Congratulations to Monique who won the Ferris Kit Bag valued at R1500 in the Ferris Guess the Ferrari Competition!
Monique won after her father, Johan Van Niekerk, entered the competition on her behalf. He guessed all the Ferraris correctly and was the lucky winner in our draw.
On contacting Johan, he explained to us that he entered for Monique as she is the ultimate Ferrari Fan. Monique is an artist and applies her Ferrari paintings to clothing, such as the Ferrari 458 jacket she is wearing in the images below.
Together with Johan, we then decided to surprise her with the prize handover and a ride in a Ferrari 458 Spider!
Thank you to everyone who entered the competition and showed their support! It was a fantastic success!
In the mid-1960s, designer Sergio Pininfarina presented Enzo Ferrari with sketches he’d made of a small, swoopy, mid-engine sports car that he felt Enzo should build. Up to then, all Ferrari road cars were front-engined, but the automotive world was changing rapidly, most notably with the introduction of the Lamborghini Miura, the world’s first-ever mid-engined sports car. Enzo relented and agreed to build the car presented by Pininfarina, but only if it had a relatively small, less-powerful engine, Ferrari was afraid that his customers were not capable of handling a mid-engine car safely!
To power this car, Enzo chose a V-6 engine design that his son Alfredo (nickname Dino), had helped develop for racing. Alfredo had passed in 1956 from effects related to muscular dystrophy, but the engine he helped design had given Ferrari a Formula 1 world championship in 1958.
Enzo decreed the car would be called “Dino” in tribute to his late son and would bear no prancing horse, or the word Ferrari. Because Ferrari was required to mass-produce the engine for homologation and lacked the capacity to do so, he called on Fiat to cast and assemble the 2.0-liter V-6 in a partnership that saw Fiat able to produce its own front-engine Fiat Dino road cars.
Just 152 Dino 206 GT models were built before Ferrari decided to up the engine’s displacement to 2.4 liters, creating the 246 GT for the 1970 model year.
While the five-speed manual transmission was retained, there were many changes, including a switch to steel for most bodywork and the engine’s bottom end (a push towards cost and production efficiency), a small lengthening of the wheelbase for more stable handling, and the introduction, in 1972, of a GTS model with a removable Targa-style roof panel.
Hand assembly of all Dino’s was carried out by Ferrari in the Modena factory, on the same production lines as V-12 cars. The Dino has become iconic among Ferrari enthusiasts and collectors. Prices have risen dramatically over the years and good examples will always be a shrewd investment.
Ferrari Dino 206 GT
• 0–60: 8.0 sec • Top speed: 135 mph • Power: 180 bhp • Torque: 138 lb ft • Weight: 1070 kg • Cylinders: V6 • Engine capacity: 1987 cc • Layout: Mid Engine • Transmission: 5 x Manual
Ferrari Dino 246 GT
• 0–60: 7.1 sec • Top speed: 143 mph • Power: 195 bhp • Torque: 166 lb ft • Weight: 1070 kg • Cylinders: V6 • Engine capacity: 2418 cc • Layout: Mid Engine • Transmission: 5 x Manual
Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
• 0–60 7.1 s • Top speed 143 mph • Power 195 bhp • Torque 166 lb ft • Weight 1100 kg • Cylinders V6 • Engine capacity 2418 cc • Layout Mid Engine • Transmission 5 x Manual
FERRIS CARS IS PRIVILEGED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS 1970 (L SERIES) FERRARI 246 DINO GT
Meticulously cared for, this matching numbers car is a fine example of this iconic mid-engine collectible. P.O.A.
Despite the recent domination of Formula 1 by the Mercedes F1 team and prior to that Red Bull, Ferrari is still the most successful team in F1 history.
Ferrari is the only team to have competed in every Grand Prix since it’s inception in 1950.
In a conversation about Ferrari, both road and track, it is difficult for the hairs on the back of the neck not to stand up, never mind the goosebumps.
Such names as Michael Schumacher, Phil Hill, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jean Alesi, Nikki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, John Surtees, and of course our very own Jody Scheckter, evoke passion and emotion, something that Ferrari was built on by its illustrious founder Enzo back in 1929 when, still under contract to Alfa Romeo, he formed Scuderia Ferrari.
Although Enzo designed and built his first racing car in 1937, it was whilst under contract with Alfa Romeo. It was only once his contractual obligations ended in 1939, that he was able to establish his own company, Ferrari SpA, however, due to the war effort, he was only able to start producing racing cars from 1946.
