Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ferrari Classic Cars Past and Present Making the News

The supreme luxury sports car marque Ferrari is never far from making news headlines, whether it is the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing team or, say, their ever popular sports cars like the Ferrari 458, winning even more automotive accolades than you can shake a stick at. One thing is for sure - the Ferrari cars, and the brand as a whole, has always been evocative.

Even from their humble beginnings at the start of the 20th century by their founder and automotive engineer Enzo Ferrari, the company owes much to its racing roots and heritage. The Maranello based super car manufacturer has long been synonymous with the motor racing world, especially as Ferrari is the oldest Grand Prix team in the world.


Ferrari F620

This month was the time when Ferrari chose to announce their new successor for the hugely popular Ferrari 599, the all-new F620. The Ferrari F620 has got a hard act to follow, as the 599 has been a great success for the Maranello based company. This new car is expected to feature the same V12 engine which has also been used in the company's newly released Ferrari FF all-wheel-drive model.

The engine that will feature in the F620, however, is rumoured to have a higher power output engine that will deliver an amazing 700bhp, which is nearly 50 more bhp than the FF model.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Also in the recent news was the auction sale of a rare 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, which ended up selling for an epic £20.2million (or $32 million) by the auctioneer's company Talacrest, who specialise in luxury cars.

The 250 GTO is a legend and is widely regarded as one of the World's most sought after Ferrari's. Only 39 250 GTOs were ever produced from 1962 - 1964 and this particular 250 GTO was believed to be sold by its private English owner and alleged to have been bought by an unknown buyer from Spain.

250 GTOs are powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine, which produces 300hp, allowing this special car to be able to achieve 0-60mph acceleration in a mere 6.1 seconds and 174mph as its staggering top speed. This is very impressive, even by today's standards, and especially so for a sports car produced in the early 60s.

The 2013 Ferrari California

This week, the company with the logo of the 'Prancing Horse' has just announced the replacement for the current Ferrari California model will be unveiled at the 2013 International Geneva Motor Show in the Swiss city of Geneva. The Italian sports car company have announced that the all-new luxury Grand Tourer will be more powerful, lighter and feature a new "handling speciale" package.

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