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Newsletter 16: FERRARI, STILL THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FORMULA 1 TEAM!

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.

Ferrari Formula 1 racing team

Here’s how Ferrari stacks up to the top five  successful F1 teams:

1. Ferrari 16 Constructors’ titles, 15 Driver titles: Constructors’ wins: 1961, 1964, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1982,  1983, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008. Drivers’ wins: 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1975, 1977,  1979, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007. 

2. Williams 9 Constructors’ titles, 7 Driver titles: Constructors’ wins: 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994,  1996, 1997. Drivers’ wins: 1980, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997. 

3. McLaren 8 Constructors’ titles, 12 Driver titles: Constructors’ wins: 1974, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,  1998. Drivers’ wins: 1974, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990,  1991, 1998, 1999, 2008. 

4. Mercedes – 7 Constructors’ titles, 9 Driver titles: Constructors’ wins: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. Drivers’ wins: 1954, 1955, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,  2020. 

5. Lotus – 7 Constructors’ titles, 6 Driver titles: Constructors’ wins: 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1978. Drivers’ wins: 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1978.

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!

Ferrari Formula 1 racing team

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.

Ferris Cars Grand Prix Store

Newsletter 15: FIRST CAR SOLD WITH BITCOIN!

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.

 

Newsletter 14: IS THE 348 THE WORST CAR FERRARI EVER MADE?

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:

Comparison: Honda NSX vs Ferrari 348 acceleration

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!

DRIVABILITY: 

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. 

CONCLUSION: 

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.

Newsletter 13: SHOULD FERRARI V8’S GO ON A DIET?

 

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! 

So NO……. Ferrari V8’s don’t need to go on a diet!

Ferrari V8’s in red

Newsletter 12: 3.1 SECONDS FASTER, RARER, AND A FRACTION OF THE COST OF AN F40

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 

Immaculate condition 

Full Service History 

Enquiries welcome: Paul 082 851 3300

Newsletter 11: THE FERRIS CARS FINALI MONDIALI TOUR

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: paul@ferriscars.com

THE TOUR

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!!

THE ITINERARY

Thursday 4 NovemberBenvenuto 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. 

Strozzi Family Villa and the Mona Lisa

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.

Grand Hotel Cavour

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.

MUSEO ENZO FERRARI MODENA

Ferrari

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.

Ferrari

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. 

Mugello

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. 

Mugello

TOUR COST

With the exception of international & domestic flights, the inclusive tour cost is: 

R60,000 per person sharing. 

(single supplement cost on request) 

Exclusions: 

• 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. 

• E&O accepted.

Finali Mondiali Tour

For more information or to book:

    Newsletter 10: FIRST’S AT FERRIS

    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! 

    Testarossa Evolution Photoshoot at Capital Stud Stables

    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!

    𝐒𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐤 𝐢𝐧! 🔥

    We are in urgent need of cars to consign or buy, why not fill one of these spaces? Let us sell your Ferrari, call Paul 082 851 3300.

    We are selling Ferraris faster than we can get stock in!

    Newsletter 9: A South African First at Ferris

    Buying your dream car just went digital. 

    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.

    Bitcoin Accepted at Ferris Tab

    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.  

    In Partnership with Altcoin Trader

    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.

    Newsletter 8: FERRIS CARS GIVES BACK

     

    Today the Ferris team were in Long Avenue, Glenhazel to participate in

    The Greatest Purim Drive-Thru

    Organised by the Chevrah Kadisha, the oldest Jewish organisation in Johannesburg and the largest on the African continent. Established in 1888, the Chev has been taking care of the welfare and burial needs of the community for more than 132 years. The vast scope of their services makes it likely that every Jewish family in the city is touched, in some way, by the work of this multi-faceted organisation. They reach 11 000 recipients at a staggering cost of over R300 million, of which 70% is generated by the generous donors in the community.

    The Chevrah Kadisha houses almost 1,000 residents in their own facilities:

    • Sandringham Gardens: Home to almost 400 elderly people.
    • Our Parents Home: Houses 100 elderly residents and has a specialised Alzheimer’s ward.
    • Arcadia Youth Care Centre: A place of safety for the all-inclusive needs of children at risk.
    • Selwyn Segal: Cares for 120 physically and intellectually disabled people.

