Ferrari Respects Its Heritage in Le Mans Return
Ferrari, the most powerful brand in the automotive world - and, perhaps, the world as a whole - has only competed in full, factory-backed capacity in Formula 1 for the past 48 years. Now, with the birth of a new set of regulations at the sharp end of the FIA’s World Endurance Championship, the planets aligned for the Prancing Horse to return at Le Mans with the intent to win the race overall. But we’ll have to wait until 2023 for the new car to debut.
Ferrari Is Developing An All-New Hypercar For Its Return To Le Mans!
Ferrari is returning to the top flight of endurance racing beginning in 2023. The Italian automaker made the announcement, confirming plans to line up in the ‘Hypercar’ class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. It will be the first time since 1973 that Ferrari will be competing for outright victory in the WEC. The automaker’s return to endurance racing also puts an end to what would be a 50-year absence in the Le Mans 24 Hours, a race that Ferrari has won nine times, including six straight wins from 1960 to 1965.
The Ferrari 330 P4 Le Mans Racer is Within Your Budget If Size Doesn’t Matter
The Ferrari 330 P4 stands as one of the most iconic Ferraris of all time. It’s certainly one of the rarest as only one original 330 P4 — chassis 0856 — is said to still exist. Last we heard, it’s owned by a Canadian collector, and if that collector decided to put the car up for sale, it could become the most expensive Ferrari of all time.
Acquiring the only remaining 330 P4 is a pipe dream for almost all of us, but if you’re suffering from a severe case of FOMO, you can still take ownership of a Ferrari 330 P4 courtesy of Amalgam Collection. It’s a lot cheaper, too, at just $1,358, though, I suppose, for a 1:18 scale model, that’s a premium price for the item that you’re buying. Either way, you get to go home with a Ferrari 330 P4. It’s 1/18th the size of the real one, but we’ll take our victories where we can get them.
2021 Ferrari 488 GT Modificata
The 2021 Ferrari 488 GT Modificata is a track-only version of the 488 GTB. A limited-edition model dedicated to customers who like to drive Ferraris on the race track, the 488 GT Modificata features technology developed for the competition-spec 488 GT3 and 488 GTE cars.
It’s basically the third race-spec model based on the 488 GTB road car, which has been replaced by the F8 Tributo in 2020. Essentially a successor to the Ferrari 488 Challenge, the 2021 488 GT Modificata will initially be offered to customers who in recent years have participated in Competizioni GT and Club Competizioni GT events. How fast is it and what sets it apart? Find out in our review.
Please Santa, Bring Us This Ferrari 488 GTE Lego Technic Set
The coronavirus pandemic is keeping us indoor more than usual and with winter just around the corner outdoor activities are becoming a rare treat. If Netflix and board games aren’t enough to keep your weekends entertaining, we have good news for you: Lego is releasing a new Technic kit. And it’s a Ferrari 488 GTE. It’s red, it comes with colored decals, and it will brighten up your room. Not to mention the hours of fun you will have building it.
The 1980 Ferrari F1 Car Was Gilles Villeneuve’s To Tame But It Can Now Be Yours
The 1977 F1 World Championship wasn’t even over when news came that Ferrari’s top man and new World Drivers’ Champion Niki Lauda would leave the Scuderia. In the Austrian Ferrari had found a leader it had lacked since the days of John Surtees but now the team was seemingly back in the doldrums.
The rescuer was like fire to Lauda’s ice in every way conceivable and, arguably, there has never been another one quite like him since. He was the ’Piccolo Canadese’ and he should’ve been the 1980 F1 World Champion but 14th in the standings is all he got. This car is the reason.
Ferrari Is Set To Race In Burgundy For Its 1000th Grand Prix This Weekend
Ferrari is one of the world’s most recognizable brands and, as a carmaker, the Prancing Horse is synonymous with some of the world’s finest super sports cars, supercars, and hypercars. The heritage, built over the past seven decades, is intimately linked to the world of racing and, more importantly, with Formula 1. This weekend, the Tuscan hills surrounding the popular Mugello Circuit will be filled by the roar of Formula 1, and as it happens, this will be the Scuderia’s 1,000th World Championship round they will partake in. The Italians had to mark the special moment somehow and chose to do so by unveiling a new livery that’s reminiscent of the first Ferraris to race in F1 back in 1950.
This Spa-Winning Ferrari 550 GT1 Is The Most Expensive Car Sold At An Online Auction Ever
Pedigree is what sells a racing car and this Ferrari 550 GT1 from the noughties is bathing in pedigree as the last V-12-engined Ferrari to win a high-profile 24-hour race and one of only 12 of its kind to be built by Prodrive in the UK.
No wonder, then, that this car became the most expensive car ever to be sold at an online-only auction after going for just under $4.3 million during the Shift/Monterey RM/Sotheby’s auction that replaced the auction house’s now traditional Monterey Car Week auction.
