Ferrari reveals its latest bespoke one-off: The SP 275 rw competizione
Posted: 21.12.2016 / Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 21 December 2016 – Designed under the direction of Ferrari’s Styling Centre with the collaboration of Pininfarina, the latest Ferrari one-off model, the SP 275 rw competizione, is built on the chassis of the F12berlinetta but equipped with the more powerful V12 engine and gearbox from the limited-series F12tdf.
Drawing inspiration from the 275 GTB, one of the most iconic front-engined V12 berlinettas of the 1960s, the SP 275 rw competizione features a thoroughly modern interpretation of some of the themes that give the 275 GTB its berlinetta connotation, such as the quest for the ultimate balance in proportions and the pure and curvaceous surface treatment. The stance of the car, particularly in the muscular transition from the rear three-quarter panel to the wheelarch was carefully refined with a slightly wider track to express potency over the rear wheels and confer a rakish attitude.
The characteristic front engine-bay vents of the 275 GTB are an evident styling cue, as is the adoption of the triple louvres in the three-quarter panel in place of the F12berlinetta’s B-post quarterlights. The louvres on the rear bumper, together with the pronounced nolder on the tail and milled aluminium fuel filler cap, recall instead the special competition-developed 275 GTB (chassis number 06885) that won the GT category in the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hour race, coming home an impressive third overall behind the winning 250 LM. The yellow paint scheme is also a tribute to that 275 GTB, echoing its Ecurie Francorchamps team colour.
The front features a closed perimeter Ferrari grille with a prominent yet smoothly integrated bonnet bulge, while the slim, vertically-stacked headlights and forged 20” alloys are unique to this car.
Giovinazzi to be Ferrari’s third driver
Scuderia signs an agreement with 23-year old Italian driver
Maranello, 19 December – Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has reached an agreement of cooperation with driver Antonio Giovinazzi. Following such agreement, Giovinazzi will take on the role of Third Driver of the Scuderia in the 2017 season.
Giovinazzi was born in Martina Franca (Taranto, Italy) on December 14th, 1993.
Ferrari Christmas, a time to look ahead
President Marchionne: “The team is giving its all”
Maranello, 19 December – “The team is giving its all and has a great will to win.” The words of President Sergio Marchionne rang out in determined fashion in the room that hosted the usual Christmastime meeting with the press. “We have restructured and I prefer to look to the future in a different way. I don’t regret the choices made, they were well thought out, so there’s no need to change ideas.” At the end of a season that was far from easy, the bosses at the Scuderia are, above all, thinking and looking to the year to come. “There are still many things missing,” added the President, “but the team is the team and it was put in place over a period of years and we’re not about to change it now. Our working practice is already different to what it was back in August, which is when Mattia Binotto took over the reins. The organizational change was also partly made to bring some calm. Put in the work and the results will come.”
Team Principal, Maurizio Arrivabene echoed the President’s sentiments. He thanked the Prancing Horse fans – “you have been very patient and we will do our utmost not to disappoint you” – and in replying to questions from the journalists, he immediately dismissed those who would describe Sebastian Vettel as being “demotivated.” “With Vettel and Raikkonen we have two world champions on our books. Sebastian was here yesterday, working in the simulator and he repeated the fact that he wants to win with Ferrari. It’s up to us to give them a car capable of doing that.”
And on the topic of that 2017 car, which will be officially launched on 24th
February, it was the turn of the Scuderia’s Chief Technical Officer, Mattia Binotto to say a few words. “There are so many changes to the rules relating to aerodynamics. We will see cars that are much quicker through the corners, under acceleration and in braking. There is nothing to say that we here in Maranello cannot build such a car…It’s just a matter of time. What we lacked on occasions this year was the ability to react quickly. We must be able to introduce new solutions before the others do.”
And with that goal, the work does not stop, not even during the holiday period.
Ferrari 50 Year Anniversary Japan Finale
Special celebration with a Japan-only bespoke model, Ferrari J50
2016 marks the 50th year since the first Ferrari was officially registered in Japan. To celebrate this milestone, a series of special events have been held this year including Ferrari Racing Days, Hokkaido Rally, Osaka Riverside Party and International Cavalcade.
To wrap up this momentous year, “Ferrari 50 Year in Japan Anniversary Finale” was held at the New National Art Museum in Tokyo and over 300 passionate VIP guests attended the exclusive event.
At the entrance to the venue were displayed a 275GTB , which was the model that this anniversary celebrates the importation in 1966 of, as well as a GTC4Lusso, the latest 12-cylinder model introduced in 2016. Facing them was a row of all the other models in the current lineup that warmly welcomed the guests.
The highlight of this Finale event was the unveiling of the J50, a new limited edition model – the first Fuori Serie model developed specifically for Japan. The J50 is said to have been designed with the notion of futuristic, exotic and unique in mind. Among the limited edition models it has unveiled to date, this is clearly the one with the most fresh styling and might serve as the blueprint for future Ferrari designs.