    At these facilities, all the needs of residents are met – physical, medical, social, emotional and spiritual. Counselling, activities and outings are offered and specialised care is given to disabled people and dementia patients.

    Chevrah Kadisha
    Andrea Beck School of Dance
    SA Football Freestylers

    Newsletter 7: DOES FERRARI ROSSO EXIST?

    Article by: THE OFFICIAL FERRARI MAGAZINE

    Both the very first Prancing Horse car, the 125 S, and the 125 F1 which took to the track in the Monaco Grand Prix on 21 May 1950, were a burgundy colour. This dark red hue was the official colour of all Italian racing cars from the beginning of the 20th century – and in fact, the two Scuderia Ferrari SF1000s that contested our 1000th Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2020 sported a special colour that was a faithful reproduction of those early cars.


    After sponsor-inspired liveries were introduced to Formula 1 in the 1960s, Ferrari remained the only constructor to stick with tradition and continue to clothe its single-seaters exclusively in the classic red. Consequently, our road cars were identified with that colour thereafter.


    Red was seen as the almost obligatory colour choice for clients, with 85% of all Ferraris built in the early 1990s sporting red liveries. That dynamic has now changed, as clients choose from a vast range of colours. Nonetheless, traditional red continues to predominate for around half of client orders, be it from Ferrari’s customary palette, or as unique colours created with the Tailor-Made programme.

    Today, nine distinct red hues are available to clients through Ferrari’s configurator before they explore creating their own unique paint. Together, these colours, with their history and evolution, have become signatures of the Prancing Horse’s road and competition models.

    Most famous and most popular is Rosso Corsa, often seen as the identifying colour of a Ferrari. It has even been fired into space, in a specially constructed capsule aboard the European Space Agency’s 2003 Mars Express Mission to the Red Planet (after undergoing a series of rigorous mechanical and thermal tests to ensure it would withstand the extreme conditions encountered, of course).


    Rosso Corsa is a pastel red, defined and lively, while closely related but a lighter shade is Rosso Scuderia, an historic colour used by our Formula 1 team. Equally entrenched in our past is Rosso Dino, the launch colour of the Dino 206 GT and one which hints
    toward the orange side of red.

    Contemporary developments offer the client an expanded choice, and have often been launched in collaboration with a new Ferrari model. Rosso California and Rosso Portofino, for instance, are complex metallics, and belong to this new generation of colours.


    Progress allows our historical shades to develop, too. Rosso Corsa Met, launched with the 488 GTB in 2015, represents an alternative to Rosso Corsa, with a delicate metallic tint becoming perceptible with lighting. Created to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th birthday in 2017, Rosso 70 Anni was first seen on the 812 Superfast and showcases a pastel colour with strong depth to link indelibly to our past.

    Here are a few explanations of some shades of Ferrari red:

    Shades of Ferrari Reds


    • Rosso Barchetta: Means “Small Boat”, comes from the shape of the early racing cars.
    • Rosso Berlinetta: Specifically developed for the F12 Berlinetta.
    • Rosso Cina: A non-metallic colour used by Ferrari in the 1960s.
    • Rosso Corsa: The most common shade used. The official national colour of Italy.
    • Rosso Dino: Introduced in the 1960s and again in 2002, part of the historical range.
    • Rosso Fiorano: Named after the historic factory test and race track.
    • Rosso Magma: Originally a Maserati colour, introduced by Ferrari for the 488 Pista.
    • Rosso Maranello Opaco: From the Italian word “Matte”, has a slight sparkle.
    • Rosso Metallizzato: One of the darkest hues with a hint of purple.
    • Rosso Mugello: Named after the race circuit Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello.
    • Rosso Portofino: Introduced together with the Ferrari Portofino in 2017.
    • Rosso Scuderia: Named after the Ferrari Formula 1 team, used from 2003 to 2007.
    • Rosso Singapore: Tailor Made For SG50, for the 50th anniversary of Singapore.
    • Rosso Vinaccia: Translates to ‘red wine’, inspired from winemaking.
    • Rubino Micalizzato: The darkest shade of red, only available on request.

     

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