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James Glickenhaus' One-Off Ferrari Modulo Catches Fire, Damage Could Have Been a Lot Worse

James Glickenhaus’ One-Off Ferrari Modulo Catches Fire, Damage Could Have Been a Lot Worse

It’s horrible and a relief at the same time

James Glickenhaus’ one-off Ferrari Modulo sustained some damage recently after a certain section of the car caught fire while it was being driven around in Monaco last week. Fortunately, the fire didn’t engulf the entire car after Glickenhaus triggered the onboard fire suppression system shortly after flames started to appear from the car’s muffler. The system was able to extinguish the fire quickly, but not after the car’s rear end, including parts of the decklid, suffered a fair amount of damage. It’s hard to imagine a world without the one-off Ferrari Modulo concept so it’s a good thing that the damage caused by the fire isn’t bad enough that it can’t be replaced. Sucks for the company that supplied the muffler, though. Glickenhaus ended all association with the company after the incident, and, frankly speaking, we can’t blame him.

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Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

There are some great results, and some "close your eyes!" results

One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.

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SCG Makes History: The Ferrari 512 Modulo Finally Runs

SCG Makes History: The Ferrari 512 Modulo Finally Runs

The fully restored Prancing Horse is captured on the move!

One of Ferrari’s weirdest one-off concepts just re-emerged in the wild, and now it’s headed to Monterey Car Week as a crazy ‘70s throwback.

Continue reading for the full story.

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Ferrari Scuderia Wants Your Input On The Design F1 Car Of The Future

Ferrari Scuderia Wants Your Input On The Design F1 Car Of The Future

Formula One is sport that is as much about the drama and excitement as it is about the speeds and lap times. It is the highest echelon of motorsports, where only the greatest drivers compete in what are some of the fastest cars on the planet. It’s an emotional series that combines both glory and disaster with velocity and noise.

Or at least it used to be.

Over the last few years, new regulations regarding fuel efficiency and safety have removed a lot of the excitement and appeal of F1. The speeds have been reduced to save fuel, the noise of the new V-6 engines is disappointing to say the least, and the newest cars have lost all their visual aggression and sex appeal.

For Ferrari, this last transgression is the worst of all, and they are looking to change it with this new concept racer. The new car is a dramatic restyle of current F1 design Formula, and Ferrari feels that it can be created without completely upending the current rules system. Best yet, Ferrari is looking for input from you. Just hit this Ferrari F1 Concept link, and scroll to the bottom.

Continue Reading to learn more about the new Ferrari F1 Concept car

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Jim Glickenhaus Buys the Ferrari Modulo Concept by Pininfarina

Jim Glickenhaus Buys the Ferrari Modulo Concept by Pininfarina

I’m not old enough to really remember the Ferrari Modulo, but I do know some uncles of mine who attest to having knock-off posters of the concept stapled to their walls. The car was a revolutionary wonder back in its day, a space ship-looking oddity that Pininfarina actually designed and developed, and was based on the Ferrari 512S.

These days, the Modulo Concept can be found locked and hidden deep inside Pininfarina’s vault. Or at least it was until Jim Glickenhaus somehow convinced the Italian design house to sell it to him.

Road & Track is reporting as such and there’s no reason to raise an eyebrow on this report. Glickenhaus himself reached out to Road & Track to announce his latest automotive purchase. As if the man doesn’t have enough unique Ferraris to call his own; he’s adding another one to this stable that might win out as the strangest of them all.

Apparently, Glickenhaus isn’t just buying the Modulo; he also plans to rebuild it and unleash it to the world. R&T is reporting that the entire build process will take place in Europe before the car makes the voyage back to New York where it will be registered and, well, you know what’s going to happen after that.

Glickenhaus didn’t give an exact timetable on how long the restoration is going to take, but he did say that the Modulo could be prepared and finished in time for the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 22, 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 512S Modulo Concept By Pininfarina.

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Video: Ferrari California Prototype Caught with Whistling Turbos

Video: Ferrari California Prototype Caught with Whistling Turbos

Since last year, rumors have been floating around that Ferrari is going to unveil a new-generation California soon. Quite a strange move from the Italian company, considering the model was unveiled just five years ago. However, with the California being the most successful model in its lineup, we can’t blame Ferrari for wanting to keep it fresh and updated.