This finale event was an appropriate climax to a year packed with special events, and left the audience excited about the future of the brand.
World Premiere of the Ferrari J50
Tokyo, 13 December 2016 – During a special celebration held at the National Art Center in Tokyo to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of Ferrari in Japan, Ferrari revealed a new strictly limited series of bespoke cars, the J50.
The Ferrari J50 is a two-seater, mid-rear-engined roadster that marks a return to the targa body style evocative of several well-loved Ferrari road cars of the 1970s and 1980s. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team in Maranello, just 10 examples of the J50 will be built and, in the spirit of Ferrari’s fuori serie
tradition, each one will be tailored specifically to the customer’s requirements.
Based on the 488 Spider, the J50 is powered by a specific 690 cv version of the 3.9-litre V8 that won the overall International Engine of the Year Award this year.
The bodywork is all new and heralds a radically futuristic design language, with a highly distinctive personality that suits the tastes of a clientele that seeks the utmost in innovative styling. The design approach was led by the desire to create a very low-slung roadster, encapsulating intrinsic Ferrari values of nimbleness and agility. To achieve this, a strong dynamic was imprinted on the flank of the car by the converging interplay between two main guiding lines: the slanted top edge of the side window, continuous with the windscreen, and the raked black swage line which dramatically rises from the low-set nose until it vanishes in the air intake aft of the doors.
While the “helmet visor” effect, which spawns from the window graphic, is reminiscent of Ferrari’s open competition barchettas going as far back as the 1950s, the black dividing line is a novel interpretation of a recurring Ferrari styling cue seen on iconic models such as the GTO, F40 and F50. Circling around the front of the car below knee height, it is a key element which alters the perception of the beltline, setting it at a much lower height than usual, transforming the J50 into a barchetta.
The bonnet section is lower at the centre with raised wheelarch crests giving the emphasized muscularity typical of Ferrari mid-engined sports cars. Two carbon-fibre air channels in the front bonnet create an even more diminutive and sharper looking front mass underlined by the full LED headlights that feature a specific and very dynamic profile.
The J50 benefits from detailed aerodynamic development with a number of significant functional solutions. Firstly, the radiators have been positioned closer together, and the front bumper has been completely redesigned. The windscreen header rail has been lowered allowing more airflow over the aero foil and thus over the rear spoiler.
The sophisticated tail section is dominated by the artful interplay of graphic design themes and three-dimensional elements. The engine is framed by a transparent polycarbonate cover which is intricately shaped to provide a visual extension of the two separate roll hoops protecting the heads of driver and passenger. A transverse aero foil projects as a bridge between the hoops, effectively revisiting one of the most distinctive features of Ferrari sports prototypes of the 1960s.
The rear is decidedly aggressive in nature, with the quad taillight design widening the car visually under a high-downforce wing profile. The rear diffuser features an extractor shape inspired by jet engine afterburners, giving the car a powerful stance. 20” forged rims of unique design were crafted specifically for this limited-edition model.
Inside the cabin, specific trim adorns the sports seats, echoing the design of the rear bonnet contour to provide a unmistakable signature feature. The carbon-fibre hard targa top is divided into two pieces which stow conveniently behind the seats.
The J50 presented at the launch in Tokyo is finished in a special shade of three-layer red with a red-over-black interior trimmed in fine leather and Alcantara.
Ferrari unveils the 488 Challenge at the World Finals in Daytona
Daytona, 4 December 2016 – The Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona this weekend saw the unveiling of the latest model to join the ranks of Ferrari’s prestigious international Challenge racing series for clients. The 488 Challenge is the sixth model to participate in the one-make series which, in 2017, celebrates its 25th
Since the announcement of the racing series in 1992, there have already been over 1000 races, with over 1000 drivers taking part in up to three series organised on three continents. Over the years, the Ferrari Challenge has proved to be an ideal platform for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships, and an impressive number have gone on to win in Grand-Am, IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship, ELMS an even the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 488 Challenge is the first ever turbo-charged model to race and is the most powerful Challenge car ever, powered by the 670 cv 3.9-litre V8 derived from the series production engine that took the overall 2016 International Engine of the Year Award.
Thanks to extensive development of the car’s engine, aerodynamics and chassis, the 488 Challenge reaches new levels of performance, chopping a second off the Fiorano lap time of the preceding 458 Challenge EVO for a new record of 1’15.5”.
Compared to the production 488 GTB V8, the Challenge’s powertrain features specific engine mapping, optimised for racing performance, and shorter gear ratios providing up to an 11.6% increase in acceleration out of turns compared to the naturally-aspirated 458 Challenge EVO. The F1 DCT transmission features a new racing shift strategy which enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to maximum revs in 4th
gear in just six seconds. Further improvements include a reduction in overall powertrain weight, with 19.7 kg being shaved off the engine and a further 8.5 kg off the exhaust system.
