Check Out This Ridiculous Ford GT40 Movie Rig from Ford V Ferrari
Making a movie like the just-released Ford vs Ferrari film requires a lot of on-track camera work, some of the creative variety. Look no further than this behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube by Fab TV, showing what just might be one of the most unusual camera rigs you’ll ever see. That, folks, is a replica Ford GT40, except that it’s only half of the car. The other half is a giant tube-framed platform that not only supports an external driver but, more importantly, a full-blown production setup that includes multiple cameras. This is the kind of movie production razzmatazz that you can expect in 2019. It’s strange, awesome, and downright weird, all rolled into one.
Celebrity Special – Celebrate The Life Of Enzo Ferrari With These Awesome Prancing Horses
On February 18th, 1898, Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy, the youngest of two children. From an early age, Enzo was exposed to the mechanical side of life, as his father, Alfredo Ferrari, worked as a metal parts fabricator out of a workshop he started in the Ferrari family home. At the age of 10, Enzo watched Felice Nazzaro take a win at the 1908 Circuito di Bologna event, inspiring him to become a racing driver.
However, before he could follow his dream, Enzo served in the Italian Army during World War I. In 1918, Enzo became deathly ill following a widespread Italian flu epidemic, and was subsequently discharged from service. His father and older brother died from the disease a few years prior.
After the army, Enzo landed a job as a test driver with a local car manufacturer in Milan. However, rather than pushing the limits in a high-strung performance machine, Enzo was instead stuck behind the wheel of boring passenger cars made from rebuilt truck bodies. Luckily, Enzo was later promoted to the position of racing driver, and he quickly made his competition debut at the 1919 Parma-Poggio di Berceto hillclimb, where he managed to finish fourth in a 2.3-liter C.M.N. Later that year, he ran in the infamous Targa Florio, but was forced to retire due to a leaky fuel tank.
By the 1920’s, Enzo was racing for Alfa Romeo, taking a win at the 1924 Coppa Acerbo at Pescara. Although encouraged in his competition efforts, Enzo was disheartened by the death of famous racing driver Antonio Ascari in 1925, and following the birth of his son in 1932, Enzo decided to hang up his helmet, focusing on team management and car development instead.
Enzo eventually went on to create Ferrari S.p.A. in 1947 after the end of World War II. With his passion for racing as strong as ever, Enzo’s team racked up wins in a variety of motorsport events, successfully competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and the recently formed Formula 1 series. To help finance these efforts, Ferrari began selling sports cars to the public in the early ’50s.
A proud and occasionally contentious man, Enzo Ferrari’s brand was a reflection of his personality. The street cars were based on racing machines, and offered superlative performance above all else. He was once quoted as saying, “I don’t care if the door gaps are straight. When the driver steps on the gas I want him to shit his pants.” That pretty much sums it up.
Enzo Ferrari passed away in 1988 at the age of 90. These days, it’s impossible to deny that Ferrari S.p.A. is changing, with upcoming model lines including an SUV and an all-electric on the horizon, plus the hybrid LaFerrari already on the market. However, while the technology might be changing, the spirit of Ferrari remains the same – beauty, speed, and pants-shitting levels of power.
Celebrity Special – Happy Birthday Sammy Hagar!
Sammy Hagar is not your typical rock artist. The man has been busy making music for about 50 years now, not only as a solo artist, but also as front man for a variety of supergroups and major bands, including more than a decade as the singer for Van Halen. First fronting for the Fabulous Castilles at just 20 years of age, Hagar’s first major break arrived in the early ‘70s with the band Montrose, writing hits such as “Bad Motor Scooter.” By the mid-‘70s, Hagar launched his solo career, and after signing with Geffen Records, he released a string of big hits, including “There’s Only One Way To Rock” and “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy.” However, as gear heads and car lovers know, there’s one song in particular that gets our attention – “I Can’t Drive 55,” off 1984’s VOA.
