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By now, we all know how awesome the Ferrari LaFerrari is. It’s the one road car that features the very best of Ferrari technology, something even the F12berlinetta and the 458 Italia can’t boast of. Recently, Motor Trend’s Ignition web series had a chance to get up close and personal with the LaFerrari. Quite frankly, we’re a little jealous of Ignition host Carlos Lago. Not everyone gets to drive the LaFerrari around even for just a few laps.

Lago not only secured a morning’s worth of laps around Ferrari’s famed test track in Fiorano, he also had some time to take in the beautiful scenery around the track later on that day. That ear-to-ear grin on his face is a pretty good indication that he had a ball. We’d feel the same way, too.

The Ignition host was clearly blown away by his time with the LaFerrari, as was every other person who was allowed some time to drive the hybrid supercar . The LaFerrari is, after all, an incredible piece of Ferrari engineering, created with the simple task of showcasing the very best in technological advancements the company has accomplished.

The only thing missing is a Topspeed review of the LaFerrari. Cross your fingers that we get our chance soon.

It’s been only a week since we’ve seen the first LaFerrari crash , and the first fire-related incident involving the company’s brand-new supercar have surfaced the Interwebz via Instagram. The details are pretty thin, but it appears the incident occurred during the Trento-Bondone rally, which was attended by a large number of Ferrari s, including the LaFerrari depicted above.

According to various reports, the red-painted LaFerrari started smoking while roaring up the hillclimb event, but details as to what might have happened under the hood are nonexistent. All we know is the photo taken right after the event suggests the LaFerrari’s rear end suffered some fire damage before an extinguisher jumped in to cool things down. Granted, the damage is limited to the slight burns seen on diffuser and the powder stains covering most of the rear fascia, but we can’t help wonder whether or not the LaFerrari is facing some fire-related issues of its own.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s fire problems.

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The Ferrari 458 Speciale was first introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , bringing some much needed life back into the 458. It’s hard to be the 458 when you have the LaFerrari and the F12berlinetta keeping you in the shadows. But the 458 Speciale is special in a lot of ways, not the least of which was the added performance boost Ferrari gave it.

German tuning firm Novitec Rosso saw what Ferrari did and quickly reacted. Sure, the tuner might have been impressed at first, but as a company known for incredible Ferrari programs, Novitec Rosso always has an eye on improving upon near perfection.

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The Ferrari 458 Speciale by Novitec Rosso.

It’s an incredible piece of work, although it’s the kind that can be expected of Novitec Rosso. The program is comprehensive, too. From aerodynamic improvements to numerous performance kits, Novitec Rosso’s program for the 458 Speciale is the kind that turns a taken-for-granted supercar into a sparkling piece of Italian awesomeness.

Novitec Rosso’s program for the Ferrari 458 Speciale is another feather in its cap, although if you look at what the tuner’s wearing, there’s already one too many feathers in it to begin with.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale By Novitec Rosso.

Goodwood may have ended, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t more to see. With so many cars at Goodwood covering so many generations, markets, styles and brands, it can be hard to make sure you’ve seen it all. Ferrari understands this, and because it never want anyone to miss a single on of their cars , the Italian automaker compiled a nice video for us of all the Prancing Horses that charged up the Hill.

The video stars with a lovely introduction from Lord March’s daughter, Atty Lennox, and then it goes into full on Italian Petrol Opera.

There are F1 cars from the modern and classic era, road going machines,like the 458 Speciale , one-off SP projects like the F12 TRS and even some machines from Ferrari ’s storied Le Mans endurance racing history.

The video would be a bit better if there was more exhaust noise and a little less music, but otherwise there is a lot here to fall in love with.

Click that play button and watch some of Italy’s finest blast the Hill of Goodwood.

Supercar sightings are nothing new in today’s social media-heavy world. But seeing ridiculous one-off models is an added treat because of their exclusivity. That’s exactly the case with the Ferrari F12 SP America, a one-off, F12berlinetta -based car that was recently spotted at Wide World Ferrari Maserati — a New York Ferrari and Maserati dealership.

Details about the car are still limited other than the fact that it’s based on the F12berlinetta. What we do know is that it’s awesome. It also comes with distinctive styling upgrades, particularly on the exterior where we see a modified front section with a new hood that features nostrils to send more air to the engine. A reconfigured front bumper and splitter, and a new headlight setup help change the appearance up front.

The F12 SP America is arguably the most enigmatic of the recent one-off Ferrari s the Italian automaker has released, so consider yourself lucky if you saw the F12 SP America in the flesh. Chances are that not many had the same privilege.

Click past the jump to read more about the one-off Ferrari F12 SP America.

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As with most editions, the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed was packed with lots of action as hundreds of classic and modern sports and race cars stormed up the iconic Hill. With so many cool vehicles gathered in England, picking a favorite is next to impossible. However, I must confess some of the Ferraris stole my heart this time, especially one particular LaFerrari that caught the eye with its unique exterior paint.

