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Looks like it’s been a busy few days for Ferrari at the Fiorano race track. A day after a spy video was shot at Fiorano featuring the 458 Italia GT2 , another one has popped up courtesy of Marchettino.

This time around, the car that was clad in the traditional black coverings looks to be a prototype model of the new Ferrari 599 . Like the GT2 before it, the 599 prototype was spotted burning some rubber at Ferrari’s track in Fiorano. There are a lot of whispers going around about this particular model with some people thinking that this is a test mule for the car that will eventually succeed the 599 while others believe this car will be an updated model of the range that’s going to come with the company’s recently introduced KERS energy-recovery system.

Whatever the case may be, we’re just happy to see that Ferrari isn’t using the days leading up to Christmas doing some last-minute holiday shopping. While that’s fun and, dare we say therapeutic, nothing beats getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari 599 test mule while running it to the absolute limit at the Fiorano race track.

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As a fitting tribute to one of its most successful models, Lamborghini commemorated the Murcielago ’s end of production with a special exhibition and parade along the streets of its hometown in Sant’Agata Bolognese.

First built in 2001, the Murcielago enjoyed tremendous success from Lamborghini fans and supercar aficionados, spawning a number of different variations including the 2008 LP640 Roadster Versace Edition , the 2009 LP650-4 Roadster , and the 2009 LP670-4 SuperVeloce . After nine years in production, Lamborghini officially ended the supercar’s production on May 11, 2010.

To celebrate the occasion, Lamborghini rolled out a lot of its iconic V12 models for the exhibition and parade. Among the cars participating in the event included some of Lamborghini’s finest like the 350GT , the Miura , the Countach , and the Diablo , all of which served as escorts to the Murcielago SuperVeloce that went out of Lamborghini’s factory and out into the streets of Sant’Agata for its ceremonial “last ride”.

Considered as the fastest man alive, world-record holder and Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, is no stranger to destroying the competition. Actually, annihilating may be a better word to describe it. Since his record-setting run at the 2008 Olympics, Bolt has become a household name, and rightfully so because there’s nobody on the planet that can beat this man in a foot race.

Armed with his new-found fame, Bolt was invited by an automaker that’s also familiar with the word ‘fast’. We are, of course, talking about Ferrari .

While visiting Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, Bolt got a unique opportunity to test drive two of the company’s more popular supercars, the 458 Italia and the 599 GTB . Bolt was treated to a drive around the famed Maranello racetrack with test drivers Dario Benuzzi and Raffaele De Simone, before being given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Prancing Horses.

Being a gold medalist at the Olympics and regarded as the fastest man on the planet definitely has its own perks. Apparently, one of them is being given a personal tour around one of the most famous supercar makers in the country.

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Let me tell you, when you foolishly decide to drive your cars way past the speed limit in Italy, this is one police car that you don’t want to be chasing you. Trust us, unless you have a rocket of a supercar in your hands, you’re not going to be able to last in a car chase.

It’s not often that we get to see a Lamborghini police car, although there are a number of them in police departments all over the world. This particular one, though, is a Gallardo LP560-4 , one of two Lamborghinis that were donated to the Italian police by the supercar maker. Moreover, this is the only one left of the two as the other one suffered a pretty serious car crash about a year ago.

So as you can see, the mere sight of the car draws either pained expressions of fear if it’s chasing you down the highway or wide-eyed glee if you get a chance to see it stretch its legs in a racetrack like Monza.

Fortunately, the ever reliable Marchettino was able to capture the Lambo super police car in action at the track doing what comes naturally to it: rocketing around the pit lane and the track while being joined by its supercar brethren.

Source: Marchettino

If only we could get invited to these exclusive track meets, then we’d be the ones getting videotaped with our fancy Ferraris instead of being the ones watching it from our sofas all while imagining the day when we could get our hands on a Prancing Horse.

That being said, there’s no shame in watching these videos because, well, this is probably as good as it can get for us.

This track video comes courtesy of Marchettino who somehow found himself at
Monza riding with a bunch of Ferrari owners for a nice day of leg stretching around the Italian race track. Watch the video and you’ll notice some of Maranello’s best running around Monza, including a black Ferrari 458 Italia , a Ferrari 599 , and what looks to be a Ferrari 575M . Oh and there’s some Ferrari 430 s and 360 s scattered in the area as well.

If that’s not enough, we get a close-up look of an F430 Scuderia going full blast at 170 mph while producing that unmistakable engine roar to the delight of our speakers.

Not to sound like a jealous man, but…I want one of those!

Admit it, people. You’re all as envious as we are right now.

