Although it’s not illegal to do so, it probably doesn’t create a lot of customer confidence when news is coming out that both Mercedes and Ferrari are still selling vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbag inflators. These two companies are not the extent of the issue. According to Bill Nelson, Florida Senator, seven out of 17 automakers have already admitted to doing the same thing. The issue with the faulty airbag inflators manifests itself when the vehicle is sold and remains in areas where the climate is hot and high humidity. According the NHTSA, cars sold today with faulty airbag inflators will officially be included in the defective list come 2018.
Currently, cars in the limelight for being sold with faulty inflators include the 2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and convertible, 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and almost every Ferrari on sale today which includes the FF, California T, 488 GTB and 488 Spider, F12 and F12tdf, and GTC4Lusso.
Sebastian Vettel’s driving excellence is undeniable in Formula One. As a four-time world champion, he is the third most successful driver in F1 history. At his youthful age, he still has a lot of racing ahead of him. Now under the Ferrari brand, he might be on a course to continue breaking records, or at least we hope so.
Signing with Formula One’s Team Ferrari has it’s perks. You are now racing for one of the premiere teams in the sport, and you have the opportunity to drive some amazing cars coming out of the Italian automaker’s factory. The latest is their all new FXX K, and Vettel was invited to Ferrari’s test track to put the FXX K to it’s paces. Being the decorated driver that he is, driving the FXX K to the limits should be a simple task. But I’m sure even though Vettel is coming from driving a Formula One car, the FXX K should still be a thrilling drive.
Not being able to teach an old dog new tricks doesn’t really fit the Ferrari mold. Turning 40 this year, Ferrari is still pushing the envelop on performance, styling and technology when it comes to their cars. To continue pushing the boundaries, Ferrari will be producing 350 bespoke special edition vehicles. Lets be clear, they aren’t producing 350 bespoke of the same car, each and every one of the 350 vehicles will be unique.
What we should be expecting to see are 70 unique variations of the California T, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4 Lusso, and F12 Berlinetta. Each of these vehicles were chosen specifically because they represent the history Ferrari. To be able to create 350 unique cars, Ferrari’s Tailor-Made division will be working overtime.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale MM is mmmmm so good! Based on the 458 Speciale, the MM suits up in an all new body design which completely alter the looks of the car.
Compared to the standard 458 Speciale, the MM’s body is extended with aluminum and carbon fiber which starts right at the front of the car which received an all new one off front facia. The body line continued to be modified right down the length of the car all the way back to her hips and the rear wasn’t left untouched either. Rounding out the exterior modification was a set of custom wheels which were designed for this vehicle. The car rides on a set of all-new wheels, designed specifically for the MM.
One thing that was left untouched was the powerplant which is as Ferrari intended from the factory. Their 4.5L V8 motor powers the MM and delivers 597 hp and 398 lb/ft of torque. Seeing as how the owner went to such lengths with the exterior modification, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some forced induction happening to this car in the future.
But for now, you can continue to feast your eyes on this one off factory creation.
Ferrari is a brand name synonymous with beauty and performance. Also words you would typically associate with this company are luxury and expensive. What you won’t typically associate with this brand is roller coasters. Well that is up until 2010 when Ferrari decided to branch out and give families of all sizes a taste of what it’s like to be behind one of their cars, albeit while it’s tied down to rails.
Ferrari opened their first theme park in Abu Dhabi in 2010 and there’s already one more under construction in Spain. Rumors is that there is a third theme park being build in one of China’s major cities, and also a potential destination of a fourth park in North America. There is no disclosed location set yet on our shores, but initial guesses will either be somewhere in California to coincide with all the other major theme parks in the area. But that’s still all speculation at this point.
When you think about camping vehicles, you think about minivans, SUVs, trucks, or for those who want to splurge an RV. These are the typical modes of transportation that frequent campsite with family in tow. When it comes to Red Bull, they don’t like to go typical. Instead, they go for what every car nut had on their bedroom wall in the 90’s, the Ferrari F40.
