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As one of the world’s most esteemed brands, Ferrari is no stranger to getting involved with weird lawsuits. But this time, the Maranello-based company has found itself in a humdinger of a legal battle with a 21-year-old amateur racer. The issue at hand? Control of a Ferrari fan page on Facebook.

According to Bloomberg, 21-year-old Sammy Wasem and his father Olivier have filed a criminal complaint against Ferrari SpA over accusations that the latter engaged in copyright infringement on a Ferrari fan page the younger Wasem started when he was 15 years old. Not to be outdone, Ferrari has also taken the steps to sue the Wasems, claiming that on their part, the two misused the company’s trademark to advertise non-Ferrari merchandise on its website, not to mention touting the brand on items like Wasem’s 18th birthday celebration.

This case is peculiar on so many levels, notwithstanding the obvious oddity of a fight involving a Facebook fan page. But it also has far-reaching consequences to a lot more people, largely because of how it can define the line that crosses violating somebody’s freedom of expression on social media.

As far as Ferrari is concerned, the issue it has is with people who, according to spokesman Stefano Lai, "try to use Ferrari’s intellectual property to make money out of it,” an accusation that the company is apparently throwing the direction of the Wasems despite objections by Olivier Wasem that he and his son made no money selling merchandise on the site.

For them, the fan page was merely an expression of Sammy’s love for the Maranello brand, and when it grew to become one of the biggest Ferrari fan pages on Facebook, it caught the attention of Ferrari, who in turn, sent the Wasems an email on March 2009, informing them that it was "taking over formal administration of the fan page".

At first, the Wasems agreed to turn the site into the official fan page for Ferrari, but on the understanding that they would receive financial compensation for their efforts in improving the fan page. But the money never came, four years after they lost their administration rights, hence, the civil lawsuit that was filed in February 2013, demanding Ferrari to pay them owed compensation, amounting to around $11 million for 5,500 hours of work.

I have a mild issue with the numbers the kid and his dad are tossing out. First of all, 5,500 hours since the age of 15 means that he spent 17 hours per week working on the Facebook page. I find that a little outlandish. Secondly, doing the math on the amount they are suing for and the amount of time spent on the site (per their claims) that amounts out to $2,000 per hour... Yeah, that’s a little much, folks.

As it stands, the case is now in the hands of a Geneva prosecutor who, in turn, will determine what kind of action is going to be taken next.

Click past the jump to read about Ferrari’s latest model: the California T

Source: Bloomberg

Remember Ferrari World , the self-themed attraction park Ferrari built in Abu Dhabi? Well, the Italian automaker is at it again with a second theme park slated for construction in Barcelona, Spain. Ferrari signed a licensing agreement with Investindustrial to build Ferrari Land inside one of Europe’s biggest theme parks, PortAventura.

Ferrari Land will cover some 807,300 square feet alongside PortAventura’s already massive park and include a luxury five-star hotel with 250 rooms, a host of classy restaurants, and of course, Ferrari-themed rides. Not to mention, the project planners have something up their sleeves to compete with Ferrari World’s record-setting fastest roller coaster – Europe’s highest and fastest vertical accelerator.

The project represents a &euro100 million (about $139,000,000 at current exchange rates) investment and looks to attract even more visitors to the PortAventura park. Last year alone, PortAventura saw 4 million visitors walk through their gates with more half of those coming from outside of Spain .

Ferrari Land is set to open in 2016 to an ever-growing legion of followers as the world’s most powerful brand continues to expand its reach to folks who perhaps might otherwise not be able to enjoy the joys of Ferrari ownership.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Ferrari’s future PortAventura theme park.

Ferrari has never been shy about its muscle-flexing tendencies so it comes as little surprise, at least to us, that Maranello appears to be building a special-edition LaFerrari. As if the LaFerrari isn’t special enough.

Apparently, Ferrari is tinkering with the idea of building a LaFerrari specialist because the exclusive supercar was pretty damn hard to buy. It sounds confusing but demand for the LaFerrari was so high that those who couldn’t buy one were all left clamoring for the company to make some more. Little did they know that Ferrari was already thinking about appeasing these people after CEO Luca di Montezemolo let the cat out of the bag at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .

