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28 Fast Facts About Ferrari

When you think fast cars and sleek motors, you likely think of Ferrari before most other brands. The envy of motoring moguls  – Ferrari has grown to become synonymous with precision engineering all over the world. Their iconic red cars and incredible racing history are only part of what makes them so well-known – even with non-driving enthusiasts!

Let’s dive a little deeper with these fun facts about Ferrari. What is it about their cars which are so appealing? What are their Formula One records really like? Above all, where did it all begin? We have the answers – keep reading, and you can find out all you need to know about what’s largely regarded as the sexiest car line up in the world.

1. Ferrari’s been around since the 30s.

Enzo Ferrari founded the Ferrari car manufacturing company in 1939. It was formed from the racing division of Alfa Romeo.

2. Ferrari is THE Italian supercar.

The headquarters of Ferrari are in Maranello, Italy. As such, it’s perhaps the most famous Italian brand of car – and one of the most recognisable Italian brands full stop.

3. Enzo Ferrari was still duty-bound elsewhere.

When Enzo formed the company, he was still legally bound to Alfa Romeo as a car designer.

a vintage open top Ferrari

4. This led to some naming issues.

For that reason, his first Ferrari car could not bear his name and was called the ‘Auto Avio Costruzioni 815’. It was later conveniently shortened to be known as the’Tipo 815’.

5. The Tipo wasn’t the supercar we know today.

The’Tipo 815’ was a 1.5 litre car with two seats. How things have changed!

6. Some Ferraris have significant names!

Terrarossa means ‘red head’n Italian and was to distinguish the car Ferrari made with a red engine from the more usual black or silver models.

7. The Terrarossa has been reborn.

The first Terrarossa was built in 1958. The name was re-used in 1984 with the launch of another new model that had a mid-engine layout.

8. Ford and Ferrari have an interesting history.

Ferrari and Henry Ford entered talks about the US firm acquiring the Italian brand. Henry Ford recognised the potential of Ferrari and wanted Ford to dominate the market for motors.

Prior to clinching the deal with Henry Ford, Ferrari decided to back out. Ford was reportedly left embarrassed and furious.

9. Ford – literally – saw red.

Motivated to get revenge, Ford pushed his engineers to design a car which would beat Ferrari at the Le Mans race. The Ford engineers succeeded and won with their Ford GT40!

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Ferrari F50

10. There’s a great movie about it all.

Ford and Ferrari’s battles were fittingly retold in the 2019 movie ‘Ford V Ferrari’, known as ‘Le Mans 66’in the UK.

11. Ferrari developed limited edition anniversary machines.

Ferrari built the limited edition ‘F50’ to commemorate their 50th Anniversary. 349 F50s were built, costing $680,000.

12. Ferrari has a secret track.

Ferrari, like many manufacturers, maintains a veil of secrecy over the development of new cars. To that end, Ferrari has its own race track to test the new cars, putting them ‘through their paces’ to ensure they meet or go beyond expectations.

The track is 1.86 miles long and is designed to check the limits of cars – for example, to test extreme cornering on sharp bends.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

13. Some people REALLY love Ferrari.

In 2013, a buyer paid a whopping $52 million for a new Ferrari Berlinetta!

14. There’s irony in this tale…

In 2014, a Berlinetta was auctioned and achieved a price of $38.1 million. Bet the 2013 buyer was kicking themselves!

15. There was very nearly a Papal Ferrari!

Ferrari produced 400 of the model ‘Enzo’. The last one off the ramp was donated to the Pope.

Recognising its value, the Pope preferred to ask Sotheby’s to auction the car. They achieved a sale price of $1.1 million, which was reportedly donated to charities.

Line up of 4 very special red Ferraris

16. Ferrari has an award-winning theme park!

In both 2015 and 2016 Ferrari won awards for ‘Best Tourist Attraction in the Middle East’. Their stunning theme park allows visitors to ride on the fastest rollercoaster in the world!

Ferrari purchased the theme park site in 2007 and opened the facility in 2010.

17. Red is the color…

45% of Ferrari cars sold are red. Red is the traditional color of the racing cars and is synonymous with action, vigour and stands out in a crowd.

18. …but it’s not the only one.

Thirty colors of Ferrari car are now available, and other popular choices are black, silver, yellow, and blue. White has only been recently introduced to the range.

A red Ferrari F40
Ferrari F40

19. Slowhand has some fast wheels.

Many famous people own Ferraris. The list includes musician Eric Clapton, who customised his unique car. The ‘extras’ cost him $4.7 million on top of the basic purchase price.

20. A clash of interest?

Lewis Hamilton, Formula One Driver for an opposing team on the race track, drives a Ferrari off-track!

21. Ferrari has big-name fans.

Other famous Ferrari fans include Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, Simon Cowell, Ashton Kutcher, David Beckham, and Gordon Ramsay.

Ferrari 'Shields'
Ferrari ‘Shields’

22. There are even royal Ferrari collectors.

The Sultan of Brunei is a keen collector of cars. He has so far purchased 600 Rolls Royces and 450 Ferraris!

23. Could a Ferrari ever outpace Bond?

James Bond drives his iconic Aston Martin as he competes against a Ferrari in the film Goldeneye in 1995. It was said the cars drew more attention than the lead actors in the scene as the cars!

24. Not thinking pink

In 2017, Herbert Appleroth, CEO of Ferrari Australasia, explained why Ferrari had banned the color pink to be used on their cars. While indisputably one of the ‘sexiest cars in the world’, he said the color ‘just does not fit our ethos’!
The wooden wheel of a vintage Ferrari

25. Ferrari is an F1 mainstay.

Formula One World Championship Racing began in 1950. The same year, Scuderia Ferrari began to compete in the series and became hugely successful with both iconic cars and drivers.

26. They are big Le Mans champions.

Ferrari won the 24 Hour Le Mans race for the first time in 1949.

27. In fact, they’ve won plenty of plaudits.

In 1953, Ferrari won the first championship race in the ‘Sportscar World Championship’.
Michael schumacher chatting in the pit lane before racing

28. Ferrari brought one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time to the forefront.

The legendary Michael Schumacher has world acclaim for being Ferrari’s most successful racing driver of all time. He drove for the team from 1996 to 2006 to achieve 72 wins for Ferrari out of 308 races.

Schumacher won eight of his Ferrari victories in Monte Carlo one of the most notoriously tricky tracks to navigate.

FAQs about Ferrari

What’s the cheapest Ferrari to buy?

One of the cheapest Ferraris on the market is the Ferrari 400i, available for around $20,000 in the US.

What is Ferrari’s fastest car?

Ferrari’s fastest car on the road is the Ferrari 812, which can achieve a max speed of 211 miles per hour, or 340 kilometers per hour.

Is Maserati owned by Ferrari?

Yes - Maserati is Ferrari’s luxury car line, and they bought the brand in 1999.

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