“Se puoi sognarl, puoi farlo” (If you can dream,you can do it) – Enzo Ferrari
A true symbol of performance, luxury and obviously, wealth. A name that is familiar with every living soul. The Italian masterpiece – Ferrari.
Il Commendatore has left an indelible mark in the world with a bright red color enveloping the wild horse. Enzo Ferrari, the brainchild of the legend in the automotive industry had conceived and raced it through the 20th century where it not only superseded others in the race but also left no stone unturned in doing so.
1929, saw the birth of one of the most famous brands in the history of automobiles. Founded as ‘Scuderia Ferrari’, the automaker was essentially a motorsport team that competed in a number of races varying from Formula 1 to sports car racing. By supplying cars and engines to other teams as well as manufacturing machine tools and aircraft accessories, Scuderia Ferrari managed to remain in the background for a while until 1947, when the first Ferrari road car was brought to life. The 125 S powered by a 1.5-litre V12 engine was manufactured as a conduit to fund their motorsport team. The rest as they say is history!
The Ferrari Enzo
The 80’s saw one of the best supercars ever to be put on the road, the Ferrari F40. The mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-door coupé sports car was designed to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary and was the last Ferrari automobile personally approved by the man himself – Enzo. Being the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car of its time, it certainly did entice many living souls in that period. How I wish I were rich, just to get hands on that red masterpiece of Italian brilliance. Sitting here in front of my laptop, it sure does weigh me with the dreams of an F40.
Enough about me, back to Ferrari. The Rosso Corsa, adopted by Ferrari is a 100% bright and saturated colour that suprisingly adds a cherry on the cake. Used by almost all italian motorsport cars, somehow Ferrari managed to maked this colour their own! “I want a ‘Ferrari red’shirt, a ‘Ferrari red’wallet and a ‘Ferrari red’car to go with” You can have the first two, but the last one comes with a price, approximately at a bombshell price of $8,30,000 (around Rs. 5.41 crores) today, you can add it to your collection.
What makes a Ferrari F40, an ‘F40’?
The sheer engineering brilliance in harnessing power from an enlarged, 2.9-litre (2936 cc) version of the GTO’s twin IHI turbocharged V8 developing 478 BHP with an attractive interior 89 goes without saying, featuring panels made of kevlar, carbon fibre, and aluminium for strength and low weight, and intense aerodynamic testing. With minimalized weight scaling at 1000 kg, high power output of 478 HP at 7000 RPM and moreover eliminating all the bedizen gizmos, this car definitely is one to add up on your bucket list.
So, Scuderia has moved on with their motorsport ventures simultaneously, establishing themselves in the street car realm and participating majorly in Formula 1. As of 2014, the team’s records include 15 World Drivers Championship titles (1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1975, 1977, 1979, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007).
16 World Constructors Championship titles (1961, 1964, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008), 221 Grand Prix victories, 6736.27 points, 679 podium finishes, 207 pole positions, and 230 fastest laps in 890 Grand Prix contested.
Drivers such as Luigi Chinetti, Alberto Ascari, Niki Lauda, Michael Schumacher, Eddie Irvine, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa, Kimi Räikkönen, Fernando Alonso, and Sebastian Vettel have been part of Ferrari’s team who have set this collossal record. If you have seen the hollywood movie Rush, then you can pretty much relate to the Ferrari F1 car that was driven. Scuderia manufactured numerous F1 cars that emerged victorious throughout the years.
One of the most performance oriented and fastest F1 to be built is the Ferrari 150° Italia. The 150° Italia is powered by the 056 engine, but with improved reliability. Also, due to the addition of the KERS system engineers have made modifications in the architecture of the front end of the engine to the drive shaft system of the KERS itself and the crankshaft.
The 056 engine is a mid-mounted 2.4-litre V8 that weighs less than 95 kg and can power out around 785 BHP. This power output will see a certain increase, thanks to the addition of the KERS system. The Ferrari 150° Italia is the 57th single-seater built by Ferrari specifically to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship. The Maranello marque chose the name as a tribute and celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Únification of Italy.
Ferrari 458 Italia
Now, that makes it even more ambivalent for me. Believe it or not, it is definitely a difficult decision to choose between the F40 and the Ferrari 150° Italia. With such iconic cars and respect it has garnered for itself, it has stirred up many competitors like the Lamborghini (That’s a story we’ll share in another post). Now, the world has more cars to drive and is rightly the Capo of the automotive sphere, courtesy Enzo Ferrari.