Featuring Hagar behind the wheel of a jet black Ferrari BB512i, “I Can’t Drive 55” is an iconic driving song. The video shows the Red Rocker doing hot laps around Saugus Speedway, a race track in Santa Clarita, California. On the way home, Hagar has a run in with the California Highway Patrol, who promptly haul the wild man to jail for his high-speed antics. It’s an anthem of automotive rebellion, a relatable tale for anyone who’s ever been tempted by the siren song of the long loud pedal in a fast car.
These days, Hagar is busy touring with his latest project, The Circle, formed in 2014 and featuring Michael Anthony on bass, Vic Johnson on guitar, and Jason Bonham on drums. Joining him as the opening act is his son, Andrew Hagar, a talented singer-songwriter in his own right.
Happy Birthday, Sammy!
James May Shows Us A Different Way To Do A Walk-Around Video
By now, you’ve probably seen your share of walk-around videos featuring beautiful concepts, insane exotics, and timeless classics. The set-up typically involves a lot of narration, some funky background music, and plenty of glam shots of the car from every conceivable angle. It’s a tried-and-tested method that has given birth to some pretty awesome videos, but ever the contrarian, The Grand Tour’s James May has provided us with a different sort of walk-around video from what we’re used to. Instead of infusing the video with pageantry, he simply walks around the car. Who knew!
The video in question is posted on Drivetribe’s Facebook page and it features May and a Ferrari 308 GTB that he reportedly bought earlier this year. There’s only one camera involved in the video and absolutely no background music to spice it up. What we do see is May leisurely walking around his new Ferrari acquisition, stopping a few times to look closer at certain sections of the car, before completing his literal walk-around. Then he looks at the camera, flashes that unmistakable James May face of approval, and walks off. No commentary. No music (apart from the intro and conclusion). No nothing. It’s definitely a different approach from what we’re used to, but May somehow makes it look authentic and meaningful at the same time. Who knew that Captain Slow could say a thousand words without having to open his mouth.
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Michael Fassbender Joins A Long List Of Hollywood Stars To Jump Into Motor Racing
Paul Newman. Steve McQueen. James Dean. Patrick Dempsey. Even Caitlyn Jenner when she was still Bruce Jenner. All these Hollywood stars have taken their talents to the track to varying degrees of success. Newman, for instance, competed at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning his class and finishing second overall on board a Porsche 935 that sold last August for a whopping $4.84 million. Well, another actor is joining them in this exclusive club and he’s going to race for an automaker with arguably the most storied history in motor racing.
We may know him more as Magneto from the X-Men movie franchise, but Michael Fassbender is more than just an actor playing a mutant with a penchant for controlling metals. Now we can also call him a full-fledged race car driver after competing at a recent Ferrari Challenge series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. If the thought of seeing Fassbender in a Ferrari racing suit is jarring, we might as well start getting used to it because the 40-year old German actor showed enough potential to finish 11th in his class and 17th overall in his first race over the weekend. His pace them improved in the second race of the series where he finished sixth in his class and 14th overall. Moving forward, Fassbender is expected to compete in the next round of the North American Ferrari Challenge series, which will be held in Montreal from June 9 to June 11.
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Could A Biopic Of Ferruccio Lamborghini Be In The Cards?
Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini was known to have lived a very interesting life, and like most famous people with a rich life story to tell, Lamborghini’s life is now being turned into a movie. Entertainment site Variety is reporting that Ambi Media Group, the same company that optioned the movie rights to the “Ferruccio Lamborghini La story official” (the official story) is moving ahead with the movie adaptation of the book written by Tonino Lamborghini, Ferruccio’s own son.
