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Farewell John – The great Surtees, 1964 World Champion with Ferrari, has passed away

Posted: 10.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 10 March 2017 – Ferrari has lost one of its greatest drivers. John Surtees has passed away in his native England at the age of 83. Born in Tatsfield on February 11 1934, Big John, as he was fondly known, won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1964 with Ferrari, becoming the only driver in history to claim both the F1 and motorcycle grand prix world titles. Surtees raced in 111 Formula 1 Grand Prix, 30 with the Scuderia Ferrari, delivering six victories, four of which were with the Maranello team between 1963 and 1966. Aside from his outstanding Formula 1 performance, Surtees contributed several victories to Ferrari’s success in the 1963 and 1965 World Sportscar Championship. All at Ferrari send their heartfelt condolences to his family at this sad time.

 

John Surtees dies age 83

Posted: 10.03.2017 / Source: Surtees Family

London, 10 March 2017 – "We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life," a statement from the Surtees family said.

"He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end."

His wife, Jane and daughters, Leonora and Edwina were by his side.

 

 

Ferrari’s Anniversary Celebrations get underway

Posted: 10.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

With re-enactment of 125 S driving through the Maranello gates

Maranello (Italy), 10 March 2017 – On March 12 1947, Enzo Ferrari fired up the 125 S, the first car to bear his name. That test-drive on the streets of Maranello marked the start of modern Ferrari history. The then-modest factory quickly grew into one of the great internationally-renowned Made in Italy icons. Now, exactly 70 years later, on March 12 2017, Ferrari launches its official celebrations for this milestone anniversary.

To coincide with the official start of the celebrations and to commemorate the events of 70 years ago, Ferrari is also releasing a special video featuring a re-enactment of the first 12-cylinder to sport the Cavallino Rampante on its bonnet, the 125 S, driving through the factory gates on Via Abetone Inferiore and, in doing so, symbolically passing the baton of the Ferrari legacy to the LaFerrari Aperta.

125 S, the first Ferrari
This was the first car to sport the Ferrari badge. Its 12-cylinder engine, vital to powerful performance, was designed by Gioacchino Colombo with Giuseppe Busso and Luigi Bazzi also contributing to the project. On March 12 1947, the 125 S, still an unbodied steel rolling chassis, roared to life for the first time and the great Ferrari adventure began. Two months later, on May 11 1947, the car made its track debut at the Piacenza Circuit. At the wheel of the 125 S (the S referring to its sports car-type bodywork) was Franco Cortese. Enzo Ferrari dubbed this maiden outing as “a promising failure” after the car was forced to pull up with a fuel pump problem whilst leading the race. However, that moment of failure was short-lived as just nine days later on May 20, Franco Cortese drove the 125 S to victory in the Rome Grand Prix, completing the 40 laps of the circuit and the 137 kilometres of the race at an average speed of 88.5 km/h. This was the first of six victories the 125 S delivered in 1947, the most notable of which was the Parma Grand Prix with Tazio Nuvolari doing the driving.

LaFerrari Aperta, 70th anniversary icon
Technological excellence, performance, style, exclusivity. Ferrari’s unique core values are brilliantly represented by the car launched to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the company. The LaFerrari Aperta is the new limited-edition special series model dedicated to our most loyal clients and also the spider version of the acclaimed LaFerrari supercar.

Maranello’s latest supercar effortlessly combines extraordinary performance with the unique exhilaration of open-top driving. It is equipped with the same hybrid power unit as the coupé: an 800 cv 6,262cc V12 engine (specific power output of 128 cv/l, compression ratio 13.5:1) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor for a total power output of a 963 cv.

A “Driven by Emotion” Anniversary
In the course of 2017, over 60 nations will host events crafted to treat clients and enthusiasts of the marque to a string of unique experiences as part of the “Driven by Emotion” concept, one of the cornerstones on which the Ferrari story was founded and has flourished. “Driven by Emotion” is a tribute to the importance placed by the Cavallino Rampante on emotion throughout the last 70 years: be it in terms of delivering the most riveting and rewarding driving experience possible, Ferrari’s universally lauded and acknowledged styling, or innovation via the astonishing pioneering technological solutions revealed by each new Maranello model.

Thus, March 12 marks the start of the anniversary events with Australasia opening the programme. The LaFerrari Aperta will be present at each stage as the symbol of the 70th anniversary.

The anniversary celebrations culminate in Maranello on the weekend of September 9 and 10, but will also be flanked by other initiatives paying homage to Cavallino Rampante history, not least special exhibitions and the first “Cavalcade Classiche”.

A special website has been created to flank the celebrations as they unfold throughout the year as well as to introduce the pivotal moments and individuals in the company’s history. The www.ferrari70.com site goes online on Sunday, March 12.

Some of the highlights in Ferrari history
1947 – Ferrari is founded
1950 – Ferrari makes F1 debut
1958 – Mike Hawthorn becomes F1 World Champion in a Ferrari 246 F1
1962 – Unveiling of the 250 GTO, winner of the International Championship for GT Manufacturers in 1962, 1963 and 1964
1964 – John Surtees becomes Formula 1 World Champion with the 158 F1
1967 – Three Ferraris – two 330 P4s and a 412 P –deliver a spectacular 1-2-3 parade finish in the 24 Hours of Daytona
1968 – The 365 GTB4 (Daytona) is unveiled at the Paris Motor Show
1969 – Fiat becomes a Ferrari shareholder
1972 – The Fiorano Circuit, Ferrari’s test track, is officially opened
1975 – Niki Lauda takes the Formula 1 World Champion title in the 312 T
1981 – Gilles Villeneuve delivers first ever victory in a turbocharged F1 car in the 126 K at Monaco
1984 – The Ferrari Testarossa is unveiled at the Paris Motor Show
1987 – The F40 debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show
1988 – 14 August: Enzo Ferrari passes away at the age of 90
1993 – The marque’s first single-make championship, the Ferrari Challenge, is launched
1998 – The new Renzo Piano-designed GES Wind Tunnel opens
2004 – Ferrari sets a new F1 record of 6 Constructors’ and 5 Drivers’ World titles in a row
2006 – The exclusive XX programme, designed to deliver extreme performance to top clients, debuts
2007 – Kimi Räikkönen and the Scuderia Ferrari are World Champions
2013 – The Cavallino Rampante’s first hybrid model, the LaFerrari, goes into production
2015 – Ferrari is listed on the New York stock exchange
2016 – The LaFerrari Aperta, an iconic model celebrating the marque’s 70th anniversary, is launched at the Paris Motor Show
2017 – The latest addition to the Ferrari family, the 812 Superfast, debuts at Geneva.

