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5 Things That Suck About Ferrari Ownership

By   August 24, 2014

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Owning a Ferrari is a wonderful experience. The cars are great drives and they make you feel special whenever you get behind the wheel. You also have plenty of people admire you car wherever you go (unless perhaps you live in a place like LA, where they are a fairly common sight).

However, everything about owning a Ferrari is not perfect. We have put together a list of 5 things that suck about owning a Ferrari.

5. Very Low Ride

Many Ferraris sit very low to the ground. This is a great thing at the track or on well maintained highways, but in the real world it can be a problem. We witnessed this first hand last weekend as we saw multiple Ferraris (most where 458s) go into a drive way to turn around. Both on entry and exit of the driveway the cars scraped the ground. This is a problem with many high end sports cars and not solely those wearing prancing horse, but it would be nice to have some better engineering when it comes to lifting the front end (you can buy this on the after market for many models).

4. They Just Sit In The Garage

Ferraris are special cars that when you drive them brings a sense of occasion. Having said this, the problem is that they often spend a lot of time in a garage. This is a large reason why you find many from the ’80s that still have well under 30,000 original miles on them.

The cars are great to drive, but usually they aren’t driven more than once a week. They are very different that say a Corvette that one would use as a daily driver. This is partly because of not wanting to park the car just anywhere and partly because they are so special that you don’t want to have to stop for very long when driving.

3. Too Flashy

A Ferrari is a status symbol that says I have a lot of money. This makes them a bit flashy and many are put off by people that own them.

Other performance cars like Porsches and Corvettes don’t have as much of the same problem as they are more common. In many parts of the country a Ferrari (or Lamborghini or McLaren for that matter) is a very, very rare sight.

2. Maintenance

Maintenance costs on a Ferrari can be very high. Perhaps this is another reason that you don’t see too many daily drivers. Some models actually require that the engine be removed every 10,000 miles to perform maintenance items.

One can learn to do some things themselves, but when you do have to take it into the shop to get fixed, prepare to open your wallet very wide.

This is a reason that even though you can buy an affordable Ferrari, you need to be able to truly afford the car before making the purchase. So, you have to be prepared to lay down some serious cash to get your Italian sports car back on the road.

1. Not Many Places To Use Their Performance

This is true of most high performance cars, but it can be an even bigger deal with an Italian exotic. Some Ferraris do fine at lower speeds and they are still enjoyable on the road (although they are most enjoyed on a track). However, some of the higher performance models can be a bit touchy for the road and many have been known to overheat when sitting in traffic too long.

An extreme modern case would be the F12berlineta. The cars is powered by a monster V12 that puts out over 700 horsepower. While you can drive it on the road at normal speeds, all that power really needs a track or an unrestricted road to fully be enjoyed.

Video: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Fast Nurburgring Lap

By   August 11, 2014

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta at the Nurburgring

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta at the Nurburgring

The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a very fast V12 powered car. That large engine on the car is so powerful that famously Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson said that it had too much power.

The front-engined car is about as close as you can get to F1 performance in a street car. Just about the only way to get a faster car is to buy a hybrid supercar like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 or Porsche 918 Spyder.

This video is of the F12 taking at lap at the legendary Nurburgring. It managed a very good lap time of 7 minutes and 8 seconds. To put that in perspective the 887 horsepower 918 Spyder holds the production car record at 6 minutes 57 seconds.

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Ferrari F12berlinetta Takes Home Golden Compass

By   July 10, 2014

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta<

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The V12 powered Ferrari F12berlinetta (a.k.a. F12 Berlinetta) is a very powerful car. Just how brutal is it? It is the only car that we can think of that Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson has said actually has a bit too much power

That is high praise for just what a hulk this Italian sports car is. It is about as close as you can get to Formula 1 performance in a closed cockpit street car.

But beyond the performance it is a good looking machine. With its long hood that houses that V12 monster to the cockpit that sits back towards the rear, it has the design elements of a timeless classic.

The design is so good that it has won the Compasso d’Oro (Golden Compass) award. This is one of the most prestigious design accolades that a car can get.

Such praise is just the latest accolade for the F12. But we want to hear from you. What do you think of the look of the F12berlinetta? Let us know in the comments.

Video: Fernando Alonso Driving The Nurburgring In A F12 Giving An Interview

By   July 16, 2013

Fernando Alonso Driving The Nurburgring In A F12berlinetta While Giving An Interview

Fernando Alonso Drives the Nuburgring While being Interview in a F12berlinetta

The Ferrari F12berlinetta is a very powerful car, in fact it is almost as powerful as the Formula One car driven by Fernando Alonso. It is also the car that Jeremy Clarkson said has a bit too much power. The other day we shared an article about Alonso giving an interview while driving the V12 monster at the Nurburgring.

