Ferrari Should Hire the Person That Designed This 2019 Ferrari Aliante Barchetta
There are plenty of people with a set of tools and a backyard that consider themselves mechanics and, likewise, there are lots of people with mediocre photoshop skills that consider themselves car designers. Every now and then, however, you come across someone that actually has genuine, down-to-earth talent and, today, that person is Daniel Soriano – a Spanish professional car designer that just proved to the world that Ferrari needs someone else on their design team. The renderings that you see here were designed by him and pay homage to the supercars of days past. I’m not talking days past in the sense of last year. No; I’m talking about a time when cars had meaning, soul, and design qualities that cast a huge shadow over the performance credentials that lie beneath the skin. I’m talking about a time when you walked up to a car and was simply mesmerized by it, and just didn’t care what it was capable of. I present to you the 2019 Ferrari Aliante Barchette, designed by Daniel Soriano.
2018 Ferrari SP3JC
Following a long line of one-off creations, Ferrari has built another one-make masterpiece, called the SP3JC. Based on the Ferrari F12tdf, the SP3JC is effectively the F12 Spider we never had. It has no roof (obviously), and it wears a funky tri-color paint scheme that really doesn’t do justice to the exclusivity of this model. Scottish collector John Collins owns this model after commissioning Ferrari to build it more than three years ago. The wait was long, but the final product made it worth it.
New Details Emerge for the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider has been around since August but only now, at the Paris Motor Show, did it make its European public debut. On this occasion, Ferrari presented a more detailed rundown of the Pista Spider’s bag of secrets and what sets it apart from the older and slower 488 Spider.
1951 Ferrari 340 America Barchetta by Touring
The Ferrari 340 America was the first model in the America series conceived with export in mind, used as a means to increase Ferrari’s footprint in the United States. The 340 featured a brand-new Lampredi V-12 which made its way to Formula 1, with this particular car racing at Le Mans twice in the early ’50s.
The Ferrari America series was launched at the dawn of the ’50s to appeal to American customers who wanted less rugged interior premises, bigger engines, and more performance. The first car of this lineage was the 340 America, which debuted at the 1950 Paris Motor Show in full racing trim. Granted, most Ferraris back then were as much race cars as they were road cars, but a customer could personalize his car to be more friendly on the road with softer suspension, different gearbox ratios, or new engine settings.
As this is a Ferrari from the early days of the company, it was made in very few numbers, on order from importers or customers. Barely 23 cars were completed between 1950 and 1952, with three coachbuilders taking care of the body. Carrozzeria Touring built six Barchetta and two Berlinetta bodies, Vignale crafted five Spyder bodies, five Berlinetta bodies, and one larger Convertible, while Ghia built only four fixed-head Coupes.
The car seen here is chassis #0116/A, the third 340 America built, and one of the 6 Barchettas by Touring. It ran briefly in period, its highlights being a couple of entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Owner Pierre-Louis Dreyfus shared the car in 1951 with well-known Grand Prix driver Louis Chiron and, in 1952, Rene Dreyfus. While the car didn’t reach the finish line on either occasion, it went on to sell for $8,430,000 during the 2016 RM Sotheby’s auction in Monaco.
Read on to understand why the 340 America commands such high prices.
2018 Ferrari Monza SP2
Ferrari’s shock launch of two brand-new super cars, the Monza SP1 and SP2 put everyone under the pressure of a choice: to go or not go solo. The SP2 is the Barchetta that encourages you to be friendly and take someone with you for the passenger ride of a lifetime aboard the fastest non-hybrid Prancing Horse ever – with no windshield!
The Icona line of special, limited run cars is off to a scorching start with two new beauties dubbed the SP1 and the SP2 Monza. The name isn’t new; instead, just like the cars, it draws from Ferrari’s long and storied racing heritage. The Monza was one of Ferrari’s Barchetta-style sports racing cars from the ‘50s which had its successes on the track but faded into obscurity in the decades that followed. It’s nice to see Ferrari bringing back this nameplate, especially on such eye-wateringly beautiful cars.
It’s good to know that the Icona program is set to run for at least four years, so we’re certain we’ll see more amazing products coming their way considering Louis Camilleri assertion that Ferrari looks to debut up to 15 new cars in the following years. The scope is to increase the sales to $5,000,000,000 by 2022 which would be a 68% increase from the figure registered at the end of last year.