Rumors suggested that the second-generation California will use a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and the latest prototype caught testing by Marchettino at the Fiorano racetrack in the above video adds some substance to these rumors. Listen closely from low engine speeds and you can hear the faint whistling from the engine.

It is believed that the engine will be the same used in the new-generation Maserati Quattroporte - not a big surprise, considering it has been developed in cooperation with Ferrari. This new engine will deliver a little bit more power over the current generation, so we will likely see a 500-horsepower California when the second-gen model rolls out.

The new generation Ferrari California is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year.

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Ferrari Releases a new Composite Chassis for Upcoming Hybrid Model in Paris

Ferrari Releases a new Composite Chassis for Upcoming Hybrid Model in Paris

So Ferrari really doesn’t have any new models to display in Paris, per se, but it still dropped a huge bomb on us all. We are already anticipating the new hybrid Ferrari in the coming years, but we’re not too certain exactly when to expect it nor are we too sure what it’ll look like.

We do, however, now know that this new hybrid will boast one of the most advanced chassis ever to grace the public roadways. Ferrari gathered up all of its data over the decades of racing it has done and managed to piece together a composite chassis that this upcoming hybrid will boast.

There are four different types of carbon fiber that make up this chassis and each layer is carefully hand laminated, then cured in autoclaves. The process starts simply with T800 carbon. Ferrari then carefully applies T800UD – carbon-fiber tape – over specific areas of the T800 to add a little strength. Engineers then manufacture the underbody and cross member from high-tensile carbon fibers (M46J). From there, the doors and other critical areas are formed from T1000 carbon-fiber – the same carbon fiber that graces the nose of F1 cars. Finally, the undertray is done up in carbon-fiber, but with one significant difference: a nice layer of Kevlar to prevent damage from projectiles.

In all, this advanced chassis development will save about 20 percent off of the Ferrari Enzo, the car this new hybrid is slated to succeed, even though the hybrid system adds significant weight. Last, this ultra-modern chassis will boast 27 percent more torsional rigidity and its beam stiffness will increase by 22 percent. This not only makes the car stronger, but it will also increase its handling capabilities.

It’s not too often that we can say a chassis makes us excited, but one this advanced certainly does. Plus, the video that Ferrari released regarding it is simply bad-ass.

Click past the jump to read Ferrari’s press release.

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2014 Ferrari LMP1 Race Car

2014 Ferrari LMP1 Race Car

The racing team behind James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione has an eye on building an actual alternative fuel Ferrari LMP1 race car. How serious are these guys?

Apparently, serious enough to actually release a number of teaser images on what the race car is going to look like. With the success the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione had at the Nurburgring earlier this year - it broke the 599XX Evo’s lap time around the ’Ring, making it the fastest Ferrari to blaze around the track - and the fiery burning session it had later on, the team still managed to take 1st place in the Alternative Energy Class in the 2012 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

With the taste of success still fresh, the team is looking at the possibility of building a new alternative fuel LMP1 race car, only this time, it’s got its eyes set on the series’ top dog, the Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro.

“We’re considering various possibilities for 2013 and 2014," the team said in a statement. "The LMP1 rules for 2014 are very suited to an Alternate Energy Car and we’re exploring the possibility of building and racing P 4/5 LMP in 2014.”

While no official details surrounding the car have been released, these teaser photos appear to be more than just a pipe dream for these guys. The cost will most likely be more than just an arm and a leg, but success comes with a true price - literally and figuratively - and the team behind the P4/5 Competizione appears to be willing to pay it.

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Ferrari Releases the F70's Rough Debut Details Along With a Rendering

Ferrari Releases the F70’s Rough Debut Details Along With a Rendering

We received an email today from some random Ferrari dealer saying that we had been chosen as a potential buyer for the upcoming F70. Attached to this email was an image. We had never seen it before so we all got excited that maybe Ferrari mistakenly emailed out the official images ahead of time… Until Google kicked us down 13 notches by showing us that it was a little-known rendition by Constantin-Gabriel Radu.

