Tag Archives: italy

Niki Lauda back in Maranello – Talking about 2014 F1 Season

Maranello, 24 January – An old friend was at Ferrari today on the eve of the presentation of this year’s car. Niki Lauda won the world championship with the Prancing Horse in 1975 and 1977 and today is non-executive president of Mercedes F1. This morning in Maranello, he met a man who was his team manager and was such a part of his Formula 1 wins, namely Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo. Today they are rivals in the fight for the world championship. Niki met a friend with whom he shares many ideas about the top level of motorsport, both believing it is essential to work together to assure its solid and prosperous future.

From what a driver feels on the eve of the launch of a new car, to an evaluation of the challenge that awaits the teams in a season so full of unknown factors, Lauda had his say on ferrari.com, with his usual verve and forthright manner.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Revealed

[portfolio_slideshow]

Ferrari released images and details of their upcoming 599 replacement, earlier today.

The F12 Berlinetta will be Ferrari’s most powerful and fastest ever road car. The power outputs are almost identical, as those reported by us last week  at 740CV (approx 730bhp). Ferrari say the V12, which is the same one used in the four seater FF, but will rev to 8700rpm, and put out 80bhp more. Yet the F12 will return 18.9mpg, an increase of 10% over the 599. This is possible in part, thanks to the Start-Stop technology, as used in other current Ferraris.

The F12 will hit 62 in 3.1 seconds, 124 in 8.5 seconds, and lap Ferrari’s home circuit, Fiorano in 1min23seconds. Hugely impressive!

As with all new Ferraris, the F12 Berlinetta will not be available with a manual gear box. Ferrari are using their dual clutch, automatic gearbox.

As suspected the new F12 is actually a little smaller than the outgoing 599. According to our sources, customers complained that the 599 was a bit too difficult to park in their garages. The F12 Berlinetta will be 20mm narrower, 47mm shorter, 63mm lower than the 599. That’s 1942mm wide, 4618mm long and 1273mm high. This has lowered the cars overall centre of gravity.

The car is also now built from an all new 12 alloy aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell, making in 70kg lighter than the 599, at 1525kg. Also, as reported by us last week. The F12 will also be 20% stiffer than its 599 predecessor.

Ferrari note that thanks to the XX programme, they, along with Pininfarina have designed the aerodynamics so that the F12 has 76% more downforce than the 599. The drag coefficient is down to 0.299.

Reduction in drag is reduced partly thanks to a newly designed “Air-Bridge” which channels from the bonnets side intakes though the wheel arches, then splits it though the car’s beautifully sculpted side vents. You can see these vents clearly in the pictures above. The car also has “Active Brake Cooling” which is a system that will open the brake vents when the Carbon Ceramic get hot enough. The system will then close them again when the brakes have cooled down, reducing the drag effect.

We can expect the interior to be a mix between the 458 and the FF. All driving major controls will be mounted on the steering wheel, as per Ferrari’s “Human Machine Interface” system.

Order books will open at the Geneva show, and prices will likely start at around £250,000. So get your cheque books ready and you could be driving the brand new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta by early 2013!

Revealed – Leaked Specs of the Ferrari 599 Successor

Ferrari will be launching their 599 successor in March at the 2012 Geneva AutoSalon, and as we’ve previously reported, it will be called the F620. We posted spy shots of this car under going testing towards the end of last year. 

A select few of Ferrari’s very best customers have recently been invited to a special preview event. At this event, Ferrari showed off their new, still top secret supercar to the small group of the lucky invitees. Thanks to the loose lips of some of these Ferrari guests, we can now reveal some of the headline specs of the new car.

Ferrari’s new supercar will be powered by a V12 engine, producing 740bhp (30 more than previously thought!) and will weigh 1524kg, dry. That’s a weight saving of 56kg and a power increase of 128bhp over the outgoing 599 model. We can also reveal the new supercar will accelerate from 0 to 124mph in only 8.5 seconds and have a top speed over 211mph (340kph).

We cant wait until the official unveil in Geneva.

Ferrari Prototype F152 to be unveiled at Geneva F620 (Official)

The fastest production sportscar Ferrari produce, the 599 GTB, will soon have a successor.

The F620 GT in classic will have its world premier in March at the 2012 Geneva AutoSalon.

It is called internally F152 as we previously reported but at launch it will publicly wear the official model number F620.

It will be powered by a V12 engine with a displacement of 6.3 litres, and a range topping 710 hp and expected to do the 0-60 sprint in around 3.5 seconds. This will be sent to the rear wheels with the same 7 speed dual clutch gearbox as in the 458 albeit tweaked for the additional power output.

The styling will be a fusion of the 458 Italia and the FF following the current range design cues.

Pagani Zonda F Crashes in Italy @198mph

One thing we all hate seeing is a wrecked exotic, this unfortunate was one of the great creations from Marinello based Pagani.

According to the Italian publication Il Secolo XIX, the driver of a Pagani Zonda lost about 1.2 million euros two nights ago when he crashed his handmade exotic at 198.8 mph.

The driver, a 28-year-old with German citizenship and Monaco plates, was hurtling through Italy on the way to Genoa when he lost control and struck the guardrail at the side of the road.

The Impact and forces under such speeds usually leads to a fatality, but due to the strength of the Carbon Fibre Chassis of the V12 powered Zonda the passenger cell remained intact.

Driver reportedly walked away from the crash unaided.

Source: Il Secolo XIX
[portfolio_slideshow]

AC SCHNITZER’S 335d Break the Heating Fuel Speed Record

[kaltura-widget wid=”c6actlyqo8″ width=”410″ height=”364″ addpermission=”3″ editpermission=”3″ /]AC Schnitzer the approved BMW Tuning partner have succesfully broke the world record for the fastest road legal diesel production car while at the Nardo Test facility in Italy.

The car was based on the 335d with a power output of 306bhp which is only a 25bhp hike from the standard car and achieved 288.7kph.

See Attached Video:-