According to Autocar, Montezemolo said that a lot of Ferrari’s customers were "disappointed not to be able to own a LaFerrari," but quickly followed that up by saying "we expect to have something special to offer them soon."

So what is this "something," exactly?

The first car that came to our mind was the LaFerrari EVOXX . To be fair, the company has given no indication that it’s building a track-focused version of the already powerful LaFerrari, but we know Maranello’s tendencies, specifically when it comes to showing the world just how awesome it is. So we’re confident that an EVOXX is in the cards for the LaFerrari at some point in the future. Could this be what Montezemolo was alluding to when he talked about "something special?"

We won’t know until a confirmation is made, but we certainly won’t be surprised if the LaFerrari EVOXX comes to fruition. Until then, you can see our earlier rendering of what we thing the LaFerrari EVOXX would look like.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari LaFerrari.

Source: AutoCar

The wait is finally over as Ferrari releases these official images and information on the new California T – the front-engine, hardtop convertible, grand tourer that’s the least-expensive prancing horse in the Italian automaker’s stable. The news drop comes weeks before the California T’s official live debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

The new California has undergone some drastic changes with this redesign. It’s still the same 2+2 sports car, but its appearance is much more striking. Sharper lines add a certain crispness to its exterior and new interior comforts make the idea of long weekends on the road even more enticing.

The big news, however, is what lurks under the hood: a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the new California T will hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

It replaces a car that was frequently criticized for its softness and lack of Ferrari-ness. Debuting for 2009 , the California featured a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V-8 that made 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Much of the commotion came over that engine’s placement – a mid-front position – which was a first in the automaker’s long history. Nevertheless, the car sold fairly well with its lower-than-average asking price.

With these new updates and its more aggressive styling, the new California T will likely appear to more Ferrari enthusiasts and remain a sales leader for the brand. Naysayers will assuredly find themselves in a cloud of turbocharged dust.

Updated 4/24/14: The California T was just named the “2014 The Most Beautiful Automobile Award China” at an event organized by Car and Driver in Beijing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ferrari California T

Rev battles are pretty common in the supercar world, especially when people want to play "which is better" among competing models.

There are times though when the subject of these rev wars are supercars wearing the same badge. Even rarer is when these supercars who wear the same badges are actually the predecessor/successor to one another.

That’s what we have here with the Ferrari Enzo and the Ferrari LaFerrari , two of Maranello’s fastest and most powerful supercars. We all know that the LaFerrari traces its lineage to the Enzo, the ultra limited, exotic Ferrari built back in 2003 to showcase what happens when you put Formula One technology into a street-legal car.

A full decade later, the LaFerrari was born and, similar to the Enzo, it became the epitome of Ferrari engineering.

So excuse us if we admit to salivating at the sight and sounds of these two uber hypercars try to one-up each other in engine noise. Don’t worry, we won’t judge any of you if feel the same way.

As always, the best way to enjoy this video is to turn up the volume, sit back, relax, and hit play.

Kimi Raikkonen is one of the best drivers in the world, so to see him lose control of a road-going car is a little odd. Then again, when that road-going car so happens to be the mighty Ferrari LaFerrari , we can understand how he lost control. With 963 horsepower on tap and a car that he likely has little seat time in, he’s lucky that the spinout was as small as it was.

With the near tragedy aside, the above video, which is courtesy of one of my favorite YouTube folks Marchettino, is chock-full with tons of accelerations, decelerations, fire breathing and flybys from the top-line prancing horse . And man that thing sounds sicker than ever.

Kick back and crank up the volume, because this one is freaking awesome. And pay close attention to the glow coming from the rotors, as this is a clear indicator of just how hard Kimi pushed the supercar — as if the near wreck wasn’t enough of an indication.

The wait is almost over as Ferrari teases us once again about their new car debuting tomorrow. The swooping line drawing above shows a few promenade features that all but promise us a new California .