Ferrari’s patented Slip Slip Angle Control software makes its first ever appearance on a Challenge car, improving the longitudinal acceleration through bends by 4.2%. A further significant development is the decoupling of the manettino function regulating the electronic vehicle dynamic controls. Rather than a single manettino intervening on all aspects of the software, the functions have been separated into two, either side of the steering wheel. The right-hand manettino (TC1) governs the level of intervention required based on the levels of grip, while the left-hand one (TC2) controls the degree of intensity of intervention. The result is a more tailored degree of integration between the driver and the car, governing when and how torque is delivered to the rear wheels and enhancing the performance of the car and the driver’s consistency.
The most noticeable changes to the 488 Challenge compared to the production car regard the aerodynamics. To achieve the technical objective of increasing the car’s aero efficiency while respecting the design, the engineers worked closely with the Ferrari Styling Centre. The front radiator layout was reworked, inverting the rake so that they are now inclined towards the rear. This solution improves the air flow over the radiators in racing conditions whilst, at the same time, reducing drag. The new layout required new vents at the bottom of the bumper ahead of the wheels.
The front bumper itself has been completely redesigned with a more pronounced splitter and flicks to increase downforce and balance the rear load, for a 7% improvement in efficiency compared to the 458 Challenge EVO.
The front bonnet is all new with triple vents and integrated flaps to direct the hot airflow from the radiators rearwards. To increase stability at high speeds, the 488 Challenge features a bigger rear wing, with an air foil similar to that used on the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship-winning 488 GTE, which alone increases efficiency by 9% compared to the 458 Challenge EVO.
The intakes on the rear flanks now take cooling air to the rear brakes, optimising downforce, while the engine air intakes are now positioned laterally under the rear spoiler, taking advantage of the high pressure generated in this area.
One-of-a-kind LaFerrari raises $7Million to benefit Central Italy
Daytona Beach, FL (4 December 2016)
– Last night, a prized LaFerrari was sold at auction for $7 Million to benefit the reconstruction of Central Italy in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes of 2016. The auction was held in conjunction with RM Sotheby’s and in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund. The price achieved represents a record for the most valuable 21st Century automobile ever sold at auction.
All proceeds from the auction will go toward the reconstruction efforts in the areas affected by the earthquake. RM Sotheby’s has graciously donated their expertise to raise the highest amount possible. The decision to donate a LaFerrari from the company’s own collection for this cause was announced on August 31st 2016 on the occasion of the bilateral talks between the Italian and German governments that took place at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.
The LaFerrari boasts a unique livery with a distinctly Italian theme: a red exterior with a white dream line on the hood and rear windshield. A small Italian flag on the hood serves as a reminder that this is a gift by Ferrari to its home country. The car will also feature a commemorative plaque.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T Australasian Premiere Sydney, Australia
Ferrari Australasia hosted the Australasian premiere for the new GTC4Lusso T at the renowned Italian restaurant, Bar Machiavelli, in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney.
Bar Machiavelli is housed in the historic former tyre factory on Neild Avenue, and is the younger expression of Sydney’s renowned, older and well known Machiavelli Restaurant – owned by the same family. As such, it was a fitting venue to host the Australasian premiere of the GTC4Lusso T – the newest member of the Ferrari family.
Tables dressed with hundreds of red roses surrounded the GTC4Lusso T which was parked inside the restaurant. The vehicle had been driven in through a front window and parked in the middle of the restaurant, allowing it to be the centrepiece of the event.
Media guests enjoyed an Italian-inspired breakfast while Ferrari clients later enjoyed an intimate lunch specifically designed by the venue. Bar Machiavelli served a classic Italian spread of dishes and drinks, including a rotating selection of antipasti and house made pasta, as well as a selection of wine that expressed the contrasting regionality of Italian viniculture.
The launch was attended by influential guests such as award winning architect Kelvin Ho and entrepreneurs Justin Jameson and Tom Waterhouse.
FDA – First steps in GP2 for Leclerc and Fuoco
A three day familiarisation session with the Prema team
Maranello, 2 December – The three day GP2 Series test ended today at the Yas Marina circuit. The session in Abu Dhabi marked the debuts of Charle Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco at the wheel of a GP2 car run by the Prema team, for whom both men will drive next year, when they make their debut in the category. Both Fuoco and Leclerc made no mistakes while doing long runs and qualifying simulations. The two Ferrari Driver Academy students completed over 150 laps each over the course of the three days. Leclerc’s best time was a 1.49.092, while Fuoco stopped the clocks in 1.49.345.
The session brought the curtain down on the 2016 GP2 and GP3 series. Track action starts up again in February with the first test session in preparation for the 2017 championships.
Scaramelli’s funeral to be held on Thursday
Scuderia’s celebrated mechanic passed away last night
Funeral services for Paolo Scaramelli, Scuderia Ferrari’s former mechanic, will be held tomorrow, Dec, 1st at 10.30 in Corlo near Modena. Scaramelli had worked with Scuderia for many years, clinching the World Championship with Jody Scheckter in 1979. He passed away suddenly in the night of November, 29th, the victim of a heartattack. He was 75. Ferrari’s deepest sympathies go to Paolo’s family.