When thinking of luxury cars, it is often the Ferrari that springs to mind. This model of car has become a symbol of wealth, power, status, and money making it one of the world’s leading cars in the field of luxury automobiles. A Ferrari is a car that people often dream of buying if they win a large sum of money or that they wish they could experience driving just once in their lives. It is often the rich and famous who own Ferraris and they take great pride in driving around in their flashy car as they stand out and people take notice of them. Although people are fully aware of the existence of these vehicles and would most probably recognize one if it drove past them; few people know any further details about this car. Here are 20 interesting facts about Ferrari.
The Founder was Enzo Ferrari
The Ferrari brand was founded in 1939 by an Italian man called Enzo Anselmo Ferrari. He was born in Modena, Italy, on February 18, 1891. Ferrari had little formal education but grew up with a passion for cars and racing. As a young man, he was also fond of motorcycles. He was initially a racer and designer for the Alfa Romeo racing team before founding the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team and the Ferrari automobile company. He was married to Laura Dominica Garello from 1945 and the couple had a son, Alfredo, who died aged 24 from a form of muscular dystrophy. He also had another son, Piero, with his mistress Lina Lardi. Enzo Ferrari passed away on August 14, 1988, at the age of 90.
The First Ferrari Wasn’t Called a Ferrari
Although the name Ferrari has become one of the biggest car brand names in the world, the first Ferrari wasn’t actually even called a Ferrari. It was actually called the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 and this was later shortened to Tipo 815 when the design was complete. He couldn’t name the car after himself for legal reasons at that time. Although he had left Alfa Romeo, he was still officially under contract with them as a designer and the terms of the contract forbade him from manufacturing his car using his name. Therefore, he had to think of an alternative name for his first creation. The car was a two-seater barchetta with a 1.5-liter engine.
The Badge is in Honor of a World War One Veteran
The Ferrari badge is instantly recognizable and features a black horse rearing up on its hind legs over the letters ‘S.F.’. This is not just a design that happened by happy accident as each element of the design is symbolic and has a meaning. Francesco Baracca was a World War One pilot who was sadly killed in battle. The pilot would paint the symbol of a horse on the sides of the planes he flew. After his death, Ferrari met Baracca’s mother and she requested Ferrari used the symbol of the horse on the badges of his cars. The letters ‘S.F.’ is an abbreviation of ‘Scuderia Ferrari’. When translated into English, this means the ‘Ferrari Racing Stables’.
The Fastest Car Manufactured was the F60
One element that Ferrari’s are known for is their speed. While they are all fast, there are some that are speedier than others. The fastest car ever produced by Ferrari was the F60. This had the capacity to go from zero to 100 kilometers an hour in just 3.2 seconds. This makes it one of the fastest cars in the world. The car was composed of carbon fiber and had a mid V-12 engine. These two elements both contributed to the rate of acceleration of this car. The Ferrari F60 was used to complete the Formula One season in 2009 and was unveiled for the first time on January 12, 2009. Its predecessor was the Ferrari F2008 and its successor was the Ferrari F10. It featured a chassis composed of carbon fiber and composite monocoque.
Ferrari Doesn’t Make All Their Money from Cars
Ferrari has been a highly successful company since the beginning and has made the majority of its money from the production. However, this is not the only source of revenue for this company. They also make a lot of money from selling Ferrari related merchandise. This includes toys, sports goods, clothing, accessories, and racing memorabilia. Across the world, there are approximately 30 Ferrari boutique stores. Only two of these belong to Ferrari as the rest are franchises. Some of these stores have race car simulation games for customers to entertain themselves with while shopping.
People Are Willing to Pay High Prices for Ferraris
People are willing to pay high prices for Ferraris regardless of whether they are buying them new or used. This is because Ferrari is a luxury brand that manufactures cars to the highest standard using top-quality and innovative materials. The most expensive Ferrari ever sold was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that was sold at an auction hosted by Bonhams for $34.65 million in August 2014. One car sale shocked all Ferrari fans. A Ferrari 330Gt was sold at Sotheby’s auction for just $10,000 in 1985 making this particular car an exception to the rule.