 

 

Kimi: “Thanks to the whole team”

Posted: 10.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

“There’s a good feeling but it’s too early for predictions”. A thought for John Surtees: “He had racing in his blood”

Montmelò, 10 March – “There’s a good feeling with this car and that’s the most important thing. We have been reliable for almost all of these days of testing and that is another good sign of the great work the team has done over the winter. We are starting from a stronger base than last year: but it’s really too early to say how fast the car is compared to the others. Perhaps even Melbourne won’t give a 100 per cent precise picture of the situation, because the first race is always a bit unusual. We might have to wait until China. Either way I’d like to thank everyone in the team, because they have always managed to step in and sort out all the small problems that testing is supposed to resolve.”

These are the words of Kimi Raikkonen, at the end of his second day’s work which wraps up this year’s winter testing at the Montmelò circuit. He put in 111 laps in his SF70H today, during a programme that included a race simulation. The attempt was interrupted at about 4pm by an electrical problem, when he was still about 15 laps from the “chequered flag”. Having been brought back to the pits, the Ferrari went out again with just under 20 minutes left of the day.

Having learned the news of the death of John Surtees, who won the 1964 Formula 1 world championship at the wheel of a Ferrari, Kimi wanted to remember him like this: “I met him a few times, he was very easy-going and it was very easy to get on with him. And you could tell that he had passion for racing in his blood. So this is sad news and my thoughts are with his family.”

Over the four days of testing this week, the SF70H has completed a total of 488 laps in the hands of both Kimi and Seb, equal to 2271.64km.

 

FIA Formula 1 Tests Barcelona – 07.03.2017 – 10.03.2017

Posted: 10.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Results: 10.03.2017

Pos Driver Car Tyre Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Supersoft 1m18.634s - 111
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Supersoft 1m19.438s 0.804s 71
3 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Ultrasoft 1m19.837s 1.203s 132
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Supersoft 1m19.845s 1.211s 53
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Ultrasoft 1m19.850s 1.216s 54
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Ultrasoft 1m19.885s 1.251s 45
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes Ultrasoft 1m20.116s 1.482s 128
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault Ultrasoft 1m20.205s 1.571s 43
9 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes Soft 1m20.335s 1.701s 132
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari Ultrasoft 1m21.110s 2.476s 76
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Ultrasoft 1m21.389s 2.755s 43
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari Supersoft 1m21.670s 3.036s 59
13 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari Soft 1m23.527s 4.893s 42

 

Winter testing ends for Seb

Posted: 09.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Vettel finishes his test runs with a race simulation

Montmelò, 9 March – Sebastian Vettel finished his winter testing today with a full grand prix simulation shared out between morning and afternoon, and a series of other tests that brought today’s total of laps completed to 156. In addition to the 168 laps he put in on Tuesday that makes a total of 1,508km for the German Scuderia Ferrari driver during this second week of testing.
Vettel said: “The important thing is that we have completed a lot of laps and, compared to the same time a year ago, we feel better prepared because of that. At this point lap times don’t mean anything: we followed our programme and made progress but there’s still room for improvement.”
The race simulation took place in two phases – using Soft, Super Soft and Ultrasoft tyres during the late morning before covering a race distance (66 laps) with two sets of Soft tyres and one set of Mediums in the afternoon.
Tomorrow it will be Kimi Raikkonen’s turn to take to the wheel of the SF70H for the fourth and final day of winter testing. Then preparations will begin back at base for the first race of the world championship at Melbourne. The cars will leave from Maranello next Thursday.

 

FIA Formula 1 Tests Barcelona – 07.03.2017 – 10.03.2017

Posted: 09.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Results: 09.03.2017

Pos Driver Car Tyre Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari  Ultrasoft 1m19.024s - 156
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes  Ultrasoft 1m19.352s 0.328s 52
3 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes  Ultrasoft 1m20.161s 1.137s 137
4 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault  Supersoft 1m20.416s 1.392s 94
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari  Ultrasoft 1m20.504s 1.480s 119
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault  Soft 1m20.824s 1.800s 128
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda  Ultrasoft 1m21.348s 2.324s 48
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes  Soft 1m21.819s 2.795s 95
9 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari  Ultrasoft 1m22.347s 3.323s 44
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault  Soft 1m22.418s 3.394s 53
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari  Soft 1m23.330s 4.306s 88
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes  Medium 1m24.443s 5.419s 80
13 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes  Soft 1m24.863s 5.839s 85

 

FIA Formula 1 Tests Barcelona – 07.03.2017 – 10.03.2017

Posted: 08.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Results: 08.03.2017

Pos Driver Car Tyre Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Supersoft 1m19.310s - 70
2 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes Ultrasoft 1m19.420s 0.110s 63
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Soft 1m20.406s 1.096s 53
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Soft 1m20.432s 1.122s 102
5 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes Supersoft 1m20.579s 1.269s 59
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Soft 1m20.702s 1.392s 79
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Supersoft 1m21.213s 1.903s 61
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes Supersoft 1m21.297s 1.987s 100
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Soft 1m21.872s 2.562s 92
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari Ultrasoft 1m21.887s 2.577s 96
11 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari Soft 1m23.000s 3.690s 59
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Soft 1m23.041s 3.731s 46
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari Soft 1m23.384s 4.074s 47
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault Supersoft 1m24.774s 5.464s 29

 

FIA Formula 1 Tests Barcelona – 07.03.2017 – 10.03.2017

Posted: 07.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Results: 07.03.2017

Pos Driver Car Tyre Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes  Supersoft 1m19.726s - 168
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault  Ultrasoft 1m19.900s 0.174s 89
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari  Soft 1m19.906s 0.180s 168
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes   Soft 1m20.456s 0.730s 49
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes   Soft 1m20.924s 1.198s 86
6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes  Supersoft 1m21.347s 1.621s 142
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault   Soft 1m21.589s 1.863s 58
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari   Soft 1m21.676s 1.950s 81
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault   Soft 1m21.743s 2.017s 83
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda   Soft 1m22.537s 2.811s 80
11 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari   Soft 1m23.336s 3.610s 47
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari   Soft 1m23.630s 3.904s 53
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault   Soft 1m24.790s 5.064s 15

 

 

Formula 1 returns to the Paul Ricard

Posted: 08.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Le Castellet, 8 March 2017 – The rumble of Formula 1 engines was heard again on the Paul Ricard a year ahead of schedule. In 2018 the track will host the French Grand Prix, which hasn’t been held since 2009. But ahead of that the drivers of the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes provided an exceptional test run for the Paul Ricard with their first event of the season.

