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Ferrari cars are the most recognized sports cars in the world, mainly because of its success on the race track.
Since Enzo Ferrari established the company in 1929, Ferrari has raced in various categories including Formula 1, Formula 2, GT racing and endurance racing. Most notable is the Formula 1 team, which has won 8 constructor titles on its way to becoming the most winning team of all time.
After serving in World War I, Enzo Ferrari found work as a test driver in Turin in 1918. In 1920, he moved to Alfa Romeo and established a career that took him from test driver to the post of Director of the Alfa Racing Division.
In 1929 he founded Ferrari with the purpose of organizing racing for its members. The company continued to help Alfa Racing, until after World War II, when it began to develop its own cars
By the 1930s, Ferrari had begun laying the groundwork to build a vehicle of his own. Two cars were produced in 1940, but they did not bear the Ferrari name. The world war disrupted construction of cars but in 1943, Ferrari began constructing a factory, built on a plot of land he owned in the village of Maranello and was completed in 1946.
The first Ferrari road car was the 1947 125 S, powered by a 1.5-litre V12 engine.The marque scored its first world championship grand prix win in 1950 at the British Grand Prix.Ferrari continued to distinguish itself on the racetrack, racking up win after win under Enzo's solid leadership while also producing beautiful Ferrari cars such as the 250 California, 275 GTB, 365 GTB4 "Daytona" and "Dino" 246 GT, named to honor the founder's deceased son Alfredino (Dino).
In 1969, to meet growing market demand, Enzo Ferrari sold 50% of the share capital to the Fiat Group, and investment that increased to 90% in 1988.
Unfortunately, the founder Enzo Ferrari died in 1988 in Modena but Ferrari continued producing cars such as the Mondial, 288 GTO, F40 and Testarossa.
In the 90's Michael Schumacer was responsible for several notable wins, and helped restore much of the legendary brand's glory on the track. A new V12 grand touring model, the 550 Maranello, was launched, as was the F355 sports car and F50 super car.
Ferrari have long been one of the ultimate toys for the rich and young (or young-at-heart). Ferrari cars feature highly-tuned small V8 and V12 engines, often in a mid-engined configuration.
But until the introduction of fuel injection in the 1980s, Ferrari cars were quite temperamental and were difficult to maintain. Before the mid 1980s they carried a reputation for unreliability and bad engineering, though these were written off by enthusiasts as “character.”
Ferrari owners have famously and religiously defended the merits of their cars while virulently criticizing other brands.
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The F50 is from another age! This is a classically beautiful car and a pure thoroughbred.
For Ferrari's fiftieth anniversary, another limited production super car was planned. Following the release of a car like the F40 was no easy task and the F50 had to impress.
It was one of the first Ferrari cars to adopt Formula One technology and it would be a major selling point for the F50. As such, Ferrari made no compromises to comfort when designing the car.
It features a narrow angle V12 which is similar to the one in the 1994 412T.
The F50's version has an increased capacity of 4.7 liters to offer increased torque anddriveability.
The F50 was trumpeted by its maker as being capable of delivering 'the emotion Of Formula One' for the road and the 65 degree V12 dominates proceedings.
While you would never know that its bolted to the tub, this quadcam jewel delivers iron fist in an iron glove levels of horse power(513Hp). Acceleration is brutal 0-60 is done in 3.7 seconds with a top of 202 mph.
Just 349 Ferrari F50's were built between 1996 and 1997, one less than Ferrari estimated they could sell. Ferrari spokesman Antonio Ghini stated that this was because, "Ferraris are something cultural, a monument. They must be hard to find, so we will produce one less car than the market."
Ferrari 599 GTB
The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was first unveiled to the public at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. It is the replacement front-engined supercar for the Ferrari 575 Maranello.
The 599 GTB Fiorano is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced front engined coupe to come from the Ferrari factory.
The spaceframe aluminium monocoque is a derivation of the one used on another of Ferrari's front engined cars, the 612 Scaglietti. However weighing 1610 kgs (3550 lbs) the 599 GTB Fiorano is substantially lighter.
The 6 litre V12 engine of the 599 GTB Fiorano is a slightly de-tuned version of the V12 found in the Ferrari Enzo. But even with the slight taming of power, at 620 horsepower it is the most powerful front engined Ferrari ever.
Other technological innovations that have been adapted from existing Ferrari products include the 'Manettino' switch from the Ferrari F430. This little steering wheel mounted device allows the driver to adjust the traction control settings with quite literally, the flick of a switch. On the F430 it is used to control the e-diff.
The 599 GTB Fiorano's optional F1 sequential transmission has a shift time of less than 100 milliseconds, almost as fast as the shifts on the track prepared Ferrari FXX.
And finally the styling. Dictated by the wind tunnel more than the stylists pen, the sweeping angular shape is a thing of beauty, if not subtlety. In order to keep the engine cool and well fed, the 3-part grille, bonnet vents, and lateral intakes are by necessity, not design.
However Ferrari's design house of choice, Pininfarina, have managed to incorporate them into the overall design with the expertise which has made them famous the world over.
Ferrari cars have secured a berth at the top of the heap with its high-dollar, high-performance sports cars.
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