In addition to the film’s development pushing through, Ambi has also reportedly signed Antonio Banderas to play the role of the Lamborghini founder and Alec Baldwin to play the role of none other than Enzo Ferrari. The backbone of the film’s production team has also been put in place. Michael Radford (The Postman and The Merchant of Venice) will take the helm as the movie’s director while Bobby Moresco (Million Dollar Baby, and Crash) will write the adapted script from the Lamborghini biopic. No timetable has been set for the movie’s release, but Ambi Distribution, the company’s sales arm, is expected to offer the project to movie studios at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Interestingly, the Ambi Media Group is also behind the movie Finding Steve McQueen starring Travis Fimmel, Rachel Taylor, Forest Whitaker, and William Fitchner.
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Did Trump’s Name and Previous Ownership Condemn this Ferrari F430?
Back in 2007, Donald Trump spent a little bit of cheddar on himself and purchased a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe. You’ve got to hand it to the man for having good taste, and it could be the only president-owned Ferrari in existence, but when it rolled across the auction block this weekend, it failed to sell, falling $10,000 short of the $250,000 reserve.
All told, it’s a fine example. It’s got that 4.3-liter V-8 with 490 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. It was purchased brand new by Donald Trump, as shown by the original title that has his signature. With just 6,000 miles on the clock and a history of being service by Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island, everything seems as kosher as possible, right? Well, despite the car’s history, being cared for properly, and coming with not only the original title and window sticker, it still rolled off the auction block unsold. Does it prove that even car enthusiasts and collectors hate our newest POTUS?
See, it rolled off the block unsold, but hours later, it was sold in a private sale for $270,000, as reported by Auctions America. There aren’t any details available at this point outside of that, but it looks like it did find a new home at the last minute.
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It Took Justin Bieber Three Weeks to Find his Misplaced Blue Ferrari 458
If you’re somebody like Justin Bieber, your life is probably hectic enough as it is. But to misplace your car after a night out on the town? Clearly, that doesn’t happen to anyone, right? Right? Wrong, because somehow, it happened to the Canadian pop star, who, according to multiple reports, lost his customized neon blue Ferrari 458 Italia when he forgot where he parked the car. It’s a case that will make the Hardy Boys proud.
Fortunately, the car has since been found, but only after an assistant took three weeks to track it down at the parking garage of the upscale Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills where Beiber left it in the care of valets before hitting the Hollywood club scene.
“She was in a real state of panic and almost cried with relief when we told her the Ferrari was safe in a covered spot here,” a member of the hotel’s valet team told the Daily Star. “Celebrities will leave one of their vehicles with us in between stays so it’s ready for them to use as soon as they check-in. We all assumed Justin had done that.”
According to the British newspaper, the Biebs parked the 458 Italia and proceeded to forget where he left it once his night of revelry was done. Not that it matters now, but Bieber must have had a lot of fun during that night out for him to completely forget where he left a car that costs $240,000.
Then again, it’s not like Bieber’s going to miss out on losing a Ferrari, especially when you consider that he’s worth $200 million to begin with. For him, replacing a Ferrari is the equivalent of us replacing a light bulb so unless that 458 Italia has some sentimental value to him, he probably could’ve bought one – or 10 – the next day. Besides, the 22-year-old has his own Ferrari LaFerrari, which is five times more expensive than the 458 Italia, not to mention a steady stream of Lamborghinis, an Audi R8, a Porsche 911 Turbo, a chromed up Fisker Karma, and whatever other cars he has in his garage.
All’s well that ends well though because the neon blue Ferrari 458 Italia found its way back to its owner. Maybe next time the Biebs can leave the Ferrari at home and just hail an Uber or Lyft the next time he goes out to paint the town red. And since he’s in California, he might have an option of having his future autonomous cars drive him to his hotspots and just come pick him up when he’s had too much fun again. Autonomous driving, Justin! That’s the future!
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Imagine having access to a $3.5 million Ferrari LaFerrari. Imagine being able to touch it and admire it from your living room window. Imagine it being just one of 25 produced in Matte White. That would be great, right? Naturally, you would drive that joint every chance you got, right? Well, not if you’re Dwayne Johnson.
