2015 Ferrari Tribute To Mille Miglia: Video
When it comes to the list of important historic races, the name Mille Miglia should undoubtedly appear somewhere near the top. Enzo Ferrari agreed, calling it “the world’s most beautiful road race,” and every year the Prancing Horse pays tribute with a historic reenactment that sees a congregation of some of the finest sports cars and racers in the world. 2015 was no different, as seen in the above-featured video.
If you didn’t know, the Mille Miglia is an iconic Italian public-road endurance event that ran a total of 24 times between 1927 and 1957, spanning some 1,000 miles (hence the name) of stunning countryside, quaint towns and slithering two-lane. The competition was discontinued after 30 years following a number of tragic crashes, but the spirit lives on today as a legal-speed time-speed-distance regularity rally.
This year’s event saw the arrival of some 60 Ferraris in the historic town of Riccione, marking the end of the first stage with a fireworks display that “...turned the sky over the Romagnola Riviera a very fitting red.”
The rally officially kicked off from the town of Desenzano on Lake Garda, passing through Sirmione, Verona, Ferrara, Ravenna, and San Marino on the way to Riccione, as throngs of fans lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the action. Next, the pageant of exotica travels from Romagna to the Marche, stopping briefly at Ascoli Piceno before ending up in Rome for the traditional parade at Castel Sant’Angelo.
If asked to pick a car for a long-distance joyride through breathtaking Italian scenery, you could do a lot worse than the hardtop-convertible California T grand tourer. Newly updated for the 2015 model year, the exterior gets sharper lines and a bit more aggression, with a restyled grille, hood, and rear. The interior comes in a 2+2 configuration, also benefitting from a redesign in its layout.
Most interesting, however, are changes to the drivetrain, which gets a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 producing 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than the outgoing 4.3-liter V-8, even though fuel consumption is cut by 15 percent. Performance, though, is still stellar, with a 0-to-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph.
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Any collection of top-end prancing horses would be incomplete without the namesake-squared LaFerrari. With a limited run of 499 units and an asking price over $1.8 million, this composite-laden land rocket is the true embodiment of Ferrari exclusivity. It’s also the incarnation of Ferrari performance, with a 0-to-60 time under three seconds and a top speed over 217 mph.
Those figures come courtesy of the latest and greatest technology that Maranello has to offer, namely a 6.3-liter V-12 mated to two electric motors and powered by an F1-style HY-KERS energy-reclamation system for 963 horsepower and over 663 pound-feet of torque. Not your typical road-trip hybrid, but certainly appropriate for the Mille Miglia.
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