Legendary corner. The F1 cars taking to the track included a F399, the car that opened the victorious era dominated by Michael Schumacher. Ferrari didn’t take the drivers title that year after the German’s injury at Silverstone, but it did claim the Constructors’ Championship, always the prime target for Maranello. Besides the F399, 10 other Ferrari single-seaters provided thrills and excitement down the Mistral straight and round the legendary Signes corner. They included two F2002s, the car with which Schumacher won the championship at Magny-Cours in July, the F2007 of Kimi Raikkonen and the F150° Italia belonging to Fernando Alonso.

Almost 38,000 hp. The 40 Ferraris together totalled a record of almost 38,000 hp, which is more than will be present in 2018 for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. The 19 FXX Ks on track pack 1050 hp each, while the 599XXs have a total output of 5840 hp and the FXXs deliver 3200 hp. Eleven Formula 1 cars also provided around 9000 hp. The next two days of the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes tests is set for mid-April at Mugello, a circuit always popular among Ferrari customers.

 

Ferrari invades the Paul Ricard

Posted: 07.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Le Castellet, 7 March 2017 – The first of two days of Ferrari tests at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France, has concluded. The meeting was the first event of the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes season. Forty cars were involved, including 11 single-seaters and nearly 30 extraordinary cars like the FXX K, 599XX, 599XX EVO and FXX.

Eager to drive. The customers in France also included several Ferrari Challenge drivers who, waiting to take to the track with the new 488 produced for the one-make championship, donned their driving suits and helmets for a first run out after the winter break. Some of them also decided to take part in a kart race, just to keep in practice. The weather conditions were perfect and so the special XX Programmes customer testers like the F1 Clienti drivers had the full pleasure and excitement of hurtling around the track in their Ferraris. They enjoyed the assistance of two exceptional tutors, Marc Gené and Olivier Beretta, both with experience in Formula 1 and many victories in endurance competitions.

Perfect track.
Everyone was impressed with the Circuit Paul Ricard, with its long Mistral straight and especially the famous high-speed Signes corner. This was also a dress rehearsal for the circuit’s staff ahead of July, when the Ferrari Challenge will stop in Le Castellet two years after the 2015 Ferrari Racing Days. Track activities continue tomorrow with another day of testing.

 

 

The new 812 Superfast stars on the Ferrari stand

Posted: 07.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

On show a new example of the 70th Anniversary Tailor Made liveries

Geneva, 7 March 2017 – Ferrari kicks off its 70th anniversary with the world premiere of its most powerful production car yet, the 800-cv 812 Superfast. The unveiling of this flagship V12 berlinetta is particularly significant, as Ferrari’s noble V12 heritage has its roots in the founding of the company, 70 years ago this year, and Ferrari remains to this day the only manufacturer to have continuously produced sports cars with 12-cylinder engines throughout that time.

Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12, the 812 Superfast is the benchmark in the mid-front-engined sports car segment, achieving its maximum power output at 8,500 rpm, which ensures the kind of thrilling top-end performance that is the exclusive characteristic of Ferrari’s V12s. Maximum torque is 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving driveability and pick-up at low revs.

The 812 Superfast is striking for both its highly innovative design and aero package, as well as its unparalleled handling. It is the first Ferrari to introduce Electric Power Steering (EPS) which, in line with Ferrari tradition, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car in terms of performance. The introduction of the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) combines the electric front-wheel steering assistance with the mechanical concept based on tyre dimensions and the rear-wheel steering. All integrated with the vehicle dynamics control systems, based on Version 5.0 of the SSC, with the aim of improving the agility and response time to steering wheel inputs.

The two examples of the 812 Superfast on display feature new colours: the special celebratory Rosso 70 Anni and Grigio Caldo Opaco. The new car is joined on the stand in Geneva by the California T, finished in Bianco Italia, the 488 GTB in Giallo Tristrato, the 488 Spider in classic Rosso Corsa, and the GTC4Lusso in Nero Stellato.

There is also a further example of Ferrari’s exclusive liveries developed to celebrate the 70th Anniversary, one of the 70 different Tailor Made offerings inspired by iconic cars in the company’s history that are available on each of the five models in the range. The 488 GTB on show is finished in Rosso Corsa with a Blu Laguna and Giallo Modena livery inspired by the 290 MM driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1956 Mille Miglia, which saw Ferraris take the top four places.

 

Ferrari 812 Superfast: the most high-performance production Ferrari ever

Posted: 07.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

New, more powerful 800 CV engine

The first and most difficult challenge Ferrari always faces when it decides to develop a new model is to push the boundaries of its own achievements yet again. This challenge is made all the tougher when the task at hand involves designing a new 12-cylinder engine, the power unit that hailed the start of the glorious Prancing Horse story 70 years ago in 1947.

On this occasion, intensive research and development focused on exploiting Ferrari’s wealth of track-derived engineering know-how has produced a unique model designed to offer its drivers both benchmark performance across the board and the most riveting and rewarding driving experience possible. Whilst, of course, also guaranteeing the superb comfort on longer trips that is the signature of a genuine Grand Tourer berlinetta. Ferrari’s past is studded with just such cars, a long and illustrious list of exceptional models that have gone down in automotive history.

The obsessive pursuit of the most seamless melding possible of state-of-the-art running gear with a harmonious yet edgy design from the ever-inventive Ferrari Styling Centre, has produced a near-perfect aerodynamic package.

The 812 Superfast’s exceptionally futuristic, finely-honed lines also, however, clothe Prancing Horse power at its rawest, as an entirely new 12-cylinder engine of unprecedented efficiency and might was designed for the car.

That engine’s output has been boosted by 60 cv compared to the F12berlinetta, so that it unleashes a massive 800 CV, making the 812 Superfast the most powerful and fastest road-going Ferrari ever built (with the exception, of course, of the mid-rear-engined, special limited-series 12-cylinders). The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so, building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf.

To make full use of that huge power and to guarantee perfect weight distribution, the car exploits a highly evolved transaxle architecture that couples a front-mounted engine with a rear-mounted transmission.

The 812 Superfast is equipped with leading-edge vehicle dynamics control systems and components. It is striking for both its highly innovative design and aero package, as well as its unparalleled handling. It is also the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering).

