Ferrari Design receives the “Red Dot: Best of the Best” trophy for the FXX K
Essen, 30th June – The Ferrari Design Centre officially received the “Red Dot: Best of the Best”, trophy for the FXX K at the prize ceremony held in Essen on monday. The black-tie gala event marked the culmination of the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015”, where international design experts and manufacturers met media representatives from all over the world on the red carpet.
During the Designers’ Night the FXX K was presented alongside LaFerrari and California T which were both awarded with Red Dot Awards by the international jury for the high quality of their design. The Red Dot is considered across industries to be the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. This year has been particularly special with the Red Dot awards celebrating their 60th anniversary alongside a new record of 4,928 innovative entries from 56 nations participating in this year’s competition.
On accepting the award Ferrari Senior Vice President of Design Centre, Flavio Manzoni, commented “For our team, winning the Red Dot for three models, and then also receiving the Best of the Best for the FXX K is a marvellous achievement. We are very proud of the company’s overwhelming success at this year’s event.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we tried to do the maximum in the practice and it looks good, but it’s only Friday. It was not an easy day, anyway we learned something. We still have to improve and try to make it a bit more straightforward. We have no idea what the others were doing in the long run, we were focused on our session. The medium compound seems to be pretty ok, while the hard one is more difficult. For some reason I struggled a bit with that, but I don’t know if it was down to that set in particular or if the compound itself is more tricky here.”
Sebastian Vettel: “We didn’t have any issues with the car and, more or less, we got through everything we wanted to do. Still I’m not entirely happy with the car yet. Some of the things we tried were good and others were not so good. Now we have to make sure to have only the best things in the car tomorrow. Then I hope we can do a step forward. This track is a lot about finding the rhythm. About the tyres, I can say that it is only Friday, and not everybody was able to get everything out of both compounds. Anything can happen tomorrow and our main opponents will certainly be very strong, but if we can confirm today’s result, that would be good”
RAIKKONEN – chassis 309
VETTEL – chassis 311
Weather: air 19/23 °C, track 28/34 °C. Sunny
Weather: air 26 °C, track 41/42 °C. Sunny
British GP – Quick at a quick track
Posted: 03.07.2015 Source: Ferrari
Raikkonen and Vettel finish second and third in FP2
Silverstone, 3 July – The Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were front runners this Friday at Silverstone, come the end of the first two free practice sessions, which marked the start of the ninth round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Raikkonen was third this afternoon with a 1.34.502 on his qualifying simulation using the Medium tyres, just ahead of Vettel who did a 1.34.522, both men running the softer of the two compounds brought to England by Pirelli. Having been quickest this morning, Nico Rosberg was again fastest for Mercedes with a 1.34.155.
British GP – The action begins at Silverstone
Posted: 03.07.2015 Source: Ferrari
Kimi fourth and Seb sixth in first free practice
Silverstone, 3 July – The Ferraris were fourth and sixth fastest in the first free practice session at Silverstone, the historic home of the British Grand Prix. The Finn posted a 1.35.588, to end up behind the lead trio of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg (1.34.274) his team-mate Lewis Hamilton (1.34.344,) and Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso (1.35.530.) In the other SF15-T, Sebastian Vettel was sixth with a 1.35.739. Apart from the usual tyre programme, running two sets of Hard tyres each, the two Ferrari men shared the tasks of aerodynamic testing and set-up work.
British GP – “Stepping out the game”
Posted: 02.07.2015 Source: Ferrari
Vettel confident but still a lot to do
“Our target at the beginning of the season was to close the gap to the Mercedes, and try to win a couple of races. We succeded already in most of the things, we are here to win but we know that it is very difficult to challenge them in the shape they are now. We need to become quicker and stronger in all areas, and to do that, we have to work very hard. Unfortunately, things don’t happen overnight,
then we need some time. The test we had last week was difficult due to the weather conditions.
We would have loved to have more consistent running in the same conditions, but everybody lost a bit of time and couldn’t finish the programme. Anyway a lot of stuff was done and it was important for the engine to keep running and do some mileage. We are pretty happy with what we could get out of the test. I hope I can have a fight with Mercedes on track, because this would mean we are doing very well. It would be nice, but as I said in the beginning we have to keep our feet on the ground.
We know the gap is still there, but we’ll try our best to have a clean weekend. Tire combination will be interesting here, I think that’s one thing we have to look out for. We have to work and be focused on ourselves, every race we’ll try to do more steps”.
British GP – “We have the tools to improve”
Posted: 02.07.2015 Source: Ferrari
Kimi sees the way up despite difficulties
“So far, the season has not been ideal and we haven’t got the results we expected, but the most important thing now for me is to try and have good races. Compared to last year, it hasn’t been a disaster, we are in the fourth place in the Championship and second as a team and we have all the tools to do better.
After a bad race in Austria we hope to have a good weekend here: I like this place, there’s a lot of tradition in motor racing. Maybe I enjoyed more the original layout, it was more flowing, similar to Monza or Spa, but it is always a nice place to come to. Now it’s too early to say what will happen, so far we have been more or less the same in every track, so I don’t expect here to be anything less than that. Here it’s often quite windy and this can make it tricky for everybody. We have the speed and all the tools to avoid mistakes. If we got rid of all the small issues, we could have good results.”
