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Newsletter 51: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS HELD BY FERRARI

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS HELD BY FERRARI.

Here are just 10 titles of the many Guinness World Records currently held by Ferrari.

1 Fastest average speed in a Grand Prix

The fastest overall average speed for a Grand Prix race is 247.585 km/h (153.842 mph) by Michael Schumacher at Monza in the Italian Grand Prix on 14 September 2003.

2 Most Formula One Grand Prix wins by a constructor

The most Formula One Grand Prix wins by a constructor is 238, achieved by Scuderia Ferrari, between 1951 and 2019.

Ferrari competed in its first Formula One race at the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix. Its first victory came at the 1951 British Grand Prix, held on 14 July at Silverstone, with Argentinian driver Jose Froila n Gonza lez behind the wheel. Win no.238 came at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix on 22 September, courtesy of driver Sebastian Vettel.

3 Most expensive car ever sold

The most expensive car sold in a private sale is the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO (4153 GT), selling for $70,000,000 (R1 433 Billion), purchased by David MacNeil (US) in May 2018.

Built in 1963, the Ferrari 250 GTO model is one of the rarest and most desirable cars in the world, with only 36 ever built.

This particular model (4153 GT) in 1964, won the famous Tour de France with team mates Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger behind the wheel.

The 250 GTO has a 3-litre V12 engine, pushing the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, and a max speed of 174 mph.

This 250 GTO model has been based in Germany for year but has been showcased around the world.

The purchaser, David MacNeil, the CEO of WeatherTech, a company that produces vehicle accessories. David is an experienced car racer, as well as an avid car collector, with more than 8 other Ferrari models in his possession.

Silver Ferrari Side front view

4 Biggest LED display at a circuit

The Italian brand used its Fiorano test track to create a mega light show and a new world record.

The LED light show was part of the ongoing celebrations, in June 2022, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the iconic manufacturer. More than 55 miles worth of dynamic strings were used in the creation of the display with 1,039,280 LEDs covering 1,215,872.7 square feet of real estate.

Light Display Ferrari Guinness World Record

Two cars featured in the display, the Mondial 3.2 Cabrio, used for a visit by Pope Jean Paul 2, in 1988, and the Daytona SP3, as it was built to celebrate Ferrari’s dominance at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, where it came first, second, and third.

The lighting show set new Guinness World Records for the Largest LED-illuminated Racetrack.

To see the full video, click here

5 Most Formula 1 Constructors Titles

The most Formula One Constructors’ World Championship titles is 16 by Ferrari in 1961, 1964, 1975-77, 1979, 1982-83, 1999-2004 and 2007-2008.

6 Most consecutive Formula One Grand Prix points finishes (by constructor)

Ferrari has recorded the most consecutive Formula 1 Grand Prix points finishes by a constructor. The team enjoyed 71 successive points finishes from the German Grand Prix on 25 July 2010 to the Chinese Grand Prix on 20 April 2014.

7 Most Formula One Grand Prix starts by a constructor

The most Formula One Grand Prix starts by a constructor is 1,010, achieved by Scuderia Ferrari (Italy) between 21 May 1950 and 18 April 2021.

Ferrari entered its 1,000th Formula One race on home soil at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, staged at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany, Italy.

Ferrari competed in its first Formula One race at the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, held on 21 May, and took its first victory on 14 July 1951 at the British Grand Prix. As of its 1,000th race, it had won more races – 238 – and championship titles – 16 – than any other constructor.

8 Largest indoor theme park

The foundation stone for Ferrari World, just next to the Yas Marina GP circuit, was laid on 3 November 2007. It took three years to develop the park until it was officially opened to the public on 4 November 2010.

At the time it was the largest indoor theme park in the world, at a whopping 925,000 Sq feet, surpassed by Warner Brothers World, also in Abu Dhabi, at 1,623,000 Sq feet in 2019.

Ferrari Largest Indoor Theme Park

9 Fastest rollercoaster in the world

Formula Rossa

Whether you’re a Ferrari aficionado or a roller coaster enthusiast, it should come as little surprise to learn that the fastest roller coaster in the world is found at Ferrari World.

