A real LaFerrari costs €1.3 million (about $1.7 million), which is apparently a bargain for the 1,000 clients who placed orders for the new supercar, but way too much for ordinary people like us. The second problem is that the LaFerrari will be limited to only 499 units, so most of us will never even have the chance to see it on the streets.
Luckily for us, the folks over at BBR have developed a LaFerrari that’s a little closer to our budget. Sure it can’t be driven on the road, as it is just a 1:18 scale model; but even so, it will look mighty fine sitting to your desk.
The 1:18 LaFerrari is priced at €361.18 (about $472) and will be available for order starting June 20th. BBR is also offering a special edition with a gloss-carbon-fiber roof priced at €372.08 ($486). This version will be limited to only 149 units. If the 1:18 scale model is still a little rich for your taste, you can also get a 1:43 scale model in red, Yellow Modena or black for just €157.90 (about $206).
Remember, Father’s day is just around the corner (June 16th) and this would be a great present for any Ferrari fan that can’t quite afford one. You can preorder one through BBR Models’ website.
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Cam Shaft has, on occasion, given a car a comprehensive aftermarket program. But sometimes, it sticks to what it knows best.
Take, for example, this Ferrari F12berlinetta . Off the bat, we’ll tell you that it doesn’t come with any performance upgrades so you can expect to see the same 740-horsepower V-12 engine that allows the car to hit 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 211 mph.
But the German tuner does know one thing more than anybody else: wrapping cars. So that’s what they did to the F12berlinetta, and the results are positively glorious.
It’s always convenient to put a tuner to task for not flexing its performance muscles on a car like the F12berlinetta. In some cases, that argument holds merit. Other times, though, it doesn’t.
This one belongs in the latter because one look at the Italian supercar and you immediately forget everything else that makes sense in this world. You just drop your jaw, pick it back up and admire this prancing horse in all of its glory.
Click past the jump to read about what Cam Shaft did to the Ferrari F12berlinetta
We have one more reason to love Chris Harris, as he decided to sell his Porsche and bought a Ferrari 599 . If you are asking why, the answer is quite simple: because the finance payments were too much for him to handle. Also, after saying some unpleasant things about some Ferrari models he is now on Maranello’s black list and he is not invited to test its models anymore.
So, you see, somehow he missed driving an Italian supercar, especially now that 599 units have hit the skids in the UK. We would have liked better to see him behind the wheel of a new F12berlinetta , but that beast costs a good bit more than the 599.
All we can say is that Harris is pretty impressed by the 599 and found it rather impressive. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about his new acquisition.
Ferrari entered the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans with three 340/375 MM race cars . One of these three units was auctioned by RM Auctions at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for a total of €9,856,000 - about 12.7 million at the current exchange rates. Sounds like a good day at the auction for Ferrari, except that it also sold a 288 GTO, a F40, a F50, a Enzo and a 599XX track car. But the the biggest haul still came from the 375 MM, despite RM’s estimates that it would only be sold for the half the price it went for.
Apparently, three wealthy individuals really wanted the car and as everybody knows when there’s a bidding itch among people with deep pockets, the price tends to go up a notch. In the end, the car went to a guy from U.K. who, incidentally, also owns a 250 GTO.
This particular 375 MM has quite an impressive background: it participated at the 24 Hour of Spa, the Carrera Panamericana, and won the 12 Hours of Pescara. The car was driven by three World Champions: Hawthorn, Ascari, and Farina.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta.
If you’ve been visiting these pages for the past couple of years, you might remember Holger Schubert . If you have a hard time recalling the man, he was the one who decided to build a state-of-the-art garage in his Los Angeles home for his beloved Ferrari 512 BBi .
That was back in 2010. Recently, the boys over at Petrolicious were able to pay a visit to Schubert’s remarkable garage and see for themselves exactly what makes this supposedly simple room such a technological wonder.
We’re not going to spoil a whole lot of the details because the video above does a remarkable job of showing you the garage in all its glory. But to give you an idea, the whole setup comes with a ten-foot-long, fifteen-foot-high bridge that has a hydraulic ramp on one end installed where the 512 BBi can go in and about its business.
And if you’re thinking this was a project everyone can partake in, Schubert actually spent $1.5 million to build the entire thing.
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Ferrari had a big problem with its 400 series when it debuted in 1959. Sure, the car packed a racing V-12 and all the gravitas a Ferrari badge can bring, but its brutal style made the front-engine 2+2 GT car a tough sell in one of Ferrari’s fastest-growing markets: the United States.
An emergency refresh was undertaken. Gone was the 400’s square grille and quad headlamp setup, replaced by Ferrari’s delicious oval slatted grille and single round headlamps under glass at each corner. Suddenly, the 400 Superamerica SWB Coupé Aerodinamico was as gorgeous as its two-seat siblings.
