Posts

Most beautiful Ferraris chosen for Maranello museum

Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena in hosting a ‘Timeless Masterpieces’ exhibition, which sees a selection of the marque’s finest cars lining up alongside artwork, furniture and electronics to provide historical and social context. If all that seems a bit long-winded, simply scroll through the images from the exhibition.

Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

The exhibition can be found inside the stunning Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena, a 2,500-square-metre building split into five zones: 1-6-cylinder cars, classic 12-cylinders, 8-cylinders, turbos, and Formula 1 engines. They help to tell the story of Enzo Ferrari, from his childhood to success on the road and track.

Extraordinary, rare and exclusive

Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

The press release accompanying the opening of the ‘Timeless Masterpieces’ exhibition is loaded with marketing waffle, but when you cut to the chase, you’ll discover that Ferrari has focused on three aspects over 72 years of design and manufacturing. The watchwords are ‘extraordinary’, ‘rare’ and ‘exclusive’.

Devoid of decoration for decoration’s sake

Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

“Ferrari’s design language represents a delicate balance between the aesthetic principles of beauty and a rigorous quest for maximum function, devoid of decoration for decoration’s sake,” says the press release. The collection of cars was curated by a team led by Flavio Manzoni, head of design for Ferrari.

From Inter to Monza

Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

The models on display are some of the most famous Ferraris in the marque’s history, including the 166 Inter from 1948, the 750 Monza from 1954 and the Monza SP1. Each one has been chosen to represent Ferrari’s aesthetic vision of their respective eras. Keep clicking to see some of the cars.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO at Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

In 2018, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for £52 million, making it the most expensive car ever sold. It was purchased by an American businessman, believed to be WeatherTech CEO David MacNeil. Stand still long enough, and you’ll be charged simply for looking at this 250 GTO.

Ferrari Monza SP1

Ferrari Monza SP1 at Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

From the car that cemented the Ferrari legend, to a thoroughly modern reinterpretation of the open-top ‘barchetta’ racing cars of the 50s and 60s. The Monza SP1 was unveiled alongside the SP2 at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and is powered by the 800hp V12 engine from the 812 Superfast. The SP1 is a single-seater, while the SP2 – as the name suggests – has room for a passenger.

Ferrari 500 TRC

Ferrari 500 TRC at Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

The Ferrari 500 TRC was built to satisfy new sporting regulations dictating that all ‘barchettas’ should have a tonneau cover “in canvas or other flexible material, demountable by hand and without the use of any tools”. Launched in 1957, the 500 TRC was not raced as a works car, but by privateers in Italian national and world championship events.

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso at Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

Here’s the 500 TRC once again, but if it’s possible, please divert your attention to the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso in the background. Could this be one of Pininfarina’s finest creations? Unveiled as a prototype at the 1962 Paris Motor Show, the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso was built in the workshops of Carrozzeria Scaglietti and powered by a V12 engine producing 240hp. None other than Battista Pininfarina drove a 250 GTL as his personal car.

Ferrari 365 GTS4

Ferrari 365 GTS4 at Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

Another candidate for a list of the prettiest Ferraris ever made, the roadster version of the ‘Daytona’ was unveiled in 1969. In many ways, removing the roof simply added to the appeal, which meant that the 365 GTS4 was the car to be seen in during the late 60s and early 70s.

Ferrari 275 GTB

Ferrari 275 GTB at Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

Launched in 1964, the 275 GTB was the first production Ferrari with independent suspension on all four wheels. Beneath the huge bonnet, you’ll find a V12 engine producing 280hp, while the styling was penned by Pininfarina. A total of 453 cars were built, with the closed GTB joined by the open 275 GTS.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Ferrari GTC4Lusso at Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

Our Richard Aucock drove a Ferrari GTC4Lusso in 2016. His verdict: “Ferrari’s cut no corners with the GTC4Lusso, and it shows. It’s a highly accomplished GT car. Those who can afford it and take the time to understand how to get the most from it will find a very rewarding ownership proposition indeed.”

Ferrari 250 California

Ferrari 250 California at Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

You can thank the US importer Luigi Chinetti for the birth of the 250 California in 1957. He encouraged Enzo Ferrari to build an open model for the American market – something suited to the Californian sun. A total of 106 were built until production ceased in 1962.

Ferrari California

Ferrari California at Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

It would be fair to say that the California of 2008 doesn’t have quite the same level of appeal as its ancestor, but this was a hugely successful model for the brand. The new California was the first model to feature a front-mounted V8 engine and the first with a dual-clutch gearbox. This softer, more ‘affordable’ model introduced a new audience to the Ferrari brand.

In pictures:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale: full details of the new 1,000hp hybrid supercar

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is an all-new plug-in hybrid Ferrari that brings extremes of hypercar performance to the Italian brand’s series production range.