British Grand Prix – Gutierrez: “It’s even more fun in the rain”
Posted: 01.07.2015 Source: Ferrari
A unique combination of corners
Maranello, 1 July – For Esteban Gutierrez, Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver, England’s Silverstone circuit is on his list of favourites. “It’s one of the tracks I like best, because it features a unique combination of corners. Becketts for example has been the inspiration for many sections at various other circuits. It’s also my favourite part of the circuit: you arrive at the corner after Copse, accelerating flat out and there is no room for error. “I’ve got fond memories of this track, as I had good results in all the categories in which I raced here. It’s true the weather can be tricky, but in my opinion, if it rains it makes driving here even more fun. Managing tyre temperatures is one of the most difficult aspects, because the weather can change unexpectedly and it’s not easy to keep them consistent. The first world championship began in England, so of course there are a lot of fans here. They arrive well prepared and they are very loyal to the teams they support and it’s an amazing sight to see all the camp sites around the circuit. I myself usually sleep in a camper van at Silverstone, because there’s a very special atmosphere and I reckon that’s the best way to experience it.”
British Grand Prix – Working through the summer
Posted: 30.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
A mix of humility and determination
Maranello, 30 June – As we come up to the British Grand Prix, Alberto Antonini, head of the Motor Sport Press Office, looks ahead to the weekend at the English track and addresses the topic of possible changes within the Scuderia driver line-up, one of the most traditional of summer rumours. “This isn’t an easy Grand Prix, not that any of them is easy, but our aim is tackle it with the right mix of humility and determination. We need to work calmly and those who love this team are well aware what we mean by that. It’s a home race for most of our competitors, it’s a demanding track but we will knuckle down and do all in our power to achieve what is possible and even what is impossible to bring home the result we deserve. We are totally aware that this will be a demanding summer, with tricky races presenting us with all sorts of different demands. We continue to work on bringing developments to each race, because we aim to close the gap which currently separates us from our competitors, keeping in mind the fact that, at the last two races, our actual results on track did not live up to our potential. As for all the rumours doing the rounds, it’s nice to have something to read on the beach and it’s been the norm at this point in the season to talk about a bit of everything, but the truth of the matter within the team couldn’t be more straightforward. There are two seats and at the moment, they are both taken. We are sure many a driver would love to drive for Ferrari, but at the moment, the situation is clear: we have two nominated race drivers.”
Ferrari Racing Days Budapest – Vettel lights up the Hungaroring
Posted: 28.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Budapest, 28 June – This year, Sebastian Vettel won’t be able to enjoy the affection of the German fans who would have given him a great welcome at the German Grand Prix, but today, he certainly enjoyed a warm reception from the Hungarian ones, who will get a chance to cheer him on in around a month’s time. This afternoon, the Scuderia Ferrari driver thrilled a crowd of over 15,000 who flocked to the Hungaroring for the Ferrari Racing Days event.
What a show. Seb was without a doubt the star attraction on the final day of the event organised by Corse Clienti in Budapest. The four times world champion went into action just before lunch, giving a few lucky Shell guests rides around the track in an F12berlinetta. Shell, a long time partner of the Scuderia was also sponsor of this edition of the Ferrari Racing Days. Then, after a photocall with the Ferrari Challenge Europe drivers and those from the XX and Formula 1 Clienti Programmes, he got behind the wheel of the very same F2012 that he drove on his first appearance as a Scuderia driver last year at Fiorano. Today he did a few quick laps, some pit stop simulations and the obligatory donuts, for which he is rightly famous, almost as much as for his many wins.
Feel the love. At the end of the demonstration run, Vettel got a rapturous reception from the crowd and in response, he jumped the barriers and went to meet the welcoming throng under the grandstands. “This, my first experience as a Ferrari driver outside of the Grands Prix has been amazing,” said Seb. “I felt great affection from all the fans here as they surrounded me and I am happy to have entertained them with an adrenalin-packed show.”
FXX K. Besides Vettel, and also on the last day of the event, the Ferrari FXX K attracted the eyes, ears and hearts of fans; it’s the latest car of the XX Programmes, which ran in the hands of its owners for the first time in Budapest. The extraordinary 1,050 horse power, 860 of which come from the V12 combustion engine with 190 supplied by the hybrid system that originates from Formula 1, the sound of its engine and the spectacular lines have made it the undisputed queen of this edition of the Ferrari Racing Days.
Immortal charm. In terms of sound, however, even the Formula 1 Clienti have had their say, with very special drivers that have been able to drive them and have fun revving up the normally aspirated V8 and V10 engines, power plants who have written some unforgettable pages on the history of the category. Helping them enjoy the most of the singleseater cars was Davide Rigon, a very special tutor for customers who were equally special. In the paddock, the entire range of Ferraris attracted the attention of spectators, but, in particular, many wanted to take a picture of the 488 GTB, the new V8 turbo engined sportcar presented in Geneva this past spring.
Challenge. Even today, the only thing that gives that special charm that only competitions can give is the Challenge. In the Ferrari Challenge Europe, we have witnessed an encore of Saturdays, with victories for Bjorn Grossmann and Martin Nelson, who took the lead in the Trofeo Pirelli and Pirelli Am championships. In the Coppa Shell, the victory went to the Czech driver Vladimir Hladik, while in head the Belgian Jacques Duyver came in first place at the Championship.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Double for Grossmann and Nelson as Hladik shines in Budapest
Posted: 28.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Budapest, June 28 – Second day full of spectacle and emotions in Budapest for the third round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe, which offered the usual entertainment for the fifteen thousand people who came to the Hungaroring, despite the threat of rain.