That’s right! A friggin Ferrari F40 to go camping. Red Bull took their F40 to Japan who put the car to its paces on some not so foreign soil, or snow in this case. They drive up to a ski resort, slap on some snow chains paired up to some studded tires, and go balls out climbing the ski slopes. Building speed up the slopes definitely wasn’t much of an issue when you have a 2.9L V8 twin turbo motor pumping out 478hp right behind your head.
So next time you look at your sports coupe and think to yourself it probably won’t be a good travelling car, slap yourself in the face and remember the image of this F40 climbing snow hills with luggage strapped to its roof, then winds down at a camp site to a warm glowing fire.
RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale auction is well known to host some of the worlds finest and most exclusive vehicles on their stage. Recently a Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale was brought through for sale. This vehicle may not be familiar to most people because the 212 was made during a time when Ferrari was solely a shop building cars for racing and put out some vehicle for sale to the public to keep the racing funded.
The 212 Inter Coupe is a car that has all the guts of a Ferrari but the body work from Vignale. The one at Sotheby’s Auction is number 23 of the 26 Ferrari 212 ever made. The car itself has a rich production history as well as history of ownership. Pennsylvania State Senator Theodore Newell Wood was once the owner of this vehicle. Since the 70’s the car has gone through multiple owners and finally finding its home in California 20 years ago. This particular 212 has been meticulously maintained throughout it’s lifetime.
This particular example is likely to sell for upwards of $1.5 million.
Ferrari’s La Ferrari is a much sought after super car. The words limited and rare doesn’t even begin to convey the ultra exclusive rights of owning one. When Ferrari first launched the La Ferrari, the price tag was set at $1.35 million. Due to very limited production runs and it’s stellar performance spec sheet, it wasn’t uncommon to see La Ferrari’s change hands for twice as much. However, at $4.7 million, that’s over three times the original price.
The most recent record pricing of a La Ferrari can be found at the Fort Lauderdale Collection South. The car is a low mileage vehicle with only 388 on the ticker. The car is painted Ferrari’s Rosso Corsa over a black leather interior with the optional prancing horse stitched into the headrest.
Ferrari will be debuting a face lifted FF at the 2016Geneva Auto Show and the car will be dubbed the GTC4Lusso. That’s quite a long name and unconventional sounding, but the name does find inspiration from Ferrari history.
The GTC4Lusso will be powered by a 6.3L V12 engine that produces 680hp and 514lb/ft of torque. This motor is similar to the one that was found under the hood of the FF, but with slight tuning to up the power delivery. The GTC4Lusso will send power to all four wheels and handling is further improved by utilizing Ferrari’s rear wheel steering, and an improved electronic differential.
The facelift for the GTC4Lusso includes a wider front facia with built in air channels to feed more cold air to the engine, fender vents to help dissipate hot air from the engine bay, and a more sloping roof line to give the GTC4Lusso a look of slicing through the air even while standing still.
This is certainly another beauty that the consumers will take to kindly when it debuts.
Vintage Ferraris are one of the most sought after and collectable vehicles out there. These were cars that were made during a time when mass production was not available, where creating masterpieces was the only mission for the company to continue their brand legacy. These are hand built machines in extremely limited quantities with purebred race engines propelling the cars into motorsport history.
The car you see before you is chassis number 0674 which not only is a low number vehicle, it also has motorsport history racing through its veins. Race legend Sir Stirling Moss has been behinds its wheel. It took second place at Mille Miglia, and sixth at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
This 1957 335S recently went on the block at an auction in Paris and landed an amazing sale price of $34.9 million. It may not be the most expensive Ferrari to be sold at auction as the records is still held by a 1962 250 GTO sold by Bonhams for $38.1 million during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance festivities in 2014, but you still can’t dispute the immense amount of money this car did sell for.