The Formula Rossa is capable of accelerating up to 240 km/h (149.1 mph), can travel 52 meters upward in just 4.9 seconds, and will subject you to 4.2G, earning it a place in the Guinness World Records as the fastest roller coaster in the world.

The Formula Rossa has held the title of world’s fastest roller coaster since it opened to the public in November 2010.

Guinness World Record Roller Coaster Ferrari

10 Largest parade of cars in the Guinness World Records

The largest parade of Ferrari cars consisted of 944, and was achieved by Ferrari North Europe Ltd. at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, on 15 September 2012.

The previous record was set in 2007, with 385 Ferraris, at the same Circuit.

In addition, Ferrari North Europe donated £5 (approx. R100) to BEN, (the automotive industry’s own charity) for every Ferrari taking part in the record-breaking attempt.

Guinness World Record most Ferrari's on track

BONUS RECORD

Largest speeding fine

The largest speeding fine is a $290,000 (R5 800,000) ticket given to an anonymous Swiss motorist who was caught driving 137 km/h (85 mph) in a 80 km/h (50 mph) zone in a village near St. Gallen, Switzerland, in January 2010.

The man in question was driving a red Ferrari Testarossa and made it into the Guinness World Records. The fine was calculated based on his wealth, which the court assessed at $22.7 million (R454 million) – it was also increased because he was a repeat offender.

Don’t mess with the Swiss !!!!

Ferrari with sunset in background

 

As always, we are looking for stock to buy or consign.
We specialise in Ferrari, but all high end, luxury, sports and supercars are welcome.

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Newsletter 41: FERRARI ICONS 250 GT LUSSO

WELCOME TO 2022

Ferris Cars has some exciting things lined up for the year ahead.
More events.
Some exciting social media content.
Revolutionary new cryptocurrency options.
More fun Rhino stuff.
Watch this space!
In the meantime, you know you are always welcome, so pop in for a coffee and a chat ………….even if it is just to talk about cars and shit!!!!

Ferris Offices Outside view

FERRARI ICONS: 250 GT LUSSO

When it made its debut at the 1962 Paris Salon, the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso was unveiled as the final iteration of the 250 GT series of cars.
The Lusso, which means “Luxury” in Italian, was positioned between the more hardcore racing models and ultra-luxury variants within the Ferrari lineup.
It aimed to offer the experience of top-tier Ferrari sports car performance while being well-appointed with an arsenal to combat the demands of daily use.

The 250 Lusso is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cars to be adorned with the prancing horse badge.
Its sporty nature is derived from the use of a Short Wheel Base (SWB) chassis, shared with some of the previous competition cars, and a V12 engine fueled by three Weber carburettors.
The overall design elements of the car were ground-breaking for their time, and the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso would soon become one of the most recognisable automobiles in the world.
Exquisitely proportioned, the GT/L had an elegant silhouette which comprised of its elongated profile, curvy fenders, slim pillars, truncated rear and charismatic three-piece front bumper.

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso side view

The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso was imagined by Pininfarina and brought to life by Carrozzeria Scaglietti under the direction of Enzo Ferrari.
While the GT/L was intended to be a road-going grand tourer in every sense of those words put together, many owners ended up outfitting their cars for racing anyway. This is because the GT/L inherently possessed race car DNA, which is shared with the 250 GTO, including its SWB, disc brakes, suspension, and engine, making it a viable track toy when the latter was not an option.

Engine of a red Ferrari

Though well-received and sought after, the GT/L would ultimately have a brief production run spanning just 18 months, between the years 1962 and 1964, with only 350 examples made. At the tail end of 1964, the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, and by extension, the entire 250 GT line, would be succeeded by the incoming Ferrari 275 GTB.
This would by no means signify the end for the GT/L, as it has become a hot collector’s item in recent times.

The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso is the quintessential 60’s sports car.
Driving any Ferrari from the same era is a tremendously special experience, of which few of us have had the privilege.
The 250 is rare, expensive and highly collectable, but its value is based on the engineering, remarkable style and elegance, coupled with the exceptional performance and handling of that particular era, all of which made it ahead of its time when the car was launched in 1962
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Red Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

THE FERRIS CLINIC IS NOW OPEN FOR 2022, AND
THE DOCTOR IS READY TO HELP!