After kicking the ground a few times like a 10-year old scolded by his mommy, we then realized that said email did contain a few bits of information that we need to pass on. First and foremost, we have been anticipating a 2013 release of the F70, but apparently, it is much closer to being done than the test mules running around town are showing us, as the email says that the F70 will be released “in a few weeks.”

The second bit of information is even more impressive, as the email lets us know that the F70 will exceed the 1,000-horsepower mark with its 900-plus-horsepower V-12 and a 120-horsepower KERS system. We had been under the impression that the F70 would have at least 20 fewer ponies.

The third and final bit of info is the fact that the Ferrari F70 will sit atop the supercar world as the fastest serial-numbered street car in the world. That means it will trump the mighty Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s 258 mph record.

Though the leaked images would beat this information by a long shot, this is still extremely cool to hear. Stay tuned for more information.

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A Father Trying to Keep a Promise to his Dying Son by Organizing An Awesome Car Show

A Father Trying to Keep a Promise to his Dying Son by Organizing An Awesome Car Show

There is nothing that a parent fears in his or her life more than the possibility of their child facing death. A Subaru enthusiast in England is facing just that, as his 11-year-old son, who has beaten cancer twice, now has an inoperable tumor in his brain that leaves him with just four weeks to live.

Just before the son was diagnosed, Scott, the son’s father, had promised him that they would organize a big car meet at some time. Now that there may be only four weeks left in this child’s life, Scott has decided to post an open invitation on Scooby Net (a Subaru enthusiast board) to anyone with a custom or cool car to gather at a nearby parking lot on September 8th at 1 p.m. for a show.

So far this viral attempt has taken off, as there are 270 cars registered for the event, and several of our colleagues, including Jalopnik, Piston Heads, and M5 Boards are all spreading the word. Even Chris Harris is getting in on it. He cannot personally make it, but he is finding a way to get his Ferrari 599 to the show. There has also been a PayPal account setup that will accept donations, which will go directly to the Children’’s Cancer Fund. The address for the Paypal account is scottharrison10@sky.com.

The Show is set to be hosted at Fred Lawton Ltd, Meltham Mills Industrial Estate, Meltham Huddersfield, HD9 4AY, but it might have to be moved elsewhere because of the growing number of cars registering. We will keep you updated on the exact location if it does move.

So if any of our readers across the pond have a nice ride, feel free to pop into the thread on Scooby Net and register your car. They are accepting all sorts of high-performance and custom cars. Let’s all chip in and give this young man a memorable show!

Also, for anyone looking to participate in this event, Scott asks that you DO NOT mention the terminal illness to his son. They are not telling him until the time is closer, as they want him to enjoy the final month of his life.

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Ferrari Anticipating Back-to-Back Record Profit Years

Ferrari Anticipating Back-to-Back Record Profit Years

In 2011, Ferrari broke its own profit record by selling 7,195 cars and raking in a cool €321 million. That was all well and good, but one year wasn’t enough. The low-sales-high-profit automaker was already up 7 percent in total unit sales and 13 percent in profit at the halfway point of the year and the trend hasn’t slowed.

The increases put Ferrari on pace to sell 7,328 units and pull in €304 million in profit, so it has a little work to do in the profit side of the ledger, as 2011 had a strong finish. With the F12 Berlinetta debuting in Europe in September, hitting the second-half growth needed to break its record shouldn’t be a problem.

Ferrari chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, is set on the fact that the company will break its own record profits again, making it back-to-back years of setting records. This is all coming while the rest of the automakers, particularly those in Europe, are struggling to sell cars and lower losses. This shows that Ferrari obviously knows how to keep its operating costs low and still maintain quality control and customer retention.

Regardless of it breaking the record, seeing a low-volume auto manufacturer making that type of profit is impressive. To boot, Ferrari is just about in line with the pricing of its competitors, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, so it’s not a matter of Ferrari just jacking up prices in hopes of profit. Simply good business by itself and parent company, Fiat S.p.A., is all we can attribute this success to.

