Which pope has been the owner of Ferrari for a while or what debt Ford we owe Ferrari: Here are ten things about the Italian luxury car manufacturer that you have probably never heard of.
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10 – The first Ferrari was not a Ferrari
Okay, the name isn’t quite right, but: Enzo Ferrari worked for Alfa Romeo in the 1920s and 1930s. A man from Modena first worked as a driver and later as head of the “Scuderia Ferrari” race department. In 1939, Alfa turned his back on him. Enzo created the AAC 815 Tipo for a financial reward and a four-year “Ferrari” exemption on his luggage. The first Ferrari factory had eight cylinders and a 1.5-liter transmission. Only two models (020 and 021) were built. They all started at the Brescia Grand Prix in 1940 and suffered engine damage. A car with serial number “020” was accidentally damaged in 1958. “021” is now one of the main attractions of the Righini collection – a unique collection of Italian private cars.
09 – Red Ferrari means “Rosso Corsa”
Even today, Ferrari’s color scheme emphasizes the iconic “Rosso Corsa”, which translates as “racing red”. Color derives its origins from the principles of the International Automotive Federation. This meant that all Italian Grand Prix race cars had to be painted red. Ferrari then decided to launch future production designs in race colors. According to sales figures from the early 1990s, 85 percent of Ferrari left the factory with red cloth. Recent statistics show that despite alternative color options, 40 percent of Ferrari customers still opt for “Rosso Corsa”.
08 – Ferrari has its own theme park
Ferrari is not only one of the few car brands with its own race track, but it has also created the largest indoor park in the world in Abu Dhabi. The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi opened in 2010 and is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of around 150 km / h. In addition, the amusement park is marked by the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Flying Aces, dedicated to Francesco Baracca. In addition to the other three roller coasters, the theme park offers many family attractions and Ferrari Driving Experience. Driving experience costs 155 francs plus an entry fee of 75 francs.
07 – Designed specifically for the most special
If the Ferrari “off the shelf” is not the only one enough, you can go back to the “Tailor-Made” app. As part of this concept, buyers have the opportunity to personalize their Ferrari model. In “Atelier Ferrari”, customers can choose to tread on tires, interior decorations, accessories, surfaces and colors. The sports car manufacturer offers three types: “Scuderia” includes race-affected options, “Classica” offers a modern version of the Ferrari GT, while “Inedita” stands for an unusual combination. After stating their wishes, customers must expect a waiting period of up to two years.
06 Enzo Ferrari – a quote gold mine
Enzo Ferrari was the man who gave the dream to the helm and applauded the rebel journalists verbally. Because his tongue was as fast as his sports car. It is not surprising, then, that he is considered a gold mine of quotations. When asked by a reporter about the uneven gaps in his first cars, he said: “I don’t care if the door gaps are right. If he climbs a gas pedal, he should straighten his pants,” he replied. : “Aerodynamics is for people who can’t build an engine.” By the way: Ferrari rarely drove one of his own cars. “I can’t afford it,” he said cheerfully. for decades.
05 – Ferrari – Il Cavallino Rampante
The black horse, hovering in its original yellow – Cavallino Rampante – is one of the world’s most famous emblems. Represents a top Form 1 team with stylish sports cars – or an empty feeling! The design of the Ferrari logo is also more emotional than most of its competitors. Enzo Ferrari, the father of the world-famous Scuderia, is said to have spoken only once in public about the origin of the coat of arms: “In 1923 I met Count Enrico Baracca, the hero’s father, and then his mother, Countess. Paolina, who was told to ride a horse. his son in my car. It will bring me good luck. ” The hero in question is Francesco Baracca, an Italian air force soldier who fell in the First World War after winning more than thirty dog fights.
04 – We owe a Ferrari Ford GT40
In 1963 the Ferrari was about to be taken over by the American company Ford. But the conversation with Enzo continued. In the end, the company’s father refused. Henry Ford II, the grandson of the company’s founder, became so enraged that he decided: “If we can’t buy a Ferrari, then we’ll beat them to a song.” Ford then developed the legendary GT40. Starting in 1966, the car won the 24-hour Le Mans race four times in a row.
03 – Ferruccio Lamborghini was a good customer of Ferrari
It’s not just Ford’s history loaded with Ferrari. Ferruccio Lamborghini had a 250 GT that he had trouble with the clutch in 1962. He drove up to Maranello again and again, where the car disappeared from the garage for several hours. However, the problem was not resolved with Lamborghini satisfaction. To his surprise, he discovered that the Ferrari got its clutch from the same manufacturer and got its own tractors. So, Lamborghini not only considered installing the most powerful clutch variant in its Ferrari, but also wanted to show it off in Maranello. With a short temper and pride like Enzo Ferrari, he reportedly told his good client that he could build tractors, but not drive cars.
02 – Pope was the owner of Ferrari
Interesting fact: Pope John Paul II briefly owned the Ferrari Enzo. After the initial production of 349 cars, which could only be purchased at the invitation of the best Ferrari customers, the company decided to increase the run to 399 cars. All cars were sold at once. Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo did not like the odd number of sales. He decided to build another car as a gift for his Holiness – including dedication: “This monument, unique in the history of Ferrari, should be a symbol of solidarity in suffering, led by Pope John Paul II.” In January 2005, the Pope expressed his gratitude for this generous gift and, with his usual modesty, suggested that the car be auctioned off and that the proceeds be donated to the victims of the tsunami. So Ferrari returned to the Vatican with a check for more than $ 1.1 million. The buyer shipped the car, which was resold in August 2015 (with only 179 kilometers per hour) for more than $ 6 million.
01 – The last legacy of Enzo Ferrari
The F40 is one of the most popular Ferrari of all time. It was created during the 40th anniversary of the company. In 1987 it was considered one of the fastest, most expensive and most powerful cars ever. The 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 reached a top speed of 324 km / h and accelerated from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds. The volume of production increased from 400 cars to a total of 1315 between 1987 and 1992. Many car journalists considered it to be the aerodynamic car of its time. Unfortunately, the F40 is considered to be the last legacy of Enzo Ferrari. The V12 was the last car privately approved by Il Commendatore.