Trofeo Pirelli. The Trofeo Pirelli class has offered a Race-2 of the highest level: at the start, the poleman Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) managed to hold the first position after a good, wheel-to-wheel battle with Babalus (Autoropa), who was forced at the first turn to give way to the Belgian Florian Merckx (Baron Service), who had just received Sebastian Vettel’s autograph on his helmet, the guest of honor of the Ferrari Racing Days in Budapest. Grossmann quickly gained the advantage, proving himself unbeatable on the track at the Hungaroring. On the other hand, behind him began a battle between Merckx and Babalus, which lasted a few laps, before the championship leader ran into a problem that caused him to lose several positions. The victory went to Grossmann, ahead of Merckx, and to the Russian Victor Shaytar (AF Corse), recent winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours. With this achievement, Grossmann takes first place in the championship standings.
Pirelli Am. At the Pirelli Am, Alexis De Bernardi (Kessel Racing) started in pole position but was almost immediately passed by Sweden’s Martin Nelson (Autoropa), who thus repeated the victory of Race-1, like Grossmann in the Trofeo Pirelli Pro. Still, Kessel Racing’s driver from Luxembourg was very good at defending second position from attacks by Foitek Racing’s Swiss driver, Nicolas Stürzinger, who starred in Race-1 and was capable of a very aggressive race today. Less lustrous was the race of Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing) who was overtook by Nelson now leading the championship.
Coppa Shell. Even more excitement was in store in the Coppa Shell. First and foremost, about the weather conditions: sure enough, it started to rain just as the cars came out of the garage and were about to take off, and so almost all the drivers opted to fit rain tires. Immediately after the start, the rain subsided and so Thomas Loefflad (StileF Squadra Corse), holder of pole position, opted to change tires. In the lead was Vladimir Hladik (Scuderia Praha), who took off with slicks. The pace of the German driver, from the back of the group, and the track continuing to improve gradually, led the drivers to change tires. Vladimir Hladik succeeded in crossing the finish line first, ahead of Tommy Lindroth (Baron Service), who in turn took off with slicks, and Loefflad. Fourth place was for Gautham Singhania. The Coppa Gentlemen victory went to Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing), ahead of Holger Lange (Foitek Racing) and Kriton Lendounis (AF Corse). The next event takes place in a month at the Ferrari Racing Days at Circuit Paul Ricard.
Ferrari Racing Days Budapest – The FXX K stars at Hungaroring
Posted: 27.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Budapest, 27 June – The Ferrari Racing Days are underway in Budapest with the first day of competition. Thousands of spectators flocked to the Hungaroring on Saturday to watch exciting duels in the Ferrari Challenge Europe and to see the range of road cars and Formula 1 Clienti. However, the star of the day was the FXX K, the latest car from the XX Programmes, which customers were able to try out on track for the first time.
Star of the show. The FXX K literally enchanted the crowd, the thousands of people in the stands, as well as the guests in the paddock, many of who were guests of Shell. Ferrari’s long-term partner also brought its tracklab to Budapest, showing off its high precision research laboratory. Shell’s tracklab is present at all Formula 1 Grand Prix, giving constant assistance to Scuderia Ferrari. The FXX K, with 1050 horsepower, 860 from the V12 combustion engine and 190 from the hybrid system derived from Formula 1, was put through its paces in two 40-minute sessions, amazing everyone with its performance as well as its beauty and technology. This totally uncompromising car, available only to a limited group of Ferrari Clients who are also track testers for Maranello, will appear in two more sessions on the track tomorrow.
F1 Clients. If the FXX K was the big attraction as the greatest novelty of the event, the fans in the stands certainly weren’t indifferent to the charms of the Formula 1 Clienti, cars that have made the history of the class and that are roaring again thanks to the very special customers who have had the chance to buy them from Ferrari. The public, but also the fans in the paddock, really enjoyed rediscovering the sound of the aspirated 056 engine, as well as that of the 10-cylinder engine, which on cars like the F2002 and F2004 marked some memorable years in the history of the Scuderia. Scuderia Ferrari and AF Corse World Endurance Championship (WEC) driver Davide Rigon is in Budapest to advise these special clients and help them extract the maximum performance and driving pleasure from the cars.
First love. Two F2012s are in the garage with the Clienti single-seaters. On Sunday the car and spare car will take centre stage in an exhibition by Sebastian Vettel in his first performance with Scuderia Ferrari. The car is the one that the German drove at Fiorano just after signing his contract with the Formula 1 team. So Sebastian gets to meet it again. Shortly after 1pm Vettel will present fans with 20 minutes of high-adrenaline driving, thrilling acceleration, fast laps, pit stops tests and, of course, with the traditional donuts, the almost unique trademark of the four-time world champion.
