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We’ve known about the 458 Speciale Spider — or whatever it name ends up being — since June 2014, and we all know that it’ll essentially be mechanically identical to its coupe sibling. This means that it’ll carry a 4.5-liter, V-8 engine with 605 cv (596 ponies) and 398 pound-feet of torque. This should translate to a 0-to-60-mph time in the low-three-second range. What we didn’t know, until today, is just how limited it will be.

According to 4WheelsNews, the 458 Special Spider will be limited to exactly 458 units. The website does not list a source, other than the typical "insider," so a grain of salt may be in order.

Other details that 4WheelsNews learned while talking to a "friend" who attended a special unveiling of the Spider include some styling variations between this and the coupe model. The main variances of note are the different stripes that come on the Spider model and two new wheel options. Like the report of the number of units, the source is an unnamed "friend," so this could end up not being the case.

We should learn all the juicy details soon, as we expect to see the 458 Speciale Spider in the flesh at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.

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

Source: 4WheelsNews
Posted on by Nico DeMattia  

Chris Harris is back again, making me jealous of his life. He recently spent some time in Maranello, testing the new Ferrari LaFerrari . The LaFerrari, despite having a silly name, is the hardcore, hybrid successor to the famous Enzo. It’s also the Italian answer to the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1 . It’s also probably the most brutally fast hybrid production car ever made.

Chris got to test each of those aforementioned hybrid supercars and had nothing but great things to say about them. However, he seems to feel a bit different about this LaFerrari. It seems to be the only one of the three he actually loved. The reason for that is probably the fact that the LaFerrari hides it’s techno-wonder more than the others. The Porsche 918 is a unashamed nerd-fest (a very cool, very fast nerd-fest), and the McLaren is all business with its very serious, designed-in-a-wind-tunnel looks. The LaFerrari, on the other hand, is typical Italian pantomime and theater, it’s a celebration of colors and noise. I personally think it looks fantastic, I especially like the bug-antenna-style wing mirrors. It looks like a proper Ferrari, not just an exercise in aerodynamics and numbers. They each have their own character but the LaFerrari seems to have the most interesting one.

Combine all of this power, performance, handling prowess and looks, and you have possibly the greatest supercar the world has ever seen. Now go watch Mr. Harris give it "the full potatoes!".

I’ve seen a lot of timepieces born from collaborations between an automaker and a watch company, but I honestly haven’t seen anything quite like this. British watchmaker Christopher Ward has created a limited-edition watch that has a piece of an actual car embedded in it. But wait, it’s not just any car we’re talking about here; this particular watch has an original piece of exterior paneling from a Ferrari 250 GTO . Let me know if any of you have seen or heard anything like this before because I surely haven’t. I also haven’t seen a unicorn in my lifetime, but that’s a story for another day.

This particular watch, though, is a thing of beauty. It’s called the C70 3527 GT and the ’3527 GT’ nomenclature is a nod to the chassis number of the seventh 250 GTO.

Christopher Ward is only releasing 100 pieces and each individual buyer will only receive one unit. Each watch will come with a price tag of $2,950, which is incredibly expensive compared to my humble, eight-year-old Casio G-Shock.

Should you be interested in ordering the C70 3527 GT Chronometer, you’re going to need to contact Christopher Ward directly to let its sales people know you’re willing to spend that much money on arguably the most unique auto-themed timepiece in the world. It’s first-come, first-served so act quickly if you want one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Christopher Ward C70 3527 GT Chronometer.

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO has become the most expensive car sold at auction after changing owners for a whopping $38,115,000 at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California. The classic Prancing Horse surpassed the auction record set by a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula One race car that sold for $30 million at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed Auction.

Only 39 of these Ferraris were built in the 1960s, with many of them fetching millions of dollars during either public auctions or private sales. One example that was owned by Stirling Moss changed hands for $35 million in 2012, while another 250 GTO sold for $52 million in 2013. Both were sold privately.

Powered by a 3.0-liter, V-12 engine, the 250 GTO shown above — chassis and engine number 3851GT — was driven to a second-place overall finish in the 1962 Tour de France by Jo Schlesser and Henry Oreiller. More a maintained car than a restored one, the 3851GT has been active all its 54-year-long life, being raced in many classic motorsport events. It’s one of the most often raced 250 GTOs and it has been in a single family ownership for the past 49 years. This pretty much explains the huge price tag, doesn’t it?

