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Ferrari 488 ‘GTO’ Leaked Specs Reveal 700HP Race Engine And Lots Of Carbon 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari Scoops, Geneva Motor Show, Scoops on 01 19th, 2018


A set of internal slides was leaked online, revealing some of the hardcore Ferrari 488’s juicy details.
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All-Electric Ferrari Supercar Will Leave Its Rivals In The Dust 17
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Ferrari, Reports on 01 17th, 2018


Elon Musk has made audacious claims about the next-generation Roadster but FCA boss Sergio Marchionne isn’t worried. In fact, he believes Ferrari can create an even more remarkable electric supercar.
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Battista Pininfarina’s Own Ferrari 275 Speciale Is Beauty On Wheels 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Pininfarina on 01 17th, 2018


The 250 series may get the lion's share of attention on the auction circuit, but many consider the Ferrari 275 GTB to be one of the most beautiful automobiles ever to wear the vaunted Prancing Horse.
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Carlex Design Gives Ferrari 488 Spider A Bespoke Interior 17
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Carlex, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, tuning on 01 17th, 2018


The artisians over at Carlex Design have a pretty clear picture of how the Ferrari 488 Spider's cabin should look like, and it includes plenty of leather and Alcantara.
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Ferrari’s Racing Cars Are A Sight To Behold At Autosport International 15
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari LaFerrari on 01 15th, 2018


Arguably more than any other, Ferrari is a racing team as much as it is an automaker. And it displayed its enviable roster of competition models at the world’s preeminent racing-car show in the UK.

Leaving its road cars behind at the factory in Maranello, the Prancing Horse marque arrived at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, England, this past weekend with no fewer than four track-bound models.

There was the 488 Challenge, which heralds the launch of a new spec racing series (like the ones it runs in other parts of the world) specifically for the UK starting next year.

It was joined as well by the 488 GTE – the top racing version of Ferrari’s mid-engined V8 supercar – this one campaigned by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi in the LMGTE Pro class of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

That very car won three out of the nine races this season – at the Nurburgring, the Circuit of the Americas, and Fuji – to secure the drivers’ title. (Their teammates Davide Rigon and Sam Bird won two more to help Ferrari lock down the GT manufacturers’ trophy.)

As if those weren’t enough, Ferrari also brought out the FXX-K Evo, which made its public debut at the show – along with not one, but two F1 cars: the F2004 that Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello drove to the world championship fourteen years ago (now part of the F1 Clienti program), and the SF70H that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen drove this past season.

It’s a heck of a sight, seeing them all together on display under the same roof. But if you didn’t get a chance to swing through the NEC in Birmingham this past weekend, you can check them out in the image gallery below.

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Ferrari To Bring Drones With A.I. From Intel Into Ferrari Challenge 11
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in AI, CES, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Intel on 01 11th, 2018


Ferrari is one of those automakers that you could never see coming out with an autonomous car. But that doesn’t mean the iconic Italian brand isn’t interested in bringing new tech to its Ferrari Challenge.

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Ferrari North America announced plans to enter into a three-year partnership with Intel. The collaboration between the two companies will see Ferrari implement Intel’s artificial intelligence (AI) and drone technology into its racing series for two major reasons: to improve the viewing experience for fans and to help drivers polish their racing skills.

The drones, apparently, would record data on every driver during the race, which would then be relayed back to the teams and broadcasters. The teams could give their drivers helpful information on how to put down a quicker lap. Broadcasters, on the other hand, could use the data to create more nail-biting narrative.

Being able to see a Ferrari Challenge race from a drone’s perspective sounds like a nifty idea, but the data the machines obtain could also be shared with viewers, making fans feel like they’re really at the race.

For those not familiar with Ferrari Challenge, it’s a customer racing series for Ferrari 488 owners. The vehicles that race in the series have been upgraded to put down some fast laps. Running a car in the series isn’t exactly cheap, resulting in wealthy, inexperienced racers piloting the machines, which means there’s plenty of mayhem.

Ferrari Challenge will begin to use the intelligent drones for the 2018 season, which is set to commence on January 25 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Ferrari Picks Up Red Bull Reject Daniil Kvyat 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Reports, Toro Rosso on 01 11th, 2018


Daniil Kvyat may have been kicked out of the Red Bull family, but his career in Formula One may not be over yet. At least, not entirely.

According to Autosport, the Russian driver has been picked up by Ferrari – not for a race seat, mind you, but as a development driver.

Once a promising prospect, Kvyat proved his worth on his way up the ladder, winning titles in Formula Renault 2.0 and GP3. He debuted as a test driver at the final grands prix of 2013 with Toro Rosso and got the race seat the next season, where he showed form impressive enough to get promoted to the front-running Red Bull team to replace Sebastian Vettel in 2015.