It doesn’t replace an existing model, but becomes the new 1,000 horsepower halo car that outguns even the LaFerrari, can drive for miles in zero-emissions electric mode, and is likely to cause furrowed brows at McLaren, Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin when it arrives in early 2020.

Yes, revealed Ferrari, there is already a waiting list…

More on Motoring Research:

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Ferrari says the SF90 Stradale sets a new level for the market, with unprecedented performance even compared to racetrack specials such as the Ferrari FXX. “It is faster than any other Ferrari, ever” said chief marketing officer Enrico Galliera during the media presentation. “This car is a milestone,” agreed CEO Louis Camilleri.

Price? We’ll learn that soon – but “it will be less than the LaFerrari, but more than the 812 Superfast”. And worth every penny, Ferrari was at pains to point out during a glitzy, confident presentation at Fiorano, Italy.

90 years of Scuderia Ferrari

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The SF90 Stradale name has been chosen by Ferrari to underline the link between race and road. ‘SF90’ references 90 years of the Scuderia Ferrari race team, while ‘Stradale’ is Italian for road. Built on an all-new architecture that all future mid-engined models will use, there’s never been a Ferrari road car this extreme – and for the first time since the F40, the top-line Ferrari is a V8, rather than a V12. But it’s not just any V8…

The 780 horsepower 4.0-litre turbo V8 is derived from the F8 Tributo – named International Engine of the Year four times running, Ferrari proudly points out. Here, not only is it enlarged, it is heavily updated with features like new high-pressure fuel injection (giving it the highest output of any Ferrari V8 ever), and paired with a ‘Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic’, or MGU-K.

You’ll recognise this acronym from Formula 1: it’s a super-slim design that sits between engine and all-new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (which shifts gears 30 percent faster than the standard-setting current unit). The engine also sits extremely low in the chassis: the turbos are positioned either side, just inches from the rear wheels; the exhausts exit overhead. 

There are two more electric motors driving the SF90 Stradale’s front wheels – yes, it’s the first 4WD Ferrari sports car – with the three motors producing 220 horsepower combined. Factor in the grip of all-wheel drive and 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds is achieved, which is yet another record for a Ferrari road car. Zero to 124mph? Just 6.7 seconds – faster than a McLaren Senna.

And, thanks to a 7.9 kWh lithium ion battery mounted behind the seats, it can drive nearly 16 miles as a pure EV. Ferrari adds there’s enough battery capacity to produce the full 1,000 horsepower on every racetrack in the world – including the Nürburgring. Challenge accepted, many will say.

As seen on screen

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The SF90 Stradale has an all-new interior concept, too. Instead of separate screens, everything is focused on a brand new 16-inch HD cluster. It is a world-first curved, shaped screen, and Ferrari has built in entirely new navigation and infotainment systems. Modern customers are demanding this, said Camilleri; “The speed of change does not frighten us”.

The premium cabin is a step on from every current Ferrari, and this style will be seen in every new model going forward, said Camilleri. “This is the second of five new cars we are revealing in 2019,” he added. “It’s an unprecedented launch cycle that will give us our widest, most complete range ever.”

Organic and futuristic

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Ferrari design chief Flavio Manzoni’s in-house team at the Ferrari Styling centre has created the new supercar. “It is an organic shape, to portray its top performance and futuristic view. We call it part-race car, part-spaceship.”

The defining feature is the cabin, designed to look like the canopy of an aircraft. Front and rear wheelarches are “like powerful muscles” and the flying buttresses at the rear “underline the feeling of a spaceship”.

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

“The rear is the most intriguing aspect,” said Manzoni. “The fender muscles sit on the rear wheels, to give it real stance” which is accentuated by the car’s width and modern cube-shaped tail lamps. The sharply-cut rear has central tailpipes and an incredibly large and complex diffuser below. It is a dramatic, 3D shape that, stresses Manzoni, “really emphasises the car’s architecture”.

A clever feature is the rear ‘shut-off gurney’ which Ferrari is patenting. In normal use, the aero surfaces sit flush – but in high downforce mode, the centre section (the cut-out around the ‘Ferrari’ script here) lowers, creating “a broad load surface topped by a powerful nolder”.

The lines of the new SF90 Stradale are pure and clean. They are elegant, organic and muscular in just the right places. This is not a ‘noisy’ supercar design, but a calm and classical one.

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano

This active aerodynamic functionality is enhanced in the optional Assetto Fiorano pack, pictured here, with a much larger rear gurney. At 155 mph, it generates nearly 400 kg of downforce. SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano models have additional carbon fibre features, taking 30 kg out the car’s kerbweight (it weighs just under 1,600 kg) and the central stripe is joined by a painted nose section.

Gate expectations

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Ferrari hasn’t forgotten its heritage with the SF90 Stradale: the ‘open gate’ gearshift is back. Well, sort of: instead of buttons, the shift is controlled by three toggles that sit in a metal ‘gate’. Here, you can also just see pictured the ultra-slim new Ferrari key, shaped like a yellow Ferrari bonnet badge. This is something else that’s coming to all future models.

