F60.

World champion. Massive crowds also greeted Alessandro Pier Guidi, the recent winner of the GT class of the World Endurance Championship. He performed at the wheel of the 488 GTE no. 51 of AF Corse in which he secured the world title in Bahrain two weeks ago. The Italian won three races over the season: the 6 Hours of the Nurburgring, the 6 Hours of COTA and the 6 Hours of Fuji.

Fisichella, Rigon and Molina. The other three Ferrari drivers present at the Motor Show also received great support and appreciation. Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and the Spaniard Miguel Molina put on a show at the wheel of the 488 GTE and in the cars of the XX Programmes, the 599XX and FXX K with over 1000 horsepower and hybrid technology derived from Formula 1.


Ferrari to star at Bologna Motor Show

Posted: 01.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 1 December 2017 – Ferrari will be the big star of the first day of the Bologna Motor Show, which runs until 10 December.

Challenge Race. Eight 488 Challenge cars will be at the start in a knockout tournament whose quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals will take place in Area 48. Bjorn Grossmann will line up in the colours of Octane 126. The multiple times Trofeo Pirelli European champion will be joined by Fabienne Wohlwend, the young driver from Liechtenstein who at Imola in October became the first woman overall winner of a Ferrari one-make series race. Wohlwend will be challenged by her biggest track rival Manuela Gostner, in the car of Ineco-MP Racing, which will also field a 488 Challenge for Thomas Gostner. CDP will deploy reigning European champion Daniele Di Amato and Maurizio Pitorri. Rossocorsa will have David Fumanelli and Tommaso Rocca.

Exhibitions. In addition to the Challenge race, the Area 48 will also see a number of exhibitions. At 12 pm and again in the afternoon Scuderia Ferrari will put on a show with the test and development driver Antonio Giovinazzi performing thrilling accelerations and burnouts in the cockpit of an F60, while the Formula 1 mechanics will pull off some flashing fast tyre changes. Several GT drivers will also be on track including WEC GT World Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi, Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina. The Italians and the Spaniard will take turns in the cars of the XX Programmes, including the FXX K with over 1000 horsepower, and the 488 GT, the GTE version of which dominated the World Endurance Championship in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ rankings. In its GT3 configuration the 488 won races on four different continents in 2017.

Cars on display. Several Ferraris will also be on display in the pavilions of the Motor Show. These include the Portofino just unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and glorious cars such as the 458 Italia GTE, winner at Le Mans in 2012. There will also be an SF70H, the hybrid single-seater that won five Formula 1 Grand Prix in the season just over.