Simply put, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark for mid-front-engined sports cars. And at its heart is the new 12-cylinder which has forged its character.

Like all cars with Prancing Horse DNA, this new berlinetta delivers exhilarating feedback both on road and track, but equally promises exceptionally fluid handling and ride comfort that drivers will appreciate on longer journeys.

The 812 Superfast, in fact, is aimed at clients that demand the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range. They want a blisteringly high-performance car, but refuse to compromise on the kind of versatility that will allow them to thoroughly appreciate driving it as a 360-degree experience.

Engine and transmission
The challenge Ferrari tackled with the 812 Superfast was to design the most powerful road-going engine in the marque’s history (800 cv, 123 cv/l) whilst contemporaneously cutting fuel consumption and emissions, and, naturally, retaining the inimitable Ferrari 12-cylinder soundtrack.

At the development stage, the engineers set themselves the goal of exceeding the specific power output of the F12berlinetta’s V12 which itself delivered class-topping performance. To do so, they decided to focus their efforts principally on optimising the intake system and combustion efficiency to fully exploit the increase in the engine’s displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 litres. These aspects increased the maximum amount of air that could be drawn into the engine (and thus its power output) thereby boosting its efficiency.

The development process resulted in a maximum power output of 800 cv at 8,500 rpm, a new benchmark for the Ferrari range, in addition to a specific power output of 123 cv/l, a completely unprecedented figure for an engine front-mounted in a production car.

The torque curve illustrates this impressive improvement on the F12berlinetta in terms of acceleration and instantaneous power, particularly at high revs. The engine’s power is underscored by a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by its increased displacement.

These performance levels were achieved in part by optimising the engine design and in part by introducing innovations, such as the use of a 350 bar direct injection system for the very first time on a spark-ignition engine, and the control system for the variable geometry inlet tracts, developed on naturally-aspirated F1 engines, which is a further evolution on its application on the special limited-series F12tdf.

These systems allow the increase in displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 litres to be exploited to maximise power output whilst retaining excellent pick-up even at low revs.

The high pressure injection system also improves nebulisation of the injected fuel thus dramatically reducing the the amount of particulates emitted when the catalytic converter is warming up, ensuring the engine complies with all emissions regulations.

The engine’s maximum power-to-fuel consumption ratio has also been improved, attesting to the engine’s exceptional efficiency in urban driving contexts. This was achieved in part as a result of Stop&Start On the Move strategies which cut and restart the engine while the car is moving.

Particular attention was also paid to calibrating the Manettino settings to enhance the engine’s potential and the sensation of extreme power delivered by the car. That said, the driver will always be able to easily and confidently dose the massive torque available with the accelerator pedal, thanks to smooth, progressive power delivery at all engine speeds.

The result of all these developments is a boost in maximum power output to 800 cv at 8,500 rpm (an impressive 60 cv more than the F12berlinetta) and maximum torque of 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm – a completely unprecedented achievement for a naturally-aspirated Ferrari production engine.

A significant 80% of maximum torque is available at just 3,500 rpm, improving both flexibility and pick-up at lower revs. The shape of the power curve, which rises constantly all the way to the maximum revs of 8,500 rpm, and the rapidity with which engine speed increases, thanks to low inertia, give occupants the feeling of boundless power and acceleration. The latter sensation comes courtesy of the overall increase in maximum power output and the optimisation of the aforementioned power curve between 6,500 and 8,900 rpm, which maximises the average horse power exploitable for press-on track driving when engine revs are kept consistently high.

The exhaust system geometry was evolved to increase and balance the sound from the engine compartment and tailpipes, with a 6-into-1 manifold. The aim being, of course, to enhance the car’s already extreme, sporty character. The resulting engine sound is strong and smooth inside the cabin in all driving conditions.

Transmission
The new 812 Superfast is fitted with Ferrari’s F1 dual-clutch transmission which has been further evolved to meet the car’s track driving performance targets and cope with the boost in maximum revs to 8,900 rpm. The gear ratios on all of the gears have been shortened by an average of 6% to exploit the extra performance and higher revs to the fullest as well as to improve the car’s acceleration without compromising pick-up in higher gears.

There was particular focus on calibrating the gear-shift strategy to enhance the car’s sportiness, further slashing response times and creating a feeling of massive power and speed both in terms of longitudinal acceleration and auditory perception of the rising rpms. In both up- and down-shifts, the transition time has been reduced by 30%. Combined with the shortened gear ratios, these modifications, mean that occupants will instantly feel the car’s powerful response to the throttle.

On the track, this sharpened response equates to more down-shifts in the same time interval, when the driver uses the multi-down function (keeping the steering wheel-mounted Down shift paddle depressed with the Manettino in Sport position).

Vehicle dynamics
The 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari to introduce Electric Power Steering (EPS) which, in line with Ferrari tradition, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car in terms of performance by integrating it with all of the electronic vehicle dynamics controls.
The car also sees the introduction of the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, starting from the experience gained with the F12tdf, combines electric front-wheel steering assistance with the mechanical concept built around tyre dimensions and the rear-wheel steering. All integrated with the vehicle dynamics control systems based on Version 5.0 of the SSC, with the aim of improving the agility and response time to steering wheel inputs of the 812 Superfast.
The integration of the EPS enabled Ferrari’s engineers to introduce functionalities to support the driver’s performance experience by means of the primary interface with the road: the steering wheel.
Ferrari Peak Performance (FPP): when cornering, the steering wheel torque will provide the driver with an indication that the car is getting closer to its limit of grip, helping the control of that dynamic state.
Ferrari Power Oversteer (FPO): in case of oversteer, most frequently induced while powering out of corners, the steering wheel torque will give the driver feedback to give steering wheel inputs that are coherent with realigning the car correctly.
Both functions are aimed at extending the driver’s experience of the performance delivered by the 812 Superfast, while not interfering with the driver’s control over the steering wheel input. The driver remains the key to the driving experience.
The mechanical set-up sees the adoption of tyres developed specifically for Ferrari by Michelin and Pirelli and retain the same sizes front and rear (275/315) introduced on the F12tdf to optimize the Passo Corto Virtuale concept.
The Brembo Extreme Design brakes, which previously equipped the LaFerrari, are the most efficient ever developed by Ferrari. Combined with the Hi-Performance ABS of the 9.1 Premium ESP, the braking performance from 100 km/h is improved by 5.8% compare to the F12berlinetta.

