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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari was not initially interested in the idea of producing road cars when he formed Scuderia Ferrari in 1928 as a sponsor for amateur drivers headquartered in Modena. He prepared, and successfully raced, various drivers in Alfa Romeo cars until 1938, when he was hired by Alfa Romeo to head their motor racing department.

The company moved into production of street-legal vehicles as Ferrari S.p.A. in 1947.

The rampant horse logo of the Ferrari automobile company was the emblem of Italian air ace Francesco Baracca, who had 35 kills and died in the closing months of World War I. When Baracca’s mother met Enzo Ferrari many years later, she suggested he use her son’s personal emblem on his cars for good luck.

Enzo Ferrari wore the same black tinted glasses every day for the rest of his life in honor of his son who died of muscular dystrophy.

The Ferrari 288 GTO, one of the most iconic cars of the Eighties, had a top speed of 179mph — but only 272 were produced and sell today for around $2,9 million (£2 million) each.

The fastest street Ferrari is the F50 GT1, which can go over 370 kph (about 222 mph).

The world auction record for cars was set in August 2011 by a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa at $16.4 million.

Ferrari engines are musically engineered to sound perfect by utilizing third and sixth harmonics on the air intake, like a flute or organ.

Because of Ferrari’s attention to detail, it only produces a maximum of 14 cars per day.

45 percent of all Ferraris sold are red.

Source Wikipedia

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