Ferrari unveils the 488 Challenge at the World Finals in Daytona
Posted: 04.12.2016 Source: Ferrari
Daytona, 4 December 2016 – The Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona this weekend saw the unveiling of the latest model to join the ranks of Ferrari’s prestigious international Challenge racing series for clients. The 488 Challenge is the sixth model to participate in the one-make series which, in 2017, celebrates its 25thanniversary.
Since the announcement of the racing series in 1992, there have already been over 1000 races, with over 1000 drivers taking part in up to three series organised on three continents. Over the years, the Ferrari Challenge has proved to be an ideal platform for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships, and an impressive number have gone on to win in Grand-Am, IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship, ELMS an even the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 488 Challenge is the first ever turbo-charged model to race and is the most powerful Challenge car ever, powered by the 670 cv 3.9-litre V8 derived from the series production engine that took the overall 2016 International Engine of the Year Award.
Thanks to extensive development of the car’s engine, aerodynamics and chassis, the 488 Challenge reaches new levels of performance, chopping a second off the Fiorano lap time of the preceding 458 Challenge EVO for a new record of 1’15.5”.
Compared to the production 488 GTB V8, the Challenge’s powertrain features specific engine mapping, optimised for racing performance, and shorter gear ratios providing up to an 11.6% increase in acceleration out of turns compared to the naturally-aspirated 458 Challenge EVO. The F1 DCT transmission features a new racing shift strategy which enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to maximum revs in 4th gear in just six seconds. Further improvements include a reduction in overall powertrain weight, with 19.7 kg being shaved off the engine and a further 8.5 kg off the exhaust system.
Ferrari’s patented Slip Slip Angle Control software makes its first ever appearance on a Challenge car, improving the longitudinal acceleration through bends by 4.2%. A further significant development is the decoupling of the manettino function regulating the electronic vehicle dynamic controls. Rather than a single manettino intervening on all aspects of the software, the functions have been separated into two, either side of the steering wheel. The right-hand manettino (TC1) governs the level of intervention required based on the levels of grip, while the left-hand one (TC2) controls the degree of intensity of intervention. The result is a more tailored degree of integration between the driver and the car, governing when and how torque is delivered to the rear wheels and enhancing the performance of the car and the driver’s consistency.
The most noticeable changes to the 488 Challenge compared to the production car regard the aerodynamics. To achieve the technical objective of increasing the car’s aero efficiency while respecting the design, the engineers worked closely with the Ferrari Styling Centre. The front radiator layout was reworked, inverting the rake so that they are now inclined towards the rear. This solution improves the air flow over the radiators in racing conditions whilst, at the same time, reducing drag. The new layout required new vents at the bottom of the bumper ahead of the wheels.
The front bumper itself has been completely redesigned with a more pronounced splitter and flicks to increase downforce and balance the rear load, for a 7% improvement in efficiency compared to the 458 Challenge EVO.
The front bonnet is all new with triple vents and integrated flaps to direct the hot airflow from the radiators rearwards. To increase stability at high speeds, the 488 Challenge features a bigger rear wing, with an air foil similar to that used on the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship-winning 488 GTE, which alone increases efficiency by 9% compared to the 458 Challenge EVO.
The intakes on the rear flanks now take cooling air to the rear brakes, optimising downforce, while the engine air intakes are now positioned laterally under the rear spoiler, taking advantage of the high pressure generated in this area.
One-of-a-kind LaFerrari raises $7Million to benefit Central Italy
Posted: 04.12.2016 Source: Ferrari
Daytona Beach, FL (4 December 2016) – Last night, a prized LaFerrari was sold at auction for $7 Million to benefit the reconstruction of Central Italy in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes of 2016. The auction was held in conjunction with RM Sotheby’s and in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund. The price achieved represents a record for the most valuable 21st Century automobile ever sold at auction.
All proceeds from the auction will go toward the reconstruction efforts in the areas affected by the earthquake. RM Sotheby’s has graciously donated their expertise to raise the highest amount possible. The decision to donate a LaFerrari from the company’s own collection for this cause was announced on August 31st 2016 on the occasion of the bilateral talks between the Italian and German governments that took place at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.