Since then Ferrari has been responsible for building some of the greatest machines ever to compete in motorsport, for creating some of the most memorable moments ever seen in motorsport, and for elevating some of the finest drivers to a level of stardom usually reserved for movie stars.
Ferrari’s history is not without its sadness however, many lives have been lost in the pursuit of motoring excellence, but despite this, Ferrari has always been the team that everyone wants to drive for.
No other racing team or car manufacturer conjures up the same poignant, fervent, and sometimes obsessive feelings as Ferrari.
Their past is indelibly etched in the history books, and the adoration of many grows stronger as time passes.
Here’s how Ferrari stacks up to the top five successful F1 teams:
Ferrari fans, collectively known as “The Tifosi,” are passionate about their team, win or lose, the Tifosi are steadfast in their support and adoration of the Scuderia.
Ferrari is a religion in Italy, speaking of which, when Enzo Ferrari had an audience with the Pope, Enzo was not well enough to travel to Rome, so the pontiff went to Enzo! Such was the magnitude, influence, and reputation of the great man and what he has built.
Anyone who owns a Ferrari, supports the team, or collects memorabilia will tell you it is an illness, an indefinable “thing” that draws you in, almost like a drug, once you have tasted it, you want more. It is no wonder that Ferrari ended up being the Most Successful Formula 1 Team.
Become part of the Tifosi, show your passion and get your fix!
Visit the Grand Prix Store at Ferris!
In addition to the great offerings in the GP Store, Ferris have produced a range of kit bags, in canvas or leather, as tributes to some of the legendary names in motorsport such as, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, etc.
Last week, Thursday 15th, was a historic landmark in the Ferris Cars journey, the official launch party of our Bitcoin enterprise. The event, hosted by Ferris and our Crypto partners AltCoinTrader, was an outstanding success and witnessed the first car sold with bitcoin. Guests also enjoyed a comprehensive rundown of the pros and cons, ins and outs, and procedures for paying with Bitcoin.
We concluded our first Bitcoin purchase on the night, live on screen. In a matter of seconds, and the proud owner (who now holds the title of owning the first Car Sold with Bitcoin), drove his sparkling red Ferrari California away at the end of the event.
The beauty of the system we have implemented is that using this method, clients can buy almost anything with Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, utilising the platform set up for us by AltCoinTrader.
Another benefit is that we can facilitate other dealers who wish to take advantage of the platform (for an agreed commission), to sell vehicles from their own stock.
GP STORE OPENS AT FERRIS!
We are very excited to announce the first GP Store in the Fourways area has opened at the Ferris Cars showroom.
Shirts, caps, watches, jackets, and many other items are in stock, as well as a selection of tribute bags, designed and created to commemorate such great names as Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, and many others.
The GP Store also offers online purchases at: www.grandprixstore.co.za Purchases can be made online and collected from our showroom.
Please feel free to pop in for a coffee and browse the new shop.
So is the 348 the worst car Ferrari ever made? Nope!………. is the quick answer. Sure there are numerous articles, blogs and videos complaining about how twitchy at high speed it is, how ugly it is, how it doesn’t compare to the 355 etc. etc. Equally, there are as many articles about how good it is, how competent, user friendly and reliable it is.
The Ferrari 348 was the replacement for the 328 in 1989 and remained in production until 1995. It was the final V8 model developed under the direction of Enzo Ferrari before his death and commissioned to production posthumously.
The 348 revs to 7500 and produces 300hp, with a 0 to 100km time of 5.5 seconds, no mean feat when you consider its closest rival, at the time, was the Honda NSX.
Here’s the comparison:
The 348 was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, from the Pininfarina stable, the same guy responsible for the 308, F40, 288 GTO, 512 BB and many others. The 348 was also manufactured by hand, no robotic production lines churning out thousands of cars a minute, no mass-produced plastic interior bits, the 348 was designed, developed and manufactured using something that other carmakers seem to lack, passion!
Some say that the 348 is unstable at high speed, twitchy and unpredictable, well………. easy fix, put a 10mm spacer on the rear wheels and the track becomes exactly the same as a 355, problem solved!
What people don’t tell you is that the steering is better than a 355, more precise. The running costs are also generally less.
