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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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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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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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The Latest Hypercars Would Make Awesome Le Mans Racers 26
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Aston Martin Valkyrie, Ferrari LaFerrari, Koenigsegg Agera, Le Mans, McLaren Senna, Mercedes AMG Project One, Motorsport, Porsche 918, racing, Renderings on 12 26th, 2017


It had a good run, but today’s LMP1 class is all but completely dead – killed by a gradual bleeding of its vital participating manufacturers. It’s time, in short, for the FIA and ACO to rethink of what the top tier at Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship should be composed. And looking at these renderings, we’re convinced that the latest crop of hypercars would be just the ticket.

Illustrated by Marco van Overbeeke and shared both on Behance and Drivetribe, these images show what the most extreme road cars would look like if converted to a revived GT1 specification.

GT1, for those who don’t recall, was a more extreme class of (barely) road-derived racers that formed both the top tier at Le Mans in the late 1990s and the backbone of the successive FIA championships from 1993 through 2012. It yielded such legendary cars as the Porsche 911 GT1, Mercedes CLK GTR, McLaren F1 GTR, Maserati MC12, and Aston Martin DBR9 – each world-beating champions in their own right, casting a long shadow even over the LMP1 prototypes and GTE racers that have taken their place at either end.

It would take a special breed of machinery to revive their spirit, but these race-converted hypercars could do just the trick – encouraging the most exotic automakers to showcase their machinery, and giving fans something more tangible to root for.

Overbeeke’s conceptual lineup includes race-converted versions of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, McLaren Senna, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Porsche 918, Koenigsegg Agera RS, and Ferrari FXX-K Evo. Who knows, maybe Bugatti could be tempted to take part as well with a competition-spec Chiron (looking like its Vision Gran Turismo concept), and Toyota to shift its program based on the LMP1-inspired supercar concept it has coming. It’d make a fitting opportunity for Lamborghini too, if the costs could be kept low enough for the VW group to justify multiple programs (like it did with Porsche and Audi until recently). What do you say, racing fans?

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Seven Impossible Car Mashups That’ll Make Or Break Your Day 17
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW i8, Bugatti Chiron, Chevrolet Camaro, Classics, Dodge Charger, Ferrari LaFerrari, Fiat, Ford GT, Lamborghini Aventador, nissan gt-r, Nissan Juke, Pagani Huayra, Renderings, VW Beetle on 12 17th, 2017


Some car designs just don’t mix, and trying to force them together could make you lose your appetite. You’ve been warned.

First, worry not, because your eyes are not deceiving you. You truly are looking at seven of the most “unholy” car mashups we’ve ever seen. The only thing missing is for these cars to suddenly start speaking Latin and laugh maliciously.

But before we go looking for a priest, let’s run through each of these images, courtesy of Click Mechanic, and at least try to make some sense of what we’re looking at.

Let’s start with the Batmobile wannabe, you know, because at least it looks drivable.

#1 BMW i8 + Dodge Charger

The classic Charger and the modern BMW i8 couldn’t be more different. One is a plug-in hybrid with sporty features and futuristic looks, while the other is a gas guzzling muscle car that will mostly drive sideways if you don’t stay off the throttle.

Put them together and you might get something like this thing, which features a massive V8 with a blower, chrome bits on the wheel arches and a NASCAR-style spoiler at the rear. It’s weird, but at least it looks like it would be fun to drive, right?

#2 Bugatti Chiron + VW Beetle

This one makes sense from a branding standpoint, since VW owns Bugatti. You’ve got the all-new Chiron hypercar in one corner, and the classic VW Beetle in the other.

Make sure to take it all in, from the heavy chrome bumpers and alloys to the Beetle fenders. Overall though, you might as well put Dick Dastardly and Muttley in this car and call it a day, because it’s really wacky.

#3 Pagani Huayra + Chevy Camaro

Here’s another one you might be tempted to at least drive, since it’s comprised of a Pagani Huayra and a classic Chevrolet Camaro. It’s rugged American muscle meets crafty Italian engineering.

It’s got headlights from both vehicles, classic wheels, plus another NASCAR-style spoiler, just like on the i8 Charger. We’re not so sure about its aerodynamic properties though.

#4 Nissan GT-R + Nissan Juke

Another family affair, this time from Japanese automaker Nissan. It actually looks kind of cute, if we’re being honest, but don’t let that stop you from letting us know how much you hate it, if that’s the case.

Besides, if you’re a GT-R fan, the last thing you want is for it to be associated with something like the Juke, an urban-oriented crossover that never even got to break the Internet.

#5 Ford GT + Ford Raptor

If somebody ever managed to actually build this car, the waiting list on it might actually match that of the regular Ford GT. The mashup shows a very aggressive vehicle, one that should have no problem with going off-road, while able to win plenty of straight line races as well.

In a way, it’s the best of both worlds. The only thing missing is room for more passengers and luggage.