Aerodynamics
The 812 Superfast’s aero design is part of Ferrari’s ongoing commitment to continually improving performance with each new model, both in terms of speed and augmented vehicle dynamics for a more exhilarating driving experience.

The development guidelines aimed to achieve exceptionally high aerodynamic efficiency figures through boosting of the downforce that influences a car’s stability without increasing drag as the latter would negatively impact fuel consumption and maximum speed.

The aerodynamic coefficient values delivered by the 812 Superfast are a significant improvement on those of the F12berlinetta. Mobile aero solutions, whether mechanically activated (active mobile aerodynamics) or activated by the pressure of the air itself (passive mobile aerodynamics), guarantee very low drag values. The choices made in this area were heavily influenced by those debuted on the special F12berlinetta-derived F12tdf, with which the 812 Superfast shares the same downforce values. All its aerodynamic coefficients, however, have been improved.

To the side of the air intakes for engine and brake cooling, is a turning vane on the front bumper which is designed to channel air flows striking the front of car to ensure they hug its flanks, thereby reducing the width of the car’s wake. This in turn appreciably reduces overall drag.

Front downforce generation is entrusted for the most part to a pair of diffusers just ahead of the front wheels, which increase the amount of air drawn in by the underbody. To cancel out the drag associated with them, the diffusers have been equipped with a mobile aero system. When this activates, it completely stalls the diffusers, fairing in the wheel. The mobile surface integrated into the diffuser ramp is activated by the pressure of the air which, as it enters from the lower intake on the outside of the bumper, is channelled towards the mobile surface. When the car reaches a speed where the pressure in the duct is stronger than the calibrated pre-load of an elastic spring, the mobile surface opens, thereby reducing the car’s drag and improving front downforce.

The front diffusers’ capacity to generate downforce is boosted by generous air evacuation from the front wheelarch along the side of the car. This vent on the flanks also directs the energised air flow from the diffusers on the front underbody, preventing pressure build-ups inside the wheelarch and thus improving downforce and cutting drag. This effect is maximised by two sculpted air intakes on the front bonnet by the side of the headlights. The flow is channelled by a specific duct to the front section of the inside of the wheelarch, where it reduces pressure, before energising the flow exiting along the flanks.

The spoiler on the car’s tail also generates downforce. The trailing edge of the spoiler is 30 mm higher than on the F12berlinetta as per the F12tdf. However, unlike the latter, it has not been extended rearwards in depth to avoid changing the car’s dimensions. This has increased drag but is compensated for by the unusual gap at the bottom of the rear screen ahead of the spoiler. This discontinuity causes a separation in the air flow from the rear window, creating longitudinal vortices which boost compression on the surface of the bottom of the windscreen, thereby reducing drag associated with the downforce generated by the spoiler. The shape of the rear wheelarch has also been crafted to guarantee efficient downforce generation. In fact, the lift naturally generated by the way the body curves over the wheelarches has been minimised by introducing an aerodynamic by-pass between the bodywork and the inner rear wheelarch. Rather than following the curvature of the flank in that area, which would create lift, the air flowing over the car’s belt line enters the intake behind the rear quarterlight. It is then channelled into a duct that allows it to exit in front of the rear spoiler. The lift effect of the wheelarches is thus minimised, generating downforce without adding any extra drag.

Three pairs of curved dams that act as vortex generators were adopted for the front underbody and are responsible for 30% of the increase in downforce compared to the F12berlinetta. The dams create a ground effect by generating powerful vortices and reducing the wake from the wheels to the absolute minimum, further boosting the flat underbody’s downforce generation capabilities.

Unlike their F12tdf counterparts, the dams have new blowing slots which, by reducing overall pressure on the front side of the dams, boosts their efficiency, with the result that, despite the downforce generated remaining the same, drag introduced in the area is cut by 15%.

Because of the powerful suction created by the rear spoiler, the rear diffuser has been completely redesigned to enhance its extraction power. Firstly, the diffuser’s trailing edge now features a wing in a deep recess created in the bumper. Air flows from both the lower and upper surfaces strike the splitter which extends across the entire width of the diffuser, boosting the downforce generated by the latter by 12%. Since the rear diffuser is one of the main contributors to downforce generation and the resulting drag, it has also been given a system of three active flaps which rotate to a 14° angle in the minimal drag configuration to completely stall the diffuser, thereby significantly reducing overall drag.

Design
Exterior
Designed by Ferrari Design, the new 812 Superfast redefines the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris’ proportions without altering either its exterior dimensions or interior space and comfort.
Seen in silhouette, the 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 (Daytona) of 1969, visually lowering an aggressive rear spoiler designed to guarantee downforce. The draped design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterised by sharply slanted crease lines and impressively muscular wheelarches that imbue the 812 Superfast with the power and aggression warranted by its imposing V12. Full-LED headlights integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the bonnet also emphasise that front muscle, integrating with, and wrapping around the front wheelarch.

The 812 Superfast’s sumptuously sculptural, three-dimensional flanks are characterised by a striking vent behind the front wheels designed to suck high-pressure air from the wheelarches and then channel it along the doors.
The rear diffuser includes a suspended splitter that increases the diffuser surfaces by turning them into bi-plane wing, allowing the air to be drawn between the lower diffuser and the splitter.
At the rear, four round tail-lights inspired by Ferrari tradition emphasise a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and the very compact cabin without, however, sacrificing its space or that of the boot.

Interior
The cabin has been radically redesigned to imbue it with an even sportier character. Light, compact volumes hug the contours of the interior structures to the extent that the latter are visible in certain areas. These ultra-taut surfaces are deliberately layered and broken up to create voids with the result that the main elements seem to float. The overall effect is both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance that never feels overstated.

The horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural, yet supremely stylish look that is also a nod to the LaFerrari’s cockpit.
An additional air vent also allowed the designers to lighten the look of the dash still further by creating a “cleft” in the central section that further emphasises the fact that metallic elements stretch out into the upholstered volumes.
The driver zone and central recesses featuring contrasting trim to further underscore their dynamic forms.
The steering wheel and its commands, the satellite pods on either side of it and the interplay of volumes and contrasting materials, combine to create an extreme cockpit in which all of the various elements are angled towards the all-important driver, around whom the volumes curve to highlight his role.
Horizontal character lines create very distinct driver-oriented volumes that also pull off the delicate feat of not excluding the passenger from the action.
The beautifully crafted trimming both at the centre of the dash and around the glove compartment create the just right sense of Ferrari’s signature combination of the artisanal and the high tech.

