Ferrari cars

A few weeks ago, we let you know that the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione became the hottest thing to lap the Nürburgring, as it crushed the old Ferrari record around the Ring by over 7 seconds. Well, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione was again the hottest thing on four wheels on the Ring, but this time in the literal sense. Yup, while in the pits at the Nürburgring, a small amount of fuel hit the red hot engine and… Well, you can fill in the blanks.

Needless to say, the rear end of the Ferrari became quite the fireball, thanks to racing fuel meeting the freshly raced engine. Fortunately, the picture of the fire makes it look a lot worse than it actually was, as the team was able to douse the fire and get the car back onto the track. We guess that all part of the typical pit crew day, huh?

What’s even more impressive is following this fire, the team managed to regroup and end up taking 1st place in the Alternative Energy Class in the 2012 24 hours of Nürburgring, which it entered as a hybrid, and 12th overall. Good job to the team for their racing and fire-fighting abilities!

The history of the Ferrari 275 began in 1964 when the model was initially brought onto the market. It came as a replacement for the legendary Dayton and only stayed in production for four years until 1968. Initially, the model was offered only in a two-cam version, but at the 1966 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari also unveiled the 275 GTB/4 - or the four-cam version.

The new 275 GTB/4 was designed by Pininfarina, built by Scaglietti, and was the first Ferrari not be offered with wire wheels. It immediately became a legend on the market, and even now, many people still claim it is one of the greatest Ferrari’s ever built. With that stellar history, it’s no surprise that one of the only 330 units built was sold at RM Auctions, Inc (Amelia) for an impressive $1.1 million.

Hit the jump to read more about the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta.

Source: RM Auctions
Ferrari 599XX Evolution

On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Northern Italy, leaving behind a number of victims, including Lamborghini , Ferrari , and Maserati who had to stop production because their production plants are just 25 miles away from the center of the quake. Even more detrimental is the fact that 17 people were killed and another 350 were injured) during this natural disaster, but Ferrari is doing what they can to help the victims left behind.

In order to help the victims of the earthquake, Ferrari will hold an auction next week, with the most important unit on the block being a 599XX Evo , the extreme, non-homologated sports berlinetta with a commercial value of €1.3 million (about $1.6 million).

Next to 599XX, the auction will include a number of Formula 1 items, including a V8 engine, racing suits and helmets donated by the Scuderia’s drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, and numerous memorabilia items from the works racing cars from past seasons. The Online Ferrari Store will also dedicate a section to this event, where customers will have the opportunity to purchase auction items, including Prancing Horse watches.

Ferrari already revealed a bunch of videos for their latest F12 Berlinetta supercar, but all of them show the car in action on closed tracks, not in the real world. Now, Youtube user, Mikesupercars, was lucky enough to catch the car driving around in Maranello, Italy. According to him, the car came straight from the Ferrari factory gates and it’s a demo car for interested buyers.

As a reminder, the Ferrari F12berlinetta is the most powerful high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched. The car is powered by a V12 engine that delivers a total of 740 HP at 8500 rpm and 508 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm. The car can sprint 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and to 124 mph in 8.5 seconds. Top speed goes up to 211 mph.

While most of us are still waiting for Ferrari to bring back the legendary Dino name, the classic version is still breaking hearts. One of the only 18 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyders to be produced has been auctioned by RM Auctions in Monaco for an amazing €2,520,000, or about $3,155,000 at the current exchange rates.

The Ferrari Dino 206 S was unveiled in February 1966 and was aimed to race the FIA’s 2-liter Group 4 class against the most powerful of Porsche models. The Dino was up for the task using a 65 degree V-6 engine that had been conceived by Dino Ferrari himself.

Shortly after its debut, the Dino 206 S proved what an amazing car it really was: it earned a 2nd place finish at the Targo Florio, 2nd and 3rd at the Nurburgring, and a 6th place finish at Spa. Then, in June 1967 with Richard Attwood and David Piper behind the wheel, it scored another impressive result, this time in the 1,000 Kilometer Nurburgring race: 6th place overall and 1st in class.

Hit the jump to read more about the Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder by Carrozzeria Sports Cars.

Source: RM Auctions

Back in April 2012, Atari announced the introduction of the new Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends racing game developed by Slightly Mad Studios. The official debut for the game won’t be made until May 31st, 2012, but Atari is helping us out by providing a new trailer video to give us an idea on the list of cars featured in the game.

The game will offer 36 circuits, including variations - GP circuits, test circuits, and bonus circuits; a wide variety of driving environments; and 52 stunningly detailed cars from classic to modern Ferrari models. The game can be played in both single and multiplayer version, allowing an impressive number of up to eight players to join the race.