The 348 is the last real drivers Ferrari. None of the electronic nonsense that always fails at some point, no computer suspension, no power steering, no cruise control. It is a seat of the pants car. It’s a relatively inexpensive entry into the Ferrari lifestyle and after all, it’s a Ferrari, a good looking Ferrari!
The fear with buying anything old, and especially Italian, is that it will grenade its engine the first time you take it out, instantly rendering your investment worthless.
But the truth is, if you buy sensibly, don’t drive it to death and you stay on top of the routine maintenance, then that’s an unlikely scenario.
Beyond the big jobs – cambelt, brakes, clutch, – running costs shouldn’t be too crippling either.
This is definitely not the worst car Ferrari ever made. Mostly the 348 has had a bad rap, brought about by people perpetuating the unsavoury ramblings of the few misguided individuals who don’t really understand what this car is.
The value of the 348 has risen steadily over the past few years and is a sound, reliable, driveable investment.
Ferrari made a 208 turbo road car in 1982. The reason was to circumvent the tax laws in place at the time. Heavy taxes were imposed for cars with more than a 2.0-litre capacity. To avoid the tax, Ferrari produced a 1991cc engine and slapped a KKK turbo on it to compensate for the lack of power.
The next turbo production car was the legendary F40, lauded by many as the best supercar ever made. The trouble with turbo’s in those days …….. ………. the lag!! Accelerating the F40 would start with nothing, continue with nothing, and then….. 3500 revs and…… Bang…… all you see in front of you is hedge, road, hedge, road…. Ambulance!
It would be over two decades before Ferrari would make another production turbo, the California T.
By then, having lived through the Formula 1 turbo era, Ferrari had mastered the turbo. The California T had a smooth, consistent power curve, from zero to a hundred and plenty. Gone were the days of “put you in the hedge” surprises.
Like most modern cars, Ferrari V8’s have gotten bigger and heavier over the years, with each new model gaining a few kilo’s and a few cm’s.
The 355, in 1994, weighed in at 1,497kg’s,
The 360 Modena, at 1,493kg’s,
The F430, at 1,517kg’s,
The 458, at 1,565kg’s,
Right up to the new Hybrid SF90, in 2020, at 1,570kg’s.
Surprisingly, the only newish model to buck the trend is the 488, weighing in at 1,525kg’s, only 48kg’s heavier than a 458, but 45kg’s lighter than an SF90.
Better performing engines, turbo’s and lighter materials obviously compensate for heavier vehicles but, as the weights (and sizes) have increased the 0 – 100 times, top speeds and general performance figures have increased exponentially.
We should also embrace the modern turbo era, it’s here to stay and Ferrari have worked hard to bring the visceral, emotive and engaging experience of the normally aspirated cars back, there doing a grand job!
The Fiorano test track lap record for a Ferrari F40 is 1m 29.6sec. The lap record for a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale is 1m 26.5sec.
Ferrari made 1,315 F40’s and 1,288 Challenge Stradale’s.
A Ferrari F40 can cost R20 million plus, yet a Challenge Stradale will set you back about R5 million.
The Ferrari F40 is widely regarded as the ultimate supercar, and if you look at it, hear it and/or drive it, you’ll probably agree. Trouble is, very few of us are able to swim in the F40 owners’ pond, however, all is not lost, the 360 Challenge Stradale is a fantastic alternative.
Its mid-mounted V8 powerplant revs to 8,700 rpm and throws out 420 horsepower. The CS will top 190 mph, and shoots from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, just enough to slam your internal organs into the back of the seat and change your expression to that of a constipated smurf.
As with all supercars, we know that they all look great, they all sound great and they all go biblically quick, but that’s a given, it’s what you’re paying for. The big question is how is all of that delivered to you as a driver?
The CS is visceral, engaging, dynamic and capable. It’s also very analogue, there are no fancy computers to help you out when you get it wrong. Just a go and stop pedal, a steering wheel and you!
The aero upgrades, from the 360 Modena, include front bumper mods that extend the lower fascia below the air intakes, adding load to the front end without interrupting airflow to the rear. To balance things out, the rear height was increased slightly plus new longitudinal diffuser fins. Overall the improvements increase the Stradale’s downforce by a staggering 50 percent. The modifications make the ride more rigid than the regular 360, improving performance and delivering a spectacular track experience.
