At last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, Ferrari showcased three of its latest supercars in the Goodwood Hillclimb. One of these was the Scuderia Spider 16M, which packs a strong 4.3-litre, 510hp V8 punch. Capable of sprinting to 100kph in 3.7 seconds, the 16M completed the 1.16-mile (1.86km) hillclimb in a staggering 59 seconds.
To see what it’s like to scream up the famous Hill in the latest Ferrari technology watch the video below.
With the dust still settling on the Fiat and Chrysler alliance rumours remain plentiful. One of the most interesting is that Ferrari will get on board in the development of the next generation Viper.
Dodge brand chief Ralph Gilles recently confirmed that while the next generation Viper may benefit from Maranello’s knowledge and experience, no platforms or technology will be shared between the two companies.
Gilles had previously fueled speculation with this statement “When we have partners across the ocean who are known as the best sports-car makers in the world, the future opportunities are huge.”
In a later news conference, Gilles backed down a notch.
“They really know sports cars. We just want some advice,” Gilles said. “Ferrari is Ferrari, Viper is Viper. Please don’t go there.”
The current generation Viper is due to be retired in mid 2010, and a replacement is not expected until later in 2012.
A one-off Ferrari has been auctioned off for â‚¬1.2 million. The unique Ferrari 599 China (read news) was purchased by an anonymous, silent auction participant based in Shanghai.
Chinese artist Lu Hao designed the 599 with pottery patterns from the Song Dynasty before it was shown off at the automakers’ fundraising dinner at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.
The proceeds from the charity auction will go to funding Tsighua University auto engineering students and teachers to study at the Politecnico di Milano university in Italy. Scholarship winners will also get a chance to intern at Ferrari.
Other items auctioned off included a Michael Schumacher-signed helmet and race-worn overalls from F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella.
Ralph Gilles, big boss of the Dodge car brand has dropped some big news on the Viper in a very recent interview. After going back and forth for the past 18 months on what to do with Viper, Chrysler has decided that production of the current Viper will end in July 2010. But before that happens, 500 final cars will be built that will apparently be the most special Vipers ever. Gilles stated that the company wanted to preserve the value of existing Vipers by not simply continuing the current generation indefinitely. He talked it up but didn’t give any real details on what would make the final 500 cars so special.
However, Viper fans don’t need to go into mourning just yet. Gilles also revealed that an all-new sports car is being developed with a launch targeted sometime in 2012. It gets better, the replacement Viper will be getting some help from Chrysler’s new Italian brothers Fiat. This may mean that Ferrari could be involved in development of this mysterious new model. Muscle car fans everywhere will be hoping Chrysler retains the Viper’s raw nature in the new generation.
The Ferrari 430 Scuderia is already one of the hottest-performing supercars on the market, but some people just can’t go fast enough. While Ferrari has been working tirelessly on the new 458 Italia to replace the 430’s already legendary performance. Aftermarket tuners Novitec Rosso, have come back again with a final mod job for the Italian stallion.
Named the Edizione 747, the custom Scuderia packs some serious performance figures. By strapping a pair of superchargers to the high-revving 4.3-liter V8, along with a few more tweaks Novitec has brought output up from 510 horses to an insane 747 horsepower. Intercoolers and revised aerodynamic cooling keep the engine chilled out. Twenty-inch NF3 rims are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup rubber mounted to sport springs that lower the ride height by another 30 mm. Luckily the car is available with an adjustable front end that can lift 40 mm to clear curbs and speed bumps at the touch of a button. Novitec’s used an exclusive two-tone yellow and matte black paint scheme, and given the interior a few touches to complete the package.
Novitec claims the 747 is capable of a 350 kph top speed, and can hit 100 kph in just 3.4 seconds a touch quicker than stock. Novitec will only be making three examples, which will be enough to keep a few cashed up speed freaks busy until the new 458 Italia comes around, then it will all start again.
If you’re a prancing horse fan looking for a good way to waste some time, it’s your lucky day, because Ferrari has launched its online configuration utility for the new 458 Italia.
The new supercar hasn’t hit the streets yet, and so far its only been seen in bright red and yellow. But it turns out Ferrari’s colour palette extends far beyond those two primary shades to include silvers, grays, blacks and more, plus a few different shades of red. After all it is a Ferrari and Ferraris belong in red even the more subdued shade ‘Rosso Mugello’ pictured.
The configurator also lets you choose from a number of options inside and out, with choices for contrasting leather and other trim.
To check out the Ferrari 458 Italia online configurator. Click here.
In theory in a communist country, all Ferraris should be equal, but now some are more equal than others. Ferrari has created a special-edition 599 GTB Fiorano made exclusively for the Chinese market. Only twelve of them are scheduled for production. But that’s not exclusive enough and an extra extravagant unique 599 has been created.
This one-of-a-kind Ferrari has been differentiated by Lu Hao, a Chinese artist who applied the special touches that make this Ferrari unique. It’s been decked out in the cracked glaze pattern of the coveted Song Dynasty-era Ge Liln porcelain, and signed by the artist himself. There is also a jade engine starter button and a name plaque.
The unique supercar is ready to be auctioned off for charity in Beijing on November 3.
The Ferrari 458 Italia has recently been unveiled with all the fanfare that goes along with a new prancing horse model. We’ve seen the photos and read about the specifications and the awesomeness that is Ferrari’s latest high-end offering, but it’s still hard to get a real feel for the vehicle. Ferrari has come to the rescue with the release of a short video showing two 458s tearing along a racetrack.
It’s a polished clip and the engine-soundtrack alone makes it worth a look, so click on the box below to check it out.