The New Ferrari Portofino – The Italian GT Par Exellence

Ferrari Portofino

Ferrari is delighted to announce a second world premiere in the year of its 70thAnniversary celebrations. The Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on-board comfort.

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Powered by the Ferrari V8 turbo, a member of the engine family that won the overall International Engine of the Year Award in both 2016 and 2017, the new car punches out 600 cv and sprints from 0-200 km/h in just 10.8 seconds. The Ferrari Portofino is, in fact, the most powerful convertible to simultaneously offer a retractable hard top, roomy boot and generous occupant space that also includes two rear seats for short trips.

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The new car takes its name from one of the most charming towns on the Ligurian Riviera, Portofino, which has, over the years, has become an international icon of elegance and exclusivity. The new model is also the most versatile model in the range – a Ferrari designed to be driven every day that also effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupé to a drop-top in just 14 seconds, even when on the move at low speeds. A brilliant marriage of design, technological content and performance, it is the perfect car for any occasion.

 

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Finali Mondiali – Highlights of Daytona Event

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The first edition of the Finali Mondiali ever organized in the United States ended with the exhibition of the Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. The Daytona track provided a perfect setting and the almost 140 Ferraris that took to the track on the final day made for a unique atmosphere at the legendary Florida circuit.

Celebrations had begun on Saturday evening, when the biggest parade of Ferraris ever seen on an American track took centre stage, with more than 800 cars driven by their owners. This spectacular moment followed the dinner where CEO Sergio Marchionne, after greeting clients and enthusiasts, invited those in attendance to the charity auction for a unique LaFerrari. The car was sold for the record amount of 7 million U.S. Dollars that will be used for a reconstruction project in the area of central Italy that was struck by the earthquake. “This result reveals the generosity of our clients”, commented Sergio Marchionne.

Speaking at the end of the press conference of the two Formula 1 drivers, Chairman Marchionne expressed his satisfaction with the Daytona event: “It is no coincidence that the Finali Mondiali were celebrated in the United States. The U.S. is the single largest market for Ferrari vehicles. It’s about time we came here and celebrated with our American customers and fans. This is a phenomenal set-up at Daytona, a great track. I think we need to find a way to make our presence more permanent here.”

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After the meeting with the journalists, Kimi and Sebastian provided a show behind the wheel of the two F60s, demonstrating blinding starts, lightning fast pit stops along with the Scuderia mechanics and of course the traditional burnouts. Before returning to pit lane, the two drove side by side over the finish line in a tribute to the famous parade finish of the three Ferraris at the 1967 24 Hours.

The show opened up with a tribute to the Prancing Horse’s other achievement at Daytona in 1998 when the F333 SP was the first to cross the finish line. Seven of these cars paraded on the track to the excitement of the American fans who saw them win so many races in the mid-nineties. Then it was the GT drivers’ turn at the wheel of the 488 and 458 Italia machines in which Christina Nielsen also lapped, newly crowned winner of the IMSA championship in the GT-D class with the 488 GT3.

The three Ferrari single-brand world championship titles had already been awarded respectively to Carlos Kauffmann, of team Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale in the Pirelli Trophy, Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) in the Pirelli Pro Trophy and Thomas Loefflad in the Shell Cup (StileF Squadra Corse). The F1 Clienti and Programmi XX clients were also back on the track for the final sessions, once again giving the fans the thrill of seeing in action so many of the single-seaters that have characterized recent years in F1, as well as the powerful FXX K machines, boasting more than one thousand horses and a very sophisticated hybrid technology derived from Formula 1. In 2017, the World Finals will return to Italy at Mugello, but the drivers, enthusiasts and fans will long remember the first American edition of the event organized on the legendary circuit of Daytona.

 

 

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Ferrari 488 GTB : Aerodynamics Without Increasing Drag

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Aerodynamic solutions derived from Maranello’s experience on the track augment downforce without increasing drag, resulting in an efficiency figure of 1.67, a record for a road-homologated Ferrari. Downforce is 50 per cent higher than on the previous model despite drag being reduced.

The front of the car is dominated by the central Aero Pillar and an F1-inspired double spoiler which boost the efficiency of both the radiator and downforce generation.
The 488 GTB has an innovative aerodynamic underbody that incorporates vortex generators, special curved aerodynamic appendages which accelerate the air thereby reducing pressure.

The result is that the car’s underbody is “sucked” down to the ground and downforce is higher but drag is not. This contributes to overall downforce generation of 325 kg at 250 km/h.

 

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Ferrari Announced the New 488 Spider

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Ferrari announces the launch of the 488 Spider, its most powerful ever mid-rear-engined V8 car to feature the patented retractable hard top along with the highest level of technological innovation and with cutting-edge design.

Ferrari was the first manufacturer to introduce the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car of this particular architecture. This solution ensures lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top. Just like all previous spider versions of Ferrari’s models, this is a car that is aimed squarely at clients seeking open-air motoring pleasure in a high-performance sports car with an unmistakable Ferrari engine sound.

Every area of the car has been designed to set new technological benchmarks for the sector: from the aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell to the new turbo-charged V8, aerodynamics that reconcile the need for greater downforce with reduced drag along with the specific cabin air flow demands of an open-top car, and vehicle dynamics that render it fast, agile and instantly responsive.