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Official Patented Drawings Of Eric Clapton's Ferrari SP12 Leaked

Official Patented Drawings Of Eric Clapton’s Ferrari SP12 Leaked

We’re positive that we have all seen Eric Clapton’s one-off Ferrari 458 Italia by now, but up until this point we’ve only seen blurry images and a less-than-exciting video shot by YouTube personality ‘Shmee150’. However, now we can show you the official patented drawings for the car which were constructed well in advance of the car actually being made.

The original pictures published make the incredible supercar look relatively odd. It’s likely fitted with a lifting system and we wouldn’t be surprised if that was activated throughout the event it debuted in. Furthermore, it’s quite hard to actually pick the lines of the 458 Italia of which it’s based off, but these high quality drawings do give us a clear indication of the styling direction Clapton chose for the car.

The car has a much wider stance than the regular 458 Italia, and this makes it look quite reminiscent of the legendary Ferrari Enzo, and of course, the Enzo headlights help finish off the aggressive look. The most interesting part of this particular car, however, is its under tray.

We’ve yet to see any real pictures showcasing just how the regular car looks from underneath, but Clapton’s SP12 has a very smooth under tray to improve airflow with its aggressive rear diffuser helping to add even more downforce to the driven wheels.

Initial reports suggested that the SP12 would feature the V12 from the now-extinct 599 GTB, but it was later confirmed to have retained the standard 4.5-liter V8 producing a little over the standard 570HP.

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2011 Ferrari Eternita

2011 Ferrari Eternita

The Ferrari World Design Contest is one of the most impressive design contests all over the world. This year’s contest was held in order to design the Enzo of the future and brought together 50 schools and universities (totaling to 400 participants) around the world with many outstanding designs from talented artists. Surrounded by the utmost in competition, the Ferrari Eternita - a concept car designed by Hongik University in Seoul - took home the gold. The second and third places went to design studies from IED of Turin and the Royal College of Art in London.

The Eternita impressed in terms of design, technology, and materials used. The designer developed a 1:4 scale model and paid lots of attention to reducing consumption with alternative propulsion systems. The Eternita’s power, in theory, will come from a hydrogen-hybrid drivetrain system with absolutely zero emissions. It sits mere millimeters off the ground and is designed so that the wheels mold into the body to reduce drag.

The model presented at the event had to measure between 420 and 470 cm and have a width of no more than 200 cm. The specifications were important to adhere to because the winning design would be the inspiration behind Ferrari’s next hypercar. Ferrari isn’t all talk and no walk either. Ferrari Millechili won the contest back in 2005 and his vehicle was used as a design inspiration for many of Ferrari’s models. This year’s winners - Kim Cheon Ju, Ahn Dre, and Lee Sahngseok from Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea - are off to their three-month internship at Ferrari where they will shaprne their skills in the automotive industry.

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2012 Pininfarina Coupe Concept

2012 Pininfarina Coupe Concept

While Pininfarina is busy designing models for Ferrari, concept designer Peter Norris is taking a break from his job in the video games and entertainment industry to design a future luxury sports car concept that is "clean, unfussy, elegant and fast." These attributes led him to the Pininfarina Coupe Concept, a front engined model combined with a rear wheel drive system.

Norris’ design inspiration for the Pininfarina Coupe Concept came from the love of his very own Fiat Coupe 16v Turbo with some Ferrari lines thrown in to polish it over. The Pininfarina Coupe’s look is characterized by the ultra low roofline and the accentuated front and rear fenders. The sleek profile is exaggerated further with large wheels that visually shorten the height of the sports car. At the back of the Pininfarina are a set of C-shaped LED taillights.

When talking about his concept, Peter Norris said: "much of my work is focused strongly on science fiction and the distant future, but with this project I wanted to create an elegant and unfussy design with classic lines that could be on the road today."

“The Pininfarina styling inside as much as outside just oozes with Italian flair and really was, and still is different to anything else on the road. Some people have referred to it as a “baby Ferrari”.

Somehow we don’t see a luxury sports car like this toting around the 190 HP 2.0L 16V Turbo engine as seen on the Fiat Coupe, but since the Pininfarina Coupe Concept was also inspired by Ferrari, we’d love to see something along the lines of the 458 Italia’s 570 HP 4,499 cc V8 engine. Not a likely scenario, but we can dream.

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