Ferrari cars

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The 201 mph Ferrari F40 is unlike all other supercars : every year that passes, its stunning exterior design and brutal turbocharged power delivery seem even more appealing. In the new-is-best world of supercar ownership, the lasting and growing influence of this 30-year-old exotic is quite unique.

The F40 legend started with a bang as the final car to be presented by Enzo himself on the year of his death. Rows and rows of the matching Rosso Corsa red F40’s lined the Fiorano pit area with another key figure in Ferrari lore: a young Luca Di Montezemolo smiling in his 1980s power suit next to this line of exotica.

As much a story about the passionate men and women behind the scenes, there is almost nothing boring about the F40 in any way. Originally set for a 399-unit production run, the total swelled to more than 1,200 over the car’s lifetime from 1987 to 1992.

The F40’s shocking looks and speed are appreciating in value steadily, and may one day even overtake the Ferrari NART Sypder’s $27 million dollar auction record from this past weekend.

Until then, this Ferrari is already one for the ages. It is as much a joy to drive as it is to admire, almost like a fine painting — new details emerge and captivate the mind. Collectors are notoriously fastidious when it comes to flogging their prized investment, but the F40 is no show queen.

The F40 can dance. The mid-mounted V-8 engine’s then-state-of-the-art twin turbochargers power just the rear wheels through an 8-ball billiard gear knob and the classic polished H-gate pattern.

Weighing more than 500 pounds less than its arch rival — the Porsche 959 — the Ferrari F40 slams its driver toward any horizon at light speed (once those parallel IHI turbochargers spool up).

Click past the jump for the full review of the 1987 - 1992 Ferrari F40, arguably the absolute pinnacle of supercar design and influence.

To go along with the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance were a few auctions that typically have 10 to 12 million-dollar cars on hand each and every year. This year was no exception, as RM Auction’s Monterey auction had a total of 15 million dollar hammer values, but that’s not the most imressive number of the weekend.

The most impressive of the million-dollar club this year was the price tag that the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 *S N.A.R.T Spider. This 1-of-10 model went for an astounding $27.5 million once the hammer fell on it, making it the second-most valuable car ever sold at auction and the most valuable Ferrari ever sold at auction by a long shot.

Reports point toward the car heading to the waiting arms of Canadian fashion businessman Lawrence Stroll, but those reports are not confirmed. Either way, whoever landed this Ferrari certainly has one of the most rarest cars on the planet and a much lighter wallet. Plus he gets to tinker around in a classic supercar with an incredible-for-the-era 3,286 cc quad-overhead-cam V-12 powerplant that blasts out 300 horsepower.

Alongside this outrageous auction price, there was also a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster that went for $8.25 million; a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I that went for $3.52 million; and a 1974 McLaren M16C Indianapolis that went for the same $3.52 million.

Click past the jump to see the full million-dollar sales from this past Saturday.

Fernando Alonso has a pretty cool job. On top of driving for one of the most storied Formula One teams in history and getting paid millions to do so, Alonso also gets the treat of giving some of Ferrari’s newest supercars a personal shakedown.

Not many people will pass on trading jobs with the two-time F1 champ, that much we can tell you.

While Alonso did have a pretty pedestrian showing at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix — he finished fifth after starting fifth — his time in Hungary was hardly a waste, especially after he was given a chance to take the mighty Ferrari LaFerrari out for a spin at the famed Hungaroring in Hungary, the same site of the F1 race held last weekend.

Normally, anybody who gets a chance to drive a supercar of the stature of the LaFerrari would be sweating bullets all over the place, probably even ruining the fine leather interior cabin of the Italian exotic.

But Alonso is considered one of the best drivers in the world for a reason; he makes it all look easy. Probably not as easy as driving the F12berlinetta in the middle of an interview, but easy nonetheless.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari LaFerrari

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YouTube user Marchettino was able to shoot yet another great video, as he managed to catch two Ferrari F12berlinettas — one stock and one equipped with a Novitec Rosso exhaust system — lapping a race track.

The sound delivered by both supercars is amazing, but the Novitec exhaust really gives the prancing horse’s V-12 engine a sweet note. Because they both sound so awesome, we’ll let you know that it is the red F12berlinetta that has the Novitec Rosso exhaust. The yellow one, on the other hand, is completely stock.

As a reminder, a stock F12berlinetta is powered by a 6.3 liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 729 horsepower and a peak torque of 508 pound-feet. With this amount of power the F12berlinetta will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just about 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.

Novitec Rosso equipped the Ferrari with a new exhaust system and remapped the ECU, giving the F12berlinetta is now delivering a healthy 763 horsepower and 518 pound-feet.

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Today, DMC announced a special kit based on the new Ferrari F12berlinetta . Called the DMC F12 "SPIA" Middle East Edition, the new package adds a little bit more power to the car’s V-12 engine and transforms the look of the supercar with a new aerodynamic kit.