At that time we didn’t have the video of the interview to share, but fortunately it has been posted to YouTube. The video shows the interview which is given in Italian, so there are subtitles. The entire interview is given while driving the Nurburgring, which makes it more entertaining. It is actually a very interesting interview in itself, but getting to watch the F12berlinetta go around the track makes it even better.

Watch the interview and then let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

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Ferrari At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

By   July 15, 2013

Ferrari 250 GTO at Goodwood

Ferrari at Goodwood

This past weekend was the 20th Anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and it was another good one. The yearly celebration of the performance automobile had multiple automakers celebrating important anniversaries. For Ferrari this year saw many great cars represented at the event. From classic road and race cars to modern sports cars, there was a lot for enthusiasts to take in.

Cars at the event included the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO, Formula One cars and the F12berlinetta. There was also Eric Clapton’s on-off SP-12 that made its Goodwood debut at this year’s event. The car was made by the Italian automaker special for the famous musician and includes a V12 from a 512BB and styling based on the Berlinetta Boxer.

These are just a few of the cars that were at the event. There were many more cars from the Prancing Horse that ran in the famed hill climb. No matter what type of race or performance car you like, Goodwood always has something for you.

Let us know what you think of the cars at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the comments below.

Press Release

Although the excitement of the 20th Anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed is over for another year, Ferrari fans will have many memories on which to reflect until next year’s event. Ferrari was represented by a diverse array of classic and modern road and race cars from the Prancing Horse’s illustrious past, including two historically significant cars from its 250 series, a 2010 F10 Formula 1 car and its newest V12 flagship model, the F12berlinetta, as well as a very special one-off car from the company’s Special Projects division.

Scuderia Ferrari test driver Marc Gené’s demonstrations of the team’s 2010 F10 Formula 1 car was a special occasion, emphasising the Italian company’s great history in grand prix motorsport. Gené was driving F10 chassis no.285, formerly driven by Fernando Alonso who took four victories with the car in 2010. Marc Gené has represented Ferrari at Goodwood for several years, and always lists it as one of his favourite events in the calendar.

Another highlight for Ferrari was Marc Gené’s drive of Eric Clapton’s one-off SP12 EC which made its Goodwood debut as a private entry, at the invitation of Lord March. The SP12 EC’s unique styling was inspired by a memorable Ferrari from a previous era, the iconic flat-engined V12 512BB. Clapton’s fondness for the Berlinetta Boxer – of which he owned three examples – can be clearly seen in his bespoke SP12 EC from Ferrari’s Special Projects division which commits to only ever produce one example of the client’s design.

The F12berlinetta also made its first UK appearance at the Festival of Speed this weekend. Spectators crammed into the Michelin Supercar paddock to catch a glimpse of the most powerful road-going Ferrari ever. Flanking the 740hp F12berlinetta were a ‘Tailor-Made’ Ice White Pearl 458 Spider and a FF showcasing the model’s new glass panoramic roof option. The Tailor Made programme allows clients to create a car of their dreams, with personal design touches and clever detailing to make their car unique, designed in partnership with Ferrari’s own design team.

Ferrari were also well-represented at the Cartier Style ex Luxe lawn with two particular GT cars standing out. The first was a 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale originally commissioned by actress Ingrid Bergman, who was known as one of Ferrari’s best clients in the 1950s. The 250 GT is finished in her own personal paint color called Grigio Ingrid but sadly, Bergman never actually took delivery of the car.

Next to the GT Speciale was a 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Pinin Farina in a striking color combination, finished in Bordeaux with a contrasting Bianco roof and sills. The car was personally commissioned by a friend of Battista Pininfarina, founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company, one of Ferrari’s longest-standing design partners.

On Friday, Bonhams offered John Lennon’s 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Berlinetta for auction, a car that was originally purchased by Lennon in February 1965, the month that he passed his driving test and The Beatles recorded ‘Ticket to Ride.’ The beautiful 330GT, wearing its original number plate, achieved a remarkable £359,000 – approximately double the pre-sale estimate, demonstrating once again the incredible investment potential of a classic Ferrari with “celebrity ownership”.

Although the thrills and excitement of Goodwood are over for another year, fans can see a compilation of the Ferrari action on the Ferrari.com website, with a dynamic video and a gallery of images.