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Mysterious Ferrari 612 Prototype Spotted Outside Maranello 6
Jan
Posted by Alex Ion in 599 Fiorano, 612 Scaglietti replacement prototype, Automotive News, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Geneva Motor Show, Italy, Maranello, Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team, Super car news, V12 on 01 6th, 2011

A mysterious 612 Scaglietti replacement prototype was spotted outside Maranello, the home place of Ferrari S.p.A and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team, in northern Italy. It was caught by a member of the Ferrari Chat forums.

This heavily camouflaged vehicle has got many a Ferrari features that has in turn led to a big confusion. It appears to have front lights inspired by Ferrari 458 Italia, rear glass like that of 599 Fiorano, a four-tailpipe exhaust system, a prominent hatchback, the noise of the vehicle resembles that of V12.

Well, all these features appear to be pure exaggeration as compared to the early reports. The rear hatch is supposed to a part of the camouflage, according to the photographer.

Ferrari 612 will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. It is likely to feature an advanced all-wheel drive system, a seven-speed double-clutch transmission and a 6.3-liter V12 engine with 670 hp (500 kW / 679 PS), which enables it to  accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph).



Ferrari 458 Challenge Unveiled At Maranello 15
Jul
Posted by Alex Ion in 458, Challenge, Ferrari, Ferrari 458 Challenge, Maranello, Super car news on 07 15th, 2010

The Ferrari annual dealer meeting at Maranello proved to be the venue for the unveiling of the 458 Challenge. The car, based on the 458 Italia, features a modified dual-clutch F1 gearbox, an ‘E-Diff’ electronic differential, and an ‘F1-Trac’ traction control system equipped with settings for wet and dry conditions.

Additionally it has a race suspension (with solid aluminum bushings, stiffer springs, and single-rate dampers), high performance Brembo CCM2 brakes, and 19-inch wheels with Pirelli tires.

The vehicle’s weight has successfully been reduced by thinner body panels, carbon fiber components, and Lexan windows. No details on the specs were given, there is confirmation that the 458 Italia scales in at 1380 kg.

Engine power is from a 4497 cc V8 engine (producing 570 PS (562 hp / 419 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque). This equipment means that this extremely responsive car laps the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute, 16.5 seconds – a whole two seconds faster than the F430 Challenge.







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