We don’t have a PhD, nor any formal medical training, but we do have a vast experience and understanding of your condition.
The bad news is that your illness is not curable, not terminal, but not curable, and is something you are going to have to live with ……….. probably for the rest of your life.
Some of our clients claim different ailments related to their illness. Some speak of a feeling of petrol running through their veins. Some talk of sweaty palms and accelerated heartbeat when visualising or being in close proximity to certain items of a mechanical nature.
Some patients, who are currently being treated, claim to have a much more fulfilling life, a sense of contentment and, in some cases, a better sex life, all due to the therapy and treatment we have prescribed.

Ferrari driving in the Sunset
Some of our patients enjoying their therapy!

This illness, unlike many others, has taken on various names over the years.
An extreme case is called, “Mechanophilia”. The most common is called, “Paraphilia”.
Locally, the most common term for this illness is
“Motor” or “Petrol” Head.
The best news of all is that our mission is to make living with your illness, as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Over the years we have developed some proven therapies to help alleviate the many varied symptoms.
If you think you may be experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, don’t delay, call Ferris immediately, and get professional help in dealing with this terrible illness.

Ferris Doctor Help Line

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Newsletter 29: FERRARI 458 ITALIA – TIME TO BUY?

The Ferrari 458 Italia, launched in 2009 (South Africa receiving their first one in 2010) was a complete redesign for the company and the last V8 model to be completely designed by Pininfarina.

4.5 litre, normally aspirated V8, 0-100 Kmh – 3.4 Seconds. 

Impressive figures, considering it is now over ten years old. Even pitting it against today’s turbo and hybrid offerings, it’s pretty competitive. The Bugatti Veyron  Supersport, for example, is only 1 second quicker, and that costs one hundred and seventy hundred and forty million hundred……… (listen carefully), more! 

The 458 represents Pininfarina’s discovery of the optimal aerodynamic shape, which many supercar manufacturers copy aspects of to this day.  

When Luca di Montezemolo was shown the mock-up of the 458, he looked at the exterior, the interior, and the engine, and said this is the perfect car to represent  Italian motoring, its style, its speed, its power, its grace, it’s looks, and that is why it’s called the 458 Italia. – This is Italy’s car!

Ferrari 458 Italia Front View

The Ferrari 458 Italia isn’t just beautiful to look at, its design has a purpose. The two wings situated in the front grill, deform at speed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. Air flows down the body of the car into a vent just behind the rear side window, where it cools the dual-clutch transmission, the result of that though, warm air is forced out the back, and reduces drag in the car – It’s all rather clever!  

It’s also one of the slipperiest Ferrari’s ever made. It’s drag coefficient, or how easily it slices through the air as it goes, is just 0.330, which is a very small number, but the thing is, it’s not just how it cuts through the air, it’s how it uses it to improve airflow aerodynamics and reduce drag. Someone put a lot of thought into this! 

A certain Mr. Schumacher had a lot of input in the interior cabin, everything is driver-focused, within easy reach, and that’s because he wanted it to be like a Formula 1 car,  so it becomes second nature just to fiddle with your controls, you don’t have to take your eye off the road, which is really smart, because in something like this, you really don’t want to take your eye off the road. 

As a driver you have loads of information at your fingertips, the steering wheel has got everything you need. The engine start button, the suspension adjust, the indicators, and all the rest, there’s the manettino switch, which is a wonderful little invention,  allows you to switch instantly between the traction control modes.  

It’s basically derived from Formula 1 tech, and there are five modes to choose from; Wet,  for when it’s raining, Sport, which is Ferrari speak for normal, then you have Race,  which turns the traction control off a little bit, (Ferrari speak for….just a leetal beet crayzee), CT off, which turns it off quite a lot, (Ferrari speak for…. starta to aloosa de plota), and then you have to press and hold it for ESC off, which turns everything off  (Ferrari speak for…. youa fuckina inasayna).

There’s two screens in this binnacle, as well as the rev counter. The one on the left gives you lots of information about the car tyre pressure, oil pressure that kind of thing, also there’s a little speedo, odometer and the fuel gauge. And on the right-hand side, well, when you’re not using the Sat-Nav or the phone or anything like that, you have a giant speedo, nice big numbers you can see just out of the corner of your eye,  which is really quite handy.

