2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
Here at TopSpeed, we’ve got a closely guarded secret, but we’ve finally decided to spill the beans. See, for the last 10 years, we’ve been on Santa’s advisory board and are tasked with helping him plan his annual trip around the world. Usually, we advise him of what new vehicles are best for transporting presents and help him plan out his trip. However, this year, he asked us to kick it up a notch and help him design an all-new sleigh that will not only give Rudolph and the rest of the gang a much-needed rest but will also get him around the world in style and luxury. It took us four months just to decided which model to start out with, but in the end, we developed the GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0.
Santa is more than happy with the sleigh we’ve come up with, and it’s already been through extensive testing in preparation for the big day. Based on the 2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso, you know the big man is traveling in luxuriousness, and he can obviously get there quickly too. But, there’s a lot more than what meets the eye. See; this isn’t your everyday GTC4Lusso – this baby is loaded to the gills with the type of magic that only Santa can make possible. So, this thing carries a considerable amount of power over the standard 6.3-liter V-12 and, despite appearing small, has enough cargo room to haul enough presents to hit half of the world in one trip.
But, before I get too far ahead of myself, Santa’s already hard at work navigating his way to the homes of kids all over the world. So, let’s dive on in a take a look at the GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0.
Santa’s Exotic and Luxurious Sleighs
Nobody really knows how often Santa upgrades his sleigh, but what if he wanted to shop for a new model altogether? Well, over the past five or six years, publications like Car Magazine have challenged automakers to design a new sleigh for Santa. Automakers like Bentley, Land Rover, and even Vauxhall have designed new sleighs for Santa in the past, so needless to say, Santa has had a lot to choose from.
I don’t recall seeing any designs last year, and have only seen one this year. But, when you consider the long list of available sleighs at his disposal, there are still at least a few on standby, just waiting to be plucked from some secret, magical garage that is undoubtedly located somewhere at the North Pole.
Since we haven’t seen too many fresh designs for the 2015, I decided to revisit a few of the sleighs created in the years past. Most of the sleighs are exotic, or out of this world – and one even looks like a fighter jet – but why wouldn’t Santa take advantage of all the latest technology? You may have seen one or two of the designs in the past, but it’s always fun to revisit things like this during the holidays. Which of the following sleighs do you think Santa is going to use this year?
Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations
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.
Valet Gives Ferrari Keys to the Wrong Person but Does That Diminish the Car’s Value?
Just when you thought your Ferrari 458 Italia Spider would be safe in the hands of a valet, guess again. An owner of the luxury Ferrari found that out the hard way when a valet at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club gave the keys to his prized supercar to another person last summer. Now, the real owner of the car, 73-year-old James “Skip” Fowler, is suing the resort and its parking operator, 717 Parking Enterprises. Given the tale of this unusual caper, we don’t blame Fowler for the lawsuit.
Two Ferrari 488 GTBs Collide to Miss Dog in the Street
Supercar crashes are nothing new so those that make the news are usually the ones that have a rich story to tell. Consider then the absurdity of this crash that damaged two Ferrari 488 GTBs in Lijiang, China. According to reports from the Chinese media, the two Ferraris figured into the crash when one of the drivers abruptly hit his brakes to avoid a dog crossing the road.
Things took a turn for the worse when the driver of the second 488 slammed into the rear of the first Ferrari before crashing into a guardrail. Both cars were heavily damaged as a result of the crash, although fortunately, neither the two drivers nor the dog that crossed the road were just from the whole ordeal.
Local authorities immediately arrived on the scene and discovered that both drivers had their license plates covered, which raised suspicions that both drivers either covered them up to keep them from being identified or that they were actually racing when the crash occurred. The severity of the damage does indicate that the second Ferrari wasn’t meekly following the first when it crashed, but was actually traveling at a high speed when it slammed into the back of the first Ferrari.
In any event, both drivers have a lot of explaining to do when they send the heavily damaged 488s for repair. Judging by how both look in the aftermath of the crash, both cars are going to need significant repairs, which translates to a lot of money out of the pockets of the two drivers.
It wasn’t that long ago that I brought you news about Honda purchasing a Porsche 911 GT3 and the funny message Porsche left in its engine bay after a recall was performed. Now more news is surfacing via Autocar that says Acura also bought a Ferrari 458 Italia. You might think that the car’s successor, the 488 GTB, would be a better candidate for benchmarking purposes, but the 458 stayed at the top of the charts for a long time.