While we’re almost sure that some of those sales will come off of the launch of Ferrari’s much-rumored SUVs, we’ve got to live in the moment and enjoy the Monza SP1 and SP2 for what they are: Ferrari’s fastest non-hybrid cars. The fact that they follow the old norm of a front-mounted V-12 sending the power to the back wheels is just the cream atop an amazing pie.
2018 Ferrari Monza SP1
Ferrari shocks everyone again and launches two open-top sports cars for the road as part of a new program called Icona. They are the Monza SP1 and SP2; they look like bonkers re-imagined ‘50s racers, and will be made in very limited quantities – all of which have been already sold.
Just as I was lamenting the other day about the disappearance of coachbuilding, Ferrari decides to get up and unveil a whole new line of cars under the Icona moniker. We know about Ferrari’s Special Projects program that builds one-off models, sometimes starting from a clean piece of paper, for Maranello’s most-trusted and respected buyers. The cars that will come through the Icona program won’t be one-offs, but you still won’t see more than 200 made of each. That’s, apparently, how many new Monzas they will build and, despite a $1,400,000 price tag, all have been sold. Indeed, it’s a cheap price to ask considering a one-off Ferrari – for which all slots have been reserved all the way until 2021 – starts at about $3,000,000.
With the occasion of Ferrari’s Capital Markets Day, the Italian automaker debuted the Icona program on the premises of its new Centro Stile facility in Maranello. The program, which is slated to run until 2022 for the very least, will see more cars built using the same recipe: design philosophy that harkens back to the old days in combination with the latest Ferrari underpinnings.
Ferrari Drops a Pair of Bombshell Speedsters at Maranello Unveiling
Reports of Ferrari’s plan to unleash a number of special edition Ferraris came through in a big way with the recent unveilings of the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 Speedsters. The launch of the two Ferrari 812-based speedsters took place at a price event dedicated to Ferrari customers. The two cars haven’t been made public, but reports from those who attended the event have taken to social media to show the parts of the two special edition Ferraris.
2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider joined the 488 lineup at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as a replacement for the 458 Speciale Aperta. The Ferrari 488 Pista replaced the iconic 458 Speciale, and it’s the first of its kind to hide a turbocharged engine under the hood.
Just when we thought that Ferrari settled for the Aperta name for its convertible sports car, Maranello returned to using the old Spider badge. But this is arguably a small issue here, as the Pista Aperta is just as exciting as its coupe sibling, but with extra headroom when the top is removed. The 50th drop-top model built by Ferrari since 1947, the Pista Spider made its global debut in the United States, where convertible sports cars are more popular than everywhere else in the world. Let’s have a closer look at the latest member of the 488 family in the review below..
Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider.
Ferrari Celebrates its 50th Drop-Top Model With The 488 Pista Spider
Ferrari has unveiled its 50th drop-top model in the company’s history, called the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider. Essentially a convertible version of the 488 Pista, the Pista Spider packs all the potency of its coupé counterpart and wraps it up in a mesmerizing road-legal drop-top supercar. Ferrari hasn’t said how much the 488 Pista Spider will cost but expect it to be more expensive than the $350,000 488 Pista.
A New Roof Design Patent Could Pave The Way For Ferrari To Bring Back The Targa
A lot of automakers have been spending a lot of time in patent offices these days. The latest to do so is Ferrari, which has reportedly filed a patent for a new targa top design with the European Patent Office. Pictures of the patent images reveal what you might expect from a Ferrari that’s sporting a targa-style roof. According to Ferrari, the setup involves a coupe body with a rigid roof that’s supported at the front up the upright of the windshield and at the back by a full-width roll bar. The roof, as expected, is completely removable.
Prepare To Sell Your Kidneys If You Want Options On Your Ferrari Portofino
The Ferrari Portofino is the newest Ferrari to come with a folding hardtop, taking the reins from the California T to fill that specific role in automaker’s lineup. The sports car itself is expected to fetch a price tag of a little over $300,000. That’s not surprising at all. Ferrari has even started taking orders for the Portofino, as one member of the Ferrari Chat forum announced. As it turns out, that announcement also came with a bit of a surprising revelation: the options list that Ferrari is including comes with some notable features, none more surprising than Ferrari’s asking price for some of them.
London Police Seize a Ferrari 458 Aperta Over Lack of Insurance
There’s nothing fun about seeing a supercar getting loaded onto a tow truck. It’s even less fun when the said supercar is yours. A man in the U.K. found that out the hard way when his Ferrari 458 Special Aperta was seized and towed away in London because the car wasn’t insured. The incident predictably caused a commotion as stunned onlookers captured video of the limited edition Ferrari getting whisked away to God-knows-where.