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The steering wheel is all-new. It has touch-sensitive controls and 80 percent of the SF90 Stradale’s functionality is operated without hands leaving the wheel. Ferrari also now fits a head-up display, and this new HMI (human-machine interface) has been developed from racetrack logic that Ferrari is calling EOTR-HOTS: Eyes On The Road, Hands On The Steering (wheel).

Blown away

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano

A new LED daylight signature comprises three vertical outboard lines. Also note the bulging fenders, the carefully integrated aerodynamics and intriguing new alloy wheels, which have tiny shaped fins between the spokes that create downforce. The engineers call them ‘blown’ alloys.

Daddy shark

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale has a striking ‘shark nose’ effect at the front. “There’s lots of tension at the front, to create a ‘slingshot effect’” said Manzoni. “The cabin sits centrally within the car, conveying the power of the car.” This aspect also underlines the simplicity of Ferrari’s new range-topping model.

Faster around Fiorano

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

And how fast is it? Bragging facts will come soon, but Ferrari did reveal one stat – against its benchmark, the LaFerrari, it draws a full 64 metres ahead of the previous halo car after just one single lap of its Fiorano test track. “Standing still is not an option,” said Camilleri.

With the new SF90 Stradale, Ferrari may just have created an entirely new supercar benchmark that rivals may struggle to now match. “We at Ferrari have chosen to face the future by putting ourselves in the driving seat and challenging change our way.” And what a way.

The most powerful Ferraris ever made

The 1,000hp SF90 Stradale has claimed the title of most powerful road-going Ferrari from the LaFerrari of 2013. To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up the mightiest production prancing horses, all with 600hp or more. Fasten your seatbelts…

Ferrari Portofino

The drop-top Portofino, which replaced the California T, is an ‘entry-level’ Ferrari that still packs 600hp. The remainder of the range exists in the high-performance hinterland between here and the 1,000hp Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

The 605hp 458 Speciale dragged the mid-engined Berlinetta kicking (and most definitely screaming) into the 600hp club. The last naturally-aspirated Ferrari V8, it was a glorious 9,000rpm send-off – succeeded by the twin-turbo 488 GTB. Just 998 Speciales were produced, including the open Aperta version.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

If a V12 feels unnecessary in your family Ferrari, the GTC4Lusso T is the cheaper, slightly softer alternative to the full-fat Lusso further up the list. It’s still no slouch, with 610hp going to the rear wheels.

Ferrari 599 GTB

The fruits of the Enzo project (spoiler alert: it’s next in this list) were still being sown four years after its debut. Complete with the same God-summoning soundtrack, the 599 debuted in 2006, with 620hp from its 6.0-litre V12.

Ferrari Enzo

The fact that the Enzo pre-dates any subsequent car here by eight years or more shows just what a hammer-blow its 660hp V12 was in 2002. Its performance was as dramatic as its angular aesthetic. In the history of Ferrari, the Enzo is doubly significant, as its 6.0-litre F140 (B) engine was the basis for all subsequent Ferrari V12s – including those in the GTC4Lusso and 812 Superfast.

Ferrari FF

The FF was a controversial beast upon its arrival. While the 612 Scaglietti it replaced wasn’t a classic beauty, was a four-wheel-drive shooting brake a step too far? Most concerns were quashed as soon as it fired up. A guttural V12 soundtrack borrowed from the GTO turned those raised eyebrows into slackened jaws. With 660hp, its output matches the Enzo. How’s that for nine years of progress?

Ferrari 488 GTB

When the 488 GTB arrived in 2015, it brought turbos and lots of torque. With 670hp, it matched the 599 GTO of five years before, and with a 3.9-litre engine. A 488 Spider was available, too.

Ferrari 599 GTO

The GTO was a watershed moment for production Ferraris when it arrived in 2010. Away went the gravelly snarl that harked back to the Enzo. In its place came a howl more akin to a 1990s Ferrari F1 car. Little did we know that exotic shriek would become the signature sound of Ferrari V12s.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Ferrari’s most relaxed product, a four-seat GT car, still has an Enzo-baiting 680hp V12. Even though power goes to all four wheels, it will break traction with ease. A formidable cross-continental tourer.

