кухненски столовеIt is a never ending battle around here to come up with fresh, interesting material that hasn’t been beaten to death by all the other Auto related blogs out there. Recently, I did some digging on youtube and other spots to find some interesting, and yet barely viewed videos relating to my favorite racing team, Scuderia Ferrari.
First up is the record setting Nürburgring Nordschleife lap in the 599xx, with Rafaele De Simone piloting. No music, just the sound of the Enzo-derived v12 being flogged on the longest, hardest track in the world.
This is one of my favorites of the lot, a short video on the beginning to end process of a 612 Scaglietti engine build up. This had a few more views than some of these other videos, so I apologize in advance if it is old news.
Next, a subtitled video featuring Stefano Domenicali talking about the challenges Ferrari has faced developing their Formula 1 car in the 2010 season:
Here we have a short video featuring Fernando Alonso in an interview that occurred shortly before the Turkish Grand Prix of 2010. In it, I found it interesting Fernando thought racing Juan Manuel Fangio would be the most interesting person to race in Ferrari’s history, a choice I would definitely not argue with.
Ferrari has offically announced the 458 Italia today, ending months of speculation as to the look of the new sports car. The new car does not stray too far from the styling of the f430, the car it is slated to replace, but has many new design cues that simply raise the bar, but tastefully (I am looking at you, Lamborghini). There isn’t much in the way of revolutionary news about the new prancing horse otherwise. It is powered by a direct injection v8 creating 560 hp, which should be enough to plant any owner firmly in the 200mph club, but comes as no surprise to those who have been following the rumours surrounding this car. This new car is good in a couple ways, in that it is Ferrari’s most fuel concious model to date, and will be priced similar to the outgoing f430. Here is to hoping Ferrari can move this beauty in this terrible economy.
This car shown above just sold for over $12 million dollars at auction in Maranello. The event, Ferrari Legend and Passion, is an event held by Ferrari itself and serves as a clearing house for factory approved cars as well as old inventory no longer on display at Ferrari museums. You may recognize the Testa Rossa nomenclature, as another Ferrari built in the ’80s shares the name. This particular car is 1 of only 22 ever built, and has a very storied past, including several big wins in competitions entered in the late 50’s and early 60’s.
While I think the buyer got a great deal on the car, I suspect that this isn’t the highest earning-capable prancing horse. Rumor has it that a 250 GTO sold in private sale for over $20 million dollars. It is likely that should one of those ever come up for auction, it may eclipse the price paid for this beauty. The previous auction price record was held by another of Maranello’s finest, an exquisit 1961 California Spider, which gaveled for just shy of $11 million dollars.