Range and Challenge. Visitors to the paddock were drawn to the Ferraris from every era, which went on track as part of the Passione Ferrari initiative. Then of course all the cars in the current range were proudly displayed outside the Corse Clienti hospitality area, including the 488 GTB, the brand new V8 sportcar with the first Ferrari turbo engine since the F40 at the end of the ‘80s. The drivers also raced at the Hungaroring on Saturday in the Ferrari Challenge Europe at the wheel of the superfast 458 Challenge EVO. Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) won the Pirelli Trophy on Saturday, while Martin
Nelson (Autoropa) took the Pirelli AM and Jacques Duyver (Kessel Racing) the Coppa Shell. It will be the same again on Sunday with two exciting races.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Grossmann, Nelson and Duyver win Race-1 at Budapest
Posted: 27.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Budapest, June 27 – The first day of competition at the Ferrari Racing Days in Budapest kicked off on Saturday with Race-1 of the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell, which fulfilled expectations with some spectacular racing, thrilling overtaking and breathtaking duels.
Trofeo Pirelli. Race-1 in the Trofeo Pirelli lacked nothing for excitement. At the start poleman Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) held onto first ahead of the recent winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Victor Shaytar, who was then overtaken by a sharp David Gostner. On lap 3 the Russian AF Corse team driver regained second place, leaving the Italian Ineco-MP Racing driver to fend off attacks from Florian Merckx and championship leader Babalus (Autoropa). On the following lap the Belgian Baron Service driver attacked Gostner but overshot allowing Babalus to overtake him and move past Gostner into third. A little later Merckx regained fourth place. Grossmann crossed the finish line first, having also notched up the fastest lap, putting him just four points behind Babalus, today third in the race behind Shaytar.
Pirelli Am. Nicolas Stürzinger of Foitek Racing was determined to put on a show in the Pirelli AM class. Starting badly from second place on the grid, on the second lap the Swiss overtook Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa Pellin-Racing) to move into third in pursuit of Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) and poleman Martin Nelson. On lap 4 Rocca also had to give way to Stürzinger. At that point the Swiss began his duel with Nelson, who used his experience to force the young Foitek driver into a mistake on turn 8. Nicolas resumed behind Rocca but managed to hold onto third position despite pressure from Lubomir Jakubik (Praha-RFD Racing). This success brought Nelson up to 74 points in the championship table, just seven behind Vezzoni. Andreas Segler stays third.
Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell also brought loads of thrills and excitement. Indeed, Roberto Cava and Murat Ruhi Cuhadaroglu collided on the first turn, leaving the Turk stuck in the middle of the track and forced to retire. At the front Jacques Duyver stayed in first ahead of Gautham Singhania and Erich Prinoth, who did superbly to pinch third place from Fons Scheltema. However, the Italian Ineco-MP Racing driver was out of the running after a few laps, with Kessel Racing regaining the three podium places. For a few laps Singhania battled to overtake Duyver, but the Belgian put in a superb performance towards the finish, lengthening his lead to secure his third win of the season. Besides third place Scheltema also won the Gentlemen’s Cup for the over 55s, with Thomas Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) in second and Erich Cheung (AF Corse) third. Duyver has thus stretched his championship lead, while Thomas Loefflad (StileF Corse) is now in second place. It will be the same again on Sunday with Race-2 of Trofeo Pirelli at 2.30pm and Race-2 of Coppa Shell at 4.30pm.
Ferrari Racing Days – A Le Mans winner competes in the Challenge
Posted: 26.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Budapest, 26 June – Two weeks ago he achieved one of the goals most sought by all drivers: a win in the Le Mans 24 Hours. This weekend, he will be one of the central actors of the Ferrari Challenge Europe. We are talking about Victor Shaytar, the Russian driver who captured first place in the most important endurance race in the world, together with his compatriot Aleksey Basov (who, a few years ago, also played a central role in the Ferrari Challenge Europe) and with Ferrari’s official driver, Andrea Bertolini.
Duplicate car. The Russian will be at the controls of a car of the AF Corse team, which, however, will be painted in exactly the same colours as the 458 Italia of the SMP Racing team, for which he competes in the World Endurance Championship. Victor will compete in the highest category: the Trofeo Pirelli.
The track. Shaytar did not shy away; in this video, he accepted to describe for Ferrari.com the Hungaroring track, which hosts the third event of the season of the Ferrari Challenge Europe, and his feelings as he takes the wheel of a 458 Challenge EVO.
Ferrari Racing Days – The show is under way in Budapest
Posted: 26.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Budapest, 26 June – FXX K, Formula 1 Clienti, and Ferrari Challenge Europe are on the track; the entire Ferrari line is in the paddock, including the brand new 8-cylinder sport model, the 488 GTB, in addition to the customers’ cars, at the centre of the attention on the track during the exclusive Passione Ferrari [Passion Ferrari] events. The Budapest Ferrari Racing Days are off to a grand start, under a glorious sunshine that displaced the early morning clouds.
FXX K. Everyone’s eyes were focused on her, the FXX K, the new car of the XX Programmes which made her official début in the hands of the exclusive Customers-Testers. Three cars went on the track on the first day, during a 40-minute session. On Saturday, the cars, characterised by a power of 1050 HP (860 provided by the thermal engine and 190 by the hybrid part), will be engaged in two more 40-minute sessions, during which the engineers will start to collect the first data that will be useful to build the Ferraris of the future.
F1 Clienti. The spectators at the circuit also reacquainted themselves with the sound of the old-generation Formula 1 cars, less hybrid, but more fascinating. The credit goes to the Formula 1 Clienti single seaters, cars which have made history in the category and which, thanks to this exclusive Ferrari initiative, can go on fascinating the audience on the most spectacular circuits in the world.