Unlike other LaFerraris showcased during various events since launch, which were mainly painted in the company’s famous Rosso Corsa, this example roared in Goodwood in a bright-green suit. The hue is definitely a show stopper, but what makes it even more impressive is its uniqueness among "regular" LaFerraris, which can only be ordered in either red, yellow or black. If you’re a bit puzzled, then you should know that the owner of this LaFerrari is no other than Jay Kay, Jamiroquai’s front man.

I have no idea in regard as to how he managed to order the LaFerrari in green — I’m guessing he opted for a bespoke program — but considering he already owns an F40 and an Enzo , the Italian company would be crazy to deny any of his requests. All told, Jay Kay is the proud owner of a LaFerrari that just screams for attention. A refreshing break from the regular, red-painted Prancing Horses.

What do you think? Is this bright shade of green appropriate for a LaFerrari or would you rather have it in Rosso Corsa or Giallo Modena? Let me know in comments.

There’s one more video after the jump.

Most of us watched the Goodwood Festival of Speed to see hundreds of awesome road and race cars storm up the Hill. Others, including many past and present racing drivers, travel to Goodwood to hoon the vehicles we drool upon. But there’s a third category of motoring enthusiasts that take trips to England to pay million for the classic cars sold each year by Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auction house.

This year’s event brought together nearly 100 vehicles and more than 400 automotive-related collectors items, raising a staggering £22.6 million (nearly $39 million as of 06/27/2014). One car alone sold for nearly half that amount, with two more fetching more than $1 million each, rounding up yet another successful event.

Not surprising, the most expensive vehicle sold at Goodwood was a Ferrari . Maranello classics are already a common occurrence at such events, and very few change hands for less than $5 million. On the other hand, how often do you see a 102-year-old vehicle sell for more than $1 million? Head over below to find out more about the most expensive classic cars auctioned at Goodwood.

Click past the jump to read more about Bonhams’ sale at Goodwood

Having 15 million Facebook fans is no small thing for an automotive company. Recently, Ferrari broke through that mark and as a sign of appreciation for its 15 million — and counting — Facebook fans, the Italian automaker decided to dedicate a lap in the Ferrari LaFerrari to all of them.

It’s not a typical hat-tip gesture, but it’s the kind that only a company like Ferrari can think of. The two-minute video was shot through Google Glass and gives a unique point of view on what a LaFerrari lap looks like when you’re riding shotgun and Rafaelle de Simone, Head of Development Ferrari Test Drivers, sitting behind the wheel.

Speaking of reaching 15 million fans, Ferrari is in elite company. We did a quick check on Facebook and discovered that of the major automakers in the world, only BMW has more Facebook fans (or ’likes," depending on how you describe it) at almost 17.77 million likes. Ferrari’s now at 15,021,085 likes so it still has a ways to go before it can catch BMW in that regard.

But hey, 15 million fans is an achievement in itself, and like only Ferrari can, it showed its love for its fans in about as unique a way as it could.

It may not come as much of a surprise to many of you, but Ferrari has won a pair of awards for the engine its 458 supercar uses. Every year a collection of journalists from more than 30 different countries weigh in on the best and brightest powerplants in the business and hand out multiple accolades to congratulate those that push forward the art of internal combustion.

Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 was chosen for two separate awards, the Performance Engine of the Year and the award for the Above 4-liter class. Ferrari has won these two awards every year since 2011, with the 4.5-liter taking both honors in 2011 and 2012 — the 2013 awards went to the V-12 engine in the F12 Berlinetta .

With an astonishing — and record-setting — specific output of 135 horsepower per liter in the 458 Speciale , this naturally aspirated engine is one of the most advanced units ever created.

Ferrari is not the only winner this year though, and competitors like McLaren are also racking up awards for their engines. Ferrari won’t just sit back on its laurels, and as the four consecutive wins proves, the Italians will keep pushing the art of high-power, high-revving engines.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 engine.

As soon as the California T started revving its turbocharged, V-8 engine, we began to wonder how long will it take before Ferrari starts adding turbos across its entire lineup. Well, it appears all V-8s are set to receive forced induction over the next six years, as the Italians want to reduce their fleet CO2 emission by 20 percent by 2021.

That’s the word coming from Ferrari Powetrain Director Vittorio Dini, who said Maranello needs to reduce emissions by three percent each year and by 20 percent by 2021, Automotive News reports. To achieve this daring goal, the company will turbocharge its V-8 engines and develop hybrid technology for each V-12-powered supercar . Additionally, V-8 engine displacement is to decreased, meaning no unit larger than the current 3.9-liter V-8 will be available once Fezza retires the 4.5-liter unit.

Ferrari’s average CO2 emissions are currently about 270 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Ferrari is one of many manufacturer that obtained derogations from the European Environment Agency in recent years, alongside Aston Martin , Spyker , Koenigsegg , and Lotus . For the record, companies such as Fiat , Renault , and Peugeot average less than 120 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s new hybrid system.


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