The LaFerrari boasts a unique livery with a distinctly Italian theme: a red exterior with a white dream line on the hood and rear windshield. A small Italian flag on the hood serves as a reminder that this is a gift by Ferrari to its home country. The car will also feature a commemorative plaque.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T Australasian Premiere Sydney, Australia
Posted: 03.12.2016 Source: Ferrari
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.
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.
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.
Yas Marina, 29 November – Darkness falls on the Abu Dhabi circuit: two days after Sebastian Vettel stood on the podium here, this was the final on-track part of the 2016 season. At the wheel of an SF15-T, modified to simulate next year’s aerodynamic downforce levels, Kimi Raikkonen completed 97 laps, as part of Pirelli’s development programme for 2017.
The session ran from 9 in the morning to around 4.30pm and Kimi tried various combinations of tyre compound and construction, ending the session with some longer runs.
Also taking part in the test were the Mercedes and Red Bull Racing teams.
The Monegasque retires from Race 1 but wins the title at Yas Marina
Abu Dhabi, 26 November – Charles Leclerc is the 2016 GP3 Champion, clinching the crown with one race to go. The Ferrari Driver Academy student retired from the first race of the weekend at Yas Marina, following a collision with another car four laps from the flag. Leclerc was fighting for third place, but picked up a puncture, which meant he had to stop. An action-packed race also knocked out the youngster’s main rivals, giving him enough of a points lead to claim the title. After a good start, Giuliano Alesi finished eleventh, while Antonio Fuoco took the chequered flag in 16th place, missing out on fighting for a podium finish following a collision just a few corners after the start.
Maranello, 23 Nov 2016 – The whole of Ferrari sends its greetings to Felipe Massa on his last competitive weekend of Formula 1. Felipe has been connected to the Scuderia for over 10 years including eight as a race driver featuring 11 wins, 15 pole positions, 36 podiums and very nearly the world title in 2008. His competitive qualities and great passion have made him one of the Scuderia drivers most loved by fans around the world.
We send a big thanks to you Felipe for these wonderful years together, for the generosity that has always marked you on track and off, and for how you have successfully combined humanity and professionalism in a complex environment such as Formula 1.
Obrigado Felipe, good luck for your future projects and a big hug to you and your wonderful family from all of us at Ferrari.
Maurizio Arrivabene: “This podium finish is a boost to the motivation of the whole team, for the people back home, who have been working so hard since this summer, and for the ones at the track, who never gave up. It’s clear that we did not reach the targets we had set for ourselves, yet this last race shows that something is moving in the right direction.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was not an easy race for me, the car was pretty ok, but I suffered with the tires, to make them last. I was constantly trying to keep the fronts alive. After the start I was in a good position, but I struggled with the first set of Softs: at the end of the stint they kind of came back and improved, but we kept losing places. When Seb came close to me, I knew that he was on a different strategy and I let him go. Obviously it has been quite a tricky year, far from what we want as a team, but lately we have been working well, doing the right things. Now we need to keep working this way and hopefully next year, with the new car, we’ll be where we want to be.”
Sebastian Vettel: “I think it was an important race for us today: in the final laps, I would have liked to gain two more positions, because the speed was there; but it was difficult to make the move because the car in front also benefited from a tow. Nevertheless as a team we deserve this podium, and I hope it gives some momentum to all of us. It has been a tough year, with lots of up and downs, so I am really happy with this result. About our global performance in 2016, I think we don’t need to find any story or invent something. I think we expected more; but after the first half, where we could have scored more points, I think we showed real strength by coming back. In the last couple of Grand Prix we had very good race pace, always enough to match Red Bull, and probably even a bit quicker: but that was not the case on Saturdays, and that made Sundays more difficult. Overall we showed the stamina that the team has. The spirit is unbroken, and I know that we will work hard, because Ferrari deserves to come back. All in all we learned a lot, we made a lot of progress. Today is Nico’s day, well done to him. I think you don’t win the Championship by luck, and it is a sign of respect to give him this. He is a deserving champion.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Vettel on the podium
Posted: 27.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Seb third at Yas Marina, Kimi is sixth
Yas Marina, 27 November – Sebastian Vettel came third in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today at the Yas Marina circuit. The German produced a thrilling performance in the closing stages which saw him take the chequered flag just eight tenths of a second off the winner, Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, while thanks to finishing second, Nico Rosberg has secured the Drivers’ crown for 2016.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina 26 November
Posted: 26.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a pretty good qualifying, the car has behaved well all day. Today we went a lot faster than we had been in practice, we did our best and it was almost enough for third place, but my last lap was not perfect in some places. It’s hard to say if we’ll be able to fight with the Mercedes tomorrow: usually in race conditions we are a bit closer, but I’m sure they will also be very strong. Tomorrow we can only do our best, we’ll try to make a good start and then we’ll see.”