We are proud to be able to offer this exceptional example for sale. 2004 model with 17,000 Kilometres on the clock
A “BUCKET LIST” EVENT FOR EVERY FERRARI FAN, PETROL HEAD & CAR ENTHUSIAST
Despite the COVID 19 pandemic, we are forging ahead with some exciting events for later in the year.
We have now finalised the details of the Finali Mondiali, Ferrari’s end of year spectacular!
Obviously, the pandemic is a moving target, but as it stands at the moment, Ferrari has confirmed the function and spectators will be permitted to attend. Unfortunately, due to the situation, we have had to limit the number of hospitality guests to 30 (15 couples).
The only sticking point is whether South Africans will be allowed to fly into Italy. We are confident that this will be possible.
A full breakdown of the tour follows.
Don’t forget to express your interest in the tour now, so you don’t miss out! If you have any questions about the tour, please feel free to contact me, Paul on: 082 851 3300, or drop him a mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once a year, Ferrari gives back to their owners and fans with a special event, the Finali Mondiali (World Finals), hosted by the Ferrari factory and featuring the FIA Ferrari GT Championship, Corsa Clienti, FXX and FXXK programs and Ferrari road cars. This year the event will be held at The Mugello Circuit in Tuscany in early November.
Corsa Clienti consists of previous Championship-winning F1 cars, now privately owned and raced, the “Enzo” inspired FXX and “La Ferrari” based FXXK programs which compete over the weekend in their own FIA sanctioned championship.
Apart from the two days of non-stop track action and hospitality, the tour also includes visits to Museo Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari Museum, Wine Tasting, lunch at the famous Cavallino Restaurant, a 60-minute test drive in a Ferrari through the hills overlooking Maranello and much more!!
Thursday 4 November – Benvenuto in Italia !!
The tour flight arrives at “Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola,” at around 10h55 and, after collection of baggage, transfers will be waiting to whisk us away to a very special wine tasting, held in the mansion owned by the Strozzi Family, who are direct descendants of Lisa Gioconda, the model who sat for Leonardo Di Vinci in probably his most famous work, the Mona Lisa.
At approximately 15h30 we will be transferred to The Grand Hotel Cavour, our home for the next few days. After check-in and relaxing for a few hours, we will meet at the hotel for pre-dinner drinks at 18h30.
Grand Hotel Cavour
The Grand Hotel Cavour is a medieval palace, where the charm of the past blends with the highest standards of five-star hospitality.
The extraordinary nature of its location, in the very heart of Renaissance Florence, is portrayed in the individual elegance of the 100 rooms, arranged over six floors and adorned with particular attention to materials, colours and high-quality furnishings. Equipped with every comfort to offer you the most enjoyable stay, all rooms have free Wi-Fi and access to the fitness area.
Friday 5 November – Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena
Day two starts bright and early with breakfast aModena, about 135km’s from our hotel in Florence.
At 09h30 we will be entering the Museo Enzo Ferrari, The museum traces the life of Enzo Ferrari, some significant cars as well as personal artefacts.
Following the visit to The Museo Enzo Ferrari, at about 11h30, we’ll make our way to the other side of town, where a traditional Modena lunch awaits at the world-famous Ristorante Il Cavallino, directly opposite the historic entrance to the Ferrari factory.
Following lunch, we’ll take a short walk to the Ferrari Museum for a guided tour at 14h00.
The Ferrari Museum offers a unique and enthralling voyage of discovery, a story told through cars that have made automotive history on streets and circuits the world over.
There will be a brief time of leisure after the museum tour and then we will head off to test drive a Ferrari for 60 minutes through the hills and countryside surrounding Maranello.
Following our transfer back to the hotel at 18h00, the evening will be at leisure.
Saturday 6 November – Mugello
After breakfast, our transfer will leave at 10h00 for arrival at the Mugello Race Circuit at 10h30. For those who would like to choose to stay in Florence, a guided tour of the town will start at 10h00.
The fun begins immediately on arrival, as this year is the 90th Anniversary of the Scuderia (Racing Team), there is sure to be a display of Ferrari’s rarely seen before.
Action on the track includes the Corsa Clienti (Private owners of Ferrari Formula1cars), the FXX and FXXK programmes, and from lunchtime, various rounds of the FIA Ferrari GT Challenge Championships.
This really is Ferrari at its best, with some of the rarest, most expensive and most desirable cars on the planet making an appearance.
After an exhilarating day of speed and sound, we’ll be leaving the track at 17h30 and once again, the evening will be at leisure.