So, Acura must have felt it could learn something from the now discontinued supercar, but what Acura did after it was done with the 458 isn’t going to sit well with Ferrari. Apparently, a company inside has told Autocar that once Acura engineers were done, they cut the car into pieces and tossed it into the dumpsters at Acura’s research and development lab in Japan. Really?
So, a car as great as the 458 Italia, was cut up and thrown out for Otto the garbage man. Seems pretty wild, doesn’t it? The question is whether Acura just didn’t want to deal with auctioning the car off or whether the engineers thought the car was crap and gave it a suitable death. Either way, once Ferrari gets word of this, people in the upper offices are going to lose their minds – we all know how sensitive and arrogant Ferrari is about its cars.
Keep reading for the rest of the story.
Having grown up in a family that went from the clenches of poverty to upper middle class, thanks to the hard work of my dad, I have learned to appreciate everything I have. With these values firmly installed in my cranium, It’s little punks like this son of a Swiss millionaire, who torched his Ferrari just to get a new one, that make me want to gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon.
After learning that he couldn’t straight-up trade his 458 Italia in on a car that better suited him, the dealership that he was attempting to do the deal with allegedly suggested filing a fraudulent insurance claim. Instead of brushing off the idea like a normal human being would and just dealing with the misery of driving a three-year-old Ferrari, this entitled teen hired two friends for 15,000 Francs (about $15,000) each to set the prancing horse ablaze while he frequented a local massage parlor.
Fortunately, the kid didn’t get away with his dirty deed thanks to nearby security cameras, and the cops tossed him into jail shortly after. As with just about any rich kid, he didn’t spend too long in jail, as apparently daddy dearest bailed him out to the tune of 215,000 Francs ($217,500). He will, however, have to do 22 months of probation and pay a fine of 32,000 Francs ($32,000).
Now for the salt in the wound of this story. This kid gets anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 Francs ($5,000 to $10,000) from his father every month, has 27 million Francs in real estate that his father gave him, and has 15 cars – one of which is a Lambo – all purchased by his dad. If this isn’t a PSA for how to not spoil your kids, then I don’t know what is.
Continue reading for the full story.
Ever wondered what Ferrari would look like if it became, to quote former CEO Luca di Montezemolo, “American?" Well, Jalopnik writer and artist Jason Torchinsky did just that, creating a series of hilarious Ferrari-based renderings that show a number of models receiving America’s unabashed imprint.
The F12 Brougham and the FF Sportwagen could actually pass of as legitimate Ferraris if you’re looking at them while in an inebriated state, but that’s the extent of it. The rest of the renderings take a turn for the insanely hilarious. There’s the 458 Montana SUV that looks like a moustachioed 458 on PEDs; the 458 Eagle with “vertical stabilizing fins” and a Pontiac Firebird-inspired eagle hood graphic; the 458 Rebele with welded doors and General Lee-inspired livery; and the three-wheeled Florida T with an exposed supercharger and a meth-dispenser system.
But the coup de grâce is the limited edition LaFerrari Van that might actually make for a pretty decent family car if not for the fact that it isn’t real.
Well done, Jason. Well done. Somewhere Ferrari executives are typing up a cease and desist letter.
Click past the jump to see how Ferrari’s lineup will look like if it really was becoming "American."
Image Credit: Jason Torchinsky
Images used with the express permission of Jalopnik.
If you want to know it means to be a true car enthusiast, you need to hear this story about Doug Demuro. Doug used to work for Porsche PR, but now he is a writer like all of us here at TopSpeed. Well, just like us except he also owns a Ferrari. This is where the story gets interesting.
You see, Doug hates people that own these amazing cars that only hoard them. You know the guys – if you look at their car wrong, they make sure you understand that it is their car and you are to come nowhere near it.
The problem with that is it’s cars like this that bring people into our automotive world. Kids don’t excited about seeing a Camry, but when they see a Ferrari, they suddenly know why cars are cool. Doug decided that the best way to share his automotive fortune would be to, well, share it. He found 20 different friends and let each one drive his shiny red Ferrari 360 Modena.
Best of all, he had the foresight to film the whole adventure. The car comes away 100 percent unhurt, so if you wanted to see scraped paint, look elsewhere. What actually happened is 20 people experienced a life-changing drive in a Ferrari, and it is beautiful.
My hat is off to you, Doug. Oh, and the next time you want to try this, just give me a call.