Sebastian Vettel: “I’m not really happy with the result. I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car to start with. In the end it was good, but then in the last lap I had a bit of a messy last sector. I saw a bit of smoke from Verstappen ahead, enough to lose a bit of concentration. After this morning we were expecting a bit more, not really to fight the Mercedes, but to beat Red Bulls. I don’t think we were any slower, but we didn’t get the lap together when it mattered, probably we were a bit on the aggressive side trying to anticipate the track conditions. For tomorrow it should be positive, for tonight it was a bit too much. Otherwise the car feels good, we managed to improve it today. Mercedes are a bit far away, but we hope to get ahead and be in front of Red Bulls tomorrow. We are on the softer compound, which should give us an advantage off the line and for the first lap.”
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Ferrari fourth and fifth on the grid
Posted: 26.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Kimi fourth, one place ahead of Seb
Yas Marina, 26 November – Kimi Raikkonen posted the fourth fastest time of 1.39.604 in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Finn is one place higher up than fifth placed Sebastian Vettel who’s best lap was a 1.39.661.
Starting from pole position tomorrow will be Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes, who set a fastest time of 1.38.755.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – FP3, Ferrari on top
Posted: 26.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Seb fastest, Kimi 3rd
Yas Marina, 26 November – Sebastian Vettel wrapped up the final 60 minutes of free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and indeed the season, with the fastest time. In the final hour of track time during which teams make set-up changes in preparation for qualifying and the race, in hot conditions, the German driver took his Ferrari round in 1.40.775 with his second set of Ultrasoft tyres, the choice of all drivers out on track. Just over two tenths slower, with a lap in 1.40.999, Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest in his SF16-H. He also used two sets of the purple-banded tyres, the softest available from Pirelli.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina, 25 November
Posted: 25.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we had a very normal Friday practice, trying different things. The car was working pretty fine: it’s just that I could not put a decent lap together, but overall it was a “basic” day. We had some tire graining, but this is very normal on the first day on track and it was not a big issue, as it’s going to change for the race. Now we just have to work here and there and we should be ok.”
Sebastian Vettel: “I am fairly happy with the day. Obviously, it is not ideal to have a gearbox issue on Friday, but I am not worried and it shouldn’t have any impact on the weekend. In general it was a very good Friday. This afternoon P1 was somewhat tricky, as we struggled a bit on the hot track. But during P2 in the evening things calmed down, the car also calmed down, it was quite good and I was happy. In the long run I struggled a bit with the front end, maybe I was a bit too aggressive, but overall the car felt good. To be honest, I think we should have a good pace. Hopefully tomorrow we have a similar feeling in Quali and put the car where it belongs.”