Ferraris Have Featured in Many Movies
Ferraris have featured in many movies of all genres over the years and there are some amazing examples of when Ferraris have played a significant role in a storyline. One example of this is Ferrari 512 which was used in the 1971 film ‘Le Mans’ which starred Steve McQueen. The 1986 film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ featured a Ferrari 250 GT California. In the film ‘Weird Science’, which was released in 1985, there was a Ferrari Mondial while a Ferrari Daytona was a car that appeared in Miami Vice’. The Pixar animated film ‘Cars’ also features a replica of a Ferrari.
Many Celebrities Own a Ferrari
When people become a celebrity, they often earn more money than the average member of the public. In fact, the more famous they are the more money they are likely to earn. When they are particularly famous, they have the financial freedom to spend their money on luxury items, such as amazing cars. For many celebrities, their dream car is a Ferrari, and this is something they want to buy as soon as they can afford to do so. Some of the celebrities who own one of these luxury cars include Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Nicolas Cage, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other celebrities who are known to be owners of these famous sports cars include Heidi Montag, Ashton Kutcher, Eddie Murphy, and Simon Cowell.
Red is the Traditional Color of Ferrari
When thinking of Ferraris, it is probably an image of a bright red sports car that comes to mind. Most of the Ferraris produced are made in this color, which is called ‘racing red’, as it is the traditional color of the Italian racing team. However, this is not the only color option for those who are thinking of buying a Ferrari as it is available in a wide range of colors, including black, white, green, and silver. Red has become associated with this brand because of the racing team and it is this color of car that is often chosen for in the movies. Therefore, people often opt for the famous red color as they want to emulate their idols from onscreen and on the racetrack.
The Name ‘Testa Rossa’ Has Been Used for More Than One Model of Ferrari
Testa Rossa is a name that has been given to more than one model of Ferrari car. Testa Rossa literally translates as ‘redhead’ so it is a fitting choice of name for a car that is associated with the color red. This name was given for the first time in 1958 and was used to distinguish a 3.5-liter 12-cylinder engine. Rather than the typical black or silver of most engines, the engine in this car was red making its name even more appropriate. The name was used for the second time in 1984. This time it was for a Ferrari supercar that had a mid-engine layout.
Ferrari Was Nearly Sold to Ford Motor Company
As a hugely successful company that manufactures such a desirable product, there have been many bids to acquire Ferrari over the years. The Ford Motor Company attempted to take over the Italian car manufacturers in 1963 and put in a bid for $18 million. At the last minute, Enzo Ferrari pulled out of the deal. The American company was displeased with this decision and retaliated by creating the Ford GT40 in direct competition with Ferrari. Eventually, Fiat took a 50% stake in Ferrari in 1969. However, Ferrari cars were still manufactured under their own name rather than taking on the Fiat name and Fiat concentrated on road models. Enzo Ferrari continued to manage the Ferrari side of operations.
There Was Almost a Four-Door Ferrari
Over the years, the designers at Ferrari have experimented with new concepts that may appeal to lovers of these cars. This may involve using different materials, creating a more aerodynamic shape, or adding new details to the design. Ferrari is known as a two-door car. This has been a standard part of the design of every model. However, there was almost a four-door car manufactured during the 1980s. Initially designs were drawn up and there were plans to call the car the ‘Pinin’ as it was developed in partnership with Pininfarina. The concept was researched, and the public were welcoming of the idea of the four-door Ferrari. However, Enzo Ferrari decided not to give the project the green light, so a four-door Ferrari never made it onto the market.
Enzo Ferrari Worked Closely with the Design Studio Pininfarina
Although Enzo Ferrari is often credited with the beautiful design of Ferraris, he was just one member of a team of people who contributed to the design and each person was responsible for different elements of the car. Ferrari worked closely with the Italian design company Pininfarina since the mid-1950s on almost all the road-legal Ferraris. At one point, Sergio Pininfarina even owned shares in Ferrari. The one exception to their collaboration was the Ferrari 308GT4. This car was manufactured in 1973 and was designed in collaboration with Bertone.
A Special Car Celebrated the Company’s 50th Anniversary
When Ferrari reached their 50th anniversary of production, they were very proud of all they had achieved. In celebration, they designed a special car. This car was the F50 and it was a limited-series car. In total, the Italian car manufacturer built just 349 of this model and each car was sold or $680,000. This model could go from zero to 100 in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 323 kilometers per hour. It took some time for the production of cars, but they started to be released onto the market in 1995. The last of the 349 cars was manufactured in Maranello in July 1997. The inspiration for the design of the car was the Ferrari 641 which was driven by racing driver Alain Prost. The car weighed 2712 pounds and was a mid-engine rear-wheel drive car. Of a total of 349 cars manufactured and sold, 302 of these were Rosso Corsa (red). There were 31 yellow cars sold, eight dark red, and four each of the silver and blue varieties.