The big question …. “What’s it like to drive?”  
Well, when you look at it you think, will it be heavy, light, wayward, slippery, tricky – none of the above, thankfully, – it’s awesome! 

If you drive like a saint, you can get up to 22 miles per gallon out of it. The gearbox in this thing is an absolute masterpiece, – it is once again derived from Formula 1  technology, so a dual-clutch. There’s one clutch always resting on the even gears, and one clutch always resting on the odd gears.
 
Everyone wants to know, just how long is the transition between the changes? If you ask a Ferrari rep, the response will be, “We’ve really stopped measuring that because well, it’s pretty instant.” – And they’re right, it really is! – You flip the paddle, down! Flip the paddle, down! Flip the paddle, down! – It’s just bang, bang, bang, – it is that instant, – it’s absolutely incredible, it really, really is! 

The steering in this thing is absolutely incredible, it is just so direct you just pop the nose in and well, away you go, there’s no hint of understeer, and there’s no threat of nasty oversteer, with you spinning into a forest. It’s absolutely incredible, and you can get it out of shape if you drive like a bit of a numpty, or you really don’t know what you’re doing; – but as a car for a normal person, it’s really, really, good. Comfort-wise,  you’d expect a car like this to be very uncomfortable, very hard riding, so you sit on the freeway and go, “God! I regret spending so much on this, oh it’s so uncomfortable, oh for the love of God, make it stop!” – But in actual fact, no, there are lots of suspension modes to choose from, so you can have a nice cosseting comfy Ferrari. 

The 458 Italia is as Ferrari intended, a dream, it causes a stir wherever it goes, it has a  visual drama that other cars struggle to match. It combines performance, agility and style in a way that few will ever see, let alone experience! – It’s a true Italian thoroughbred! – It’s the definition of desirability, of a dream! – 
It is Italy’s car!

We are proud to be able to offer this 

2012 Ferrari 458 Spider 

20,000km’s

R3 449 990.00

Newsletter 24: FERRARI, THE FUTURE, WHAT TO EXPECT!

These are interesting and exceptional times for all supercar manufacturers.
The political and public persecution of small-volume carmakers with ignorant, broad-brush legislation, threatens to destroy the things we most value about these types of cars. Forcing a company like Ferrari to produce electric cars is pointless and will do absolutely nothing to assist in saving the planet. For one thing, companies like Ferrari only make 10,000 vehicles a year, and 95% of them are, at most, driven a couple of times a month. It is therefore mindless and moronic to force Ferrari, and other small-volume supercar manufacturers, to adhere to EV (Electric Vehicle) regulation.
To put this into perspective, one single cruise liner will produce 10,000 times more harmful greenhouse gases than the entire yearly output of Ferrari, when was the last time anyone heard of the government putting the thumbscrews on the cruise line industry?

CURRENT FERRARI LINEUP

Ferrari splits its models into four separate categories:

Current line up of 4 groups of Ferrari

What can we expect from Ferrari in the short to medium future?

We recently heard about the 812 Competizione and Aperta, these being the “hot” versions of the 812 and 812 GTS. Rumours abound, as they usually do, that these will be the last of the naturally aspirated V12’s to be produced, but then Ferrari has said that a few times in the past!
Last week, Ferrari announced the 296 GTB, a 3 litre, V6 Hybrid boasting over 800Bhp, the first V6 Ferrari since the 246SP, launched in 1961.

Most of us thought the 296 would be the replacement for the F8 Tributo, but in actual fact, will sit alongside in the model range. The powertrain of the 296 will, of course, replace all the current V8’s and become the standard for new models.

The 296 GTB concept Ferrari

Scheduled for 2022, Ferrari will be launching their “FUV” – Ferrari Utility Vehicle. It’ll be called the Purosangue, which means thoroughbred in Italian. Most Tifosi want to run away and weep at the thought of this vehicle, but it is coming!
Whilst most of us are appalled at the thought of this car, we can at least understand the need for it. People laughed and scoffed at Porsche when they released the Cayenne and then the Macan, but these cars account for over 50% of the company’s sales, and that means more money coming in to spend on other special models. So, let’s not be too hard on the Purosangue, rather than looking at it as an affront to everything we love about Ferrari, we should actually look at it as the cash cow that will enable the company to develop all the cool cars to come.

