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The Ferrari F40 and the F50 are the two models that preceded the famous Enzo supercar, and they lived very different lives. Most car nuts consider the F40 one of the greatest supercars ever built, whereas the F50 — the F40’s successor — was not nearly as well respected because it was not nearly the car that the F40 was. Allow us to be the first to tell you that this old thought is complete hogwash, and we’ll tell you why.

The F40 and F50 were on the cusp of supercars heading into a plusher realm, where leather seating, clean finishes and features were starting to become a concern for buyers. The F40 so happened to remain on the balls-to-the-wall side of the fence, and the F50 fell on the more refined side. Don’t get us wrong, the F50 was no slouch, with its 513-horsepower, V-12 engine behind the seats, but its extra heft and relative lack of low-end torque kept it from being the driver’s car that the 471-horsepower F40 was.

Now, you don’t have to take our word for it, we’ll let respected, educated and somewhat insane Chris Harris take you on a quick tour of both cars. Judging by the glee in his voice, he was rather pleased by both models...

Ferrari has a lot riding on the LaFerrari supercar . As the brand’s new halo model and the successor to the legendary Enzo , the LaFerrari is being developed with the intention of turning it into one of the most prized hypercars in the market today.

So you can excuse Ferrari for testing its new pride and joy to the limit at its Fiorano test track. It’s highly important for the automaker to ensure that the LaFerrari is in tip-top shape when production finally starts, and episodes like the supercar’s recent brake failure are all par for the course.

It’s still an embarrassing sight to see a LaFerrari conk out during its testing run — that’s probably why the company hastily covered the car in a red cloth to hide its identity — but we all have to understand that Ferrari would much rather see its exotic lose it under its watch than when a buyer angrily calling to tell the company that the LaFerrari was a piece of junk.

It’s a case of having the right perspective in situations like this. So when you see the LaFerrari lose its brake like how this fan managed to capture to it on video, it’s probably something that Ferrari wouldn’t mind seeing so that it can work out all of the supercar’s kinks before sending off all 499 models for the expected million-dollar price tag it will command.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari LaFerrari

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The record-shattering $27 million dollar auction price of the ultra-rare 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider is making waves through the entire classic car scene.

Never before has such a late-model Ferrari earned such totals - which are typically the preserve of the 250 series from pre-1964.

What makes this gorgeous Ferrari so much more valuable than the thousands of other classic Ferrari’s seeking new homes? How did the price of this single model nearly double the $14 million dollar average price - excluding this giant total - when any of these 10 cherished models have changed hands in the past?

Part of what makes this NART Spider so valuable is the car’s unique blend of the gorgeous late-1950s Ferrari styling and advanced mechancials. The GTB/4S upgrades dramatically increased the performance and handling of this V-12 supercar. Almost the entire Maranello racing technology suite was applied to the NART Spider - allowing it to be a posh cruiser that was also capable of serious speed on a racetrack.

The V-12’s quad overhead camshafts were a first on a road car, while the rear-mounted transaxle, limited-slip diff and independent rear suspension were all huge advancements that were offered first in the NART Spider.

Ferrari never looked back from all the new technology introduced on the NART Spider. At the same time, the NART is especially sentimental because Ferrari would not make make such an emotionally-styled road car again for decades. The 365 GTB/4 Daytona was 1967’s new hot style and Ferrari followed the money trail by ending 275 production.

Little did they know, the layers of exclusivity and special editions that helped create this this NART Spider would make it the most valuable road car ever sold. Ever.

Click past the jump for the full review of this timeless classic Ferrari, with details on the technology and style of this model during its 10-unit production run in 1967.

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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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