Challenge. The first day of activity on the track also included action in the Ferrari Challenge Europe, the most famous single-maker championship in the world, with the free trials in both its categories: Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell.
In the paddock. In the paddock,the entire Ferrari line put on a great show, in addition to a series of customers’ cars that had the opportunity to go on the track in the context of the Passione Ferrari event. Six specimens of the brand-new 488 GTB, the latest sports V8 of the Prancing Horse, equipped with a turbo-charged engine, were among the cars on the track.
Sebastian is coming. On Saturday, the event will enter into the heart of things, while waiting for Sebastian Vettel to attract the attention of all the spectators in the audience on Sunday. The German driver will be in the spotlight at the wheel of an F2012, the first Ferrari that he drove when he first arrived to the Scuderia; he will also put on a show with lightning accelerations, pit stop trials, and burn outs in his first exhibition with the Maranello Team.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Coppa Shell Duyver seeking to increase his lead in the standings
Posted: 26.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 26 June – The Ferrari Challenge Europe, Coppa Shell resumes this weekend; extreme challenges and overtakes are common currency in this most lively series. Three drivers were able to climb to the highest step in the podium during the four first races. The only one who won twice also leads the standings: Jacques Duyver, the Belgian of Kessel Racing finished first in Race-1 in Monza and duplicated the feat at the Mugello track.
The rivals. Competition behind Duyver is fierce. The experienced Erich Prinoth (Ineco-MP Racing), winner of Race-2 in Monza and runner-up in Race-1, follows the leader by about ten points. Thomas Loefflad (SileF Squadra Corse) occupies third place with 45 points and a win in Race-2 at the Mugello track.
Coppa Gentlemen. Within the Coppa Shell there is also a category reserved to drivers over 55, the Coppa Gentlemen. First place in this special division is occupied by Erich Prinoth who has over twice as many points as his nearest pursuer, the Dutch Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing) and, incredibly, over three times the number of points of the third racer in the standings, Thomas Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing). This video makes us relive the thrills of the Mugello, while we wait for the excitement that this category certainly reserves for us at the Hungaroiring track.
Ferrari Challenge Europe Trofeo Pirelli – Babalus races to retain his lead
Posted: 25.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 25 June – They will be the most eagerly anticipated events of the weekend in Budapest. We are talking of the two races in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli whose standings are still fluid and in which many contenders are unleashed, ready to give it all to seize the win.
Chasing Babalus. In the Trofeo Pirelli Pro, the rabbit answers to the name of Matteo Santoponte, also known as “Babalus”, who, on the strength of two wins and another podium position in four races at the wheel of the 458 Challenge EVO of the Autoropa team, leads the standings with 69 points, 14 more than the German of the Octane 126 team, Bjorn Grossmann. David Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) follows in third place, with a larger gap. At Mugello, the two winners were, in fact, Grossmann and Dario Caso (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing) with the latter racing at the limits of the regulation in Race-1.
Vezzoni seeking confirmation. In the Trofeo Pirelli AM, first place in the standings belongs to Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing). The Italian driver, winner of three of four races this season, leads with 72 points, 13 more than the German Andreas Segler (StileF Squadra Corse) and 20 more than the Swede Martin Nelson (Autoropa). The only driver who has won a race, besides Vezzoni, is Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) who, however, is further back in the standings. This video shows the most spectacular moments of the Mugello races, with overtakes at the limit and the striking images of the 458 Challenge EVO engaged on the track.
Ferrari Racing Days Budapest – Event starts Friday: Gené to present Challenge 2015 drive
Posted: 25.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 25 June – It’s one of the most expected event of the year from the clients, enthusiasts and fans who will pack the stands of Budapest’s Hungaroring track: tomorrow will be the opening day of the Ferrari Racing Days that are finally returning to Hungary. One of the events on the schedule it’s Round 3 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe, the world’s most famous one-make series, whose 2015 drivers are introduced in this video by Marc Gené, Scuderia Ferrari test driver and tutor to Prancing Horse clients.
Vettel and the Scuderia. Obviously there are great expectations for Sebastian Vettel in his first exhibition with Scuderia Ferrari. The German driver will be at the wheel of an F2012, a single-seater powered by the naturally aspirated V8 engine in use until the end of the 2013 season, which is equipped with Shell V-Power fuel and Shell Helix Ultra lubricant with PurePlus technology. Seb will perform fast laps along with simulations of pit stops and starts and thrilling burn-outs, the famous donuts that almost made him as famous in Formula 1 as for his victories on the track.
FXX K. The FXX K is another performer eagerly awaited by the public and media, which will debut officially in the hands of special Client-Testers to officially launch the new two years XX Programme. The vehicle has a power output of 1050 HP and is derived from LaFerrari. In addition to these cars there will be Formula 1 Clienti cars, singleseaters that have written the history of Formula 1, and other XX cars.
Not just a track event. Of course there will be activities on the track, but there will also be a paddock packed full of attractions. Above all, there will be the entire range of Ferrari road cars, including LaFerrari, California T and the latest 8-cylinder sports, the 488 GTB. Shell will also be active in the paddock. This long-term partner of Scuderia Ferrari will allow visitors to discover some of the secrets of the highest level of motor sport through the Shell Trackside Laboratory present at all Grand Prix races. Shell’s Formula 1 technicians will be on site to answer all the questions and curiosity of fans.