A second-place finish that season in Hungary and another podium in China early the next weren’t enough to keep his seat, though, so he was bumped back down to Toro Rosso mid-season, switching seats with Max Verstappen. His performance has continued to drop off ever since, to the point that he was replaced mid-season again, losing out to Pierre Gasly and Brandon Hartley for a seat next season.

Kvyat reportedly approached Williams about the last vacancy on the grid, but that’s now believed to go to his less experienced countryman Sergey Sirotkin. The deal that Kvyat has hammered out with Ferrari instead will likely see him working the simulator in Maranello, but could put him behind the wheel on an actual track at official test sessions or Friday practices – or even, potentially, stepping in for Vettel or Raikkonen should the need arise (as it did following Felipe Massa’s injury in 2009).

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Aston Martin To Roll Out Ferrari 488 GTB Rival In 2021, CEO Says 6
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Reports on 01 6th, 2018


Give or take a year or two, Aston Martin plans to roll out a mid-engined supercar in 2021. The as-yet unnamed Aston is slated to go after the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 720S – or, in case anyone has been replaced, their successors.

The company’s CEO Andy Palmer revealed the news to Motorsport while discussing plans for an F1 engine program. It’s that initiative which Aston hopes will give it the credibility to extend beyond the front-engined GTs for which it’s known and enter into the realm of mid-engined supercars.

“With all of this stuff in F1, you have to factor in intangibles because you’re talking about a marketing return, not necessarily a physical return,” Palmer said. “Marketing return hopefully turns into sold cars, which is why we’re doing this.”

“This is to seed the soil for when we bring a mid-engined car to compete with the Ferrari 488, which is what the Valkyrie was about,” he added. “It’s about creating credibility ready for when we go mainstream face-to-face with Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren on the road. The timing of the 2021 regulations work really well, because it is about the time we’ll be bringing that car out.”

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Ferrari’s Hardcore 488 GTO Coming Sometime This Year 5
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Reports on 01 5th, 2018

Ferrari is poised to bring a hardcore version of its 488 GTB to market some time this year, according to the latest intel.

The news comes from AutoGuide, which found an entry for a “488 Special Series Coupe” among the 2018 models Ferrari submitted for certification by the California Air Resources Board.

The mysterious new model is listed alongside the existing 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4Lusso T, and California T (which has since been replaced by the new Portofino) – all of them powered by versions of the same award-winning 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Though far from specific, the entry points quite clearly towards a more hardcore take on Maranello’s mid-engined V8 supercar, following in the footsteps of the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale. The jury’s still out on what name it might adopt, but let’s just say we won’t be surprised if it’s designated GTO in the spirit of earlier 599, 288, and 250 models.

Whatever it’s called, the smart money’s on a debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. What we can count on, though, is that the more focused 488 will pack more power, less weight, and a stiffened suspension in similar spirit to the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and Porsche 911 GT2 RS – both of which have proven their mettle around the Nürburgring. (And stripes. It’ll probably have stripes.)

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Buy A 2017 LaFerrari Engine For ‘Just’ $385,000 5
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in eBay, Ferrari, Ferrari LaFerrari, Reports on 01 5th, 2018


Thought your Dodge Viper-powered Mazda Miata was cool? Well this 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari engine could serve as the heart of the greatest engine swap ever.

Recently listed on eBay, this LaFerrari 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine has reportedly covered a mere 20 miles and comes with a sky-high price tag of $385,000. For that money, something significantly more powerful could be created but it would almost certainly fall short of this powertrain in the sound department.

Very few details about the engine have been provided in the listing so it’s difficult to know why there is a LaFerrari engine out there that’s not currently powering an Italian hybrid hypercar. One possible explanation is that the engine came out of a LaFerrari that crashed and was declared a write-off by the insurance company.

Whatever the explanation may be, there are certain to be some wealthy car collectors tempted by the exotic powertrain, whether that’s to use it, carefully store it in case their LaFerrari ever needs an engine replacement, or to simply make an expensive coffee table out of it.

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Ferrari SUV Rendering Looks Hideously Wrong 3
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, mclaren, Renderings, SUV on 01 3rd, 2018


If a Ferrari 812 Superfast and an Alfa Romeo Stelvio could have a baby, it would probably look something this.

The internet oddity is the work of KleberSilva, and while some would immediately compare it to Lamborghini’s Urus, it’s in fact smaller, and it might be just us, but uglier as well.

Nevertheless, as strange as a Ferrari-badged SUV sounds, rumors about the Italian car marque considering expanding their lineup have persisted for years. Such a vehicle would help them produce more than 10,000 units annually, bringing in extra cash for the exotic Italian brand.

