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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.

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Yesterday a rather rough-looking LaFerrari prototype was caught testing at the Fiorano racetrack, which was cool in its own right. Today, however, we have a real treat for you in the form of a LaFerrari production prototype that Hendrick from brainphArt caught driving on the open road in Maranello. This marks the first time that a true production prototype of the newest Ferrari has been caught on film.

According to the report from Hendrick, he had an interesting talk with a Ferrari quality control employee just outside of the the Fiorano test track. According to this employee, Ferrari is hard at work on the final version of the LaFerrari , and the model at Museo Ferrari is a rushed-to-production rough draft and not a final production model.

So why is this the first appearance on a public road for the LaFerrari? According to Hendrik’s Ferrari source, there are only three pre-production LaFerrari prototypes in existence: the show car and two camouflaged versions for final testing. Typically, it only sees super-slow tours within the Ferrari campus or runs around Fiorano.

Many thanks to Hendrik from the rock band brainphArt and his girlfriend for the superb video!

Click past the jump for one more video.

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The new LaFerrari supercar made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , but it looks like Ferrari decided to keep quite, as we haven’t heard much else on it since then. Lucky for us, as Ferrari decides to keep secrets, we have YouTube user Marchettino who managed to catch the supercar testing at the famous Fiorano racetrack.

The car caught testing appears to be just a mule, but since we know how the LaFerrari looks, we really don’t mind. What this video offers us is an up-close listen to just how sweet the LaFerrari sounds under accelerations and bot does that V-12 engine sound nothing short of bad-ass.

The LaFerrari is powered by a HY-KERS system that combines a 6.3-liter V-12 engine with two electric motors — one motor powers the driven wheels and the second drives the ancillaries. This system delivers a total of 963 horsepower and sprints the supercar up to a top speed of 217 mph.

If there’s one thing that journalists fear the most, it’s doing interviews with subjects who have no interest in talking to you. They daze off. They give canned answers. And worst of all, they appear completely disinterested in having wasted precious minutes of their lives.

But every so often, a subject is gracious enough to give an interview and in the case of Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso, do it while actually driving the Ferrari F12berlinetta around the Nurburgring.

During the 15-minute interview with RTL, Alonso covered a whole bunch of topics. He was engaging, candid, and seemed to enjoy himself answering questions in a setting that usually needs silence and concentration.

Obviously, the journalist hitching a ride with Alonso was pretty thrilled scoring a 15-minute sit-down (or is it drive-along?) with the two-time F1 champion without having to fight with other microphones in getting Alonso’s attention.

Kind of makes us want to get Kimi Raikkonen in a Lotus and see what he can tell us about his personal life.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari F12berlinetta

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In the past few months, DMC has focused its attention on the Lamborghini Aventador , but sometimes enough is enough! Now the tuner changed its point of view and decided to update another Italian supercar: the Ferrari 458 Spider .

The new package is called 458 Spider "Elegante" and it includes both performance and aerodynamic updates. The base 458 Spider packs a 4.5-liter V-8 powerplant that delivers a total of 570 horsepower, but that wasn’t enough for DMC. The 458 Italia Elegante package includes a remapped ECU and a new stainless-steel exhaust system. these updates are enough to increase the prancing horse’s output to a healthy 608 horsepower.

Once the tuner finished its work under the hood, DMC focused its attention on the car’s aerodynamic features. For this, it installed a new front lip spoiler, a new hood, new side skirts and a blade wing on the backside. DMC also installed a series of new elements made in carbon fiber, including: side-view mirrors, front wings, rear diffuser and fog light covers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Spider Elegante by DMC.

Ferrari 458 Scuderia

It’s been a while since Ferrari applied the "Scuderia" badge to any of its models. Actually, it’s been 6 years since that happened with the F430 Scuderia .

But expectations are already heating up that a Scuderia-badged 458 Italia is coming to the Frankfurt Motor Show. And if the F430 Scuderia is any indication, the 458 Scuderia could also be treated to a significant loss in weight.

That much was hinted to AutoExpress, saying that the Italian automaker could go a similar "weight-savings" route with the 458 Scuderia just like when it shaved close to 100 pounds off of the F430 Scuderia.