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The world premiere of the 488 Spider will be at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September but can be seen from today finished in the new Blu Corsa livery at www.ferrari.com.

Beneath the engine cover throbs the 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 that debuted just a few months ago on the 488 GTB. Its performance levels are nothing short of extraordinary: a maximum power output of 670 CV combined with maximum torque of 760 Nm at 3000 rpm send the 488 Spider sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds flat and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7 seconds. This is also an exceptionally efficient engine as it is not only 100 CV more powerful than the previous naturally-aspirated V8 but also has lower CO2 emissions.

The turbo V8 has a unique character, delivering increasing levels of power right across the rev range, and completely eliminating the traditional turbo lag with a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds. This is thanks not merely to components such as the turbos, but also to a sophisticated production process only made possible by Maranello’s leading-edge facilities which are shared with the Scuderia to foster the transfer of racing technologies to the road cars.

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Sebastian Vettel Tests the New Laboratory Ferrari FXX K at Fiorano

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Sebastian Vettel had some serious fun behind the wheel of the FXX K at Fiorano. The look on his face and his delighted exclamations (“Mamma mia! It goes like a rocket!”) in this video say it all. Vettel took the wheel of the FXX K for a photo shoot for the next issue of The Official Ferrari Magazine. The four-times World Champion, of course, will be driving the SF15-T in the upcoming Formula 1 World Championship season.

Having spoken with engineer Marco Fainello and test-driver Raffaele de Simone, both of whom worked on the development of the new laboratory car, Vettel started lapping, quickly looking very much at home despite this being his first time in the FXX K. The German really pushed the car to the limit, only easing off for a single lap to let the brakes cool a little before upping the speed ante still further.

In the end, Sebastian declared himself more than satisfied with his experience with the car’s 1,000-plus horses. You’ll find all the details of the day in the Ferrari Magazine. But in the meantime, enjoy the video…

 

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Ferrari 488 GTB : The New V8 Debuts at Geneva

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The unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The Ferrari 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use. Its response times, nimbleness and on-the-limit driving guarantee a unique sense of exhilaration and unparalleled driving pleasure.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3902 cc V8 turbo is at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times, making it the new benchmark for this kind of architecture. The engine unleashes 670 cv at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear and a response time to the accelerator of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. These figures are sufficient to allow the Ferrari 488 GTB to accelerate from 0-200 km/h in an astonishing 8.3 seconds and, when combined with the radical innovations introduced on all aspects of the car’s performance, lap the Fiorano track in just 1’23”.

The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which unleashes the engine’s massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle. As is always the case, Ferrari’s engineers have dedicated great attention to perfecting the 488 GTB’s sound, creating a new soundtrack that is full, clear and totally distinctive, as expected from any Prancing Horse engine.

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The car’s aerodynamics also made a pivotal contribution to performance: its 1.67 efficiency figure is a new record for a production Ferrari, and is the fruit of 50 per cent more downforce than the previous model and reduced drag.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s subsystems and electronic controls make its power and performance instantly available and controllable. It is, in fact, the most responsive production model there is, with razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a track car.

The evolved version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2 – SSC2) is more precise and less invasive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners. Aside from integrating with car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers which renders the car’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new car features very sculptural flanks which are the key to its character The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its world debut at the International Geneva Motor Show in March.

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MANSORY Revoluzione New Generation Super Sports Car

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Kourosh Mansory accepted the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta as a basis for his work – and nothing more. The manufacturer was not content with a patchwork approach, they didn’t even try to optimize the aerodynamics of the F12, but completely stripped down the car and developed a completely new skin. The choice of the material is carbon fibre combined with strength and lowest mass like no other material.

The self-confidently designed front with the inverse formula one nose, the wide variety of inlets and outlets of the air guidance system for engine supply and cooling of the braking system and the striking rear end with the double-walled exhaust tailpipes on both sides are just some aspects of a consistently exciting bodywork design.

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MANSORY also developed the wheels specifically for this vehicle. With five triple spokes the rims with its open design grants a view of the perforated brake discs with 398 mm diameter on the front and 360 millimetres on the rear axle. The contact with the road is taken over by Pirelli Ultra High Performance tyres, which on the 9×21 inch front wheels have size 255/30 tyres and on the drive axle reside on 12×22 inches wheels with size 335/25 tyres.

No surprise then that MANSORY also sets new standards with the performance figures of the twelve-cylinder engine. The engineering department has therefore developed new software for the central control unit, installed a new larger turbocharger and designed the whole exhaust system for minimal back pressure. The bi-turbo engine now reaches a peak of an incredible 1200 hp (882 kW) and a maximum torque of 890 newton metres. In the record time of only 2.9 seconds La Revoluzione rockets from a standstill to 100 km/h. Anyone who is brave enough to keep the accelerator pressed down reaches the maximum speed of 370 km/h.

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In spite of this complete revamp, the Ferrari can still be glimpsed under the carbon mantle of La Revoluzione. This demonstrates the experience and with what skill MANSORY understands how to take the characteristic lines of the F12 and, at the same time to unveil a completely self-contained form language.

 

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