Ferrari Utility Vehicle Side View

The above are the new cars we know about, but let’s take an educated guess as to what might be coming in the medium future.
Ferrari’s proven formula would dictate that there will probably be a “hot” version of the F8 Tributo, a Speciale if you like. It would make sense, as the F8 is Ferrari’s swan song and what better way to say goodbye to the V8 era than with a super special version.
Ferrari has stated that there will be a number of Icona models being released in the next few years.
Rumours are also around of ………. wait for it …………. an F40 tribute, yes you read correctly, an F40 tribute. What an absolutely amazing prospect that would be! Of course, you would have to have purchased the first Icona model in order to be eligible for this one!

F40 Concept side and front view

As if the F40 tribute isn’t exciting enough, when the Icona division was launched to a select group of VIPs, the rumour was that Ferrari would be producing a manual tribute to the 250 GTO.

250 GTO different angles

And now we get to something extremely exciting, – the LaFerrari replacement.
Yes, that’s right, it’s been nearly 10 years since the LaFerrari was launched, and we are expecting to see another super high-end, ridiculously fast Ferrari hypercar in the next 2 years.
2022 is Ferrari’s 75th anniversary, but, there’s an awful lot going on in that year; – so, we can bet that this new LaFerrari replacement will not arrive until at least 2023, or possibly 24.
It will not be fully electric and instead, it will use an evolution of the SF90’s hybrid system, with a V12 generating over 1100 brake horsepower, still be a limited production car, and possibly numbered, so it will be the most exciting Ferrari that’s arrived for nearly a decade.

3 photo's of LaFerrari Concept

A few years ago, the possibility of a fully electric Ferrari would have been the stuff of a mad man’s dreams, it was never a possibility, and it was never going to happen, but at the recent AGM, temporary CEO John Elkann, announced that in fact there would be a brand new all-electric Ferrari launched in 2025.
This creates some real problems for Ferrari, not least, the Ferrari sound, which is a bit like the Detroit sound, but a bit louder and more shrieky. The way a Ferrari sounds is sometimes as important if not more so than the way it handles and how fast it goes; – and the march of electricity will rob all of us of the soundtrack of these wonderful cars. Yes, the sound could be synthesized as it is in the Lexus LFA, but honestly, who wants that?

Front of a Ferrari

But there is some good news… the LaFerrari and the SF90 powertrain shows that Ferrari can successfully embrace hybridization and electrification. – These are bonkers fast technological marvels, that bring F1 gizmos to the road, and no one can really argue that they aren’t proper Ferrari’s.
The Roma and the forthcoming “hot” Roma’s are usable daily with less emphasis on outright speed and sound, it’s a stealth Ferrari, and one that you won’t care about the mileage. You could hybrid or electrify the Roma, and no one would bat an eyelid.
And the Purosangue, love it or hate it, it’s coming, and it’s coming hard. If you don’t mind the GTC 4 Lusso, then you’re probably more than halfway to accepting the “sang” into your life, and it probably won’t be the huge SUV that we all thought it would be.
So there we are then, a reasonably detailed look at the future of Ferrari.
What can we take away from this?
Well first of all Ferrari is increasing its production to over 10,000 units a year. Get used to it! Over the next 5 years, we’ll see a steady increase to at least 15,000 units.
Second, an all-electric Ferrari is coming in 2025.
Third, Ferrari has no idea how to combat the loss of the Ferrari sound when electric cars come along.
Fourth, there are plenty of exciting models on the way, not least, the new A12 Competizione and the new Icona.
Fifth, V8 cars will be replaced with V6 hybrids, it’s already happening.
And finally, sixth, one would expect synthetic fuel to allow us all to drive our classic Ferrari’s in the future.
With the market at the bottom of the curve, there has never been a better time to pick up a classic Ferrari, in the reasonably secure knowledge that it will increase in value, and you’ll be able to drive and enjoy it for many years to come.