Inevitably, having Lamborghini and Ferrari chase after the booming SUV segments throws the ball into McLaren’s yard, and a completely different set of renderings, posted by JoseRodriguezNebreda, reveals how a Woking-made high-riding vehicle would look like, inspired by the P1 hybrid hypercar.

It doesn’t exactly do justice to the McLaren name, but the automaker continues to dismiss working on an SUV, adding that they’ll continue to focus their attention on sports cars and supercars.

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Any Takers For A Brand-New White LaFerrari Aperta? 1
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari LaFerrari on 01 1st, 2018


With only 210 examples made, you must be a highly-regarded customer in Maranello to have a LaFerrari Aperta sitting in your garage. But if you were hoping to still get one, and didn’t get the chance the first time around, a splendid example has come up for sale.

The open-top version of the LaFerrari is available at the Seven Car Lounge in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, and has just 62 miles on the odometer. In other words, it’s brand new and as factory-fresh as you’re ever going to find.

Like the fixed-roof hypercar on which it’s based, the Aperta is built around a 6.2-liter hybrid V12 powertrain kicking out 950 horsepower to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – only the Aperta version has an open cockpit, the first in the series to be built since the F50 from the mid-1990s.

As with most Ferraris, you can bet that most LaFerrari Apertas to have left the factory in Maranello were done up in red. That makes this Storm Trooper job even more unique, and potentially more desirable.

The dealer’s not saying how much it’s asking for the hyper-rare exotic but, for what it’s worth, it originally “retailed” for over $6 million. The last one we saw up for sale carried a $7.3-million asking price, and the last one we saw come up for auction sold for €8.3 million – or nearly $10 million, thus it’s reasonable to expect that the price tag will be in the same ballpark.

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Track-Focused Ferrari S2 Design Study Has Us Dreaming Of Fast Lap Times 29
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Ferrari, Ferrari Concepts, Renderings on 12 29th, 2017


While this Ferrari S2 Concept exists only in the digital realm, its aggressive lines, massive wheels and muscular fenders sure make us wish it was real.

Brought to “life” on-screen by designer Sachin Zakarde, all we know about it is that it’s called the S2, and that it has a lot of carbon fiber components, including the wheels, side skirts and roof.

It also seems to come with a sort of Formula One-ish suspended nose and half a rear win. We’re not exactly sure what’s going on there but it doesn’t really detract anything from the concept’s overall aggressiveness.

What’s weird, in a way, is that not too long ago such a design might have been considered too futuristic. In reality, you can argue that this S2 Concept is by no means more bonkers-looking (in a good way) than the LaFerrari.



This Is What Makes The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso A $3 Million Car 29
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari-Videos, Film, Middle East, reviews, video on 12 29th, 2017


Back when Ferrari first came out with the 250 GT Lusso, they meant for it to be more of a luxury grand tourer rather than a sports car like the 250 GT Berlinetta.

While its interior was more spacious than that of the regular 250 GT, the Lusso only seated two people, unlike the 250 GT/E, which was the first mass-production four-seat Ferrari.

As you might imagine for a car that dates back to the early 1960s, it comes with some quirks. For example, trying to switch something on or off inside the car is a risky proposition if you don’t know exactly what each button does – all the switches look the same and are completely unlabeled. Pull the wrong one and instead of turning on the wipers, you could mess with the fuel pump and stall the car.

On the road, Doug DeMuro, who did this review, enjoyed the Lusso, stating that the clutch is easy to operate, although, despite being powered by a V12 engine, it’s not particularly fast or loud.

Overall, for a ’60s Ferrari, the Lusso is spacious, comfortable and easy to drive. It was also very luxurious and stylish back in its glory days, which is why it’s worth as much as it is today.

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Same Price Dilemma: Would You Buy A Used Ferrari 360 Or A New BMW M2? 28
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari 360, UK, used cars on 12 28th, 2017


It has always been a challenge for enthusiasts whether they should spend their cash on an older supercar, or a lesser car that might be new but is definitely not in the same league.

Take this Ferrari 360 Modena, for example, which was first registered back in 1999. It comes at £45,000 ($60,162) as the ad posted on AutoTrader reveals, which is roughly what a new BMW M2 costs in Britain.

The vendor says, that despite its age, it “drives very good“, admitting that it was used as a track car, hence the roll cage fitted inside. However, it’s perfectly road legal and was properly maintained over the years, being offered with the service book, original user manuals and two sets of keys.

It’s also allegedly the cheapest Ferrari 360 in the country, being marketed as “a great investment” with “a little cosmetic TLC” by its owner, who has held on to it for the last 9 years.

So, there you have it: a used Ferrari for the same money as a German high-performance coupe. Of course, buying the latter would help you sleep better at night, financially speaking, as it’s well known that an old supercar can be expensive to maintain, but can you resist the opportunity of owning a 360 Modena?

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