#6 Lamborghini Aventador + Lamborghini Tractor

If you want to take Lamborghini back to its early beginnings, you could then try to build something like this Aventador-inspired tractor and it probably wouldn’t be all that hard either.

All you need is the tractor, plus an Aventador front fascia, which doesn’t even have to come from the real car – some people can just make those for themselves. As for this one, it also features a massive winch and a connector for fitting it with a large plow.

#7 Ferrari LaFerrari + Fiat Multipla

This is a really fascinating combination, in the sense that on one hand you’ve got arguably the most beautiful car ever built in the LaFerrari, and then you’ve got one that many consider the ugliest car ever, in the Fiat Multipla. We can call this either the LaFiat or the LaMultipla, you decide.

The contrast between the two speaks volumes, and in a weird way, they kind of match, since they’re both Italian…but let’s not kid ourselves. Consider the hypercar properly insulted.

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There’s A Yellow LaFerrari Up For Grabs With Only 317 Miles 14
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Ferrari, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari-Videos, video on 12 14th, 2017


With 500 made and 120 delivered to the United States, finding a LaFerrari on the open market may not be all that difficult. Finding one in nearly new condition, however, is another matter entirely, but that’s just what we have here.

Set to headline Mecum‘s forthcoming auction in Kissimmee, Florida, next month is a yellow example of Maranello’s hybrid hypercar with just 317 miles on the clock.

Unlike most LaFerraris that left the factory in “resale red,” this 2015 example was ordered in Giallo Modena, complete with yellow brake calipers, a black and yellow leather interior, and loads of optional carbon-fiber trim.

Like any other of its breed, it packs a 6.3-liter V12 hybrid powertrain unleashing 949 horsepower for a 0-62 time quoted at 2.4 seconds and a top speed in excess of 217 mph – making it one of the fastest, most capable performance machines ever devised.

With such low mileage, this one’s anticipated to sell for a good $3.6 million (give or take the price of a 488 or Portofino) when the gavel drops during the nine-day extravaganza running from January 5-14, 2018.

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This Ferrari LaFerrari Doesn’t Mind Going For A Little Swim 2
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari-Videos, Hybrids, Offbeat News, video on 12 2nd, 2017


Relax, no one lost control and ended up in the water or was crazy enough to try and turn Ferrari’s hybrid hypercar into an amphibious machine; but even so, we highly doubt many owners would even think about putting their precious LaFerrari through this.

In fact, it’s interesting to see a LaFerrari stepping out of its comfort zone, even for a few precious seconds. That’s because most of its siblings are locked away for the cold season, and some for most of their lives as their owners are waiting for them to appreciate in order to make loads of money after floating them in the “used” exotic car market.

The short film reminds us of another one, posted on social media last month, where a bunch of exotics, including a LaFerrari and a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, were taken off-roading and got those precious and sexy bodies dirty.

As was the case with that clip, this one may have been inspired by the famous YouTube Channel ‘TaxTheRich‘, which has done a fain number of stunts with numerous high-end cars over the years.

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Ferrari FXX K Evo Coming To UK, Debuts At Autosport International 28
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari XX, Hybrids, NEC, new cars, UK on 11 28th, 2017


Ferrari’s latest and most advanced track-only toy, the FXX K Evo, will cross the English Channel in less than 2 months to celebrate its UK premiere.

Unveiled at the end of October during the Finali Mondiali event at Mugello, the Ferrari FXX K Evo will be taken to Autosport International, which takes place at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) Birmingham, from January 11 to 14.

In order to become an absolute beast on the track, this hypercar has undergone some extensive revisions made to its aero agenda, which help increase downforce and airflow.

It also gets more carbon fiber than its predecessor, and uses the brand’s F1 know-how in various fields, while also benefiting from a new steering wheel and digital monitors to display the telemetry, hybrid assist, and rear view.

The Ferrari FXX K Evo is said to produce over 830kg (1,830lbs) of downforce at top speed, a 23 percent increase over the ‘regular’ FXX K. Meanwhile, its hybrid powertrain continues to deliver in excess of 1,000hp.

As you’d expect, the Evo is aimed towards a small number of enthusiasts, either as a complete package, or an upgrade to the current FXX K.

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There’s Something Delightfully Incongruous About A Base-Spec Exotic 26
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Aston Martin DB11, Bugatti Chiron, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ford GT, Lamborghini Centenario, Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren P1, Mercedes AMG GT, Pagani Huayra, Porsche 918, Renderings, Rimac on 11 26th, 2017


Automakers are doing their best these days to make even their most basic, budget-friendly vehicles look polished. But there are some you can expect to see in base spec – mostly for professional use and deployment as part of large fleets.

We’re talking about work-a-day vehicles like the Ram Tradesman, for example, or the Opel Corsavan. But an exotic supercar? Perish the thought!