Ferrari 488 Pista

When Ferrari debuted its twin-turbo V8, it claimed there was potential for horsepower figures into the 700s. The track-prepped 488 Pista realised that potential with a McLaren-matching 720hp. The Pista Spider offers open-air thrills to match the Pista’s track-prepped skills.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

With the introduction of the F8 Tributo, the mainstream mid-engined Berlinetta is officially a 700hp+ car. Yes, the Pista wasn’t technically limited, but it’s not exactly a series-production car either. The new F8 offers Pista-level power in standard showroom spec.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The F12 Berlinetta caused quite a stir when it arrived back in 2012. Here was a car that anyone could buy, that wasn’t limited, that could comfortably trundle down the shops, and that had 740hp on tap. This figure eclipsed the hypercars of just a few years before, trouncing the million-pound Pagani Huayra and carbon-tubbed Lamborghini Aventador. ‘Is this too much?’, we all asked at the time. Ferrari didn’t seem to think so…

Ferrari F12 TdF

The final F12 was the stupendous TdF. Because what the F12 needed was more power, right? The 780hp TdF had rear-wheel-steering for the first time in a Ferrari, yet it was famously skittish on a damp road.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

The Superfast does what it says on the tin; its 6.5-litre V12 makes a round 800hp. It’s a GT at heart, though, so it packs a few more luxuries and a decent boot, weighing a few hundred kilograms more than cars further up this list.

Ferrari LaFerrari

When Ferrari unveils a new flagship, the world stands still. Nothing changed with the near-1,000hp LaFerrari back in 2013, although there were a few giggles at that name. A 2.4-second 0-62mph time was claimed, with a top speed of 217mph. It generates 963hp via a 6.3-litre V12 mated to a hybrid powertrain. It’s this technology that the new car advances still further in the pursuit of power.

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

The open-topped version of Ferrari’s flagship for the 2010s, the LaFerrari Aperta was actually rather a late arrival: three years after the coupe in 2016. We can’t argue with wanting to get closer to those 963 horses (of which 800 come from the V12). It’s more than twice as rare as the coupe, too, with just 210 produced.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

After three generations, Ferrari’s latest hypercar swaps a V12 for a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 with 780hp. Not since the F40 has the head of the Maranello stable had eight cylinders instead of 12. Nevertheless, the addition of three electric motors makes for 1,000hp in total – and comfortably the most powerful Ferrari on the road. With electric power to the front wheels making it all-wheel-drive, Ferrari’s first 4WD supercar is consummately rapid. Full figures haven’t been published yet, but Ferrari claims 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds and 0-124mph in 6.7 seconds – quicker than a McLaren Senna.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The cabin of the SF90 brings a welcome breath of fresh air to Ferrari interiors. A re-designed wheel controls 80 percent of cabin functionality. That, along with the world-first curved, shaped, 16-inch fully digital dashboard joins what is overall a more slick interior design. This sets the precedent for all future Ferrari cabins, so we’re told.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

It’s not quite a LaFerrari successor, though. Even though it finishes 64 metres ahead of that car over a single lap of Fiorano. The SF90 will cost less than a LaFerrari, but more than an 812 Superfast. We anticipate a six-figure price beginning with a ‘5’ in the UK, for what we reckon is one of Ferrari’s best-looking supercars of the last decade.

The Ferrari 812 Superfast just got even faster

Novitec N-Largo Ferrari 812 Superfast

There are very few complaints that can be levied at Ferrari’s 812 Superfast. Barring a sky-high price, it’s pretty much perfect.

Right near the bottom of the list of things that needed addressing was a lack of power and visual aggression. Still, that hasn’t stopped tuner Novitec from having a go.

Novitec N-Largo Ferrari 812 Superfast

Meet the Novitec N-Largo. It has more sculpted front and rear bumpers, with a total of 14 centimetres added to the already-broad supercar’s width.

The bigger hips are obvious when you look at the rear of the car, including the enormous air vents that have been added.

Novitec N-Largo Ferrari 812 Superfast

Larger alloy wheels also lurk within wider arches, 21 inches at the front and 22s at the rear. 

The N-Largo also has a distinctive rear spoiler and additional carbon trim. The modifications have been aerodynamically tested and apparently produce real downforce. It all works together in the production of some seriously impressive performance figures.

Novitec N-Largo Ferrari 812 Superfast

The 812’s already muscular V12 has been given larger lungs, with the addition of a high-performance exhaust and bespoke engine mapping.

The exhaust is available in stainless steel or inconel, the latter being an exotic material used in Formula One. All in, it’s good for a healthy 840hp at 8,750rpm.

Novitec N-Largo Ferrari 812 Superfast

That’s a hefty 40hp bump on the regular 812 super GT. The N-Largo will also crack 62mph in 2.8 seconds, on the way to a 214mph top speed.

Those figures are 0.1 seconds and 3mph up on the unmodified car.

Novitec N-Largo Ferrari 812 Superfast

As for other customisation, the sky is the limit. Novitec can trim the cabin of your N-Largo to your exact specification.

Then there’s the matter of price. As with the 812 itself, if you have to ask…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

599 facelift: would you buy this unique Ferrari?

Ferrari 599

Ferrari 599s are pretty cool. Along with the obvious kudos that comes with the Scuderia shields and a V12 under the bonnet, this 2008 example takes things a few steps further. It’s a manual – one of just 20 in the USA – and it’s had a subtle re-design.