A base Ferrari F12 makes good use of a 6.3-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 729 horsepower, more than any street-legal Ferrari before. DMC however, managed to increase the output to a total of 755 horsepower. As a result the new F12 Spia can hit a top speed of 219 mph. In order to milk the extra ponies from the V-12 powerhouse extra power, DMC remapped the ECU and added a new titanium exhaust, which also improves the engine’s sound.

DMC also replaced the base wheels with a set of 22-inch wheels and new sport springs that offers a better handling. The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli sport tires, sized 255/30 up front and 335/25 on the rear. Buyers can order the wheels in Virgin Gold, Brushed Alloy with Black (pictured), or any other finish desired by the clientele.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari F12 Middle East Edition by DMC.

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After completing two 24 hours of Nürburgring races and winning an FIA world championship, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione came home to meet its brother, the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina .

The P4/5 Competizione managed to qualify for the 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hours with a lap of 6:51, which is faster than any other Ferrari Ferrari -powered vehicle that ever ever lapped the famous ’Ring. The P4/5 won the EXP-1 class and finished the race 12th overall in a field of 170 cars.

The Ferrari P4/5 Competizione is powered by a 21-valve, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 483 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, which is less than the output offered in the P4/5 by Pininfarina’s 660-horsepower and 484-pound-feet rating. The P4/5 Competizione is equipped with a sport suspension system with double wishbones in the front and rear, and stabilizers in the front and rear shocks.

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YouTube user BabyloNordschleife is one of the luckiest folks on Earth, as he managed to catch not one, but three LaFerraris on tape. He spotted the first one on an Italian highway between Carpi and Modena, and he caught the other two — on was completely uncovered and the other was almost completely uncovered — inside the Maranello Factory. Judging by the triple-take the engineer working on the LaFerrari outside of the factory gave the cameraman, he certainly did not approve of having the camera pointed Ferrari ’s newest supercar .

The only problem with the video is that we only get a few clear clips of the LaFerrari accelerating. Even with the lack of great audio, the video remains fantastic.

As a reminder, the LaFerrari is powered by a HY-KERS system that combines a 6.3 liter V-12 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 963 horsepower — 800 delivered by the V-12 engine and 163 by the electric motors. This system will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.

Thanks to Hendrik from the band brainphArt, once again, for the tip!

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With an estimated price tag of $370,000, the new Ferrari F12berlinetta is a supercar very few can afford. When you can’t buy the real car, why not opt for something inspired by the car.

Like this Veru Ti Ferrari Limited Edition Phone that was inspired by the sexy curves of the F12berlinetta . The phone is made from Alutex – a special lightweight composite weave used to stunning effect on Ferrari interiors. It also features two Red and Black Ferrari stripes made from the same leather used on the F12berlinetta’s seats.

There are a few other elements of the supercar that inspired the phone: the iconic taillights inspired the rounded camera housing, while even details as small as the tiny hexagonal screws holding the back plate are unmistakably Ferrari. As a final touch, the phone comes wrapped in Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) for an ultimate protection.

Now that we got your attention, here comes the bad news: the phone is priced at "only" $16,309, which is pretty much the base price for a compact family car.

Technical specifications after the jump.

Still steaming over not getting a chance to own a Ferrari 458 Italia China Edition ?

Don’t feel too bad because a lot of people who aren’t from China probably feel the same way too.

But even if you lost out on the actual one that costs almost $1 million, you can still get to own a 458 Italia China Edition.

Thanks to Hot Wheels’ premium line of collectable die-cast models, a Ferrari 458 China Edition can be in your future. You won’t be able to drive it because it’s only a 1:18 scale version of the actual supercar but then again, you take what you can get, right?

Besides, parking it on your desk sounds about cooler than actually taking one out for a spin. It still comes with the distinctive "Marco Polo Red" finish and it has the distinctive decorative dragon imagery running the length of the car. Gold wheels are in there, as is the finely-dressed interior.

Really, it’s the best way to own this ultra limited supercar without having to pay a fortune for the real deal. All you need to fork over is $105 and it’s yours.

Sounds like a good deal to us.

Click past the jump to read about the actual Ferrari 458 China Edition

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Ferrari LMP1 Race Car

After Porsche chose to make its return to Le Mans , it is now Ferrari’s turn to consider the same comeback. According to the German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport Ferrari executives will make a final decision on its possible return to the LMP1 Prototype class of the LeMans Series. If the return is approved, Ferrari could race the 24-hour race as early as 2015.

An official Maranello team entered the LMP1 sports prototype class of Le Mans for the last time back in 1973 and since then, Ferrari has only participated in the GT class.

This is not the first time Rumors have swirled about Ferrari making a comeback to the Le Mans LMP1 class; recently, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said that the new 1.6-liter turbo engine that will be used on the Formula 1 cars next year "would allow some interesting projects." That quote sparked plenty of rumors that these "interesting projects" may include an LMP1 model, as said 1.6-liter engine would be fairly easy to adapt for use in an LMP1 prototype.

The company is already testing the LMP1 Race Car and it could serve as basis for the next Le Mans prototype.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’ history at LeMans.

Source: AMS

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