Pope who owns a Ferrari, a Ford model that we owe to Ferrari… Ten things about an Italian sports car manufacturer that you probably didn’t know by now.
10 – The first Ferrari was not a Ferrari
Okay, the name isn’t quite right, but in the 1920s and 1930s Enzo Ferrari worked for Alfa Romeo. The native of Modena was first a driver, then a director of the “Scuderia Ferrari” race department. In 1939 Alfa turned his back. With financial compensation and a ban on using the “Ferrari” name for four years, Enzo built the AAC 815 Tipo. Ferrari’s first work featured a 1.5-liter eight-cylinder engine. Only two copies (020 and 021) were created. They both started at the Brescia Grand Prix in 1940 and suffered an engine error. The car with serial number “020” was accidentally damaged in 1958. “021” today is one of the main attractions of the Righini collection – the most unique collection of private cars in Italy.
09 – A red ferrari called “Rosso Corsa”
Even today, the Ferrari color chart highlights the “Rosso Corsa” logo, whose literal translation is “red race”. The color has its origins in the rules of the International Automotive Federation, according to which all Italian Grand Prix race cars were to be painted red. Ferrari then decided to launch its future production models in race colors. According to sales data from the early 1990s, 85% of Ferrars that left the factory were red. Recent statistics show that, despite the wide choice of colors, 40% of Ferrari customers still opt for the ‘Rosso Corsa’.
08 – Ferrari has its own entertainment arena
Ferrari is not only one of the few car brands to have its own circuit, it has also built the largest indoor entertainment arena in Abu Dhabi. The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi opened in 2010 and features the fastest roller coaster, capable of reaching speeds of around 150 km / h. The amusement park also earns points at the highest speed in the world, the Flying Aces, awarded to Francesco Baracca. Aside from the three additional roller upgrades, the theme park offers many family attractions and driving experience in Ferrari (Ferrari Driving Experience). The driving experience costs 155 euros plus a 75 euro garden entrance.
07 – Designed specifically for the most special
Those who “turnkey” Ferrari lacks uniqueness can use the “Tailor-Made” app. As part of this concept, customers have the opportunity to personalize their Ferrari style by choosing, among other things, tire profiles, interior upholstery, accessories, surfaces and colors in the “Ferrari Workshop”. Manufacturers of sports cars offer three types: ‘Scuderia’ includes race-affected options, ‘Classica’ offers a modern version of the Ferrari GT, while ‘Inedita’ is synonymous with fantastic combinations. Once their wishes have been expressed, customers must expect a waiting period of up to two years.
06 Enzo Ferrari – gold quote mine
Enzo Ferrari is the man who gave the dream at the helm and a slap in the face to the rebel journalists. Because he had such a simple copy as his sports cars are fast. Not surprisingly, it is considered a gold mine of quotations. When asked by a reporter about the difference in door dimensions of his original cars, he reportedly replied, “I don’t care if the doors are right. When he clicks the accelerator, he has to pull the sheet off his pants. Enzo Ferrari also had his opinion on the aerodynamics issue. “Aerodynamics is for people who don’t know how to build an engine.” That said, Ferrari was very rare to drive one of its cars. “I can’t afford it,” he said. Rudge.
05 – Ferrari – The Rampant Cavallino
The black horse running on the yellow landscape, Cavallino Rampante, is one of the world’s most famous emblems. It symbolizes the top Form 1 team with luxury sports cars – or a pure feeling! Even the origin of the Ferrari logo is more emotionally charged than that of its many competitors. Enzo Ferrari, the father of the famous “Scuderia”, would speak publicly once about the making of emblems with the words: “In 1923, I met Count Enrico Baracca, the hero’s father, and his mother, Countess. Paolina, who told me to ride a horse. of his son in my carriage and that would bring me luck. ” The hero in question was Francesco Baracca, a veteran of the Italian air force, who died after defeating more than thirty dogs in the First World War.
04 – We owe a Ford GT40 to Ferrari
In 1963, there were Ferrari talks being taken with the American group Ford. But the conversation with Enzo continued. Finally, the company’s father refused. Henry Ford II, the grandson of the company’s founder, was so outraged that he said, “If we can’t buy a Ferrari, then we’ll beat them on the track”, where Ford designed the legendary GT40. Starting in 1966, the race car won Le Mans 24 Hours four times in a row.
03 – Ferruccio Lamborghini was a good customer of Ferrari
Ferrari doesn’t just bring Ford history. Ferruccio Lamborghini owned a 250 GT, which had clutch problems in 1962. He regularly drove to Maranello, where the car disappeared for several hours at a workshop. However, the problem could not be solved to satisfy Lamborghini. To his dismay, he discovered that Ferrari got its pillars from the same manufacturer and searched for its tractors. The Lamborghini is proud not only of the right to have the most powerful clutch mounted on its Ferraris, but also to deliver at Maranello. Boiling and bragging as Enzo Ferrari was, he would tell his good client that this one could know how to repair tractors, but he obviously did not know how to drive cars.
02 – Pope owns a Ferrari
For a short story: Pope John Paul II briefly owned the Ferrari Enzo. After the initial production of 349 cars, which could be purchased only by invitation from Ferrari’s major customers, the company decided to increase the run to 399 cars. All were sold at once. But Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo did not appreciate the odd number of sales. So he decided to build an extra model and give it to His Holiness, with the following dedication: “This genre, unique in the history of Ferrari, is a symbol of solidarity with the suffering, led by the pope, John Paul II.” , the pope expressed his gratitude for this generous gift and, with a humble attitude, volunteered to sell the car at auction and raise revenue for the tsunami victims, so Ferrari returned to the Vatican with a check for more than $ 1.1 million. across the Atlantic, where it was sold in August 2015 (with only 179 miles per hour) for over six million dollars.
01 – Enzo Ferrari’s Last Legacy
The F40 is one of the most iconic Ferrars of all time. It was created for the company’s 40th anniversary. In 1987 it was considered one of the fastest, most expensive and most powerful cars ever built. The 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 made it possible to reach a top speed of 324 km / h and make the passage from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds. The production capacity of 400 cars was increased to a total of 1,315 between 1987 and 1992. Many automotive journalists considered it to be the most aerodynamic car of its time. The F40 is also considered to be the last legacy of Enzo Ferrari. The V12 was the last car to receive Commendatore approval.