The seats follow a diapason design language and exploit that expansiveness to create an interplay of solids and voids that lend character to the seat and backrest.
The seats differ from and contrast with the rest of the interior surfaces, thanks to their perforated leather trim which adds a sporty touch to the new styling.
In short, taught forms and cleverly structured volumes combine with superb ergonomics and a light sporty language to yield a top-of-the-range seat.

Optional contents
Ferrari’s vast Personalisation Programme is, of course, also available to ensure each client can make their 812 Superfast unique and even more tailored to their personal tastes and requirements. As is traditional with each new car, the Programme has been further extended to include a wealth of new optionals specifically developed for the 812 Superfast.
Also available is an evolved telemetry system derived from the one aboard the LaFerrari, and a high-end audio system with 12 speakers and a 1,280 Watt amplifier with Quantum Logic for superb sound delivery and quality.

7 Years Maintenance
Ferrari’s unparalleled quality standards and increasing focus on client service underpin the extended seven-year maintenance programme offered with the 812 Superfast. Available across the entire Ferrari range, the programme covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life. This scheduled maintenance is an exclusive service that allows clients the certainty that their car is being kept at peak performance and safety over the years. This very special service is also available to owners buying pre-owned Ferraris.
Regular maintenance (at intervals of either 20,000 km or once a year with no mileage restrictions), original spares and meticulous checks by staff trained directly at the Ferrari Training Centre in Maranello using the most modern diagnostic tools are just some of the advantages of the Genuine Maintenance Programme.
The service is available on all markets worldwide and from all Dealerships on the Official Dealership Network.
The Genuine Maintenance programme further extends the range of after-sales services offered by Ferrari to satisfy clients wishing to preserve the performance and excellence that are the signatures of all cars built at the factory in Maranello which has always been synonymous with leading-edge technology and sportiness.

Technical Specifications

Engine
Type V12 – 65°
Overall displacement 6496 cc
Bore and stroke 94 mm x 78 mm
Max. power output* 588 kW (800 cv) at 8,500 rpm
Max. torque* 718 Nm at 7,000 rpm
Max. engine speed 8,900 rpm
Compression ratio 13.64:1

Dimensions and weight
Length 4,657 mm
Width 1,971 mm
Height 1,276 mm
Wheelbase 2,720 mm
Front track 1,672 mm
Rear track 1,645 mm
Kerb weight** 1,630 kg
Dry weight** 1,525 kg
Weight distribution 47% front – 53% rear
Fuel tank capacity 92 l

Wheels & tyres
Front 275/35 ZR20; 10” J x 20”
Rear 315/35 ZR20; 11.5” J x 20”
Brakes
Front 398 mm x 38 mm
Rear 360 mm x 32 mm

Transmission/gearbox 4WS/ 7-speed F1 DCT/ E-Diff3

Electronic controls SSC5/CST with F1-Trac, ESP 9.1 Premium with
High-performance ABS/EBD, dual-coil SCM-E

Performance
Max. speed 340 km/h
0-100 km/h 2.9 sec
0-200 km/h 7.9 sec
100-0 km/h 32
Dry weight/power 1.9 kg

Fuel consumption
Fuel consumption*** 14.9 l/100 km
Emissions*** 340g CO2/km

* Engine power is expressed in kW, in accordance with the International System of Units (SI) and in CV for reasons of homogeneity. With 98 octane-rated petrol
**With optional equipment
*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)

 

 

Design Lecture hosted by Italian Embassy in Berlin in celebration of Italian Design Day

Posted: 01.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

  • Guest lectures by Flavio Manzoni on behalf of Ferrari Spa and Patrizia Moroso of Moroso Spa
  • The Italian Design Day is an international exhibition-event promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Triennale di Milano

Wiesbaden/ Berlin 1st March 2017  - The international series of events under the title of the Italian Design Day was developed with the goal to bring the uniqueness and excellence of Italian design to the forefront on a global scale. Spearheaded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Berlin embassy was selected to host the German edition in the form of a guest design lecture including the Head of Ferrari Design, Flavio Manzoni alongside Moroso Owner, Patrizia Moroso.

Guests from various creative industries such as Architecture, Industrial Design and the Arts were invited to the interactive presentation which was moderated by Claudius Seidl, Feuilleton director of Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung. This event has given design professionals based in Germany the possibility to meet and dialogue directly with Mr Manzoni in order to discover the values that can be considered at both the base of Ferrari Design and the role that it plays in Italy’s international reputation.

“It is an honor to represent Ferrari as part of this initiative. As an Italian sports car marque which has enjoyed successes world-wide it clearly plays a strong role in the Italian design identity. This has been a fantastic occasion to not only present Ferrari Design but also to share and discuss amongst our peers." said Flavio Manzoni in his introduction and thanks to the Embassy authorities.

 

 

Kimi brings the first test session to a close

Posted: 02.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

“Good work from the team, now we’ll see what happens”

Montmelo, 2 March –The first winter test session has come to an end. Over the four days, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers completed 468 laps of the Catalunya Circuit in the SF70H, equivalent to 2178.4 kilometres. Seb Vettel did 267 laps and Kimi Raikkonen did 201. Today, the Finn was also able to try the wet weather tyres as the circuit was artificially watered.

“A new year, a new car and new rules,” was Kimi’s summing up of proceedings. “And it’s these rules that determine the feeling you have at the wheel, because you go a lot quicker than before: it’s down to a combination of the tyres and the car. What I can say is that the team has worked very well over the winter. Whether or not it will be enough, we cannot tell yet. I didn’t pay attention to what the other teams were doing, nor the lap times, because at this point, it means nothing. I’ve got the feeling that we learned some lessons from last year and at the moment, we can’t complain about how testing has gone so far. But before Melbourne, we have another week of testing and we still have a lot of work to do. More or less every year we know where we want to be and sometimes everything goes smoothly and other years less so.”

The second session gets underway on Tuesday 7th March, with Sebastian, who will also drive on Thursday 9th. Kimi drives on Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th.