Black and white Ferrari Badge

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Damian Butt from The Car Guys.
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Newsletter 23: FERRARI ICONS: PININFARINA

The launch of the Ferrari 812 Superfast marks the end of the era of Ferraris designed by Pininfarina.
Pininfarina is a design house, founded in Turin in 1930.
They first did coachbuilding work for Ferrari in 1951 and continued to design almost every Ferrari, well into the 21st century.
Ferrari made use of other coachbuilders in the 1950s and 1960s, but by the 1970s, Pininfarina was responsible for every Ferrari road car except for the 308 GT4, which was penned by Bertone.
Eight years ago, however, Ferrari established its own in-house design studio, Centro Stile Ferrari. Centro Stile Ferrari worked in conjunction with Pininfarina for the first few years, however, the La Ferrari, launched during that period, was an entirely in-house Ferrari design.
The California, 458, and FF both featured Pininfarina styling, and as a consequence, were adorned with the Pininfarina badges. Their successors, the California T, 488, and GTC4 Lusso, however, do not have Pininfarina badges, even though the California T was launched with the tagline, “Penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina.”
This was not the case with the GTC4 Lusso or 488, as they were completely designed in-house.
That left the F12 Berlinetta as the only Ferrari on sale, at the time, designed by Pininfarina.

Of course, all of Ferrari’s current line-up features Pininfarina influence, since all of its cars are heavily updated versions of models originally styled by the Turin design house. Still, this is a significant moment in the historic story of the world’s most revered auto manufacturer.

Indian automaker Mahindra, bought Pininfarina back in 2015. Since then, Pininfarina has focused on designing interiors for self-driving cars and innovating electrified powertrains, while continuing to do commissioned one-off cars.

Together, Ferrari and Pininfarina created some of the most beautiful cars of all time. Ferrari will surely continue to do good work, and it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for Pininfarina, but we really hope this isn’t the end of the road for the famed partnership.

Poster of the Ferrari Pininforina

Newsletter 22: FERRARI ICONS: LUCA CORDERO DI MONTEZEMOLO

FERRARI ICONS: LUCA CORDERO DI MONTEZEMOLO.

Ferrari has just announced a new CEO, 52-year-old Benedetto Vigna.
He’s a Subnuclear Physicist and is currently heading up one of the divisions at STMicroelectronics.
His appointment is to replace acting CEO John Elkann, who stepped in temporarily after the sudden resignation, on health grounds, of Louis C. Camilleri.

Whilst this new appointment seems very promising, and his technical and electronics knowledge will certainly be a boost for the road car division, will Mr. Vigna be able to lift the company and bring Ferrari back to the fore in the world of Formula 1? – A task which most of his predecessors were unable to complete, with the exception of Luca Di Montezemolo!

Ferrari CEO Benedito Vigna

Here’s a list of CEO’s and the Formula 1 world titles they achieved:

Enzo Ferrari (1939–1977) 
Nicola Tufarelli (1978–1980) 
Giovanni Sguazzini (1980–1984) 
Vittorio Ghidella (1984–1988) 
Pietro Fusaro (1988–1991) 
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (1991–2014) 
Sergio Marchionne (2014–2018) 
Louis Camilleri (2018–2020) 
John Elkann (2020–) 
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In Italy, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, is practically royalty.
If you don’t know who he is, and you should, he’s the guy who turned Ferrari into a championship-winning team and, along with Michael Schumacher, assembled what came to be known as, “The Dream Team.”
Luca’s impressive career started after racing cars for Fiat 500 in Italy and later in the auto manufacturing conglomerate at Fiat.
In 1973 he moved to Ferrari, becoming right-hand man to Enzo Ferrari himself, before becoming manager of Scuderia, Ferrari’s Formula One racing division.
Montezemolo’s incredible impact on Ferrari was apparent from the day he joined, and with him, on board, they went on to win the Formula One World Championship with Niki Lauda in 1975 and 1977.
In 1977 he was promoted to a senior manager position at Fiat, before going on to occupy a number of similarly important positions within the Fiat empire.