Ferrari Cavalcade 2015 – Day 3 Sightseeing and Racing
Posted: 29.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Day 3 – Incredible driving on and off the track
Rome, 29 June – It was a calm start to Day Tree of the Ferrari Cavalcade 2015. The group of 100 Ferraristas left Rome during a sleepy Sunday morning, the roar of the engines accompanied by the sound of ringing church bells. First destination, the charming medieval hamlet of Ronciglione, followed by a visit to picturesque Viterbo, known for having one of the most beautiful and well preserved city centres of Italy. For lunch the group headed to ancient Orvieto, where the Ferraris lined up in front of the majestic Gothic Duomo. But the leisurely pace of the morning was soon a distant memory. The Cavalcade went to the historic racetrack of Vallelunga Racetrack, located 30 km north of Rome, where each participant experienced the adrenaline rush of lapping full speed around the FIA approved track.
Ferrari Cavalcade 2015 – Day 2: On the path of Saint Francis
Posted: 28.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Rome, 28 June – The second day of the Ferrari Cavalcade 2015 was about pure driving emotion combined with breathtaking sites and Italy’s cultural treasures. First on the agenda was the climb up Mount Terminillo, an incredible drive perfect for testing the performance of a Ferrari along winding roads set amidst the lush green landscape. The Ferraristas took a break at about 1800m altitude where the air was so cool the heat of the Roman summer was soon forgotten. After more fantastic driving on curvy mountain roads in the region of Umbria, the next stop was the stunning town of Assisi, where lunch and a private tour of the Basilica of Saint Francis awaited. After that, the final stop was Perugia, another beautiful ancient town in Umbria.
Today, on Day 3 of the Cavalcade, the Ferraris will head to Viterbo, the track of Vallelunga for speed trials followed by a visit to the charming town of Orvieto.
Ferrari Cavalcade 2015 – Day 1 Exploring sea, mountains and lakes
Posted: 27.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Rome, 27 June – Under the cobalt blue sky and the brilliant sun, the Ferrari Cavalcade 2015 set off for its first day of exploring Rome and its surroundings. First stop: the military airport of Pratica di Mare, where the Ferraris were challenged to an acceleration trial. The long, wide runway proved to be the perfect place for the Ferraristas to put their cars to the test. Next destination: Ostia Antica, ancient harbour city of ancient Rome where Cavalcade participants, Ferrari’s best clients from all over the globe, enjoyed lunch by the seaside. After Ostia, they headed up the Tolfa Mountain along winding roads set amidst stunning Mediterranean vegetation. After reaching Tolfa, the Ferraris headed back down to the town of Bracciano, and finally, on to Rome, but not before cruising alongside the deep blue waters of Lake Bracciano.
Today, on Day 2 of the Cavalcade, the Ferraris will go on the path of Francesco D’Assisi to climb up Mount Terminillo and explore the beautiful towns of Assisi and Perugia.
The 2015 Cavalcade prepares to start in Rome
Posted: 25.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
100 Ferraris set to traverse the city and its splendid surrounding area
Maranello, 25 June 2015 – More than 100 Ferrari driven by clients from 37 different nations are now primed to begin exploring Rome and the stunning surrounding area in the course of the fourth Ferrari Cavalcade. The event, which is reserved for Maranello’s most exclusive clients, takes place between Thursday June 25, and Monday June 29, and takes the lucky participants on a voyage of discovery of some of Italy’s most beautiful locations.
The Cavalcade was launched by Ferrari specifically to introduce clients from all over the world (America, Japan, the Middle East, South East Asia, New Zealand) to the most famous corners of the nation and thereby showcase Italy’s excellent art, history, gastronomy and regional specialities. The first edition was held in Emilia Romagna in 2012 while it was the turn of Tuscany in 2013. Last year, the Cavalcade explored the most spectacular areas of Sicily.
For the fourth edition, Ferrari chose Rome, the Italian capital and a timelessly alluring city with an unparalleled historical, artistic and cultural heritage. Participants will be driving their cars along spectacular panoramic roads skirting both lakes and coast. They will also visit some of our most beautiful medieval cities and tackle the historic Monte Terminillo hillclimb. Last but very far from least, they will give vent to their cars’ potential at the famous Vallelunga Circuit. All of this, of course, in addition to sampling the Dolce Vita and spending five days immersed in the magical atmosphere of the Eternal City.
The 100 Ferraris entered for the event include no less than 15 special limited edition LaFerraris. As well as all of the cars in the current range, enthusiasts and tifosi will have the opportunity to admire many of our great models of the past.
Maranello, 24 June – Fresh Le Mans 24 Hours winner on the Ferrari 458 Italia of SMP Racing Andrea Bertolini introduces the Ferrari FXX K, the latest XX Programmes car that will debut in Budapest in the hands of its special clients-tester. As we know the letter K is for “KERS” kinetic energy recovery technology, which maximises on track performance. Unfettered by homologation and racing regulations, the FXX K will never be used in competition. It was, in fact, developed to be completely uncompromising, incorporating technological innovations that will guarantee an unprecedented driving experience to the exclusive group of Client-Test Drivers with whom the Prancing Horse will roll out a test programme over the coming two years.