The car was sent off for a re-design in 2011, with the goal of achieving a look closer to early concept designs for the 599. The regular Ferrari 599 isn’t exactly butter-faced, but this Jason Castriota design has a unique and more modern look to it. We’re rather fond of it.

Ferrari 599

The process took two years, with the car sent to Italy to be subtly re-bodied with new front and rear bumpers, rocker panels, front wings and headlights. All told, it fits together as well as if this design had come from the factory.

Also new are the solid billet aluminium wheels that look similar in style to those available today on the two-generation-newer 812 Superfast. All of the new bodywork on this unique 599 is carbon fibre.

Ferrari 599

The colour combination is distinctive, too. The Alfa Romeo Blu Inverno body colour and Poltroon Rau cabin is a homage to a 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spyder, chassis code 2561GT.

Independently of the redesign, this particular 599 is a very cool car. The colour specification works well and there’s no getting away from the fact that you can row your own gears in this 600hp+ V12. That’s a luxury afforded by just 30 599s in the world.

Ferrari 599

The car has 4,857 miles on the clock and was originally registered in 2008. It’s available now from Miller Motor Cars in Greenwich, Connecticut. A bit far for us, it must be said.

Do you prefer this, or the original Ferrari 599 design?

Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

The ultimate guide to Ferrari special editions

 

Ferrari P80C track-only

If you’re in a Ferrari, you’re king of the road. But there are Ferraris, and there are Ferraris. Mere mortals can rock up to a dealer and drive out with a Portofino, F8 Tributo, GTC4Lusso or 812 Superfast. Not so with the special editions: the mere existence of which is often difficult to verify. This rarified unobtanium is only available to – and often commissioned by – Maranello’s most loyal customers, along with the most revered Ferrari collectors. Here are some of the finest examples from over the years.

Ferrari P80C

Ferrari P80C rear

The latest special edition Ferrari bucks the trend somewhat. The P80/C is no coachbuilt special designed to light up Pebble Beach 50 years from now with its panel-beaten curves. Instead, it’s a track car that rivals the McLaren Senna for single-mindedness. Its design is peppered with homages to racing Ferraris from history, it took more than three years to build, and it’s a one-off. Doesn’t get much more special than that.

Ferrari SP1 and SP2

Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

Arriving shortly before the P80/C, were the Monza SP1 and SP2, revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Both use the 800hp V12 from the Ferrari 812 Superfast and draw inspiration from the racing barchettas of the 1950s. The SP1 is a single-seater, while the SP2 has room for one passenger. Both lean heavily on classically beautiful Ferrari designs of old.

Ferrari SP38

Ferrari SP38

The SP38 is based on the running gear of the 488 GTB and is the latest creation from Ferrari’s One-Off programme. Built for one of the marque’s most loyal customers, it features a few subtle nods to Ferrari’s heritage, along with wafer-thin inset headlights, relocated daytime running lights and a wedge-like profile.

Ferrari F60 America

Ferrari F60 America

Ferrari unveiled the limited edition F60 America at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills back in 2014, building 10 units to mark the 60th anniversary of its presence in North America. Powered by the F12’s V12 engine, the F60 America was notable for its fabric roof, which worked at speeds of up to 70mph. Fittingly, the special edition was treated to a North American Racing Team (NART) livery.

Ferrari SP12 EC

Ferrari SP12 EC

The ‘EC’ in the Ferrari SP12 EC stands for Eric Clapton, as the legendary guitarist allegedly spent £3 million on this one-off creation. Designed to pay homage to the Ferrari 512 BB – of which Clapton has owned three – the SP12 EC was based on the 458 Italia. It’s got us on our knees.

Ferrari F12 TRS

Ferrari F12 TRS

Taking inspiration from the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa of the 1950s, the F12 TRS was the F12 Berlinetta’s extreme cousin. The one-off special edition retained the standard car’s V12 engine, but the car was stripped back to the bare essentials. Even the roof was removed.

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano China Edition

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano China Edition

In 2009, Ferrari auctioned this unique 599 GTB Fiorano in Beijing. Finished with a cracked-glaze pattern inspired by the Ge Kiln porcelain of the Song Dynasty, the one-off 599 was bought by an anonymous bidder from Shanghai for around £950,000.

Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio

Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio

Built to honour Sergio Pininfarina after his passing in 2012, the Pininfarina Sergio concept was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the 458 Spider, the car was not intended for production, but Ferrari later announced that it would build six Sergios, still based on the 458 Spider. Car number one, pictured here, was offered at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction in May 2018.

Ferrari Superamerica 45

Ferrari Superamerica 45

You know you’ve made it in life when you’re able to commission Ferrari to build a special edition commemorating the 45th anniversary of your first Ferrari purchase. But that’s exactly what a New York collector did in 2011 with the Superamerica 45. Highlights include a rotating one-piece carbon fibre roof.

Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe Vignale

Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe Vignale

Arguably one of the prettiest Ferraris ever created, the 250 Europa Coupe Vignale was presented at the 1954 New York Motor Show. Designed by Michelotti and built by Vignale, the one-off beauty was sold at RM Sotheby’s New York auction in 2015 for £3.3 million.

Ferrari GG50

Ferrari GG50

Built to celebrate Giorgetto Giugiaro’s 50th year as a car designer, the Ferrari GG50 was based on the 612 Scaglietti. Amazingly, the concept – which was sketched by the great man himself – featured a hatchback and flat-folding rear seats. How very practical.

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

The so-called ‘Beast of Turin’ has an incredible backstory. Car collector, James Glickenhaus, was approached by Pininfarina to commission a one-off car. Glickenhaus agreed and demanded the car should be based on the last unregistered Ferrari Enzo. So impressed was he with the results, the then Ferrari chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, agreed to allow the Ferrari badge on the front.

Ferrari 575 GTZ Zagato

Ferrari 575 GTZ Zagato

Only six Ferrari 575 Maranellos were treated to a Zagato body, but each one was unique and tailored to the individual needs of the first owner.

Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta

Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta

Do not adjust your set, this is indeed a gold Ferrari. The Pininfarina-designed P540 Superfast Aperta was commissioned by the son of the chap who invented cable TV. According to Edward Watson, it was “the most special Christmas present of my life”. Well, underneath the wrapping was a Ferrari 599.

Vandenbrink Ferrari 599 GTO

Vandenbrink Ferrari 599 GTO

Although not officially acknowledged by Ferrari, the Vandenbrink 599 GTO concept was a pretty good tribute to the original Ferrari 250 GTO.

Gemballa MIG-U1 Ferrari Enzo

Gemballa MIG-U1 Ferrari Enzo

If the Vandenbrink 599 GTO slots into the fine tribute category, surely the Gemballa MIG-U1 does precisely the opposite. Nobody is doubting the amount of work Gemballa put into re-imagining the Ferrari Enzo, we’re just not sure the effort was worthwhile. What do you think?

Ferrari SA Aperta

Ferrari SA Aperta

Ah, that’s better. Announced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the SA Aperta was a drop-top version of the Ferrari 599, with all 80 cars sold before it was unveiled. Is 80 too many for this car to feature in this gallery? Perhaps, but when it looks this good, who’s complaining?

Gullwing America Ferrari F340 Competizione

Gullwing America Ferrari F340 Competizione

You’ll either love the Gullwing America Ferrari F340 Competizione, or you won’t. Designed as a tribute to the 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta, we happen to quite like it.

Wheelsandmore Ferrari FF

Wheelsandmore Ferrari FF

Tuning house, Wheelsandmore, has created its fair share of Ferrari special editions, often with varying degrees of success. Purists may bemoan its inclusion here amongst some of the great designers and coachbuilders, but this FF was suitably subtle.

Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake

Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake

The Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake is perhaps the most British Ferrari in the world. If such a thing exists. It was built in 1968 at the request of Luigi Chinetti Jr, who simply wanted an estate version of the 330 GT. Formerly owned by car-nut Jay Kay, it was recently for sale at Joe Macari in London for around £700,000.

Ferrari Ascari

Ferrari Ascari

The Ferrari Ascari concept won the ‘Ferrari: New Concepts for the Myth’ car design award in 2005. Judges included Luca di Montezemolo, Jean Todt and Piero Ferrari, the only living son of Enzo Ferrari.

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta by Zagato

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta by Zagato

You have to hand it to Zagato, for it knows a thing or two about creating Ferrari-based masterpieces. Using the 250 GT Tour de France chassis, Zagato transformed the race car into a more opulent affair. Five were built – a Berlinetta (seen here), Coupe Corsa, Competizione, Lusso and Prototipo.

Ferrari 458 Italia 20th Anniversary Special Edition

Ferrari 458 Italia 20th Anniversary Special Edition

Ferrari celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first car sold in China by introducing a 458 Italia special edition exclusively for the Chinese market. Predictably named the 458 Italia 20th Anniversary Special Edition, only 20 cars were built, with each one finished in exclusive Marco Polo Red.

Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

Launched in 2016 and designed by Ferrari’s in-house styling team, the 458 MM Speciale featured a ‘visor’ effect for the windscreen and a number of nods to the firm’s heritage. These include a black-painted A-pillar in the style of the 1984 Ferrari GTO and Italian flag livery. The handcrafted aluminium bodywork was all new, while the one-off creation sat on unique alloy wheels.

Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’

Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’

Fontana of Padova and the sculptor Franco Reggiani were commissioned by Count Giannino Marzotto to create a streamlined body for the Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export. Nicknamed ‘Uovo’ (Italian for egg), the one-off creation was around 150kg lighter than Ferraris of the time and fitted with twin shock absorbers and a 156-litre fuel tank. It sold at Monterey in 2017 for a cool $4.5 million.