Adding to the suggestion is Ferrari’s codename for the upcoming car: 149M. Like we said before, that codename is awful close to the California’s chassis code of F149 and in previous Ferrari updates, they’ve tacked on an M to chassis codes to represent “Modified.”

We’ve already reported this “modified” version of the California is said to be powered by a new twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 making 560 horsepower. Outward appearances will change too, with a more F12-inspired look, including a more aggressive grille and headlights that recall something between an F12 and FF . The F12 look will continue out back as the rear fascia is said to share many of its characteristics.

The California’s new interior is also getting a healthy update in the infotainment department with rumors of Apple’s iOS In The Car making its appearance. Other changes to the cockpit will likely be rather dramatic, as Ferrari revamps one of its most popular (and least expensive) supercars for the last half of this decade.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you all the nitty-gritty information from Ferrari as soon as it becomes available.

Click past the jump for more on the Ferrari California

With the death of Paul Walker last year, the certainty of "Fast and Furious 7" continuing was really unknown, but this latest video shows that filming is back underway. A savvy car buff in Abu Dhabi shot this video of the production company shooting some driving scenes for the seventh installment of the F&F franchise.

From this grainy video, it looks like the car in question is a 458 Italia , which is a stark contrast from the imports and classic muscle cars that we are used to seeing in the franchise. Sure, there have been some exotics in the Fast franchise, but rarely did they see this kind of action.

There were no details on the shoot itself, as to when it took place, how long it pasted and if any of the cast was present, but we assume this was a skeleton crew simply shooting a little b-roll to fill some gaps. We’re hoping to see come previews rolling out soon, so stay tuned for those. And until then, enjoy this behind-the-scenes look.

Ferrari California

New Ferraris are always big deals and when we hear news about an updated model, we get excited. That’s exactly what’s happening here with information gathered from a Ferrari forum regarding the new California . The news comes via a Ferrari dealer conference in Maranello last November. Through a “spilling of the beans,” the public is hearing details about the new car.

For starters, the car will definitely still be called the California. It will also be powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 kicking out 560 horsepower. Sounds good so far.

The headlights are said to be a mix between the F12 and the FF , as they follow the edge of the bodywork, even sharing the same crease as the upper finder. The front will is more aggressive with larger side intakes at the grille. The hood will feature a single heat extractor, like on the F12, but much smaller.

The new California won’t get the awesome air bridge the F12 has, but will share a similar scallop in the door design. Out back, the taillights are said to be very similar to the current model’s. The exhaust below that, however, will look much more like the current F12’s save for the lack of the center aero sculpting. In its place, the lower black fascia will continue across the car’s rump uninterrupted.

The interior is said to be completely revised. An upgraded infotainment system will likely feature Apple’s new iOS In The Car integration. Not much more was said about the cockpit expect that the changes will be rather dramatic. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any and all breaking news on the new Ferrari California.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Ferrari California.

Source: FerrariChat
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Another day, another Ferrari 250 sets a sales record. This latest record-setting Ferrari is a 250 Testa Rossa, and it changed hands for what the Daily Mail is reporting as £24,000,000 — that equates to about $39 million.

At that price, it exceeds the previous record of £22.5 million set in 2012 by a 250 GTO, and it triples the price paid for a 1957 Testa Rossa in 2009 . That 2009 sale was also a record.

What separates this Testa Rossa from its brethren to demand such a price? Pedigree, fame and its immaculate condition all came together to make this a very valuable car.

The car itself is Chassis 0704, and it is actually a prototype that was created before the limited run of “normal” 250 Testa Rossas. F1 World Champion Phil Hill helped to pilot this exact car to race wins in the in the 1,000 km (683.5-mile) Buenos Aires and 12 Hour Sebring races. It has contested many other races, including two entrances into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That gives this particular car one of the best racing heritages of any Ferrari still in existence in the private market.

Even with such a long racing heritage, the car is completely original and unmolested. It has all the battle scars of wheel-to-wheel action, but it has very little actual damage to any of the body panels, and the interior looks incredible for a 57-year-old car.

The new owner of the car has not been released, but if you want more info and images of this incredible machine head over to the Daily Mail for the original story.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa.

Source: Dailymail

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