We understand, classic Ferrari models don’t come cheap. And even though we don’t plan to buy one anytime soon, we do keep browsing through online classifieds once in a while, but that still doesn’t mean that we can afford one. Today, we happened to stumble upon this rare and pristine example of a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO . These classic scarlet red Ferraris are hard to miss and rather valuable.
Ferrari of New England is among the premier Ferrari dealerships in the country and this certified GTO is now on sale for a mind-boggling $1.8 million. That’s a lot of money, only until you realize that Ferrari made only 272 examples of it. In 2009, the previous owners spent $35,000 on maintenance for this 288 GTO and now has 17,352 km (10,782 miles) on the odometer. The regular maintenance work included new brake pads, gaskets, timing belts and other pertinent items.
So, if you happen to be in the market for a nearly $2 million classic Ferrari, this mint-condition model may be up your alley.
Click past the jump for more information on the Ferrari 288 GTO
The launch of Ferrari’s Tailor Made personalization program has given way to some pretty interesting creations over the years.
Recently, the Italian automaker added another project to its list and this one pays homage to Formula One legend Niki Lauda. Thanks to the always-ingenious work by a personal designer from the Maranello Style Center, this Ferrari 458 Italia received the treat of a host of styling upgrades.
The red body of the supercar is accentuated by a white roof that features a longitudinal image of the Italian flag. Adding to the exterior touch is the new set of gold alloy wheels that brings out the unique look of the Lauda-inspired 458 Italia.
Inside, there are plenty more distinctive touches, highlighted by the Italian flag motif on both the seats and the center tunnel. Matching red stitching was also applied on numerous parts of the cabin, including the dashboard, the seats, the steering wheel and the instrument panel.
The program is impressive in a lot of ways, but one thing we noticed was the lack of details attributed to Lauda’s home country of Austria. It’s true that the Austrian racer won two of his three world championships with Ferrari, but a simple tribute to his homeland would’ve been pretty nice.
Other than that, there aren’t a whole lot of complaints coming from us with this 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition
On of our favorite YouTube users, Marchettino, managed to shoot another incredible video. If we are not mistaken, this video shows the first non-red LaFerrari out there and more importantly, it shows it in action at Ferrari ’s famous Mugello circuit.
Marchettino caught the car driving around the circuit during the Finali Ferrari Challenge event, and the company’s test driver Dario Benuzzi, was at the helm.
This video offers up plenty of close-up images and tons of exhaust notes, ranging from its mean idle up to a full-throat sprint. We are pretty sure you will want to watch it again and again, while dreaming of dropping a massive sum of cash to pick up the LaFerrari.
A quick reminder, the LaFerrari features a hybrid powertrain that combines a 6,262 cc (6.3-liter) V-12 engine with two electric motors — one motor powers the driven wheels and the second drives the ancillaries. This system delivers a total of 963 horsepower — 800 delivered by the V-12 engine and 163 by the electric motors — and a peak torque in excess of 663 pound-feet. With this amount of power, the LaFerrari will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.
If you love racing games, then you are likely familiar with Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed series. Young folks among us would’ve probably missed the days when the world of virtual racing was dominated by three words; N-F-S and everyone of us had t8he game on our PCs. I still remember the time spent speeding along canyon roads, and sunny beaches in a machine called FZR2000 — an add-on for the NFS-II SE. This car could do 248 mph if you managed to stay on the road and not crash into traffic.
Those were the days...
Later versions of the game featured numerous real-world cars, much to our liking. They even made a brand-specific game, which narrated the evolution of Porsche . One sports car brand that we, as enthusiasts of the game, missed was Ferrari . If I am not wrong, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was the first NFS title to feature the prancing horse.
Sadly, in later iterations of the game except for a few, Ferrari was kept out, although the quality of racing simulation kept on getting better and better.
Now, what seems like ages since the first Need For Speed title was launched, we finally have a proper lineup of Ferraris to enjoy. Need For Speed: Rivals will be in stores on November 15, 2013 for PS4, on Nov 19, 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360 and on Nov 22 for Xbox One with some proper Ferrari content. Electronic Arts has released a set of images of the upcoming title and we have compiled them here for your viewing pleasure.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferraris that feature in NFS: Rivals
Today, DMC announced the first details on a new limited-edition project based on the Ferrari 458 Italia . Called "Estremo," this new tuning kit was specially designed for DMC’s first client in Tokyo, Japan. The kit includes the typical mods within its body kit, but it also lowers the 458 Italia ’s weight between 50 to 80 kilos (110 to 176 pounds) compared to the stock model.
The 458 Italia gets a new front fascia with extreme air channels for better cooling and some additional downforce. The side-vented hood helps drop the 458’s curb weight and give it a unique look. Down the sides, DMC adds new side skirts that give the Ferrari an aggressive look and allows the wind to flow down the side unimpeded. On the rear, the 458 gains a new fascia in carbon fiber and a massive wing for even more downforce.