In a recent Facebook post, there’s an image of The Rock towering over a Matte White Ferrari LaFerarri – let’s be honest here, standing next to it, he dwarfs the car. Below the post, he commented on the car’s value, 950+ horsepower, and rarity. He also admitted, “The great benefit of producing and starring in HBO’s Ballers is that I can admire, touch and play with this Ferrari which is one of the most beautifully engineered and sought after exotic cars in the world.”
That isn’t all he has to say about the beauty in white, though. He finished up the post by saying, “The drawback….? Daddy don’t fit in it.” That’s right folks, The Rock has access to one of the most lust-worthy cars in the world, but he can’t even fit inside it. That explains why he’s probably the only person on the planet pictured standing next to one without a smile on his face. Turns out being physically fit doesn’t always pay off, at least not when it comes to driving one of the most beautiful cars in the world.
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A Ferrari biopic has been in the works in some form or another for about 15 years. A fake version was made in the HBO show Entourage in which superstar actor Vincent Chase played Enzo Ferrari, but that’s about as close as we’ve gotten. But now it looks like the project is moving ahead and actor Christian Bale is reportedly being tapped to play the young Il Commendatore.
Currently most well known for his starring role in the most recent Batman trilogy, Bale could co-star with veteran actor Robert De Niro, who’s involvement with the film was confirmed in April of 2015. The working theory seems to be that Bale could play a young Enzo during the company’s founding as a racing team in the 40s, 50s and 60s, and De Niro would play the same character towards the end of his life in the 70s and 80s.
“For me it is an honor and a joy to tell the life of an extraordinary man who revolutionized the automotive world and across historical periods,” De Niro told Italian outlet Il Messaggero in April. “The film will go into production soon, mostly in Italy, and has absolute priority over all my other projects.”
The film is reportedly in the hands of director Michael Mann. The Ferrari film is thought to be a passion project for the director, who with movies including Ali and The Insider is no stranger to the biopic genre. He also worked with De Niro on the crime epic, Heat, and more recently with Bale on Public Enemies. His attention to detail and long-form storytelling style should appease car geeks like us.
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We already know Keanu Reeves can keep a bus above 50 mph, but now we also know he’s pretty handy at wheeling a Ferrari around Fiorano. The actor, famous for his roles in films like Speed, The Matrix, and Point Break, recently paid a visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello to get the inside scoop on what goes into the creation of a prancing horse.
Usually associated with motoring of the two-wheeled variety, Reeves still had what it took to impress behind the wheel of a 488 GTB, putting the sports car through it’s paces at the marque’s home test track, saying afterwards, “It’s a car you instantly feel an incredibly synergy with. It’s like it’s tailored around you, an extension of your body and your mind. There’s no doubt about it: Ferrari is the dream.”
Speaking of tailor-made, Reeves also spent time at the atelier where he got to sample a variety of materials on offer for interior customization. He also got to experience the New Mechanical Machining Area and eight-cylinder production line for a look at the how the greasy bits fit together.
Of course, when visiting Ferrari, you gotta get a taste for the history. In the Classiche department, Reeves was met by two recently restored race cars, including a 500 Mondial and a one-off single-seater built in the ’50s for the Indy 500. “You can really feel how the values of the past are being passed down here. They’re a legacy that deserves to be carefully preserved and that’s just what you’re doing here by keeping the designs and plans for every single model in your incredible archive,” he said.
Next, Reeves got to get up close with a LaFerrari, plus a few single-seaters driven by Michael Schumacher, who Reeves is a big fan of. Topping it off was a more-than-appropriate ride in a 2015 California T.
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Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has some pretty swanky attachments to his name. Not only does he have extensive experience presenting a variety of television programs, including Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, and MasterChef Junior, but he also owns a number of top-shelf restaurants scattered throughout the world. Forbes estimates his wealth to be in the ballpark of $48 million, which means the man has the resources to pick up some of the best automobiles in existence. Now, he’s adding to his collection with a brand new Ferrari LeFerrari.