The buzz and the hype surrounding the 458 Scuderia is very real, folks. And with the Frankfurt Motor Show drawing closer and closer, we’re all going to have the answers to all these rumors. Stay tuned for more.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Scuderia

Source: AutoExpress

A little more than two months after gifting us with a sick program for the McLaren MP4-12C , the folks over at Autodynamica are back at it again. This time it’s delivering a new treat for a fellow exotic: the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder .

Featuring a comprehensive program that includes a new aero kit from Vorsteiner to go with performance and suspension updates, Autodynamica really went to the well with its aftermarket work on the 458 Italia Spyder.

Obviously, the most distinctive part of the project is theVorsteiner kit , which we’ll get into later. What really got our juices flowing, though, are the performance and suspension upgrades the aftermarket company did to the 458 Italia Spyder. First, it installed new Akrapovic high flow cats, a titanium valved exhaust, carbon-fiber exhaust tips and KW suspension springs. Also added in were 20- and 21-inch HRE S101 wheels on the on the front and rear, respectively, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires.

That’s not all, though. Autodynamica also gave the Ferrari supercar a new Evomsit Performance software upgrade, resulting in improved power figures to the tune of 609 horsepower, an improvement of almost 40 ponies from the standard model.

Torque numbers weren’t announced, but we expect it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 460 pound-feet to go with an estimate 0-to-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Vorsteiner kit Autodynamica installed into the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder.

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Back in February, Hennessey Performance announced that it was preparing to update the 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider . Now, it looks like the upgrade is complete, as the tuner took the 458 Spider HPE700 out for testing.

While the tuner has not released the details on its new HPE700 package, we do know from the previous upgrade kits that the update will include a new twin-turbocharger system, plus a remapped ECU. With all these changes the final output has been taken up to more than 700 horsepower - quite an increase over the car’s standard 570 horsepower.

There is also a new set of wheels, new high-performance brakes and a new suspension system.

As an option, buyers can add in t a set of F458 sport racing catalytic converters for $4,194 for an extra 24 horsepower and 20 pound-feet of torque and a set of F458 sport headers for $4,794 that bump power by another 34 horsepower and 38 pound-feet or torque, plus they weigh 13 pounds less than the stock manifolds.

All we can say is that we cannot wait to see what the HPE850 and the HPE1000 packages can do!

Click past the jump to see the Ferrari 458 Spider by Hennessey Performance going from 0 to 150 mph.

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YouTube user Marchettino managed to shoot another great video and this time he got inside a Ferrari FXX Evolution and filmed a couple of exciting laps at Imola. The sound of the V-12 engine invading the cockpit is just awesome; at least this is what he claims, which he backs up with this sweet video.

The FXX Evoluzione was powered by a 6.3-liter V-12 engine that developed a total of 860 horsepower. The engine was mated to a six-speed, paddle-shift F1-style transmission and sprinted the supercar from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

When compared to a base FXX , the Evolution package added a new rear diffuser and rear flaps, which increases aerodynamic efficiency by 25 percent, increased engine output by 70 horsepower, lowered shift times by 20 milliseconds and much, much more.

To help give you a better idea on what a great opportunity this was for Marchettino, keep in mind that the FXX Evos are usually auctioned for more than $2 million.

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The Ferrari 458 Italia is one model that doesn’t really need any upgrades in our opinion. Vorsteiner doesn’t seem to agree with us, as it has unveiled a pretty comprehensive aesthetic kit for the Italian supercar. Dubbed the 458-V, this Italia wears a yellow coat and comes with plenty of carbon-fiber elements.

The tuner prepared an aerodynamic kit that includes a new add-on front spoiler, a rear deck lid spoiler, a rear diffuser package with extended aero fins and a carbon-fiber rear fog lamp housing.

The tuner offers the package with a set of VS-110 wheels sized 20 or 21 inches sizes and in a number of finishes.

Vorsteiner is apparently rather happy with the Italia’s output, as this kit offers no upgrades for the stock 4.5-liter V-8 engine, leaving the output at 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. This helps sprint the Italian supercar to 60 mph in under 3.4 seconds and up to a top speed in excess of 202 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458-V Italia by Vorsteiner.


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