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Back in July, we heard the first rumors of a possible return to Le Mans competition for Ferrari . We heard the first semi-official confirmation of this return in December when Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo , decided to comment on those rumors.

The firestorm is now growing, as a very strange Ferrari prototype was caught testing on the Mugello race track, which may be the ultimate confirmation that the Italian company could indeed return to Le Mans .

A while ago, we came across a video that revealed a LaFerrari testing something other than its usual hybrid powertrain. Now, new rumors suggest that the engine tested was not a turbocharged V-6 engine, but likely a supercharged V-8 engine or a hybrid powertrain that are more suitable for endurance racing.

Along with the new engine, the Le Mans LaFerrari will also be equipped with lots of aerodynamic modifications and a huge rear wing to produce the downforce needed for racing, according to the above image.

Click past the jump for a full list of Ferrari victories at Le Mans and to read more about the regular LaFerrari.

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It seems like we are off to a good start with news from Ferrari this new year. Recently, we brought you stories of highly cherished, classic Ferraris that will hit the auction block in 2014 and a brand new LaFerrari popping up at a used car dealership . The asking price is three times that of a brand new La Ferrari .

If $3.2 million for a used LaFerrari seems rather steep, then you’ll likely be outraged by the roughly $3 million asking price of this used Ferrari Enzo . Yes, the F60 that preceded the LaFerrari.

Ferrari built just 400 examples of the Enzo, which makes it even rarer than the LaFerrari , which will see a 499 unit production run. This very example of the 2003 Ferrari Enzo is up for sale at Fusion Luxury Motors in Los Angeles with just 354 miles on its ticker.

It is the last of the V-12 Ferraris with fewer computers and electric motors. The Ferrari Enzo is widely regarded as one of the most awesome Ferrari models ever manufactured .

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari Enzo

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Ferrari unveiled the first details on the 458 Challenge Evoluzione at the end of 2013, but all we got then were some images of the car. Now, YouTube user NM2255 managed to spot the car in action on the Monza race track. You will not only see the car cruising around the track, but you will also be able to enjoy its beautiful exhaust note!

For the 2014 model year, the 458 Challenge Evoluzione was improved with a more aggressive aerodynamic kit that includes a new rear wing for increased downforce and a new front splitter. Ferrari also focused on making the car lighter to help it accelerate more quickly and handle better.

The only thing that remained untouched from the base 458 Italia was the 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that delivers the same 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.

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Here we are with some more Ferrari news; this time it is about a Ferrari F40 .

The F40 was and still is an extremely potent track car that hails from the motorsport specialists at Ferrari . The F40 was built it to commemorate the prancing horse’s 40th anniversary, and it went on to win the hearts of car enthusiasts around the world. However, it is not a car you take for granted because it can turn around and bite you, if you lose focus behind the wheel.

That’s exactly what happened with a F40 owner sometime back. Sadly, he ended up crashing it to such an extent that he decided to sell it off. A bunch wise fellas from Gas Monkey Garage then bought it for $400,000 and set on the journey of rebuilding this awesome supercar .

What they came up with is even more breathtaking; a Ferrari F40 for the 21st century. A complete rebuild later, they now plan to auction it off at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction. The restoration work was aired on the popular TV series "Fast N’ Loud" Given the long hours put in by the team, the car could fetch more than $1 million. So, a $600,000 margin may be good enough.

The 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction will be held from January 12th through 19th in Scottsdale, AZ.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari F40 by Gas Monkey Garage

The Japanese really do know how to make an impression, especially when it comes to modifications to Italian supercars . Such is the case with LB Performance’s work on the Ferrari 458 . If you don’t like your stock 458 and you have the finances to afford the program, LB Performance is one of those companies you should have on speed dial.

In this particular case, the Liberty Walk subsidiary decided on doing a carefully crafted upgrade on the 458 Spyder, complete with new components that not only give the exotic an enhanced look, but also give it added performance capabilities.

The kit features a load of hot new items, highlighted by a custom front and rear spoilers and custom side skirts to go with wider wheel arches and rivets you don’t normally see on the the standard 458.

It’s a unique kit that’s different from what LB Performance’s European counterparts have built in the past years, which is precisely why it’s an attention-grabber in its own damn right.

For the privilege of having it fitted into your Ferrari 458, customers will have to shell out around €18,000 — about $24,700 based on current exchange rates. That’s a premium price to pay, but a custom-looking 458 never comes cheap.

Click past the jump to read more about LB Performance’s work on the Ferrari 458 Italia

Source: Liberty Walk
Michael Schumacher ends comeback attempt in a Ferrari F1 car

With F1 legend, Michael Schumacher , still in a medically-induced coma stemming from his skiing accident last week, the world has been waiting with baited breath to hear about any sort of positive developments for the man many regard as the finest race car driver in history.

But today is an especially difficult day for the Schumacher family, as Michael should’ve been celebrating his 45th birthday instead of being in a hospital fighting for his life. But like some men who have as devoted a following as Schumi, his fans and former colleagues are rallying behind him in the kind of way that just speaks volumes on the influence he had on them.