According to the UK-based publication Daily Mail, the Ferrari squared will be Ramsay’s 15th prancing horse since he became a celebrity chef, with other models including an F12 Berlinetta, F430, 458 Italia, and 550 Maranello. Ramsay made the purchase only a few days after two-time world champion F1-driver Lewis Hamilton bought one himself.
Engraved at the bottom of the squared steering wheel is the word “DONE!,” Ramsay’s catchphrase. The exterior is done in a silvery charcoal grey paint hue.
So then, when it comes to actually using one of the 499 LaFerraris produced, what did Ramsay have on the menu? Apparently, the celebrity used the mega-horsepower exotic to shuttle his kids around.
“My first trip was out on the M4 to watch Megs Netball fyi it didn’t take me long to get there...” Ramsay posted to his Instagram account, followed by “The Electric part even toasts your bread quickly...”
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On the cusp of signing a new three-year deal with the BBC, James May decided to celebrate by purchasing a brand new Ferrari 458 Speciale. It would be a joyous thing, a chance to revel in the thrill he found co-presenting the world’s most popular motoring program, enabled by that very series to spend a bit extra to get a car that was uniquely his. There was just one problem. Soon after singing all the papers, his compatriot allegedly punched a producer and he was soon out of a job.
That’s the story presented in a recent column May wrote for the UK-based publication The Sunday Times, entitled “I’ve ordered the last one – all I need is a job to pay for it.”
After the three-year deal was up, May says he and his two TG compatriots "would definitely chuck it in with dignity and hand the reins to a new generation, assuming we were still alive."
Now, however, his fate is unknown: “The three of us may be reunited on screen, we may go our separate ways, or we may disappear from the television altogether and each assume a place, alone, in the corner of a pub where any unsuspecting passing drinker who strays into an exclusion zone studiously avoided by the locals will be subjected to a predictable ‘I used to be on TV’ routine.”
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The dramatic world of motorsport has created some truly epic films in the past, including Le Mans, Senna, and Rush, to name just a few. Now, it appears as though there’s another one in the making. According to a report from the Italian publication Il Messaggero, Academy Award- winner Robert De Niro is gearing up to play the role of Enzo Ferrari in a new biopic about the race-driving entrepreneur, titled simply Ferrari.
“For me it is an honor and a joy to tell the life of an extraordinary man who revolutionized the automotive world and across historical periods,” De Niro said. “The film will go into production soon, mostly in Italy, and has absolute priority over all my other projects.”
De Niro, 71, is best known for his roles in Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and Goodfellas.
According to Il Messaggero, the new high-budget film will encompass a variety of major events in Enzo Ferrari’s life, spanning between 1945 to the 80s, including the death of his son Dino in 1956 and the prancing horse’s 15 Formula 1 world championship titles. The script was inspired by Enzo Ferrari’s autobiography, entitled Ferrari 80, which “Il Commendatore” self-published in 1980. Clint Eastwood is reportedly under consideration for directing duties. A release date is expected sometime next year.
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Since Mercedes-Benz is not making a hypercar at the moment, the carmaker’s Formula One drivers have to look elsewhere to quench their thirst for F1-derived performance in a road car. Nico Rosberg drove a C63 AMG until recently, but Lewis Hamilton is a bit more flamboyant in his choices of personal cars. After ordering a bespoke Zonda 760 Roadster from Pagani, Lewis bought himself a Ferrari LaFerrari as a present for winning the 2014 Formula One Championship.
Normally, which road car is driven by an F1 driver falls under "celebrity gossip," something that we don’t cover on TopSpeed, but this time it’s different. As most of you know, Ferrari is battling Mercedes-Benz in Formula One, and Lewis is still under contract with the three-pointed star. In other words, the Brit buying a car from its team’s arch-enemy is bound to raise some suspicion, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to pose a problem for his bosses. "Sure, Lewis has had contact with Ferrari," Toto Wolff, Executive Director at Mercedes-AMG Petronas, confirmed to Germany’s Sport Bild. "He has just bought a LaFerrari. We have no problem with that." he continued.