This very car, one of 36 built, is owned by famed driving instructor Skip Barber and is set for auction this weekend on May 25th by RM Auctions in Lake Cuomo, Italy. The pre-sale estimate is between $2.4 and $3 million, but the bidding could well reach $5 million before the dust settles.
Beneath the Superamerica Aerodinamico’s sumptuous bodywork lies the vanguard of Ferrari tech at the time, much like the Ferrari 456GT and current FF . Part of the “America” series of cars that included the 330 GT and 365 GTC , the plan in Modena was to leverage the flexibility offered by their small-scale Pininfarina bodywork team to create unique shells that would sell cars in crucial markets, like New York and Los Angeles, as well as Firenzi and Roma.
Click past the jump for the full review and photo gallery of this timeless classic, the 400 Superamerica Coupe SWB Aerodinamico.
When Ferrari launches a new-generation sports car on the market, everyone is well aware that they should expect at least three versions: a coupe, a spyder , and a Scuderia. We’ve already had our fill of the Ferrari 458 Italia Coupe and Spyder, but this new rendering of a Scuderia model got us thinking. What should we expect from Ferrari’s most fiery version of this aging model?
If this rendering from Milanno ArtWorks is any indication as to the design of the Scuderia, then we can expect a much more aggressive design illustrated by the sharp edges of the bumper followed by the sharp edge design of the front lights. Since the Scuderia name is synonymous with weight reduction, expect a weight loss similar to that of the 430 Scuderia , which lost about 220 pounds compared to the standard model. This will be done with a mostly aluminum body, since Ferrari has already made it clear that it would stick to this material rather than using carbon fiber, like the competition.
Power for the newest Scuderia monster may come from a turbocharged V-8 that will push out anywhere from 590 to 700 horsepower. At one point, Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said that a 458 Scuderia would not be produced because the 458 Italia was just so advanced, so if rumors are circulating that a Scuderia will follow, then we expect to see a power output that will blow our minds. The only problem is, we won’t see it until at least the end of 2013.
Update 5/21/2013: According to Car and Driver, the long-awaited 458 Scuderia could finally show its face in Frankfurt, rounding out the 458 family. Sources also told Car and Driver that the 458 Scuderia could be inspired by the 458 Challenge race cars, which run around the track with smaller waist lines than the standard 458 Italia.
As far as power goes, the direct-injected V-8 that will power the 458 Scuderia is expected to reach an output of about 600 horsepower, significantly more than the 562-horsepower output of the standard model. Tweaks to the engine, including recalibrated ECUs could be partly responsible for the performance spike. (Car and Driver)
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If you are in the business of checking out world debuts, you go to auto shows ; if you want to see what the latest in the aftermarket scene you, you go to tuning show.
But if you want to see some of the most fancily dressed supercars, you check out the Gumball 3000 Rally. Every year, this event features some of the finest supercars on the planet. But more than just the exotics themselves, the supercars that participate at the Gumball 3000 Rally come in all shapes and colors.
Take this Ferrari 599 GTO for example. This is brought to you by Team 50 and as clearly evident from the paint, it’s been dressed in colorful band of colors with matte black occupying the bottom part of the car with some touches of gold on the stickers.
The upper part appears to be a digitized blue camouflage with a French flag on the hood, the British Union Jack on the roof, and a small Swiss flag on the side deck lid.
We don’t know what the deal is with those flags, but overall, this 599 GTO looks absolutely amazing. Then again, “amazing” is par for the course at the Gumball 3000 Rally.
Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari 599 GTO and watch a video of the Team 50 599 GTO courtesy of Shmee 150.
While other companies are trying to increase sales in any possible way, Ferrari is content maintaining exclusivity, even if this means less units built annually. In a recent interview, Luca di Montezemolo announced that Ferrari plans to remain an exclusive maker, so even though it sold a total of 1,798 road cars in the first quarter of 2013, by the end of the year production will be kept to below 7,000 units.
Talking about this year’s sales number, he said that when compared to the same period of last year, sales increased by 4 percent and revenues jumped by 8 percent up to a total of €551 million ($714 million). The company’s net profit also increased by 36.5 percent to €54.7 million ($70.9 million).
During the interview, Montezemolo said: "I want Ferrari to remain exclusive. A Ferrari is like a beautiful woman, she must be worth waiting for and desired. I base my ideas on what I learned from Enzo Ferrari, if we produce less cars, we will not flood the market and it makes our used cars more desirable too."
Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari - Ferrari’s latest supercar.
The new package starts with a lowered suspension and features a new front section and rear styling details painted in black. The car sits on Monza forged alloy wheels finished in any desired color with black painted calipers peeking through the rims.
For the exterior, the tuner opted for a very nice Grigio Alloy paint and replaced the fabric roof with a new, folding hardtop. The roof folds in 14 seconds, and is 25 kg (55 pounds) lighter than the original top.
For the interior, the only update offered is the addition of a luxurious Nero trim. As usual, Kahn offers its clients the possibility to opt for any desired color, leather or any other imagined material.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari 458 Italia Spider.