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The official trailer for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was recently filmed somewhere in Italy and it features just about the most awesome – an expensive – fake car chase we’ve ever seen.

To build cache for the brand, NFS decided to go all-out with the two vehicular protagonists, opting for two cars that are undoubtedly two of the most sought-after supercars this side of the solar system: the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and the Pagani Zonda Cinque .

The folks over at Teamspeed managed to scoop up photos of the filming of the trailer where the law enforcement decaled Murcielago giving chase to the Zonda Cinque along a sweeping mountains of Italy. And they even managed to commission a helicopter to aid the Murcielago in chasing the Zonda . Awesome.

There are also photos of the two supercars being prepared for the shoot similar to how celebrities are made-up before filming. Apparently, the Zonda Cinque that’s being chased by the Murcielago police supercar is actually a Zonda F underneath all that make-up. Why they specifically had to have a Zonda Cinque instead of a Zonda F, we don’t know.

But hey, either way works just fine for us.

Source: Teamspeed
Rome a possible location for second Italian F1 race in the next few years

Looks like Austin, Texas won’t be the only new venue that’s going to be included in future Formula One seasons.

Rome, Italy has been pining to host a Formula One race for quite some time now and it looks like Italy’s capital is on track to host a round in the F1 calendar soon.

According to Mayor Gianni Alemanno, the time-table for a race to be held in Rome should be “from 2012 or no later than 2013”. Noted circuit designer, Hermann Tilke, has also earmarked the potential site for the race and it could possibly be set-up at the Italian capital’s EUR district, making it a street-race instead of the usual track circuits that are currently being used in Formula One.

Despite the optimism, there are still a number of roadblocks that need to be cleared before the project receives a green light. The most important roadblock being the approval of political leaders and residents of the area. In spite of the obstacles, Alemanno is confident that an agreement would be hatched soon, paving the way for two Italian stops in future Formula One seasons.

There appears to be rumblings coming out of Maranello that Ferrari is finally doing something about all those burning 458s , and they’re doing it really soon.

Two members of FerrariChat seem to have been given the heads-up by a Ferrari dealer, saying that Ferrari will officially begin recalling all 458 Italia models by today.

Again, Ferrari has yet to make the announcement official, but according to one of the posters, Superquant, the recall is finally happening. In his post, he said: “My dealer just informed me that as of 1 minute ago he learned that Ferrari has issued a recall on ALL 458s due to the fire situation.

Ferrari has determined the cause of the 458’s that have caught on fire was from an adhesive that attached the heat shield under the rear fenders.
The heat shields were attached with an adhesive and became flammable under high temps. The new shield will be attached rivets, not any type of adhesive. Every 458 produced will get this new part so call your dealer now and set up your appointment which of course is free of charge.”

If this man is right in saying this, then that should be good news for all owners of the 458 Italia that have become weary of bringing their cars out of their garages over fears that they might get barbecued out on the road.

But as is the case with rumors like this, we’re going to hold back on announcements until we hear it straight from the (prancing) horse’s mouth.

Source: Ferrari Chat

You’re reading that right, ladies and gentlemen. There seems to be a new Ferrari being prepared and while nobody knows what this car is – at least, for now – somebody was able to capture footage of the car decked in camouflage driving just outside the supercar maker’s Maranello headquarters.

So what exactly is this car? Well, nobody knows yet. But from the eight seconds or so that we got a look at the mule car, it looks a lot like a car that took styling cues from existing Ferraris , including that of the 458 Italia and the 599 GTO . Of course, nothing is set in concrete regarding this mysterious UFO, or Unidentified Ferrari Object – yeah, we’re hilarious like that – but Ferrari has also gone on record saying that they’re releasing a number of new models in the coming years. Put two and two together and it looks a lot like this mysterious Ferrari could be one of the aforementioned new models.

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Fiat has unveiled a new special edition 500 for the European market. It’s called the Blackjack and its name clearly stems from the unique body color with black opaque treatment. The new 500 Blackjack will go on sale in September and will be priced at €13,850 (in Italy).

The unique matte black paint is enhanced by polished elements (whiskers, handles, mirror housings and door-plate) and the 16" alloy wheels are painted in black with a red frame in the center.

The same black color found on the exterior of the car also finds its way into the interior as it is completely blacked out. The only highlights can be found in the burnished silver seams that glisten off of the steering wheel and gear. The black extends into the combination leather and fabric seats unless you want to throw in some color with the option of red seats.

The new Fiat 500 Blackjack is available with all of the engines found in the 500 range combined with a five- or six-speed gearbox. Fiat is also offering the new TwinAir 85HP 0.9-liter two-cylinder turbo petrol.


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