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Ferrari third and sixth
Posted: 25.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Different compounds used for race simulation
Yas Marina, 25 November – The second act of the Abu Dhabi weekend ended with Ferrari in third and sixth places courtesy of Sebastian Vettel (1.41.130) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.41.464). The last of today’s practice sessions at Yas Island was held in more similar conditions to the ones that can be expected for qualifying and the race. The two SF16-H cars were put through their paces over single quick laps on the Ultrasoft compound, while when it came to the long runs, Kimi used Supersofts and Seb used Softs. The German’s session came to a premature end with a few minutes remaining because of a problem with the gearbox, which was at the end of its life and was intended for use solely during free practice.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – A sunny start
Posted: 25.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Hot as ever at Yas Marina: Seb 5th and Kimi 7th, using Softs only
Yas Marina, 25 November– The final Formula 1 Friday of the year started with the first free practice sessions for the eighth running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. At the futuristic Yas Marina facility, Sebastian Vettel set the fifth fastest time of 1.44.005, in his Ferrari after starting the morning doing a whole run with the Halo head protection device due to be introduced in 2018. He and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who was seventh fastest in 1.44.556 ran similar programmes, using two sets of Soft tyres while doing aerodynamic work. Quickest was Lewis Hamilton, who did a 1.42.869 in the Mercedes.
The Arabian track was lacking in grip and when the sun sets, the lower temperatures combined with the evolution of the track will have a significant effect on tyre behaviour.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – “Hope to fight for podium here”
Posted: 24.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Kimi: “I had better year but still suffer with all the team”
Abu Dhabi is the last round of the season and it’s difficult to say how the weekend will go. We’ve had some strong moments, even in the last weekends, and some others not so good, so we can only promise that we’ll give our best and hopefully we’ll be in the fight for the podium. If we look at the big picture of the season we cannot be happy: we’ve done our best and obviously it hasn’t been good enough. We didn’t achieve the results that we wanted as Ferrari. The good thing is that we have great people in the team working well together and improving things. For me personally this year has been a bit better than last year, but I suffer as much as the team does when we don’t win races and fight for the Championships. We can only keep working hard and improve.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – “Performance was better than results show”
Posted: 24.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Seb wraps up the season: Car a “big step forward” from 2015
It’s the last race of the season and I think the most positive thing we can draw from this year is the experience we lived as a team. We were often criticized but I don’t think criticism was always justified. We remained very committed throughout, despite not achieving what we wanted to, due to various reasons and circumstances. This year’s car was a big step from last year, and I think our performance was better than results show. So now our target for next year is quite clear, we have to be ready with the project in view of many regulation changes. If I should name a special moment in 2016, I would recall the podium finish at Monza. We’ve had a difficult season but seeing that the tifosi still believe in us was a big boost for everyone.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – From day to night
Posted: 22.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
Final round in Abu Dhabi. Kimi: “Overtaking is a challenge”
Maranello, 22 November – It’s time for the final and 21st race of the longest ever Formula 1 season. This will be the eighth Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the race having made its debut on the calendar back in 2009, all of them held at the Yas Marina circuit, around half an hour’s drive from the centre of Abu Dhabi. It is the only twilight race of the season, starting in daylight before the floodlights come on at dusk and the consequent drop in temperature has an effect on tyre performance. Against a spectacular setting, the track layout features long straights and a very twisty section where good traction is the key, while overtaking is difficult. New for this year is the introduction of the Ultrasoft tyre, alongside the Soft and Supersoft.
“I like this circuit” says Kimi about Yas Marina. “It has a quite slow last part of the lap but has a great atmosphere as it is the last race of the year. So, obviously it’s a slightly different feeling and it’s in the evening. The lights are very good. Sometimes it can be not that easy with the lights but the driving conditions are not difficult to get the visual right. The sight is more or less the same in the daytime. It’s not a very easy place to overtake but it’s a challenge to do it. It’s about quite long laps and a lot of tricky corners. So, I’ve always enjoyed it there. Maybe it’s because it’s the end of the year and there are many things happening for the people when they come to watch the race.”
Ferrari 488 Spider Wins ‘Premium Performance Convertible’ at the Arab Wheels Awards 2016
Posted: 16.11.2016 Source: Ferrari
16 November, Dubai UAE – This week the coveted Ferrari 488 Spider took home the coveted ‘Premium Performance Convertible’ accolade at the prestigious Arab Wheels Awards 2016, taking place in a glamourous ceremony at the Meydan Hotel, Dubai. Following the success of the inaugural event in 2015, the awards celebrate the selection of new models and other products launched into the market over the past 12 months. A panel of judges, car aficionados and readers of the Arab Wheels magazine contribute their votes to decide the ultimate winner.