When Enzo Ferrari passed away in 1988, the call came from Gianni Agnelli, the principal shareholder at Fiat, asking Montezemolo to rebuild a floundering Ferrari company which was both in disarray and potential collapse. Montezemolo is quoted as saying, “I know what’s wrong with Ferrari, and I can fix it!”
Montezemolo made crucial changes to Italy’s most famous racing team, including signing Niki Lauda as a consultant and promoting Claudio Lombardi to the team manager, ultimately resulting in the resurrection of Ferrari from being drenched in serious debt to making a proper annual profit.
In the early nineties, Montezemolo persuaded, then double world champion, Michael Schumacher to join Ferrari. Michael agreed on the basis that he could assemble the team of his choice. Together they acquired the talents of Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Jean Todt, and Paulo Martinelli. This dream team would go on to secure five drivers’ world
championships and seven constructors.


As well as the Scuderia Racing division, Luca was also responsible for innovations in the road car division.
He introduced the first all-aluminum space frame chassis, used on the 360 Modena and subsequently, the basis for all road-going Ferrari’s since.
He played a major role in Niki Lauda’s two Formula 1 titles in 1975 and 1977, bringing the Scuderia back to its winning ways.
It is thanks to Luca Di Montezemolo that Ferrari’s road car business is a success today.
In the 1990’s he turned the company from a loss-making entity into the profitable, iconic brand we all know and love today.

Michael Shoemaker

In 2015 Luca Di Montezemolo was inducted into
the Motoring Hall of Fame, an honour he dedicated to his friend Michael Schumacher.

Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo.
A man undeniably worthy of the title, “Ferrari Icon.”
Maybe Ferrari should bring him back to sort out their current woe’s.

Rhino Update

Some good news…and some bad news!

Bad news: Rhinos are still being poached at an alarming rate, and the cost of protecting these magnificent animals escalate daily.

Good news: Clients, Friends, and stakeholders of Ferris Cars raised and handed over a whopping R115,150.00 over the last week to Rhino Connect, to help with the preservation and growth of the precious Rhino population.

ferris large cheque

“𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 40 𝘳𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘴”, says Tersia Jooste (Rhino Connect Founder and Group Chairperson)

It will help her and her team in the fight against the war on our wildlife and will go towards tracking devices, building containing walls, milk formula for orphaned babies and much more.

Thank you to all those in the community who supported Tersia and Gill Kabe (Blue Velvet Events) at the recent Ferris Grandprix Store Launch by buying tickets to win a drive in a Ferrari.

And a very big thank you to the Ferris Familia who joined us in making this incredible donation possible:

•1721 Distributors

• Lionel Isaacs Insurance

• Abeddac Group

• Amalgamated Metals

• Cl Holdings

Rockcrete Equipment

• Smart Cut Manufacturers/engineering & Raymar Trust

• Abeddac Trading

Vered Estates

Pablo Clark

• Red Bull Farms

• Dora Blumberg

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Newsletter 21: THANK YOU ENZO…….. FOR PISSING PEOPLE OFF!!

Enzo Ferrari was a man not to be crossed. He was a tyrant, an autocrat, he knew how to charm, and he knew how to influence. He ran his company with an iron fist and through his dogged work ethic and ruthlessness with his staff, built the world’s greatest and most successful Formula 1 team, and created a dynasty of road-going sports and GT cars that defined the parameters for all exotic and supercars.
No wonder then that his arrogance, determination, and ability to manipulate those around him, would inevitability result in pissing a few people off along the way.
The price of success was a high rate of attrition among his staff, ex-staff, annoyed customers, other owners, and a long list of would-be rivals, who were either envious of his success or simply out for revenge.
Here we explore a few of those individuals who, if it wasn’t for mean old Mr. Ferrari, would have meant we would all have missed out on some spectacular creations.

