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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

 

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Newsletter 33: THE CAR THAT SHOCKED FERRARI

This week I thought we would take a trip down memory lane and have a look at the F2004, what with the new Formula 1 rules set to impact next year’s championship, we ask the question, “Can Ferrari return to the winning form of the ‘Schumi’ era.”

F2004 racing car from the side

Ferrari’s F2003 GA often gets forgotten among the great cars Michael Schumacher drove while dominating Formula One in the early 2000s.
Sitting between the dominant 2002 and 2004 cars, the O3 machine made heavy weather of a title fight that boiled down to a showdown with the McLaren of Kimi Raikkonen, which was effectively a year old car.
That served as a wake-up call to Ferrari, and the following years F2004 was one of the greatest F1 cars of all time; but when it first hit the track, even Ferrari couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

After shaking the car down at Fiorano, Ferrari took the F2004 to Imola where it could be tested back to back against it’s predecessor. The team simulations, admittedly not as sophisticated as they are today, suggested the new car should be half a second faster, but Schumacher was already lapping 2 seconds quicker.
Rather than patting themselves on the back for the car being so fast, Ferraris engineers were convinced something was wrong.
The first assumption was that the car was under weight, presumably because the mechanics had forgotten to put the ballast in.
Once that was ruled out, Ferrari began a 12-hour investigation into what could possibly have gone wrong to cause such a big gap between the two cars. – While this was going on, a beaming Schumacher was insistent that the pace was real and the F2004 was just that good!

More back-to-back tests with the 2003 car were arranged for the following day, as Ferrari tried to outsmart itself to work out what was going on. But all those tests showed was that on long runs, the car was even better.
When Rubens Barrichello tested the car for the first time at Mugello, Ferrari remained convinced something must be up. The Brazilian remembers the team even wondering if there was a problem with the timing equipment, – but like Schumacher, he knew the speed was real. He says the F2004 was the only car that ever allowed him to take the Mugello’s fearsome Arrabiata corners flat-out.

F2004 racing car
Collage of the F2004

So what made the F2004 so great? – Rob Smedley who was head of test engineering at the time, believes it was the first car designed around modern era F1 engineering, using new wind tunnel techniques, with Ferrari focusing on one particular area of the corner where it wanted to extract the most performance.
Designer Rory Byrne is credited with being a superb big-picture thinker, – he was good at identifying the areas worth the most effort, while being willing to spend less time on other parts of the car.
Aldo Costa who went on to enjoy phenomenal success with Mercedes in recent years, was tasked with focusing on the finer details of Byrne’s ideas.
The focus of the 2004 design was to lower the centre of gravity and improve weight distribution, and the bodywork, radiators and exhaust were redesigned to improve air flow to the rear of the car.
Costa believes the F2004 was the result of a big effort from Ferrari to understand more about tyre behaviour, working on suspension, car set-up, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics, to get the most out of the tyres.

By this point Ferrari was the only top team still running Bridgestone tyres, and it forged a formidable relationship with the Japanese company.
Ferrari pushed for Bridgestone to constantly evolve its tyres to suit the team’s needs, and to deliver changes quicker than it had in the past.
With only Sauber, plus back markers Jordan and Minardi, also running Bridgestone’s, Ferrari effectively became the company’s sole focus.

Once it knew the F2004’s pace was real, Ferrari could have rested on its laurels, and some members of the team at the time, admit that was discussed. But under the leadership of Jean Todt, total domination was demanded.
Smedley recalls team members hanging their heads in shame in front of Todt on a Monday morning at Maranello, after Ferrari came home from a Grand Prix with something other than a one-two, even though both championships had already been wrapped up by the team, before the season end.

Ferrari’s cause that year was helped by its two biggest rivals from 2003, McLaren and Williams, dropping the ball with their radical designs for ’04, and it was only once the championship fight was over, that those two teams had reworked their cars and turned them into race winners.
The Ferrari Schumacher bubble burst the following year, with rule changes for 2005 banning in-race tyre changes. Ferrari and Bridgestone were caught out by the move, which Ross Brawn believes to this day, was designed to bring an end to their success.
Ferrari didn’t win a proper race all season, with Schumacher winning the embarrassing six car US GP, as Fernando Alonso and Renault brought an end to Ferrari’s five years of, up to then, unprecedented dominance.

With the new rule changes for 2022, we can only hope that the Scuderia will return to the winning ways of the “Dream Team” era.
All will be revealed in the new season.
In the meantime, with all development switched to the new car, we can only hope that Charles and Carlos can capitalise on all the opportunities that might come their way for the rest of this season.

Newsletter 28: SCHUMACHER ON NETFLIX

Netflix is set to release a new documentary about the Formula 1 legend, Michael Schumacher.
This long-awaited film, to be aired on September 15th, tells the story of the German F1 legend’s career, from karting in Kerpen to taking his record seventh championship in 2004, with interviews from his wife Corinna, their two children Gina and Mick, and many former F1 rivals and peers.
“Schumacher” promises unseen archive material showing the “many facets of his multi-layered personality.” His brother Ralf, former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo, FIA chief Jean Todt, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone are featured along with F1 drivers, Mika Hakkinen, Sebastian Vettel, and David Coulthard.

I met Michael in 2007, at Fiorano. It was at the companies 60th Anniversary party. I gave him a DVD I had made of all his championship wins, to the sound track of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.
As we walked into the venue together, we were greeted by a sea of paparazzi, something Michael was all too familiar with, but for me it was a little unnerving!
A few weeks later, I received an email from Michael, thanking me for the DVD and asking me to keep in touch. We did keep in touch periodically, almost right up to that fateful day in 2013.

Photo of Michael Schumacher
17 Mar 2002: Portrait of Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher before the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia. \ Mandatory Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images \

Don’t miss what will be an extraordinary insight into the life and character of one of F1’s greatest ever drivers!

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