Click past the jump for more info on the Ferrari 360 Modena
A while ago, Ferrari celebrated reaching the milestone of having 8 million Facebook fans with a very cool video showing the 458 Italia doing burnouts. But now that 2 million more fans have been added to the mix, bringing the total to 10 million fans, Ferrari has prepared something a little bit more special.
This time, Ferrari produced a funny animation video featuring Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo, Formula One drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, and the automaker’s 10 million “fans.” Well, not exactly, but we do not want to ruin the surprise so we will let you watch the video to see what we are talking about!
Now we are pretty curious to see what Ferrari will prepare when it hits 15 million Facebook fans. Maybe a contest with a sweet prize, like, maybe a 458 Italia or something like that…
We are dreaming we know, but we can hope!
For a company that prides itself on having cars with insane amounts of horsepower, not to mention having a horse on their world famous logo, we couldn’t help but smell at the irony after watching this video.
The scene is Shanghai, China and what looks like just another regular day turned bizarre after a Ferrari 458 Italia was kicked in the side bumper by...wait for it...a horse.
Apparently, the 458 Italia and the Lamborghini Aventador behind it were taking a lovely cruise on a street near the Shanghai World Expo Center when it came across a local horse riding club. One of the horses that was near the 458 Italia inexplicably walked towards it, turned its back, and delivered a walloping kick to the Italian super car. Reason being? Nobody knows.
Fortunately, the damage was limited to some dents and scratches, which should keep the repair tab from skyrocketing through the roof. At the very least, the unfortunate owner of the 458 Italia will have a pretty interesting story to tell about his super car’s brush with an actual horse.
"How’d you get that ding on the 458 Italia?"
"It was kicked by a horse."
True story, indeed.
From the people that once gave us the world’s slowest Porsche 911 GT3 RS comes another masterpiece of a creation.
We appreciate a funny parody when we see one; this particular creation, called the Fahrradi Farfalla FFX certainly ranks among the funniest we’ve seen in a while. From afar, the vehicle looks every bit like a Ferrari FXX supercar, but once you take a closer look, you discover that the only thing "super" about it is its design.
What lies underneath the specially constructed aluminum frame is, for lack of a better term, a bicycle that runs on the leg strength of the one riding it. For good hilarious measure, folks behind this piece of work decided to turn the skit to a whole new level by producing a video that mocks Michael Schumacher’s SLS "tunnel" commercial, complete with a ridiculous visual effect of the Farfalla FFX driving on the walls and ceiling of the tunnel.
Check out the video (after the jump) and a few photos of a true one-of-a-kind vehicle...err...bicycle. Let the hilarity ensue!
For those of us fortunate enough to live in the U.S. or U.K., we are all aware that there is no such thing as a debtor’s prison, regardless of what some overzealous collections agent trying to hit their monthly bonus number might say. Well, in Dubai things are a tad different, as people who cannot pay their debts get thrown into the slammer.
This results in expats that fall into debt problems in Dubai fleeing the country and leaving their indebted property to bake in the not-so-pleasant desert sun. That is exactly what happened in the case of this $1.6 million Ferrari Enzo. The British expatriate purchased this machine and, according to reports, ran into issues with traffic citations that he couldn’t afford, so he fled the country, leaving the Enzo to bake for about 20 months in a parking lot.
Dubai authorities finally found the vehicle and impounded it faster than it can hit 60 mph. Now this million dollar supercar is heading off to the Dubai police auction, along with 23 other luxury cars, and will like fetch a nice sum of money for the Dubai authorities. The other 23 cars have fines attached to them ranging from Dh98,300 to Dh100,000 ($26,766 to 27,229), meaning the highest total the fines can be is $626,267. It is more than likely that the Enzo alone will sell for enough scratch to cover that amount. Sounds like a sweet business move, huh?
How can they do this? Well, in Dubai, the police have the right to seize and auction any car that is abandoned for six months. Chances are, they focus mostly on luxury cars, leaving rotting and sunburned econo-boxes to continue to take on more sand and sunlight. But, who are we to judge?
So, if you would like to snag up a sunburned and sandblasted 1-of-399 Enzo, just head on over to Dubai and get a 30 day visitor’s visa (free for U.K. and U.S. passport holders), pay the Dh110 ($29.95) fee to get into the auction, and bid away.
UPDATE 04/30/2012: Sorry, folks, but this dusty Ferrari Enzo is NOT for sale. Dubai police have spoken to Emirates 24/7 and have stated that the cars "have been seized as part of evidence from various crimes such as robbery, and are not for sale."