The Gran Turismo Has Always Been the Most Popular Model of Ferrari
The Gran Turismo has consistently been the most popular model of Ferrari. This two-seater car was first produced in 1949 when Ferrari manufactured the 166 Inter. They continued to produce variations of this model over the years. One of the most stunning models was the Ferrari 212 Export which was manufactured in 1951. There were just 27 of these cars made for competition purposes, specifically for the Gran Turismo Internazionale championship of 1951. The most recent was the 599 GTB Fiorano which was manufactured in 2007. Most models of Gran Turismo are front-engine, rear-wheel drive cars. The name ‘Gran Turismo’ means grand tourer. Other ca manufacturers have also produced their own variations of a Gran Turismo. These have included Alfa Romeo, who were the first to do so in 1929, Fiat, Cisitalia, Maserati, Lancia, and Mercedez Benz.
Ferrari Were the First Team in Grand Prix to Hit 100 Victories
While Ferraris are a road car that are often bought and driven by the rich and famous, there are also racing models that have been used for their Formula One Grand Prix team. This team has achieved great success over the years finishing in pole position on many occasion. In fact, they were the first Grand Prix team ever to reach 100 victories on the racetrack. They achieved this victory when they won the 1990 French Grand Prix with pilot Alain Prost at the wheel. Another milestone celebrated by Scuderia Ferrari was the Grand Prix of Belgium in 1992 as this was their 500th race.
Ferrari Driver Michael Schumacher Was Once the Highest Paid Sportsman in History
Michael Schumacher is one of the most famous and successful racing drivers of all time. He had a long and successful career as a driver for the Ferrari Formula One racing team. At the height of his career, he was commanding a huge salary for his services as a driver and became the highest paid sportsman of that time. Ferrari were criticized by many for paying Schumacher such large sums of money, but they defended their decision and felt that his skills on the track were well worth the money. Schumacher went on to become the most successful driver in the history of Formula One racing. He has won seven Formula One World Championships and holds the title for the most World Championships titles.
Ferrari Has Been Rated One of the Most Recognizable Brands in the World
The branding of any product is an essential element to its success. If a brand is memorable, it is more likely that people will have appositive attitude towards the products or services of a brand and buy them. Some brands are more recognizable than others and Ferrari has consistently reached high rankings in lists of recognizable brands. This company has achieved the same level of success in terms of international brand recognition as businesses such as Disney and Hollywood. With this in mind, World of Ferrari was created in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, in 2010. This theme park combines features of Disney World with elements of Ferrari.
2016 Was the Best Sales Year for Ferrari
Over the years, Ferrari have seen some astonishing sales as they have remained one of the top luxury car brands in the world. It is believed that between 1939 when the company was founded and 2008, there were over 130,000 cars manufactured and sold by this automobile company. Official annual sales records have been kept since 1977. In that year, the car produced 1,798 cars. There is no data for the years between 1988 and 1996 and for the year 1998. However, since then, Ferrari have seen almost continuous growth in the numbers of cars they have sold. 2016 was the best year to date when the company manufactured 8, 014 cars.
The Names of Models Used Letters to Symbolize the Body Style of a Model
The names of the different Ferrari models are often a combination of letters and numbers. The choice of letter is not a random selection as they hold significance and relate to the design of the car’s body. Some of the models have a letter ‘M’ and this stands for ‘Modifacata’. This is an indicator that the car is a modified version of its predecessor rather than a complete redesign. Examples of cars with this letter are the F512 M and the 575 M Maranello. GTB is an acronym for Gran Turismo Berlinetta and it used on models such as coupes or closed Berlinettas. Older open Spiders or convertibles use the symbol GTS and this stands for Gran Turismo Spider. In newer models, it I also used on targa top models. Like the symbol ‘M’, ‘GTO’ is also used on models that are modified versions of their predecessor. However, it is used only on models that have been improved for the racetrack even though they are a street-legal model. GTO stands for Gran Turismo Omolgata.