Ferrari Is The Latest Indy Hopeful
Ferrari, the most celebrated manufacturer in the history of the Formula 1 World Championship, a winner of 16 Constructors’ Championships and 15 Drivers’ Championships, hasn’t raced at the Brickyard since the ’50s but this may be about to change as the suits in Maranello are apparently considering to expand the team’s activity across the Atlantic and enter the NTT IndyCar Series sometime after the new rules come into effect in 2022.
Car For Sale: 2005 Ferrari 575 GTC Evoluzione
The Ferrari 575 GTC Evoluzione is a gorgeous, loud, and fast beast. It also heralded the end of an era for Ferrari as the last race car to come out of Maranello powered by a V-12 engine. What is more, Ferrari never built another GT1 car nor has there been a front-engined Ferrari on the race tracks of the world since the 575 and its sibling, the 550 Maranello, retired from top-level competition at the tail end of the noughties. Can you hear the fat lady’s song over the roar of the V-12?
It was all back in the early ’70s that Ferrari finally decided to pour the bulk of its resources into the F1 program and thus curtail its works-backed participation in top-level sports car endurance racing, bringing to an end an era that saw the Prancing Horse gallop to the top step of the podium at Le Mans a record nine times in just 16 years. But Ferraris kept racing in long-distance events and this, the 575 GTC, was Ferrari’s official answer to the re-born GT1 class a decade and a half ago.
2020 Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO
You may not know it upon first glance, but this is the new-for-2020 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo. Yes, Ferrari decided against building a GT3-spec F8 Tributo, and instead, Michelotto was tasked with updating the 488 GT3.Over 18,000 hours of calculations and CFD simulations went into it, and it now has a longer wheelbase following in the footsteps of the GTE car. Power stays at about 500-550 horsepower as per GT3 regulations, but the car will now be faster in the corners and more stable. Ferrari was also thoughtful enough to include an ’Endurance’ package that works hand in hand with the new ECU, supposedly making the car more reliable and smoother.
Look across Ferrari’s fence and into Mercedes-AMG’s yard, and you’ll see the comprehensively updated AMG GT-based GT3 car. You can’t miss that humongous, viperfish-like grille in the front in much the same way you can’t overlook the overhauled Porsche 911 GT3.R. That one, while still an offspring of the 991 generation, is a different beast from the original unveiled in 2015. But Ferrari isn’t one to bankroll a new racing car that easily. So, Ferrari Corse Clienti customers will have to make do with this. It should be good since Russian squad SMP Racing almost won the European Blancpain Endurance Cup this year with the old car, but just how well will it measure up against its competition?
2020 Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo
Ferrari has just lifted the wraps off its 2020 488 Challenge Evo. The new track-ready speed machine is described as an improvement in aerodynamics first and foremost, with teams now allowed to alter the level of downforce on the front axle independently of the rear axle. On top of that, the Evo comes with a souped-up body kit and looks sharper than ever. Stay close as we walk you through everything you need to know about the 2020 Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo.
Ford vs. Ferrari Trailer 2 - Lots of Racing Drama
20th Century Fox’s upcoming Ford vs. Ferrari movie is shaping up to be a barn burner. The second trailer of the James Mangold-directed film has just dropped, and if you don’t get excited about the movie after watching it, then I don’t know what to tell you. The movie, which stars Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, and Catriona Balfe, sheds a unique spotlight on the iconic racing war Ford and Ferrari engaged in back in the 1960s for Le Mans supremacy.
The new trailer dives deep into Ford’s singular focus and motivation to wipe out Ferrari’s dominance in the endurance race after a deal between the two automakers went south in the 11th hour. There’s a lot to unpack with the second trailer, though I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that despite the collective star power in the movie featuring several Hollywood A-listers, the true stars of the trailer are the Ford GT40 and the Ferrari 330 P3.
This Blue F40 LM Is The Best Belated Christmas Gift Money Can Buy
By the time its production cycle had ended, in 1992, the F40 was officially the most successful car ever built by Ferrari with over 1,300 units sold in its five-year lifespan. It’s now an icon of the Prancing Horse and, while prices tip over $1 million, you can still find one quite easily, although U.S. spec examples are rarer. Still, the street-going F40 has nothing on one of these: the ultra-rare, ultra-insane, F40 LM that was built for that famous old race in France.
Ferrari released the outrageously under-equipped F40 in 1987 to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. It was the fastest road-going car at the moment of its debut with a top speed of 201 mph, breaking that much-lamented 200 mph mark, and the last Ferrari to be given the blessing ’The Drake’ himself.
With such extreme specs, it wasn’t long before the F40 would hit the track, although Ferrari didn’t originally intend for it to happen. It first raced Stateside in the IMSA GT series before also competing in the Italian GT Championship and, more prominently, in the BPR Global GT Series of the mid-’90s, by which time the production version was relaxing in retirement for a few years already.
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.