The $38-million 250 GTO wasn’t the only Ferrari to fetch big bucks at Bonhams’ sale in California. Ten other Italian sports and race cars crossed the block for a combined total of $65.9 million. The bundle included a 1962 250 GT SWB Speciale that sold for $6.8 million, a 1953 250 Mille Miglia Berlinetta driven by Phil Hill for $7.2 million, and a 1978 312 T3 Formula One car for $2.3 million.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari 250 GTO

I have been given the opportunity to drive some incredible cars in some great places. I have taken a rally-prepped Miata to the top of Pikes Peak; I drove a GT-R from Miami to Knoxville in a day for Christmas; and I got to bomb down the Blue Ridge Parkway in a Porsche Cayman S . Still, I have never been given than chance to drive anything nearly as incredible as the F40.

In this latest episode of Inside EVO, we get a look at what it is like to drive a Ferrari F40 through the Alps for a day. What makes this video special is the great commentary. Rather than a traditional video with epic music and long sweeping scenery, Henry Catchpole talks about what the drive was actually like, including the highs and the lows. He talks about the car having a dead battery, bump starting it from a gas station parking lot and more.

Our jobs look glamorous a lot of the time, and it is really nice to get an inside look at what all can go on — and go wrong — when we are trying to get you guys the cool and amazing content that you deserve. I don’t want to spoil his entire story, so why don’t you give that play button a little click and just enjoy the video . I promise you that it is easily worth the seven minutes of your time.

What’s the going rate for a Ferrari LaFerrari these days? Turns out, it’s more than the £1.2 million (a little over $2 million) price tag Ferrari attached to it. A lot more.

Oracle Finance managing director Peter Brook revealed to Motoring Research that interested buyers of the LaFerrari are prepared to pay more than £1 million more than its original price tag. In case you’re wondering, that’s $1.6 million based on the exchange rates on 8/13/2014, which is a little north of the $1.3 million price tag of a Bugatti Veyron . Basically, these buyers are prepared to spend as much as £2.2 million, or about $3.3 million to get a piece of the 499 LaFerraris in existence today.

Brook revealed the incredible details in an analysis of the supercar market, highlighting the prevailing thought that demand for the LaFerrari has become so rabid that eager buyers are more than willing to spend close to double the amount Ferrari is asking for it.

“It’s a buying frenzy out there at the moment for Ferraris and nothing demonstrates that like the million-pound premiums we’re seeing for the LaFerrari,” Brook said. It paints a shocking figure one when a guy like Brook is even stunned at the premium buyers are prepared to pay just to get their hands on a LaFerrari.

Fortunately for the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder , demand for these two exotics is also high enough that both are attracting impressive premium numbers.

Oracle Finance says that the P1 has a premium of £300,000 ($500,856), while the 918 Spyder has a premium of £200,000 ($333,904). Still, those amounts are chump change compared to the staggering £1.2 million premium on the Ferrari LaFerrari.

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

Although it was launched about two years ago, the outrageously powerful Ferrari F12berlinetta has never posted an official Nurburgring lap time. That might come to an end soon, according to TouriClips, which just released a video showing what appears to be an F12berlinetta lapping the ’Ring with some measuring equipment on board.

The source claims the Italians showed up for testing at the German course and had the "Green Hell" to themselves for about half an hour, just enough to post a quick lap. TouriClips claims to have timed the F12berlinetta at 7:48 minutes, which, due to his positioning on the track, includes about 40 seconds of cool down time the Ferrari took between the T13 and Hatzenbach sections of the Nordschleife.

Simple mathematics suggest the F12berlinetta completed a full lap of the ’Ring in only 7:08 minutes, which would put it on par with the Nissan GT-R Nismo . As impressive as it may sound, TouriClips’ timing leaves room for a lot of error and we suggest you take the said benchmark with a grain of salt. Should Ferrari post on an official lap for the F12berlinetta, we’ll be right back to report it.

Meanwhile, the Enzo remains the fastest Ferrari-badged production car to lap the "Green Hell". The supercar achieved its benchmark in 2008, when Marc Basseng completed a lap in 7:25.7. As far as non-road-legal Ferraris are concerned, the 599XX needed only 6:58.16 minutes to lap the ’Ring in 2010.

Although the F12berlinetta’s presence on the Nordschleife is still a mystery, the video is definitely worth a watch. Be sure to pump up the volume, there’s a 6.3-liter V-12 waiting to pierce your eardrums.

There’s been a lot of commotion around Ferrari ’s decision to turbocharge the California , one that created a new breach into the company’s naturally aspirated habits. If you’re among those that got a little upset over the forced induction treatment received by the California, despite huge torque gains, then you’d better buckle up because the Italians are planning yet another switch.