Ferrari SP1

Ferrari SP1

This is where it all began for Ferrari’s Special Projects division: a bespoke F430 built for a Japanese customer named Junichiro Hiramatsu in 2008, who was said to be a fan of the Fioravanti concept car of 1998.

Ferrari FXX K Evo

Ferrari FXX K Evo

Launched in October 2017, the K Evo is an evolution of the XX programme launched in 2005, with cars developed for research and innovation purposes. Like previous XX cars, it’s not homologated for road use, but aimed at Ferrari’s select-group of enthusiasts who are keen to be involved in the development of a ‘closed-wheel laboratory car’.

Ferrari at 70

Ferrari at 70

In truth, there are too many SP builds to mention here, so we haven’t included them all. We’ve also avoided the Tailor Made cars unveiled to mark Ferrari’s 70th anniversary in 2018. Maranello created 70 exclusive liveries to “blend the past with the future to create the icons of tomorrow”. All cars featured a commemorative logo and an ID plate with the name of the model that inspired them.

Read more:

The modified Ferrari that has outraged enthusiasts: more photos revealed

Evoluto Ferrari 348 cabin

Not long ago, we broke the story of the Evoluto Ferrari 348. Essentially, it’s the ultimate mid-engined Ferrari Berlinetta, born from a 348 after a Singer-style makeover.

Now, concepts for the car’s cabin design have been revealed.

Ferrari 348 by Evoluto

By ‘Singer-style’ we mean the Evoluto 348 cherry-picks and exaggerates the very best bits of Ferrari V8s over the years. That’s why it looks like a modernised 355, arguably the prettiest modern Ferrari.

That’s also why it’ll rock a 500hp 360 Modena engine – arguably the best compromise for sound, reliability and indeed power. Oh, and an H-pattern gated manual ‘box. That’s just a given.

Inside the Evoluto Ferrari 348

Evoluto Ferrari 348 cabin

Now, the cabin designs are out of the bag and as you can imagine, it’s not a 348 with a new coat of leather.

The dashboard is available in either full carbon or leather, while it sports a ski-slope centre console somewhere between an Enzo and a Ferrari Challenge racer. The air conditioning and radio controls are subtle and stylish and don’t take away from the motorsport feel.

Evoluto Ferrari 348 cabin

The ventilation appears to be inspired by newer Ferraris. The steering wheel, of course, is of a classic no-airbag design, while the seats are carbon-backed buckets inspired by the units found in the 348 Serie Speciale. Whether they’re comfortable remains to be seen.

The instrument binnacle, interestingly, appears to be borrowed from newer Ferraris. Is there a bit of F430 in there? There appear to be digital readouts from that generation of Ferrari.

‘Taking inspiration from the F40 and F50’

Evoluto Ferrari 348 cabin

The red render is more hardcore and it’s not a huge leap to say it’s heavily F40- and F50-inspired. Just look at those four-point harnesses.

More than 100 components will be upgraded to bring the 348’s cabin up to this spec. Customisation will, naturally, be almost infinite.

A full options list for the Evoluto 348 be published next week. We’ll have another update for you soon.

Ferrari Premium is the sensible way to buy a used supercar

Ferrari Premium servicing

Ferrari Premium is the new scheme offering peace of mind to Ferrari owners with cars aged up to 25 years.

It involves providing eligible cars with a certificate attesting to service and maintenance history. This also certifies any recall repairs, revisions or replacements that have been carried out. In short, it confirms your classic Ferrari is the real deal.

Models eligible include the 456 GT, 456 GTA, 550 Maranello, 550 Barchetta, 360 Modena, 575, 575 SuperAmerica, 612 Scaglietti, F430, 599 and Enzo. 

Yes, you can get a Premium certificate to confirm that your Enzo has been properly cared for. Quite what effect that has on the seven-figure value, we’d be intrigued to know.

Ferrari Premium servicing

Maintenance for the fuel, lubrication, hydraulic and braking systems are all available at special prices, too. And the scheme gives you a shortcut to Classiche certification once your car passes 20 years old.

Ferrari Premium complements the after-sales schemes on new cars. Impressively, for a supercar manufacturer, Ferrari also offers a four-year warranty and seven years of free maintenance (both extendable still further at added cost). 

P80/C: Ferrari’s most extreme track car ever

Ferrari P80C

In Ferrari’s words, the P80/C is a “Hero Car”. An “absolutely unique” car inspired by two greats from Ferrari’s past: the 330 P3/P4 and the Dino 206 S. And we do mean unique – this is a very special Ferrari one-off indeed.

It was built at the behest of a Ferrari client – “a great connoisseur of the Ferrari world” – who wanted a modern sports prototype that tipped its hat to the two models of old.