Under the hood the V-8 engine was updated with an optimized Engine management, refined air-filter and professional exhaust system. As a result it delivers an extra 22 horsepower - up to 592 horsepower. This allows the 458 "Estremo" to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 206 mph.
The new 458 "Estremo" will be limited to only 15 units and every 3rd customer will get a Gold-Edition which features an extra body part - not revealed for now.
Click past the jump to see the Ferrari 458 "Estremo" Edizione by DMC in a little more detail.
When Ferrari unveiled the 458 Speciale at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, we instantly fell in love with the 458 all over again, despite never seeing it in action. Well, it didn’t take too long to see someone push it to its limits, as Autocar got the first crack at the higher-performance 458.
Steve Sutcliffe was the lucky man who got to find out if Ferrari is correct in thinking the 458 Speciale is "more fun than a Ferrari F40 ." Those are pretty strong words from a company with this strong of a reputation.
The 458 Speciale retains the 4.5-liter, V-8 engine from the base 458 Italia , but Ferrari tweaked the output to 596 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm — an increase of 34 horsepower over the base 458. This makes it the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 that Ferrari has ever built.
With the potent V-8 in tow, this supercar sprints from 0 to 60 mph only three seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in just 9.1 seconds. Top speed exceeds 202 mph.
The first teaser image hit the Internet yesterday and now Ferrari has revealed the new 458 Challenge Evoluzione racecar, which made its world debut at the Mugello Circuit just one day after the Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali. The supercar builder will use the new model starting next year in the Ferrari one-make series, and it will hit the market in the upcoming weeks.
The 458 Challenge Evoluzione racer underwent its first public test on a windy and rainy day at the Tuscan raceway, which soiled some of the fun. Despite the rain spoiling the fun, these conditions helped prove that it is all to take on the competition on the tarmac.
For the 2014 model year, the 458 Challenge Evoluzione features an improved aerodynamic kit that includes a new rear wing for increased downforce, and up front it gets a new splitter and an updated floor. These changes improved its lap times and long-distance efficiency, making it a real threat to all comers. According to Ferrari, these changes will be mandatory on cars taking part in next year’s Challenge.
Ferrari has yet to release what’s going on under the new 458 racer’s skin, but we assume that it will carry the same 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that puts down 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. We do expect to see some lightening modifications to make it accelerate and handle better than the stock 458 Italia.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari 458 Italia.
The Japanese tuner Liberty Walk Performance will display an awesome tuning kit based on the Ferrari 458 Italia at the 2013 SEMA Show . The kit includes some very aggressive exterior updates, plus new Armytrix titanium exhaust pipes that will completely transform the sound of the prancing horse’s V-8 engine.
The kit includes large front and rear bumpers, a new diffuse and a large rear wing for some extra downforce. All the new elements are made from carbon fiber, so they don’t add too much weight to the supercar .
There are no details just yet if the tuner will do any work under the hood, but the 570 horsepower delivered from factory are just enough for us, though we wouldn’t be against a few extra ponies.
Liberty Walk Performance will display the 458’s body kit will be displayed at the Toyo Tires booth next to a bad-ass Nissan GT-R prepared by the same tuner.
Click past the jump to see the Ferrari 458 by Liberty Walk Performance up close with pricing.
In Formula 1 competitions, the success of a team depends a good bit on the speed of its pit crew and how fast the driver can exit the pit. The entire entry and exit of the pit requires excellent strategy and absolute precision by the entire team.
You can imagine that a pit stop would require a few minutes, given all of the work that the crew needs to get done (tires, fuel, etc.). Actually, anything in excess of just a few seconds would actually ruin the race for the entire team.
At the Japanese Grand Prix 2013, Ferrari managed to pull off the pit stop ever, as the team needed just 1.95 seconds to put Fernando Alonso back on the racetrack. Yes, you read that right: 1.95 seconds. Now this is what we call efficiency, don’t you think?
Earlier this month, Ferrari filled some patent drawings revealing a new model that many people believed was the new Ferrari California . On the same day, Ferrari also filed a patent for the new "SP FFX" name and an accompanying logo. These two occurrences on the same day lead us to believe that those patent drawings were, in fact, of the SP FFX.
First things first; why is it unlikely that these drawings are of the new California? Mainly because the car showed in the images featured Ferrari FF door mirrors, headlights, taillights and general proportions. These make us believe that we were actually looking at a special FF Coupe.
The SP FFX name is a little unclear, but we do know that SP stands for Special Projects. As for the "FFX;" that part makes it pretty clear that a special edition FF is on its way.
If this is true, then we expect the SP FFX to be a one-off model that features a V-12 engine with more than 650 horsepower and a top speed of 200 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari FF.