According to CAR, who got its ears on some precious info circulating around Maranello, the 458 Italia is the next Ferrari to benefit from turbocharging. Specifically, Ferrari engineers are no longer looking to squeeze more power from the familiar 4.5-liter V-8 unit, but replace it altogether with the 3.8-liter powerplant that debuted in the California T . Of course, the mid-engined Prancing Horse will receive more than just the 560 ponies powering the latter.

Word has it the next 458 Italia - reportedly dubbed the M458-T — will pack as much as 670 bhp (680 horsepower), meaning the Italians are trying to regain the precious crown they lost right after McLaren unleashed the staggering 650S . Since adding more than 100 ponies to twin-turbo powerplant via boost pressure shouldn’t be a problem for the sharp-witted folks at Maranello, we expect the upgraded sports car to be a lot faster than the current model, with the 0-to-60 benchmark to drop from 3.4 seconds to the high two-second area.

The M458-T will also benefit from the company’s latest developments in terms of technology, CAR adds without revealing any specific details, but expect some fuel-saving and turbo lag-eliminating tricks.

Scheduled to break cover in 2015, the turbocharged 458 must be undergoing extensive testing as we speak. With that in mind, it’s very likely that the mule our spy photographers spotted earlier this year had a force-inducing unit under its rear glass. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about that soon enough.

Updated 08/06/2014: British magazine CAR received new details on the future Ferrari M458-T. The model should be unveiled in March 2015 at the Geneva motor show.

Note: current Ferrari 458 Italia pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ferrari M458-T.

Source: CAR

Someone’s being a little sneaky with a certain 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that one Ferrari expert has called out as a replica. You might remember that 250 GTO that popped up on Mobile.de a few weeks ago and came with a price tag of $64 million . The car received worldwide coverage because 1), it’s a Ferrari 250 GTO and 2), it costs $64 freakin’ million!

But Marcel Massini, regarded as the world’s leading Ferrari historian, is calling BS on the $64-million 250 GTO. "It’s a replica," Massini told. "I can tell you that with 100 percent certainty. I know where all of these cars are today. And this is not one of the original GTOs."

That part about knowing where all 39 250 GTOs are is apparently what separates Massini from the other Ferrari experts out there. Not only does he know where each one is, but he has photos and detailed histories of them. All 39 of them.

Massini also pointed out the car’s rather astronomical price tag as an indication that it’s fake, saying that anybody who owns a 250 GTO will use different methods to sell a car that’s expensive and incredibly rare. In short, posting it on a website isn’t one of them.

I personally have had no business dealings with Mobile.de so its hard to tell if they themselves were duped into selling a replica. The site has yet to issue any comments on Massini’s allegations, but it’s hard to go against someone who most agree is the authority on Ferrari’s history.

Updated 05/08/2014 @ 12:00 p.m.: Apparently the Ferrari expert was right, as the ad has been removed from mobile.de.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 250 GTO.

Source: CNBC
Posted on by Nico DeMattia  

Ferrari is constantly on the forefront of automotive technology and setting the bar for the rest of the car world. For instance, with the Ferrari FF , the Italian automaker wanted a four-wheel-drive system but conventional systems weren’t good enough so its engineers completely reinvented the wheel and came up with their own. Was it necessary? No, probably not, but stagnation is self-abdication. At least that’s what Ferrari would say. Well Ferrari has done it again, at least it’s trying to. To Ferrari, a conventional electric power steering system just isn’t good enough. Even though any enthusiast lucky enough to drive a 458 Speciale would tell you that the steering is nothing short of perfect, Ferrari isn’t satisfied. Ferrari says that due to slack in the steering box and universal joints creating a slight delay between the driver’s input and what the wheels actually do, the wizards in Maranello are developing a software system that compensates for this and creates a more direct and accurate response. It, supposedly, can also compensate for the front suspension geometry differences, from left to right, which can create a miniscule difference in steering response respectively.

Now this is all well and good, but if Ferrari really wanted precise, accurate steering, why not just go back to hydraulic? Aren’t old school Ferraris, Porsches and BMWs world famous for their telepathic steering feel and response? I know, electric power steering is more efficient and with strict fuel-economy regulations, it makes more sense. But, what about no power steering at all? Ferrari’s baby brother, Alfa Romeo , doesn’t use power steering in its new 4C, and people love it.

Thankfully, Ferrari says that this new software tweak is simple and cheap, and the driver will never notice it working, they will only feel great steering. I understand Ferrari’s need to push the envelope but I feel this is just too much. Added software manipulation cannot be good for the already fading steering feel in sports cars nowadays.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s future steering system.

Source: EVO

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