Work began in 2015, making the P80/C project the longest in the history of bespoke Ferraris. As a track-only car, Ferrari was free to push the boundaries further than had it been designed for road use, but we suspect the client had rather exacting requirements. The process involved introducing features to “guarantee a captivating marriage of style, technical prowess and aerodynamics,” says Ferrari.

Ferrari P80C development

The 488 GT3 racer was chosen as the donor, not only for its performance, but also for its longer wheelbase, which allowed greater freedom. This is immediately evident from the front, with the P80/C boasting a sharp, wedge-like design, complete with a menacing front splitter.

Ferrari says the aerodynamics are inspired by the T-wing that appeared on its F1 cars in 2017. This, combined with a host of other tweaks, means that aerodynamic efficiency is up by five percent over the 488 GT3. The paint, in case you were wondering, is Rosso Vero.

Other highlights include the headlights, which are reminiscent of the air intake housings in the grille of the 330 P3/P4, and the visor-effect cockpit – a nod to the Dino and the 250 LM Berlinettas.

At the rear, Ferrari has used more trickery to create taillights that have the look of air vents, while the rear fascia leaves the running gear entirely visible. A view like this just shouldn’t be legal in this politically-correct day and age.

Ferrari P80C rear

“At the client’s request, the car was designed with a dual soul: a racing set-up, which includes quite a showy carbon-fibre wing and 18” single-nut wheels, and an exhibition package complete with 21” wheels but devoid of aerodynamic appendages, to highlight the purity of its forms,” says Ferrari.

The interior is similar to the 488 GT3 donor car, albeit with a roll cage integrated into the bodywork, redesigned side sections of the dashboard and carbon-fibre door panels.

Ferrari P80C interior

Ferrari hasn’t divulged the performance figures – or indeed the price tag – but we suspect everything will fall into the ‘extreme’ category. A four-year project that pushes the boundaries of the world’s most famous supercar company won’t come cheap.

Keep an eye open for it on the private race tracks of the world. In the meantime, check out these photos of yet another Ferrari you’ll never be able to buy.

Ferrari P80/C in pictures

(Click to see gallery)

Ferrari Evoluto: is modifying a classic common sense or sacrilege?

Ferrari 348 by Evoluto

Evoluto Automobili aims to do for the Ferrari 348 what Singer does for the air-cooled Porsche 911. In its own words, it wants to ‘evolve a future classic’.

In our experience, you never know what to expect with modified classic cars. Quality can range from pricey perfection to something more shoddy. Happily, the Evoluto Ferrari 348 looks to be about as close as you can get to a ‘Singered’ 1990s Ferrari.

But it looks like a Ferrari F355!

Ferrari 348 by Evoluto

A Ferrari 348 serves as the basis for the car, but the aesthetic is very similar to its F355 successor – albeit on steroids. Wider wheels and tyres necessitate a broader stance, in order to put as much as 500hp to the ground.

The exhaust tip design replicates the sports systems seen on later Ferraris, including the 575M, 612 and F430. As per newer mid-engined Ferraris, a clear window to show off the engine is available.

Ferrari 348 by Evoluto

The aerodynamics are a touch more aggressive, with a serious diffuser out-back – similar in style to that used on the current 488. A front splitter joins the broadened F355-esque nose, and looks similar to the black item seen on the F12.

The side scoops are exaggerated, as is the lip spoiler at the back. The rear lights are crisp LED units that appear to be borrowed from the current GTC4Lusso and 812 models.

Overall everything that makes the F355 such a timeless design is applied and honed, but not beyond the boundaries of good taste. Very Singer…

What’s going on underneath?

Ferrari 348

Although the Evoluto is based on a 348, quite a lot is due to change. The body is completely new and all ‘next-generation’ carbon fibre. That will go some way to reaching an ambitious 1,000kg target weight.

Wider wheels and tyres will, we assume, be complemented by upgraded suspension components and a stiffer chassis.

Will it use a Ferrari engine?

Ferrari 348 by Evoluto

Evoluto actually canvassed its followers on what engine would best suit the car. What they’ve gone with is the 360 lump, extensively upgraded to a target of 500hp. That sounds like a lot given that the 360 Challenge Stradale was a leader in terms of horsepower per litre, with 420hp from its 3.6-litre V8. Race versions were allegedly capable of over 550hp when de-restricted, though, so there is room for improvement. 

In terms of transmissions, given Evoluto’s tagline involves ‘peak analogue’, expect this car to feature a six-speed gated manual front and centre – going some way to #MakeFerrariGreatAgain.

When can I buy one – and how much?

Ferrari 348

We don’t know yet, truth be told. Evoluto announced just today that it’s working on ‘Mule 1’, so you can’t buy one yet.

As for how much it will cost, when it comes to such labours of love, the sky is usually the limit. Singers can be well over £1 million, and with the new carbon bodywork and reworked 360 engine, we can’t imagine the Evoluto-fettled Ferrari 348 will be far behind.