Hamilton is not the first F1 driver to buy a LaFerrari while under contract with one of Ferrari’s opponents on the track. In 2014, Sebastian Vettel awarded himself with a similar hypercar while driving for Red Bull, but his contract didn’t allow him to make it public. A year later, Seb jumped ship to Ferrari, so various media outlets began reporting that Hamilton might do the same.
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Spanish motorcycle racing champion Jorge Lorenzo recently paid a visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello to check out the marque’s lineup of cars and production processes, and to discuss racing on both two wheels and four.
The 27-year-old, two-time world champion has 54 championship race wins to his name, including 33 in MotoGP, 17 in the 250 class and 4 in the 125 class. Last December, Lorenzo got behind the wheel of the Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 as one of four pilots for the Gulf 12 Hours race. “I think it’s the best track I’ve ever been in Abu Dhabi,” he said with regards to Yas Marina in an interview with Ferrari.com. “It’s so modern, and it’s on another level compared to normal tracks. It has been hard because 12 hours is a lot, especially very hot on the inside of the car. But we finished the race, we won our category, especially we had fun. That is the most important.”
This is the second time Lorenzo has spent time at Ferrari, with his first visit consisting of some time in the F1 simulator and on the Fiorano Circuit test track.
Regarding his favorite Ferrari, Lorenzo doesn’t settle for second best: “Ferraris are always magnificent, with models like the F12berlinetta, which manage to combine in an amazing way, elegance and performance, but in my opinion, it’s the LaFerrari that is really something unique."
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The 2015 Ferrari FXX K was unveiled on December 2, 2014 and in a little over a week, it’s come close to breaking the Internet. In the few days since its debut, we’ve read and heard so many things about the track-spec LaFerrari and each of these instances came to the same conclusion: the FXX K is otherworldly. The latest news about the FXX K comes by way of The SuperCarKids, which is reporting that Google Vice President and notorious gearhead Benjamin Sloss has acquired one of the 32 available examples of the FXX K.
Technically, “acquired” isn’t the right word to use because in the traditional sense, as Sloss doesn’t get to take his FXX K home with him. What he did by shelling out a reported $2.7 million for the car was to buy the privilege of driving the hybrid supercar during specific track days that Ferrari announces at its discretion.
Nevertheless, all 32 models were already accounted for even before Ferrari unveiled the FXX K and Sloss is the first to confirm the purchase, having reportedly done so on his Instagram account. The said post, which featured his wife sitting comfortably behind the wheel of the FXX K, has since been taken down. But according to The SuperCarKids, Sloss indicated that “he bought one of the 32 units, so that he and his wife can race at the same time.”
Sloss’ history as a noted Ferrari owner certainly qualifies him to get the first crack at being one of the lucky owners of the FXX K. Even with the complicated ownership process attached to the car, that apparently didn’t stop Sloss from opening up his checkbook for the chance to "own" the FXX K.
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When you are one the premier drivers in Formula One like Felipe Massa, you can drive just about any car in the world you want. Despite having left his old F1 team of Ferrari for a seat at Williams, Massa was recently spotted in Monaco with the keys to another Prancing Horse, the LaFerrari.
Spanish site, Auiobuild.es recently grabbed some pictures of the Brazilian outside of a fancy hotel on the stunning Monaco coast as he was getting out of his shiny new Ferrari LaFerrari. It seems that despite his departure with the Scuderia, Maranello was still willing to let Massa take home the keys to the limited edition super-hybrid. More than that, Felipe’s particular LaFerrari comes with some very nice extra details. The black exterior paint is accentuated with gray on the lowest aerodynamic bodywork, and each piece is trimmed in a subtle red pinstripe around the edge. The red also can be seen on the mirror mounts, and there are red accents on the black leather interior as well.
It may seem weird to see a driver from a competing team behind the wheel of a Ferrari, but I like to think that on-track rivalry shouldn’t preclude someone from owning one of the best road cars available in the world right now.