Extreme performance. The car has a huge potential that can be summarised in a few but significant figures: 1050 total horse power, 860 of which comes from the V12 thermal engine and 190 from the electric motor with over 900 Nm of maximum torque. The HY-KERS system has been evolved specifically for pure performance with the result that the driver can control the function logics from the specific 4-setting Manettino on the centre console: Qualify, for maximum performance within a limited number of laps; Long Run to optimise performance consistency; Manual Boost for instant maximum torque delivery; and Fast Charge, for a fast recharge of the car’s battery.
Refined aerodynamics. A focus on delivering maximum efficiency at every stage of every track lap has resulted in extensive but integrated work on the entire car body in terms of both active and passive aerodynamics. The result is a 50% improvement in downforce in the low drag configuration and a 30% improvement in the more aggressive downforce configuration, resulting in a figure of 540 kg at 200 km/h.
Derek Bell in his 1970 Ferrari 512. XX Programmes entertain the crowds
Goodwood, 28 June – On the 17th May 1970, Derek Bell drove his first Sports Car in an endurance race at the Spa 1000 Km. The car was a Ferrari 512 S, one of only 25 cars built to contest the Manufacturers’ World Championship in 1970 and 1971. The car was entered by Ecurie Francorchaps and Derek shared it with Belgian driver Hughes de Fierlant. With an all-alloy 5.0 litre V12 engine, generating 550hp, the 512 S had a top speed of over 212mph. Designed by Giacomo Calari as both a berlinetta and a spider, the car had a tubular spaceframe chassis with polycarbonate bodywork for a total weight of only 840kg.
Derek Bell started the Spa 1000 Km in 7th place, and finished 8th overall. He also then drove the 512 S at Le Mans, but this time it was a works entry with Ronnie Peterson as teammate, and again at the 9hrs of Kyalami in November again with the Ecurie Francorchamps. During the Spa 1000 Km, the car wore race number 23, which it wore again during the Festival of Speed when Derek drove the car in a special class dedicated to celebrating the career of one of the greatest Endurance Racers of all time. The car is currently held in a private collection and is not normally campaigned. However, as part of the Derek Bell Celebration at the 2015 Festival of Speed, the owner wanted to ensure that Derek had the chance to be reunited with the car that launched his career in Sports Cars.
The Festival of Speed was also the perfect showcase for Ferrari’s XX Programmes cars, from Corse Clienti, designed to develop new technology for future road cars. The XX programme was first launched in 2005 with the FXX, followed by the 599XX in 2010 and the FXX K in 2015 – with all three cars making their first appearance at the Festival of Speed, putting on a great show for the crowds. The XX cars were followed up the notoriously tricky hillclimb by the LaFerrari, F12berlinetta, 488 GTB and the California T, completing the “full set” of Ferrari sports cars at this year’s event. In fact, Ferrari’s presence in the Supercar Run paddock created an incredible buzz throughout the weekend, with a total of 96 cylinders and over 6,000CV entertaing the crowds in the Supercar Paddock.
Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s Head of Centre Stile, also participated as a Judge in the Style et Luxe Concours, which included several outstanding examples from Ferrari’s heritage, such as a beautiful Ferrari 212 Inter, entered by Fritz Kroymans, and a Ferrari 330 GT Vignale Shooting Brake which was entered by renowned Ferrari enthusiast, musician Jay Kay, leader of Jamiroquai. The winner of the Coach and Horses class was the outstanding 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast, which also was a strong contender for overall winner.
Goodwood Festival of Speed – Arnoux drives 599XX
Posted: 28.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
Gené demonstrates F10 F1 car
Goodwood, 28 June – Former Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver, René Arnoux, was reunited with the Prancing Horse at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend with a fantastic drive of the 599XX, one of several cars from the XX Programmes that Ferrari brought from Maranello to support the event. Arnoux drove for the famed Italian brand from 1983 to the first race of 1985 season, with three race wins and four pole positions in his first season, helping Ferrari lift the Manufacturer’s World Championship for the 8th time.
The 599XX is part of Ferrari’s Corse Clienti XX Programmes which is an experimental laboratory for the company to develop and test new technology and innovations in partnership with the most loyal and passionate clients. The 599XX is not homologated for road use and has not been designed to comply with any race regulations, allowing the engineers free reign to create a number of innovative solutions, such as the Base Bleed aerodynamics which are designed to reduce drag at the rear of the car. This developmental work can also be seen on the company’s latest mid-engined supercar, the 488 GTB which features a similar aerodynamic solution with air being channelled through the rear flanks of the car to reduce drag and increase downforce.
Ferrari also brought the 2010 F1 car to Goodwood, the F10, which is being driven this weekend by Scuderia Ferrari test driver, Marc Gené, who also spent time with the fans in the paddocks. Ferrari’s extensive display of cars at the event also included a Tailor Made FF, as well as the complete range of current products, including the California T which also competed in the challenging hillclimb.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed concludes today and Ferrari will once again be one of the main attractions at the Event.
