Tag Archives: Ferrari

DIY Ferrari 458: It will seriously take you hours…


Ferrari 458 Italia - Exterior

It’s always been known that both Porsche and Ferrari make a majority of their profits from the custom work they put into their cars. The typical purchaser gets to choose the color of the paint, brake calipers, leather interior, stitching, tach color, etc.  Sounds like a lot, but maybe not overwhelming… guess again.

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Ferrari 458 Italia Rocks Our Socks… and then some.


Ferrari 458 Italia Engine

Ferrari is the company that seems to be always teasing.  They tease those who can’t afford their cars, and they tease those who can.  Watch and listen as a pair of 458’s scream around the track at break-neck speeds.

What Does ₩161,000,000 Buy You?


Spirra Turbo

₩ is the symbol for the Korean Won, their form of the Dollar.  161,000,000 Won sounds like a lot, and it is, roughly equating to $130,000 bucks.  For that, you could by a Corvette ZR1 and a few extra sets of tires.  Or you could buy a tricked out GT-R and mob the streets with all wheel drive prowess.  But now there’s a new option, and it’s price just so happens to be $131K.  They call it the Spirra, and it’s a quick little devil. Using a 2.7-liter V6 Hyundai engine, lifted from a Tiburon, the creator was able to squeeze out 400 horsepower by throwing on a sizable supercharger.  That’s the Spirra S, and for a car that weighs just 2,200 pounds with a full tank of gas, that’s a real nice power-to-weight ratio.  But if it want’s to compete with the aformentioned ZR1 and GT-R, or even Ferrari’s and Lambo’s, it would probably need 25% more to hold it’s own.  So they creators went back to the drawing board and threw on a turbo.  Crank the boost and you net 500 ponies from a car that weights a Keg more than an Elise.

The Spirra Turbo has a top speed in the 200+ MPH range, so you can bet that it will keep up with just about anything. Here’s a video of it dusting an F430.  The racing starts around the 3:35 mark.

Those Lucky Dog’s at AutoBlog


I’m a car fanatic.  And I appreciate hybrid technology and recognize for a number of reasons that it’s something should adopt on a large scale.  That said, my true passion lies in performance.  There is nothing like hearing a high-revving V12 at wide open throttle, or an American V8 grunt it’s torque levels from 2,000 RPM.  This is why many get in the journalism game, to have the shot at personally reviewing cars they could probably never afford, or at least justify owning.

Johnny over at AutoBlog just got his hands on a 2010 GTR for review and he ran into a pack of animals that only Godzilla could properly challenge; the Ferrari F355 Spyder, Ferrari F430 Spyder, BMW M6 and the Dodge Viper SRT10.  Just another day for the autobloggers, must be nice…

Ferrari FXX Runs the Top Gear Test Track


For all the Top Gear fans out there, the last show was a real doozy. Not only did the Top Gear presenters suggest that Michael Schumacher was the Stig, but they actually un-helmeted him on the show. He later ran Ferrari’s FXX around the test track; for those of you who missed the last episode, I won’t spoil it for you, but here’s the video so you can see how slow incredibly fast Schumacher is.

What do you think? Is Shummie the real stig? Is he the only Stig?

Ferrari V4 Motorcycle Concept


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This concept wasn’t developed by Ferrari, but rather in hopes that Ferrari would pick it up for production.  It’s been designed in such detail that it is pretty much ready for production; all Ferrari would need to do is design a motor in spec with the size requires set forth in the design and then develop a suspension system to accommodate the weight.  Pretty hot stuff, no? By the way, all the images of this bike are computer generated, hit the jump to see the rest of em.

Source: The Auto Junkyard

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The Worlds Most Unique and Crazy Limousines


Various Exotic Limousines

I’ve collected some some photos of the world’s most luxurious, unique and wild limousines.  Many of these are custom made for the limo companies and some are custom ordered for the rich and shameless.  Hit the jump to view all the pics, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Have a Seat in the Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M


Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M - Red

This is the Scuderia Spider 16M. It is Ferrari’s latest and greatest version of their F430, a track-ready convertible which was created to celebrate the 16 titles they won this year as a manufacturer. Why you would ever need a convertible track car is beyond me, but sure, why not?

The Scuderia version of the F430 Spider is 80 kilos lighter and packing 27 extra ponies to give you a little extra kick in pants. Combine that 510HP 4.3-liter V8 engine and sub-3,000 lb curb weight with improved aerodynamics and you get blistering fast acceleration; 0-62 in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 196 miles per hour. You can check out the full gallery of Scuderia pictures below, or you can find out what it’s like to sit in one by taking a 3D Tour. :)

Sports Cars and Super Cars from SEMA 2008


Now that SEMA is officially over, our AutoAnything crew has returned home to the nest.  But they didn’t come back empty handed.  Our photography buffs were able to get some great shots at SEMA this year.  This first post includes photos of both super cars and sports cars alike, from the Subaru STi to the Ferrari California, from an old school Pontiac GTO to the new school Audi R8.  There’s more photos on the way, so stay tuned!

Drag Race Video – Corvette ZR1, Ferrari 599, Porsche GT2, and the Nissan GT-R


MotorTrend has tested all of these cars and they have finally lined them up for a drag race.  This isn’t just a 1/4 mile race either, they run these cars until they run out of pavement.  I’m not going to spoil the results for you, but you should think hard about what the finishing order will be.

Ferrari F430 Replacement to be Turbocharged and Lighter Weight


The F430 has been one of Ferrari’s top selling models for several years now.  Although it still looks like one of the best supercars on the street, it is due for replacement.  Codenamed the F142, the 430’s successor will be even lighter than the current Scuderia version which weighs a scant 2,750 pounds.  Some of that weight will be shed from the engine by moving to a smaller V8 than the current 4.3-liter.  To make up for the loss of displacement, Ferrari will probably be turbocharging the new model to give it that extra boost and maintain peak performance. It also seems likely that the F142 will look similar to Ferrari’s Mille Chilli concept, pictured above. 

Ferrari’s goal to reduce emissions by 40% by 2012 is, to say the least, very admirable.  Using lighter materials and smaller engines is one logical step for the Italian car maker, so you can expect to see similar treatments across the Ferrari lineup in the future.

Source: AutoBlog

The Car Industry May be Suffering, but Ferrari California Sold Out Until 2010 – AutoAnything


Car makers around the world are feeling the heat as the US economy slows down to a crawl.  Hit hardest are the manufacturers who’s bread-and-butter were gas guzzling SUV’s and trucks.  Company’s like Honda and Toyota staying afloat well, but Ford, GM, Dodge, and a handful of other companies are scrounging to develop a fuel efficient car so they don’t drown in debt.

Ferrari, on the other hand, has decided to keep doing what they do best: build fast cars with impeccable style.  The Ferrari California has been criticized by a lot of Automotive journalists, but I’ve always liked it.  It kind of reminds me of the Artega GT.  I guess I’m not alone because Ferrari announced today that all 2008 and 2009 models have been pre-sold. 

Costing $240,000, the California is not cheap, but Ferrari does throw a 460hp, 4.3-liter V8 into the deal.  Since Ferrari is making 2,000 units per production year, they’ll have a good inflow of cash for the next 2 years.  When it rains it pours, that’s why Ferrari brought their umbrella.

Source: AutoBlog