That’s precisely the delightful incongruity we’ve been seeing these lately, albeit only in the digital realm: six-figure supercars and even seven-figure hypercars stripped of their painted bumpers and flashy wheels, fitted instead with matte black noses and tails and plain old steel rims.

Of course, even if you could, ordering one that way wouldn’t put much of a dent in the purchase price of something as expensive as a Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Agera, Pagani Huayra, or even something as relatively “affordable” as a Lamborghini Huracan, Aston Martin DB11, or Mercedes-AMG GT.

It’d ruin the handling too, and make your big-buck exotic look like it were in the middle of being repaired. So we’re thankful that none of these exist in reality, but it’s still funny to look at these curious renderings from Nikita Aksyonov and chuckle at the “what if” of it all.

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What’ll It Be, Four LaFerraris Or This Classic California Spider? 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California, Ferrari LaFerrari on 11 9th, 2017


Nobody ever said a Ferrari would be cheap. But even among Prancing Horses, some are more expensive than others. Much, much more expensive.

Take this latest classic consigned to RM Sotheby’s for its upcoming sale in New York, for example. It’s a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Competizione Spider – not unlike the one immortalized in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, only considerably more so.

Chassis number 1451 GT was the second of just eight California Spiders bodied in aluminum and built to competition specifications. And it raced, finishing third in its class and fifth overall at Le Mans in 1959 before going on to compete in (and even win) other local events in the United States.

Ferrari Classiche-certitied, extensively restored in 2011, and returned to its original Le Mans livery, 1451 GT took first in its class at Pebble Beach and a platinum award at the Cavallino Classic. When it crosses the block a month from now, the auctioneer expects it will sell for upwards of $14 (and as much as $17m).

For that kind of money, you could put four LaFerraris in your garage. In fact, if that’s more to your liking, there’ll be one up for grabs at the same event, where it’s expected to sell for about $3.5 million (or a quarter of the California’s low-end value). There’s a (relatively) more accessible 250 GT convertible – a 1961 Series II Cabriolet – also on offer with a ~$1.7-million estimate.

Those are just a few of the seven-figure lots consigned, but the alloy California is the highest, and only one valued at eight figures. Take a gander at the gallery of images below by Cymon Taylor and Diana Varga, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

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What’ll It Be, Four LaFerraris Or This Classic California Spider? 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California, Ferrari LaFerrari on 11 9th, 2017


Nobody ever said a Ferrari would be cheap. But even among Prancing Horses, some are more expensive than others. Much, much more expensive.

Take this latest classic consigned to RM Sotheby’s for its upcoming sale in New York, for example. It’s a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Competizione Spider – not unlike the one immortalized in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, only considerably more so.

Chassis number 1451 GT was the second of just eight California Spiders bodied in aluminum and built to competition specifications. And it raced, finishing third in its class and fifth overall at Le Mans in 1959 before going on to compete in (and even win) other local events in the United States.

Ferrari Classiche-certitied, extensively restored in 2011, and returned to its original Le Mans livery, 1451 GT took first in its class at Pebble Beach and a platinum award at the Cavallino Classic. When it crosses the block a month from now, the auctioneer expects it will sell for upwards of $14 (and as much as $17m).

For that kind of money, you could put four LaFerraris in your garage. In fact, if that’s more to your liking, there’ll be one up for grabs at the same event, where it’s expected to sell for about $3.5 million (or a quarter of the California’s low-end value). There’s a (relatively) more accessible 250 GT convertible – a 1961 Series II Cabriolet – also on offer with a ~$1.7-million estimate.

Those are just a few of the seven-figure lots consigned, but the alloy California is the highest, and only one valued at eight figures. Take a gander at the gallery of images below by Cymon Taylor and Diana Varga, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

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Take An In-Depth Tour Of Ferrari’s Wild FXX K Evo 1
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari XX, Ferrari-Videos, new cars, video on 11 1st, 2017


If you didn’t get enough of the crazy Ferrari FXX K Evo with the gallery published yesterday, the video below should satisfy any of your remaining Ferrari cravings.
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Ferrari FXX-K Evo Glues To Mugello With 23% More Downforce 29
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari XX on 10 29th, 2017


If you've ever seen an example of LaFerrari up close (much less driven in one), you'd probably have a hard time imagining it getting much more performance-focused. Yet the FXX-K does exactly that – and now Ferrari's rolled out an even more advanced version.
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Ferrari Gracing The FXX K With The Evoluzione Treatment This Weekend 27
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari-Videos, new cars, Reports, video on 10 27th, 2017


Ferrari is about to welcome a new member into their already generous family, the FXX K Evoluzione.
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Bugattis, Lamborghinis And A LaFerrari Go Off-Roading! 14
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Bugatti, Bugatti Veyron, Bugatti Videos, featured, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari-Videos, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Videos, video on 10 14th, 2017


Some supercars spend most of their lives trapped in garages and rarely see the light of day. However, these exotics aren’t like that.
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