Kimi Raikkonen at Goodwood
Posted: 27.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
488 GTB and FXX K debut in dynamic style
Goodwood, 27 June – Ferrari’s 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed started in style today, with an incredible display from Ferrari’s Corse Clienti department with several cars from the XX Programme tackling the challenging Goodwood Hillclimb. Leading the Supercar Run was the incredible FXX K, Ferrari’s latest hybrid XX Programmes car with 1050CV and a F1-developed Kinetic Energy Recovery System. The FXX-K was chased up the Goodwood Hill by two additional cars from XX Programmes, the front-engined 599XX and the FXX, the very first “XX” car which launched the programme in 2005 that allows a very special and restricted group of Ferrari customer to drive this car helping the Maranello company developing the Ferrari of the future thanks to their indications to the engineers.
The crowds at Goodwood were also treated to the UK debut of the recently launched 488 GTB, the company’s first mid-engined twin-turbo V8 since the iconic 288 GTO and F40, with an amazing 670CV and a number of new aerodynamic solutions that have been developed by the company’s GT racing programme. The 488 GTB was joined in the Supercar Run by the California T, the F12berlinetta, a LaFerrari and a very special “One-Off” F12 TRS. A 458 Challenge also made its first appearance at the Festival of Speed, demonstrating the clear link between the company’s race cars and GT cars of the range.
Scuderia Ferrari driver, Kimi Raikkonen, returned to the Festival of Speed with Ferrari for a second time in a row, meeting VIP clients and signing autographs for fans.
Derek Bell at Goodwood
Posted: 26.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
The British driver in a 1970 Ferrari 512 S
Goodwood, 26 June – On the 17th May 1970, Derek Bell drove his first Sports Car in an endurance race at the Spa 1000 Km. The car was a Ferrari 512 S, one of only 25 cars built to contest the Manufacturers’ World Championship in 1970 and 1971. The car was entered by Ecurie Francorchaps and Derek shared it with Belgian driver Hughes de Fierlant. With an all-alloy 5.0 litre V12 engine, generating 550hp, the 512 S had a top speed of over 212mph. Designed by Giacomo Calari as both a berlinetta and a spider, the car had a tubular spaceframe chassis with polycarbonate bodywork for a total weight of only 840kg.
Derek Bell started the Spa 1000 Km in 7th place, and finished 8th overall. He also then drove the 512 S at Le Mans, but this time it was a works entry with Ronnie Peterson as teammate, and again at the 9hrs of Kyalami in November again with the Ecurie Francorchamps. During the Spa 1000 Km, the car wore race number 23, which it will wear again during the Festival of Speed when Derek drives the car once again. The car is currently held in a private collection and is not normally campaigned. However, as part of the Derek Bell Celebration at the 2015 Festival of Speed, the owner wanted to ensure that Derek had the chance to be reunited with the car that launched his career in Sports Cars.
Derek Bell will be driving the Ferrari 512 S in the Goodwood Hillclimb in the Derek Bell Celebration class at 12:20 and 14:30 on Sunday.
A Tailor Made California T at Goodwood
Posted: 23.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
A convertible inspired by a passion for horses
The huge freedom and creativity the Ferrari Tailor Made programme gives owners is being showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where Prancing Horse clients will get a preview of a California T inspired by the world of horse racing and the colours of the noble sport of polo.
The California T sports an exclusive yet high tech Bianco Italia three-layer exterior with a double-asymmetric stripe in Blu Hellen finished off with 20” forged wheels which have been painted in Blu Hellen and Argento Nürburgring. The perfect combination of colours to underscore the sleek forms of the Maranello mid-front V8. The interior mirrors the bodywork colours brilliantly too with sumptuous Blu Sterling dominating. It is matched with Bianco upholstery in Mycro Prestige, a highly resistant fabric material that offers an exceptional level of grip and is also only one-third the weight of traditional leather.
Greatest-ever Ferrari display at the Goodwood Festival
Posted: 23.06.2015 Source: Ferrari
The 488 GTB to make UK debut, with cars from the Corse Clienti XX Programme, including the new FXX K
Maranello, 23 June. The latest Ferrari mid-rear-engined V8 supercar, the 488 GTB, as well as the FXX K will be present from 25 to 28 June at this year’s Festival of Speed, with both cars tackling the challenging 1.6 mile Goodwood Hill Climb along with a full supporting cast of Ferrari cars in the greatest-ever display from the Prancing Horse at the event.
The 488 GTB will be taking part in the Michelin Supercar Run during the Festival of Speed, alongside four other Ferrari cars: the Ferrari California T, F12berlinetta, LaFerrari and the F12 TRS. Ferrari’s Corse Clienti division, which provides cars and support services for clients racing in the Challenge or international GT series, will also be bringing the 599 XX from the laboratory XX programme. A Ferrari 458 Challenge will also participate in the Hill Climb for GT race cars.
The Scuderia Ferrari team will also be on hand to field a 2010 Ferrari F10 Formula 1 car driven by ex-F1 driver, Marc Gené.
Maranello, 23 June – The Scuderia Ferrari test driver, Marc Gené, introduces us to some details of the 458 Challenge EVO, the car engaged in all three Ferrari Challenge series. The car ha many components of GT origin, heirs to the successes obtained in championships around the world. Among other elements, Gené emphasises the quality of the breaking system and the efficiency of of the new aerofoil, which makes it possible to exploit a larger aerodynamic downforce and to increase stability and speed through the curves. This innovation allows the drivers of the best-known one-make championship in the world to push the limits even further, making full use of the car’s potential. It is not a coincidence that more and more drivers who grow in the Ferrari Challenge go on to become top competitors also in the GT Championships.