We all know that the LaFerrari is one of the sexiest hybrid supercars available now, but it looks like the Italiam automaker has something else up its sleeve.
A very strange LaFerrari mule was caught testing at the Fiorano racetrack. We say strange because it did not have the exhaust note of a a normal LaFerrari. It sounded a lot more like the note from the turbocharged V-6 engine that we will see in Formula 1 next year.
We are not too sure why Ferrari would test an F1 engine in the LaFerrari, but we’re sure some light will be shined on the topic soon enough. Our best guess is that the mule has an easy way of swapping the drivetrain out, which would have made initial drivetrain testing easier, so Ferrari is using the old LaFerrari mule as a tester for its new F1 engine, given it can easily install and remove the drivetrain. Then again, we are just speculating on that.
Since the unveiling of the LaFerrari and F12berlinetta , the 458 Italia has become a little outdated, so to speak. Sure, it still holds plenty of value in the market, but it just feels dated now. Well, at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, Ferrari plans to debut a concept that it based on the 458 to not only bring the model back into light, but to also showcase future technology for the automaker.
Dubbed the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model takes the impressive performance credentials that the 458 Italia already features and cranks the dial way up. A nice and healthy boost in output partners up with active aerodynamics and traction modifications to make this the most capable Ferrari road car to grace a track. It’s just too bad that this specific model will never make its way to production
So, what can we expect to see from Ferrari in the coming years?
Update 8/22/2013: Ferrari has just released a preview video of this awesome concept. You can see the video above.
Update 9/10/2013: The new 458 Speciale made its world debut today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. As expected, the official release came with the full specifications figures, including top speed and Fiorano times. Check them out after the jump. There are also three new video for you to enjoy!
Update 12/02/2013: Ferrari unveiled a new video (above), featuring the most powerful version in the 458 lineup. This video gives you an on-board look at the 458 Speciale with test driver Raffaele De Simone behind the wheel. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read all about the new 458 Speciale concept to find out.
The British magazine EVO put head to head the recently launched Ferrari 458 Speciale , its base version the 458 Italia and its predecessor, the hardcore 430 Scuderia . All three cars were driven by Jethro Bovingdon, on a racetrack in the UK.
In terms of output figures it’s 605 horsepower (458 Speciale) vs. 570 horsepower (base 458 Italia) vs. 503 horsepower (430 Scuderia), so it appears that the 458 Speciale has a huge advantage on the racetrack, but we all know that it’s not all about horsepower on the racetrack. Check out the video to see what Jethro Bovingdon thinks of the three supercars and which one did best on the track.
As a reminder, the 458 Speciale is powered by the same 4.5-liter, V-8 powerplant from the base 458 Italia, but with the output increased to 605 horsepower and 398 pound-feet. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just only 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.
If it’s a classic from Maranello that is rare and has won races in the past, you can’t expect it to come cheap. That fact that was proved once again at a car auction in New York, where a gorgeous 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, along with other more collectible items from the history of the automobile, were on sale.
Noted auction houses, Sotheby’s and RM Auctions , brought 32 trophy vehicles that fetched a total of $62.8 million in sales. Of that $62.8 million, the Ferrari 250 LM was contributed a whopping $14.3 million, more than double that of the previous 250 LM sold and a new record for the model.
The sale of the 1964 250 LM also got its name in the costliest Ferrari’s ever sold list. Ferrari never produced more than 32 examples of the 250LM.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM
For years, rumors of Ferrari using turbocharged engines have risen up to the surface time and again. While the automaker has yet to venture down that path, it looks like its warming up to the idea for some of its future models.
One model, in particular, that could get a turbocharged engine in the future is the successor to the Ferrari California . At least that’s what Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa indicated in a recent interview with [Top Gear].
When asked if turbochargers have a future with the Prancing Horse, Felisa indicated that in order to successfully evolve the California line, the successor would need to have a turbocharger under its hood. The CEO stopped short of actually confirming such a move, but the signs are pointing in that direction, especially since the company has spent millions developing the technology to satisfy Formula One regulations call for the use of turbocharged engines beginning next year.
So, after years of whispers and rumors floating around, Ferrari using turbochargers may finally come to fruition in the near future, possibly with the release of the successor to the California, which is due out in 2015.
Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari California
With 570 horses under its hood, the Ferrari 458 Italia is ready to tackle just about any racetrack in the world. But, why not make it even more racetrack-ready with some updates specially developed for the track, just like the ones announced today by Racing One.