The game is also features a pretty cool Campaign Mode: the player can experience the rich history of the Ferrari brand and unlock tracks and cars throughout Ferrari’s history.

Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends will be priced at $49.99.

The Raceway at Laguna Seca is one of the most technical tracks in the world, but it is also one of the fastest, thanks to its six straightaway sections, five of them coming directly before very tight turns. The worst of the bunch, and nearly every car racing buff knows this, are turns No. 8 and 8A, also known as the corkscrew.

The problem with the corkscrew is that it is right after a long straightaway and a soft turn, so drivers tend to come in just a little too fast. Well, it looks like even Ferraris can become victimized by the infamous corkscrew, as a rather pricy 458 Italia had a nice concrete-and-tire sandwich when the driver miscalculated the corkscrew and went flying off of the course at last weekend’s Ferrari Racing Days.

Typically when a driver miscalculates the corkscrew, he is going just a shade too fast and spins out. This driver was going so fast that the Italia didn’t even turn with the front wheels, as the laws of inertia took over and slammed it into the tire-lined wall. Fortunately for us, an amateur cameraman caught the carnage on tape for us to see.

Also fortunate was the driver, as he only came away with a few bumps and bruises, the worst of the bruises being the one on his ego after screwing up on the most legendary turn on this famed raceway.

Our hats go off to the cameraman for picking the perfect spot and getting this film on YouTube for all of us to chuckle at and cringe a little as we watch this machine get destroyed. In case you don’t feel like watching 25 seconds of Ferraris properly negotiating the corkscrew and want to get right to the carnage, just skip forward to the 25-second mark of the above video.

As always, the Grand Prix of Monaco provided a fairly spectacular showing, likely one of the few in this year’s F1 series. As most would expect, Circuit de Monaco lap-time record holder and five-time winner, Michael Schumacher took the pole position, but officials forced him back five grid positions after he caused a collision during qualifying. With the technical nature of Monaco, that pole position is very important and Schumacher’s penalty was an ominous sign that this would not be a good race, as he retired due to fuel issues 63 laps in.

Schumacher’s penalty propelled Red Bull’s Mark Webber into the pole position. Webber held onto that pole position, despite a lead change during a pit stop, and took home the checkered flag on a rain-coated Circuit de Monaco. As we said in our preview of the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco , this race had some serious overall points influence, as the leaders were only separated by a few points each.

This victory for Webber places propels him up to a second place tie with Sebastian Vettel at 73 points and puts Fernando Alonso, who finished third, in the points lead at 76. An impressive run by Nico Rosberg placed him in second, just behind Webber, proving that his wide margin of victory in China was not just a one-time deal. This superb finish by Rosberg jumps him up two slots to fifth place overall.

From the looks of it, this season is shaping up to be a rather close points race with a few new faces near the top. Unfortunately, the leader board, for the most part, looks identical to the 2011 and 2010 seasons. The lack of parody in F1 has really been its Achilles heel in recent history. An overall points victory by Nico Rosberg would certainly be a push in the right direction for F1, so we’ll keep a close eye on his performance.

Click past the jump to see the complete placement board for the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco and the overall points standings.

It seems that Ferrari learned nothing from the previousfire problems the 458 Italia had in the past. The new FF is being reported to have the same issues: a number of three cars recently caught fire, with the latest one being located in Poland (previous two were in Germany in November 2011 and China in February 2012).

The incident took place on the A4 highway near Krakow, Sunday at 19:23. It seems that the fire started spontaneously and according to the driver it went from the cockpit down to the pedals. Luckily he managed to get out of the car in time, but despite his efforts and the help from two fire brigade, the car was completely destroyed.

Ferrari has already recalled a number of FF models from the Chinese market built before December 2011. The problem announced for those models was excessive oil lubrication circuit-processing residues. However, we are pretty sure that a massive FF recall will happen pretty soon.

Source: kontakt24

Rarely is something both the slowest and the hardest at the same time, but that all goes out the window when you’re talking about the Grand Prix at Monaco. For the majority of the F1 season, the drivers get to open up their cars a good bit. At Monaco, those chances to go wide open are limited to about three, as there are only a three extended straightaways on the track.

Besides those three straights, drivers get to deal with a plethora of intense twists and blind turns that require great care to negotiate correctly. These tight turns all amount to Monaco being the lowest average speed course on the F1 circuit, and arguably the hardest one on the circuit.

Well, the 70th running of this ultra-technical road course is due to start on May 27, 2012 and we’re going to provide a quick preview of what’s to come.

Click past the jump to read all about the Grand Prix at Monaco

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