For its part, Ferrari has announced plans to pay tribute to its iconic F1 driver by holding a "silent and respectful event" at the Grenoble University Hospital where Schumi is recovering from that unfathomable accident.

The Italian automaker made its plans known on its Facebook page, calling for Ferrari owners to show up with their cars to celebrate Schumacher’s 45th birthday. It’s not the most ideal of circumstances to be holding such a celebration, but the thought and motive behind it are undoubtedly admirable. After all, it’s Schumacher who is largely responsible for Ferrari’s dominant run in Formula One in the last decade no driver, we argue, means more to its team than the man the tifosi call the Maestro.

The event is being scheduled by the Scuderia Ferrari Club and interested owners can contact their local club for additional information in the event they want to attend. It’s a hastily planned tribute, but nothing about this situation has been planned.

On our end, we continue to wish Michael Schumacher a full recovery from this accident. We’re rooting for you, sir, and sincerely hope you win this one last race for your family, friends, and loyal fans.

Click past the jump to read about Michael Schumacher

A car like the Ferrari LaFerrari is priced in the millions for a reason: it’s got all the latest technology you can find in the industry, it’s limited in quantity with only 499 units built, and It’s got a powerful engine.

Best of all, it’s built by Ferrari , arguably the most prestigious brand in the auto world today.

But for those with pockets deep enough to afford a LaFerrari, there’s always that possibility that buyer’s remorse kicks in, and apparently, it did to one of the supercar’s first owners.

The ad, which was posted on Semco GmbH, is looking for a buyer who can take the LaFerrari off of the hands of its current owner for a price of €2.38 million ($3.2 million). The amount isn’t a misprint. That’s almost three times the original price of the LaFerrari, which is absurd enough itself.

So if you’re in the market for the most powerful and expensive road car Ferrari has ever built, here’s your chance to get one. You’re going to pay a heck of a premium for it, but considering that the model is already sold out, the used car market is your best bet to get one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari

Source: Semco GmbH

The movie adaptation of Go Like Hell already hasA-lister Tom Cruise in the fold and if recent reports are accurate, Cruise is set to be joined by another Hollywood heavyweight: Brad Pitt.

The two last co-starred in the 1994 movie Interview with a Vampire and the potential co-starring role will ignite a move that’s already being billed as a blockbuster adaptation of the A.J. Baime book that chronicled the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari during their glory years at Le Mans .

It’s already been reported that Cruise will be playing the role of Carroll Shelby in the movie with Joseph Kosinski sitting in the director’s chair. There’s been no mention of what role Pitt will play in the movie but if it’s any indication, it won’t come as a surprise if he stars as Ferrari’s very own patriarch, Enzo Ferrari.

It’ll be very interesting to see how the cast for Go Like Hell builds up. But with Cruise and possibly Pitt on board, it’s going to be one heck of a blockbuster.

Click past the jump to read the official synopsis of Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

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Ever wondered, why the Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider has "California" in its name? Here’s why. A Ferrari dealer based out of the U.S. requested the company to make a car named after their biggest market and hence the name. The sunshine state of California has been the home of Hollywood for ages and money was never short.

Even today, the sheer number millionaires in the state is mind-boggling. That said, with the advent of the age of information and technology, a new generation of billionaires have emerged. Anyway, back to the California Spider. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider LWB will hit the auction block soon.

Experts suggest, the car could be valued over $8 million! One reason for such a high price is the fact that back in the days, Ferrari only built 50 examples of the California Spider. Now, the Ferrari 250 GT was a thoroughbred racer on which the California was based. The "LWB" stands for "Long Wheelbase". The market for old and rare Ferraris is huge. Only this year, RM Auctions sold an equally rare Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider for 25 million dollars!

And that’s not all, an even exclusive Ferrari 250 GTO fetched no less than $50 million. A short wheelbase version of the 250 GT California Spider also found a buyer recently. He apparently shelled out $11 million for the 250 GT California Spider SWB. The LWB California that is to be auctioned by RM Auction in Arizona is the 11th chassis (out of 50) produced by Ferrari and worked upon by the legendary metal worker Scaglietti.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider LWB

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More and more details of the Ferrari California successor are coming out and slowly but surely, the puzzle coming from Maranello is becoming more and more complete.

The latest bit of information is pretty big and it comes by way of Autocar. According to the popular UK magazine, the next-generation Calfornia will carry a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that will carry an output of 552 horsepower. The turbocharged powertrain will likewise provide Ferrari’s entry-level model with a throatier soundtrack, at least compared to the naturally-aspirated V-8 that the current California has under its hood.

Equally important news is the styling of the next-gen California, which, as its been reported, will draw inspiration from the F12berlinetta , particularly the front end. It’ll definitely be interesting how Ferrari designers can infuse the spirit of the F12berlinetta into the design without compromising the California’s distinctive style.

There are definitely still more questions than answers at this point. But if it’s true that the next-gen California will have that much power under its hood, then it should bode well for those who have been waiting for the model to arrive.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ferrari California

Source: Autocar UK

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