Results: 02.03.2017

Pos Driver Car Trye Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Soft 1m20.872s - 93
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Soft 1m21.769s 0.897s 85
3 Jolyon Palmer Renault Soft 1m21.778s 0.906s 39
4 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari Super-Soft 1m22.309s 1.437s 118
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari Ultra-Soft 1m22.401s 1.529s 84
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes Super-Soft 1m22.534s 1.662s 82
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda Ultra-Soft 1m22.576s 1.704s 67
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Soft 1m23.443s 2.571s 68
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Soft 1m24.974s 4.102s 51
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault   - - 1

 

Seb’s first test of 2017 comes to an end

Posted: 01.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

139 laps today: “Too early to draw any conclusions”

Three days of testing so far, with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel for two of them, therefore not enough for the driver to have a clear picture of the current situation. That will only happen in Melbourne. For now, Seb can take heart from some statistics: 139 laps completed today, to be added to the 129 from Monday, giving a total distance covered of 1247.54 kilometres in the cockpit of the SF70H at the Catalan track.

“A lot, but never enough. That’s what testing is for, to give you an idea. And the idea is that these cars, as a result of the new regulations, are very different to last year, in the way they look and in the way of driving them. We are more or less at the performance levels of ten years ago, with a lot of aerodynamic downforce, but also with quite a lot more weight. They are also more physical and at the end of the day, you feel tired, but this is normal for the first outing since the winter break. The tyres are also different and they behave more consistently. We have seen more or less what we expected: the cars are quicker in the corners and slower down the straights, because of the drag. But they are also great fun to drive.”

Conclusions? “It’s too early to understand the available potential: we focused on our programme, without paying the slightest attention to what the other teams were doing. All winter we have prepared so as to get here in the best possible shape. But there are still around four weeks to go to the first race and there is much work to do, so much in our programme. The stop towards the end doesn’t bother me: we were trying something that didn’t work, that’s all.”

Tomorrow, Thursday, it will once again be Kimi Raikkonen’s turn. The track will be watered so that the drivers can try the wet weather tyres.

Results: 01.03.2017

Pos

Driver

Car

Tyre

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

Ultra-Soft

1m19.705s

-

75

2

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

Soft

1m19.952s

0.247s

139

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

Soft

1m21.153s

1.448s

70

4

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

Soft

1m21.396s

1.691s

51

5

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

Soft

1m21.791s

2.086s

42

6

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

Super-Soft

1m21.824s

2.119s

126

7

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Soft

1m22.090s

2.385s

95

8

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

Super-Soft

1m22.118s

2.413s

56

9

Lance Stroll

Williams/Mercedes

Soft

1m22.351s

2.646s

98

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

Ultra-Soft

1m22.598s

2.893s

72

11

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

Medium

1m23.540s

3.835s

32

12

Alfonso Celis

Force India/Mercedes

Super-Soft

1m23.568s

3.863s

71

13

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Renault

Medium

1m23.952s

4.247s

31

 

Results: 28.02.2017

Pos

Driver

Team

Tyre

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

Soft

1m20.960s

-

108

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Super-Soft

1m20.983s

0.023s

66

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

Soft

1m22.200s

1.240s

89

4

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

Super-Soft

1m22.204s

1.244s

118

5

Esteban Ocon

Force India/Mercedes

Super-Soft

1m22.509s

1.549s

86

6

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Renault

Soft

1m22.956s

1.996s

68

7

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

Soft

1m22.986s

2.026s

102

8

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

Soft

1m24.139s

3.179s

53

9

Antonio Giovinazzi

Sauber/Ferrari

Soft

1m24.617s

3.657s

67

10

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren/Honda

Soft

1m25.600s

4.640s

40

11

Lance Stroll

Williams/Mercedes

Medium

1m26.040s

5.080s

12

 

Results: 27.02.2017

Pos

Driver

Car

Tyre

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Soft

1m21.765s

-

73

2

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

Medium

1m21.878s

0.113s

128

3

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

Soft

1m22.076s

0.311s

103

4

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

Soft

1m22.894s

1.129s

51

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

Soft

1m22.926s

1.161s

50

6

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

Soft

1m23.169s

1.404s

79

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

Soft

1m23.709s

1.944s

39

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

Medium

1m24.494s

2.729s

51

9

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

Medium

1m24.784s

3.019s

57

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

Soft

1m24.852s

3.087s

29

11

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

Medium

1m26.841s

5.076s

72

 

 

SF70H: Straight to the track

Posted: 24.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari

“Our Ferrari” completes 100 Km during a filming day at Fiorano

Maranello, 24 February –The number refers to the seventy years of history, which is truly unique for any marque in the sport. The letters in the name stand simply for Scuderia Ferrari and the Hybrid form of power. The Italian flag is clearly visible on the “sail” of the engine cover, with a look that recalls the 70s. After the launch, the Ferrari SF70H, built to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship, also took its first steps today at the historic Fiorano track, combining the shakedown with a filming day to acquire footage for commercial purposes. The car is made up of 56 thousand components, produced thanks to the work and collective effort of the thousand or so men and women from the Gestione Sportiva, over a gestation period of twelve months. The car is visibly different to its recent predecessors, as a result of regulation changes for 2017 aimed above all at increasing performance.

The shutters to the Fiorano pit garage, which had been decked out in a unique look just for today, came up at 9h45 Italian time, watched by the President and CEO of the Prancing Horse Sergio Marchionne, Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene, Technical Director Mattia Binotto, the drivers Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Antonio Giovinazzi and all the staff, who were watching the presentation from nearby in the Maranello headquarters. After the routine preparations, the car drove out of the garage at 11h20, fitted with the “Demo” tyres which have to be used on filming days. They were to the same larger sizes as this year’s tyres, but the compounds were different. It was certainly a rare sight, seeing a current year model Formula 1 car running on Ferrari’s home track: the rules no longer allow in-season testing, apart from the collective ones for all teams. The sole exception is in fact the 100 Kms allowed for a promotional day, which first Raikkonen and then Vettel made the most of , splitting the allowed distance equally between them, despite the rain which delayed Sebastian’s first run until 15h40.

Once the day’s work was over, all the employees got the chance to see the SF70H up close, before the car was loaded up onto a transporter, ready to head for the Catalunya Circuit, where the first of two pre-season test sessions gets underway on Monday 27th February. Each session runs for four days. Vettel is due to drive on Monday and Wednesday, with Raikkonen taking over for Tuesday and Thursday. The second test gets underway on Tuesday 7th March.

 

Ferrari SF70H

Posted: 24.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari

The 63rd single-seater designed and built by Scuderia Ferrari to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship is born out of a regulation change that is without precedent in this category of motor sport. Generally, in the past, regulations went in the direction of slowing down the cars. However, this year, the rule changes go in the opposite direction, meaning the cars have more aerodynamic downforce and more mechanical grip.