Rear-end collisions involving supercars are no new thing. A large percentage of their owners have no real regard for the speed limit and tend to launch these super-expensive machines into the rear end of slower-moving vehicles. Because of how common these wrecks are, we typically pass them off as not newsworthy.
Of course, when an accident looks more like it happened during the red carpet affair at the Emmy Awards ceremonies, our ears tends to perk up a little. This time around, a $200K Ferrari California “lightly tapped” the rear end of what appears to be a Lincoln stretched limo. By “lightly tapped,” we ultimately mean slammed into the rear end at a fairly high rate of speed.
This California driver hit the rear end of the limo so hard that it pushed this massive luxury transporter forward hard enough to smash it into the rear of yet another Lincoln stretched limo. We managed to scrounge up a video of the accident’s aftermath, but unfortunately, we were not able to find footage of the actual accident, which was likely an extravagant display of speed and complete disregard for public safety.
By looking at the accident’s results, it doesn’t look like anyone was hurt. The Ferrari owner’s wallet, on the other hand, is likely hurting pretty badly, as is his ego. You really have to wonder how fast this guy was driving to push a car nearly three to four times its weight forward into another car, while at a stop.
Sit back, enjoy the above video, and have a nice chuckle. Let this be a warning though, just because you drive a supercar, you are not automatically a super driver.
There are a lot of new car scams in the world and most of them are initiated by the new car dealer, not the buyer. A group of buyers flipped the script on several Los Angeles dealerships, by using fake identities to purchase 20 cars and were shipping them to Hong Kong and Vietnam to sell them for two to three times their U.S. value.
It was a laundry list of luxury vehicles, such as a $280,000 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia, an Audi Quattro, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, along with several Mercedes, Lexus, Infiniti, and BMW SUVs among others. For some reason, the thieves even threw in a Toyota Tundra.
The one that got these fraudsters busted was the Ferrari 458 Italia, as Ferrari fitted the supercar with a GPS system as standard, which Ferrari used to track the car once they found out they were defrauded. This led U.S. Customs and the California highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation and find the cars on a ship that had already pulled away from the port.
Needless to say, that ship was forced to come back and all but four of the cars were recovered. The four non-recovered cars are due to be shipped back by Vietnamese Customs.
According to the report, had the fraudsters not gone after the Ferrari, chances are they would have gotten away with this scam and made a ton of money in the process. The total amount of the vehicles seized by U.S. customs is estimated at $1.5 million, which would have pulled in around $3 million in Hong Kong and Vietnam.
We are still trying to figure out what in the world a Toyota Tundra was doing in the mix with all of these high-end luxury cars. We also wonder which thief drew the short straw and was stuck going to the Toyota dealership to pick this thing up?
By now all of the kiddos have ripped through all of the Christmas wrapping to unveil the toys that Saint Nick was kind enough to swing by in the middle of the night to all of the good boys and girls. And now we can see what may have been the vehicle used to lug around all of those presents in a speedy fashions.
This Ferrari 360 Modena limousine is just about the craziest and best limo we’ve ever seen. It was spotted a few days before Christmas by shoppers in upmarket Knightsbridge, London where it took up two parking spaces. It was created by cutting a regular 360 Modena in half and adding seats in the middle to provide interior room for eight people, or a bunch of presents.
Estimated at £250,000 ($390,000 at the current exchange rates), this is the fastest limousine in the world - it can hit a top speed of 166 mph. Of course, there’s only one in existence and we’re guessing the big jolly guy has dibs.
"’Every boy wants to get into a Ferrari, this was a way for people to be able to do that with seven mates. It’s the biggest and craziest vehicle you can get. We made it because we wanted to create the ultimate Ferrari experience," said Dan Cawley - the designer of the limo.
Hit the jump for a short video of the limousine.
You could say that the driver of the Ferrari 458 Italia was a little too eager in making his rival Dodge Viper eat his dust. You could even say that his heart was a racing a little and the adrenaline got the better of him. But to start a drag race like this with so many people watching? A little embarrassing, if you ask us.
Watch the video and you’ll see the Italian supercar and the American sports car in a nice and friendly quarter-mile race. Everything looks ready to roll except that when the light turned green, the 458 Italia went backwards. As in reverse. As in ’oops’.
The driver’s brainfart caused him to shift his car’s dual clutch auto transmission into reverse, which would have probably been more understandable if he wasn’t sitting behind the wheel of a 458 Italia.
But a car of that stature to start a drag race in backwards fashion is just well beyond humiliating.
Check out the video and watch the drag race folly at the 0:39 mark.