Portrait of Enzo Ferrari

Ferruccio Lamborghini: Lamborghini 350GT

This car is perhaps the most famous “Ferrari-beater” of all.
The story goes that Ferruccio Lamborghini, a wealthy maker of tractors and heating equipment, visited Enzo one day to suggest a modification he had made to his personal Ferrari road car to improve the clutch.
He was treated with utter contempt by Enzo, and one can only imagine the brutal exchange as Ferruccio was shown the door.
Mr. Lamborghini decided, virtually on the spot, that he was going to take revenge on Enzo by building the ‘best GT car in the world.’
He assembled a talented young team, including ex-Ferrari engineers Giotto Bizzarrini and Giampaolo Dallara, and set about creating a front-engined two-seater, powered by a four-cam 3.5-liter V12 engine that was probably the best of its kind; certainly, the chassis was well in advance of what Ferrari was offering his road car customers.
The Lamborghini 350GTV was first seen at Turin in 1963, although the true production 350GT’s did not become available until 1964.
Meanwhile, a modern new factory had been erected to build the cars, and the myth of Lamborghini was underway.
Connoisseurs recognised the excellence of those first Lamborghini’s, but only with the introduction of the ground-breaking mid-engined Miura, did Lamborghini build road cars that challenged – and even exceeded – the mystique of Ferrari.

Front view of the 350 GT

Henry Ford II: Ford GT40

Henry Ford II was set to buy Ferrari in the early ’60s, but was jilted at the last minute when he and Enzo fell out over the Italians’ rights to race at Indianapolis.
When Enzo walked away, a furious Mr. Ford sanctioned his competition department to find a company who could build a car for Ford that would beat all-comers in endurance racing, particularly the Le Mans 24 Hours, and even more particularly the Ferrari’s.
They found a ready-made basis for a winner in Eric Broadley’s Lola GT, which had showed potential at Le Mans already, and conveniently used a mid-mounted Ford V8.
Former Aston Martin Competition Manager John Wyer, was hired to develop the car into a winner, that would triumph at Le Mans in 1966, ’67, ’68 and ’69, including the famous 1-2-3 finish in ’66.

Henry Fords GT40

John DeLorean: Pontiac GTO

John DeLorean and his lieutenants at Pontiac conceived the GTO package as a way of livening up the staid image of this GM division, rather than as a means of attacking Ferrari; but they must have felt smug about the furor their brainchild caused.
There were no real Pontiac racing connections, as competition involvement had been banned at GM, making DeLorean’s use of the Gran Turismo Omologato nomenclature even more of nonsense on what was essentially a very ordinary mid-range car.
But the 1964 Pontiac GTO was the birth of the muscle car, inspiring dozens of imitators and notching up peak sales of 96,000 units in 1966 alone.
Soon, the ‘GOAT’ became an American cultural phenomena of the ’60s, second only to the Mustang.
Any American with $2,000 or so to spend could own a car that would leave a $14,000 Ferrari standing in a straight line.
Those Ferrari-lovers who were already outraged at Pontiac’s use of the hallowed GTO symbolism must have suffered near thrombosis when Car and Driver magazine ran a story comparing a Pontiac with a Ferrari 330GT and declared the match a draw……..

photo of Pontiac GTO

David Brown: Lagonda DP115 V12

Having rescued both marques from oblivion after WW2, the patriotic engineering tycoon David Brown was as passionate about the Lagonda marque as he was Aston Martin.
He had fond memories of the pre-war V12 Lagonda’s, and wanted to build a successor for the 1950s that would challenge the big 4-liter V12 Ferraris’ dominance at Le Mans: a Lagonda had, after all, won the 24 Hour endurance classic in 1935.
The Lagonda DP115 ran at Le Mans in 1954 as part of a particularly disastrous works entry, retiring after a spin crumpled the shapely Frank Feeley-designed bodywork.
Still, a timed 172mph down the Mulsanne straight showed the potential, and an improved car was fielded in 1955. The car retired on lap 93, causing Brown to cut his losses and park his dreams of a British Ferrari-beating V12.
But it didn’t end there…… we all know the story of how David Brown built the Aston Martin company into the world-class manufacturer it is today, despite going bankrupt a thousand times and changing owners just as often!

A green Lagonda DP115 V12

What would have transpired if Enzo Ferrari had been an easy-going, mild-mannered gentleman?
We may not have been gifted with the icon that is the Ferrari brand, and we certainly would not have been privileged to have experienced the likes of Lamborghini, Ford, and, to a certain extent, Aston Martin.
So Bravo Mr. Ferrari ……. and thank you for pissing off so many people and inspiring them to go on to bigger and better things!

Above content exerts from Martin Buckley Features- Classic & Sports Car.

If you enjoyed reading about Enzo you will probably love reading our article about the forgotten Ferraris.

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