Sunday 7 November
08h00 sees us departing once again for Mugello Race Circuit.
Racing starts early on the final day with the Ferrari Challenge Coppa Shell AM Race at 09h00, followed by the Ferrari Challenge Coppa Shell race at 10h35 and Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli and Pirelli Am races at 12h55.
The packed programme is followed by the prize-giving and a special Ferrari show at 13h55.
The display features Formula 1 cars and drivers, and traditionally, Enzo Ferrari’s son Pierro, along with the president of Ferrari, make an appearance.
After our final day of Ferrari overload, we’ll return to our hotel at 16h00.
There’ll be time to freshen up and relax before a farewell dinner later that evening.
With the exception of international & domestic flights, the inclusive tour cost is:
R60,000 per person sharing.
(single supplement cost on request)
• International and domestic flights. (Ferris Cars can facilitate the booking of flights with your preference of Economy or Business Class).
• Transfers not mentioned, optional extras / optional sightseeing excursions.
• Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc.
• Meals and drinks not specified.
• Tips, porterage and gratuities.
• Visas and Travel Insurance.
Terms & Conditions
• Booking is subject to availability.
• Tour is restricted to 15 couples (30 pax).
• R6000/person deposit secures your registration.
• Balance of payment due on the 30th June 2021.
• R1000/person cancellation fee will apply (with no exception) for any cancellation by the participant or the organizers (Ferris Cars or its agents) for COVID or any other reasons beyond our control.
• Any cancelation before 30 June, R5000/person refundable.
• 50% cancellation fee (with no exception), for cancellation between 1 July and 1 October 2021.
• 100% cancellation fee applies after 1 October 2021 (with no exception).
• Participants agree not to hold Ferris Cars and/or the organizers, Reversa-SA, liable for any cancellations outside of their control.
• Travel insurance is not included nor offered.
• All costs are subject to prevailing rate of exchange, exchange fluctuations and availability, at the time of booking.
• Ferris Cars reserves the right to change the hotel accommodation contained within a confirmed booking. In the instance of change, reasonable notice will be given and a reasonable alternative will be supplied.
We’ve already announced that we now accept Crypto Currency as a means of payment ………….. We’re the first !
We’re about to have a special feature on the infamous Testarossa range, featuring The Testarossa, The 512TR and The 512M. These three cars have never been photographed together in South Africa… We’re the first!
We will shortly be launching a Ferrari Index, in conjunction with Rosso Sport (Pablo Clark Racing) and the support of HAGI, specifically addressing the South African Market… We’ll be the first!
We are excited to announce that Ferris Cars is the first high-end car dealership in South Africa to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment.
Yeah, you read that right……
Ever since the decentralised cryptocurrency made its mark as a formidable means of exchange, holders of the digital coin have defined their crypto success by their ability to buy a Lamborghini, or a “Lambo” after a number of new Bitcoin millionaires very publicly used their supercar as a means to flaunt their excessive wealth. Since then, High Net Worth Individual’s (HNWI) and fintech savvy investors around the world have been buying up supercars with Bitcoin wherever the currency is being accepted.
At Ferris Cars, we recognise the incredible impact this digital phenomenon is having on the world and the significant potential it has to impact our business.
We are exceptionally proud to be pioneers in this space in South Africa and the first to do so in the local auto business. We see this as a testament to our ambitions for a new, fresh and relevant Ferris, ahead of the curve with more exciting news on the horizon.
To help us in this endeavour, we are thrilled to have secured the expertise, advice, and support of our partners at South Africa’s most popular and well-established cryptocurrency exchange, AltCoinTrader.
AltCoinTrader was established in 2015 by Richard de Sousa. It has since become the most trusted cryptocurrency trading platform in South Africa. It has amassed over 500 000 subscribers on its platform, from around the world, and routinely facilitates over hundred thousand transactions per month to the value of hundreds of millions of Rands.
AltCoinTrader is a local thought leader on the subject of cryptocurrency. It helps local merchants begin to accept cryptocurrency as a method of payment and facilitates the transactions on its AltCoinTrader platform. AltCoinTrader is working closely with local regulatory bodies to ensure compliance in every transaction they facilitate.
As of today, you will be able to buy your dream car at Ferris by paying for it in Bitcoin (BTC), xZAR or Usdt. In fact, we would gladly facilitate the purchase of any car, from any dealership or private seller, in these currencies, should you not find what you are looking for on our showroom floor.