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Ferrari Challenge Europe: 40 Cars on Track for Opener

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Featured, News, Racing | Comments Off

Ferrari Challenge Europe: 40 Cars on Track for Opener

The 2015 Ferrari Challenge Europe got underway in style today with 40 cars and drivers from 15 different nations on the track for the first rainy free practice session at Monza. A total of 19 cars are entered for the Trofeo Pirelli and Trofeo Pirelli Am, with 21 competing for the Coppa Shell which also encompasses the Coppa Gentlemen for over-55 drivers. After the first round at Monza, the series moves to Mugello in May and then on to Budapest in June.  The Hungaroring plays host to the Ferrari Racing Days, a real celebration of the Prancing...

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Risi Competizione Returns to Long Beach

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Featured, News, Racing | Comments Off

Risi Competizione Returns to Long Beach

The third round of the 2015 IMSA United SportsCar Championship takes place this weekend on the 1.9-mile circuit set on the streets of Long Beach, California as part of the world-famous Long Beach Grand Prix. With only the Prototype and GT-LeMans classes competing in this weekend’s race, Ferrari will be represented by the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Pierre Kaffer and Giancarlo Fisichella. Risi Competizione has won at Long Beach before, when Jaime Melo and Mika Salo were victorious in the GT2 class at the wheel of a...

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The Desert by Night

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in F1, Featured, News | Comments Off

The Desert by Night

Night races have always been particularly enticing to drivers and Esteban Gutierrez is no exception to that rule. “I really like the fact that the Bahrain race is held at night,” Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver told ferrari.com. “Because, not only does it help the drivers, it also helps with the handling of the car. The fact it’s a few degrees cooler certainly helps cool all the mechanical components and, at a track where there are many heavy braking points, that is a not inconsiderable advantage. The braking system has to be specifically set...

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Sebastian Vettel: “A Unique Track.”

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in F1, Featured, News | Comments Off

Sebastian Vettel: “A Unique Track.”

Sebastian Vettel seems to like the challenge ahead of him and Scuderia Ferrari this weekend in Bahrain: “It’s another weekend on another track, with different conditions. I would say we can be happy with our season so far, but we must find confirmations. This is also the first night race of the year, and it will be exciting, so let’s hope we have a good car. This track calls for power and good brakes system, because here we have long straights followed by heavy braking areas. To some respects it is a unique track, where finding a good pace is...

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Book of AMR Model Car Saga Is Now Available

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off

Book of AMR Model Car Saga Is Now Available

A tribute to the 30 years of passion for model making is now encapsulated in a fascinating new book entitled “AMR – The Result of a Passion”, the story of André-Marie Ruf, by Antony Ruf and Michael Gregg. AMR grew to be one of the powerhouses of scale model making, gaining a world-wide reputation for scale model cars, many of them Ferraris. The book is massive, with over 300 pages, sized 11” x 11” x 3”, and weighs in at 10 lbs. It is divided into 12 chapters, and each chapter is its own pull-out booklet. It begins with a helpful...

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French GT Championship: Ledenon

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off

French GT Championship: Ledenon

The 2015 French GT Championship gets underway at Ledenon with no less than eight Ferraris at its start-line. The season winds its way through a total of seven rounds, each spanning two races of 90 minutes apiece. The season-opener at Ledenon is followed by Le Mans, the Circuit Bugatti, Spa-Francorchamps, Val de Vienne, Magny-Cours and the Circuito de Navarra in Spain, before the Championship finally wraps up at the Paul Ricard in October. What’s new. Two 90-minute races are just one of the new features this season. Each team will also now...

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Bahrain GP: Heavy Acceleration and Braking

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in F1, Featured, News | Comments Off

Bahrain GP: Heavy Acceleration and Braking

No sooner had the race in China ended that all the Formula One teams headed off for Bahrain, for the second part of the first back-to-back of the season. The weather awaiting the teams couldn’t be more different to that left behind in Shanghai. “Sakhir is a very tough track, partly because of the weather, mainly the heat, and also because the circuit is technically demanding,” explains Simone Resta, Scuderia Ferrari’s Chief Designer, talking to ferrari.com. One of the main features of the circuit is the heavy acceleration and braking, factors...

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Ferraris Slated for the Tour Auto 2015

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off

Ferraris Slated for the Tour Auto 2015

The 24th edition of the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo will be held next week from April 20 to 25, 2015. The weeklong event will begin on Monday, April 20, when the competing cars will be displayed in Paris. The next day on Tuesday, April 21, the competitors will start from the capital for five days along the scenic French roads, interspersed with timed sessions on circuits and road stages closed sections. The finish will be on Saturday, April 25, in the evening. The Tour Auto will go from Paris to Biarritz, with visits to the cities of Vichy,...

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Ascari and a Barchetta

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off

Ascari and a Barchetta

In August 1950 Ferrari sent two of their 166MM barchettas for a race at Silverstone in England. These two cars were driven on the road, probably from Paris, by Alberto Ascari and Teodoro “Dorino” Serafini. Ascari was of course a coming World Champion, now already with Ferrari’s Grand Prix team, while Serafini was an ex motorcycle champion racer prewar who drove in selected Grand Prix and sports car races for Ferrari in the early 1950s. At Silverstone they would compete in the under two liter 1 Hour Production Sports Car Race, a support event...

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A Ferrari Pioneer in Cavallino 206

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off

A Ferrari Pioneer in Cavallino 206

From the article by Historian Arnaud Blanfuney: After Scuderia Ferrari had concluded its cycle of technical-experimental activity with the clear victory obtained during the Gran Premio Internazionale di Torino at the end of 1947, with the 166 Inter driven by Raymond Sommer, it was decided to put a limited number of these cars in production, in order to propose them to a sporting clientele. And Enzo Ferrari was fortunate enough to be able to count on many noble gentleman drivers, who were avid to acquire an innovative but successful car. There...

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