AERODYNAMIC CONCEPT. On this topic, the Gestione Sportiva group has concentrated its efforts on finding the right compromise between downforce and aerodynamic resistance, or drag. The new Pirelli tyres are much wider than in the past, by 6 centimetres each at the front and 8 at the rear. This increased frontal area constitutes a “brake” on forward motion as does the increased downforce coming from the 2017 specification front wing, floor and diffuser. Countering this effect, the combination of downforce and the bigger footprint from the tyres translates into increased grip, leading to higher cornering speeds.

CHASSIS. There are several differences between the SF70H and Ferraris from the recent past: the lengthened nose and the arrow-shaped wing are a consequence of the regulations, as is the obvious fin on the engine cover and the more complex aero appendages ahead of the air intakes on the sidepods, whose unusual shape was designed in harmony with the front crash structure. Visible at the front is a duct that has an aerodynamic role, while behind the driver, the roll-hoop, which incorporates the engine air intake has been completely redesigned. Also updated is the suspension layout, which still retains a push rod design at the front with pull rods at the rear. The hubs and wheel nuts have been redesigned to facilitate the work of the mechanics when changing wheels during the pit stops. Finally, also as a function of the expected increase in performance this year, the power-steering and braking systems have been upsized.

POWER UNIT. In contrast to the aerodynamics, when it comes to the power unit, there have been few changes to the regulations. The main one concerns the amount of fuel that can be used by each car during the race: with the predicted increase in performance, with a bigger percentage of each lap spent at full revs, the permitted amount of fuel has increased from 100 to 105 Kg, although the flow rate is still fixed at 100 kg/hour. The 062 engine is a definite step forward compared to its predecessor, when it comes to chasing performance. The layout of some of the mechanical components on the hybrid power unit has been revised, while other areas maintain a similar layout to the 2016 car. On the sporting regulation front, the abolition of the “Token” system allows the teams more room for development over the course of the season.

Technical Specifications

Engine
Capacity 1600 cc
Max revs 15,000
Supercharging Single Turbo
Fuel flow 100 kg/hr max
Fuel capacity 105 kg
Configuration V6 90°
Cylinders 6
Bore 80 mm
Stroke 53 mm
Valves 4 per cylinder
Injection 500 bar – direct
ERS System
Battery energy (per lap) 4 MJ
MGU-K Power 120 kW
MGU-K Max revs 50,000 rpm
MGU-H Max revs 125,000 rpm
Technical Data
Chassis in carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
Servo controlled hydraulic limited-slip differential
Semiautomatic sequential and electronicallycontrolled gearbox with quick shift
Number of gears: 8 +R
Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes(front and rear) and brake by wire rear brakes
Pushrod front suspensionPullrod rear suspension
Weight with water, lubricant and driver 728 kg
OZ wheels (front and rear) 13”

 

 

Gianmaria Bruni to leave Ferrari

Posted: 19.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 19 February 2017 – Ferrari and Gianmaria Bruni announce that, by mutual consent, they have early terminated their relationship.

After a collaboration started in 2007, Bruni will leave Ferrari at the end of June of this year.

Ferrari thanks Gianmaria Bruni for his professional contribution and wishes him the best of luck for his new challenges.

 

 

Welcome Alessandro - Pier Guidi joins Ferrari as official driver

Posted: 19.02.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 19 February 2017 – Ferrari has reached a technical and racing agreement with Alessandro Pier Guidi. The Italian driver will compete in the 2017 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) pairing up with James Calado in the 488 GTE no. 51 managed on the track by the AF Corse team.

Pier Guidi will thus join the other official Ferrari GT race drivers.

Alessandro Pier Guidi was born in Tortona on 18 December 1983 and for over 10 years has been one of the top drivers on the GT racing scene. He has over 200 races under his belt with more than 30 victories, the most prominent being the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona in the GTD class at the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia.

Read the extended version of Alessandro’s racing bio.

Alessandro Pier Guidi was born on 18 December 1983 in Tortona, Piedmont. He began racing in karts as a child and made his debut in a single-seater in 2002, competing in Formula Renault Italia with the Birel Formula team.

He debuted in GT racing competitions in 2005 for Playteam for which he drove a Ferrari 360 Modena GTC in GT championships in Spain and Italy. Paired with Giambattista Giannoccaro in the Spanish series he won at Jarama, Valencia, Estoril and Barcelona, while in Italy he triumphed at Misano, Magione and Mugello with Toni Vilander. In early 2006 he also won the Mil Milhas Brasil race at Interlagos with Giannoccaro and Vilander.Again with Playteam in that same year, paired with Michael Bartyan, he competed in the International GT Open (winning at Monza, Magny-Cours and Barcelona) and in the Spanish GT (wins at Jarama and Albacete) with the new F430 GTC. During the winter he also took part in four single-seater races in the A1 Grand Prix.

In 2007 he drove intermittently in the FIA GT in the GT1 class for Maserati with which in four years he won a race at Zolder and two podiums in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. In 2008, he returned to the single-seater taking part in the Formula Superleague in which he took three third places for Galatasaray. Again with Maserati he competed in a number of races in the GT4 class also winning the 6 Hours of Vallelunga in 2010 alongside Andrea Bertolini.

In 2011 he returned to the wheel of a Ferrari triumphing in the Barcelona race of the International GT Open in the F430 of Vittoria Competizioni paired with Juan Manuel Lopez. The following year he won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in the Pro-Am class in the new 458 Italia GT3 of AF Corse with Louis Machiels, Niek Hommerson and Bertolini, while at the end of the year he emerged victorious in the 6 Hours of Vallelunga with the 458 Italia GT3 of Estamotorsport alongside Alessandro Balzan and Alexander Skryabin.

Alessandro's most prestigious win was in 2014 when he was a member of the crew that triumphed at the 24 Hours of Daytona at the wheel of the 458 Italia of Level 5 Motorsports with Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler, Scott Tucker and Jeff Segal. In the same year he competed in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with the 458 Italia GTE of Team Ukraine winning the 4 Hours of Silverstone in the GTC class alongside Andrii Kruglyk and Sergey Chukanov.

In 2015 he teamed up in the European Le Mans Series with Alexander Talkanitsa father and son winning the race at Imola. He took the laurels again in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in the Pro-Am class at the wheel of the 458 Italia GT3 of AF Corse with Stephane Lemeret, Gianmaria Bruni and Pasin Lathouras. In 2016 he competed in three continents with various Ferrari customer teams and made his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside Bruni and James Calado in the 488 GTE of AF Corse.

 

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