Racing One started off by tinkering around under the hood, where it tricked out the 4.5 liter, V-8 engine to deliver a total of 620 horsepower — a nice bump over the stock 562 ponies. The updated engine combines with variable traction control and a seven-speed racing gearbox with Getrag rocker switch that ensures the a stunning driving experience. The best part is that the new 458 Competition has a total weight of just 2,689 pounds, which is an unbelievable 1,246-pound drop from the stock model.
The new Ferrari 458 Competition is ready to take on any race in VLN or DMV competitions, or on a track day just for fun.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Competition by Racing One.
But the render it did for the Ferrari LaFerrari just took the insanity to a whole new level. There are some programs that certainly fits this definition, but none of them were done on the LaFerrari, the Prancing Horse’s crown jewel supercar that the company has described as its fastest and most powerful supercar it has ever built.
In accomplishing this rendering, DMC said that it combined elements from the Ferrari GTO , the XX, and the FXX into one package without compromising the LaFerrari’s own DNA.
The result is the LaFerrari FXXR, a heavily-modified take on the LaFerrari that’s just too mean for words.
DMC made no mention of mechanical mods, with exception of a race-inspired exhaust, so we assume this LaFerrari retains the hybrid system that combines a 6.3-liter, V-12 engine with two electric motors. The exhaust system may drive the LaFerrari up a little rfom the stock 963 horsepower and more than 663 pound-feet of torque.
There’s no word on whether DMC is going to go ahead and build this program, but for just sheer lunacy, we’re hoping and praying that the tuning company goes ahead with this.
The world needs it, fellas.
Click past the jump to read more about DMC’s FXXR rendering for the Ferrari LaFerrari
We understand, classic Ferrari models don’t come cheap. And even though we don’t plan to buy one anytime soon, we do keep browsing through online classifieds once in a while, but that still doesn’t mean that we can afford one. Today, we happened to stumble upon this rare and pristine example of a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO . These classic scarlet red Ferraris are hard to miss and rather valuable.
Ferrari of New England is among the premier Ferrari dealerships in the country and this certified GTO is now on sale for a mind-boggling $1.8 million. That’s a lot of money, only until you realize that Ferrari made only 272 examples of it. In 2009, the previous owners spent $35,000 on maintenance for this 288 GTO and now has 17,352 km (10,782 miles) on the odometer. The regular maintenance work included new brake pads, gaskets, timing belts and other pertinent items.
So, if you happen to be in the market for a nearly $2 million classic Ferrari, this mint-condition model may be up your alley.
Click past the jump for more information on the Ferrari 288 GTO
The launch of Ferrari’s Tailor Made personalization program has given way to some pretty interesting creations over the years.
Recently, the Italian automaker added another project to its list and this one pays homage to Formula One legend Niki Lauda. Thanks to the always-ingenious work by a personal designer from the Maranello Style Center, this Ferrari 458 Italia received the treat of a host of styling upgrades.
The red body of the supercar is accentuated by a white roof that features a longitudinal image of the Italian flag. Adding to the exterior touch is the new set of gold alloy wheels that brings out the unique look of the Lauda-inspired 458 Italia.
Inside, there are plenty more distinctive touches, highlighted by the Italian flag motif on both the seats and the center tunnel. Matching red stitching was also applied on numerous parts of the cabin, including the dashboard, the seats, the steering wheel and the instrument panel.
The program is impressive in a lot of ways, but one thing we noticed was the lack of details attributed to Lauda’s home country of Austria. It’s true that the Austrian racer won two of his three world championships with Ferrari, but a simple tribute to his homeland would’ve been pretty nice.
Other than that, there aren’t a whole lot of complaints coming from us with this 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition
On of our favorite YouTube users, Marchettino, managed to shoot another incredible video. If we are not mistaken, this video shows the first non-red LaFerrari out there and more importantly, it shows it in action at Ferrari ’s famous Mugello circuit.
Marchettino caught the car driving around the circuit during the Finali Ferrari Challenge event, and the company’s test driver Dario Benuzzi, was at the helm.
This video offers up plenty of close-up images and tons of exhaust notes, ranging from its mean idle up to a full-throat sprint. We are pretty sure you will want to watch it again and again, while dreaming of dropping a massive sum of cash to pick up the LaFerrari.
A quick reminder, the LaFerrari features a hybrid powertrain that combines a 6,262 cc (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 — 800 delivered by the V-12 engine and 163 by the electric motors — and a peak torque in excess of 663 pound-feet. With this amount of power, the LaFerrari will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.