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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2015 Ferrari FXX K

 The Ferrari FXX K (AKA the track-only LaFerrari) has finally made its debut. Check out all of its hybrid supercar awesomeness at TopSpeed.com!

The Ferrari FXX K may be based on the Ferrari LaFerrari, but its roots go all the way back to the late 1980s when Ferrari made a track-only beast out of the F40 LM. Then in 2005, the XX nomenclature came back with the Enzo-based FXX. Ferrari succeeded that model with the 599XX before the turn of 2010. It didn’t take long after the debut of the Ferrari LaFerrari for the rumors to begin swirling about a new track-only XX model and sure enough, Ferrari delivered with the FXX K, a V-12 powered track monster with 1050 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque on tap and a desire to decimate anything on any track anywhere. It offered a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that approached 220 mph. To top it off, it was excessively exclusive, being offered to only the best and most loyal Ferrari customers in very limited numbers. It came with its own racing program and its own exclusive racing series too. With that in mind, it shouldn’t surprise you that the estimated price tag was pegged at the $1.5 million mark, clearly before any extras or taxes.

Of course, one would consider themselves lucky even being in the presence of one let alone owning or driving one. Obviously, if you did own one, you wouldn’t be reading this – you’d probably be at the track. I know I would be, anyway. On the plus side, however, the digital world affords us some extra luxury, and that’s why we’ve hand-picked our favorite Ferrari FXX K wallpaper. And, if you don’t like our pick, there’s a small gallery at the bottom with more options. Go ahead; you deserve to place this beauty on your desktop.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Chris Harris Drives the LaFerrari FXX K

Even if you’re not a fan of Ferrari, or even the LaFerrari name, you can still appreciate how special the FXX K really is. It was based on the LaFerrari, road-going supercar but it was designed specifically for the track. Such a billing made it lighter, more aerodynamic, and – without a doubt – quicker. What made it even more special, however, is that only a few select and well-established Ferrari customers were afforded the privilege of owning one. It even came as part of its own exclusive racing series that took part on Formula One tracks all over the globe. If that’s not enough to make it special, maybe it’s that powerful V-12 that’s good for 1,050 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. Still don’t think it’s special, then maybe it’s sub-three-second sprint to 60 mph, or the 215+ mph top speed will do it for you? Or, maybe you’re in love with the price tag. If that’s the case, then it’s really special because this limited-edition track car was said to be sold for at least $1.5 million!

At this point, I think you get the picture, and now you’ll understand why we’re drooling a bit over the fact that Chris Harris got a chance to get behind the wheel of one. We should all be so lucky, really, but unless you’re one of the 0.001 percent, then this video is probably as close as you’ll come. Quit wasting time and check it out already!

PostHeaderIcon Would You Pay $365,000 For A 6.3-Liter V-12 Out Of A LaFerrari?

As we all know by now, the Ferrari LaFerrari is an incredible beast of a machine, capable of doling out illegal levels of speed in the blink of an eye thanks to its high-tech powertrain. Now, someone is selling the beating heart of a LaFerrari on eBay.

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Ditch that crummy old LS V-8, because we just found something way better. Say hello to a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter 12-cylinder from a LaFerrari, capable of propelling you all the way to nirvana on an Italian wave of howling fury. To sweeten the deal, it’s got just 20 miles on it, too. If you’re interested, the “Buy It Now” price is pegged at an eye-watering $385,000, so better go flip the couch cushions for a ’lil extra spare change.

Add gasoline, and this lump will spit out 789 horsepower at a head-spinning 9,000 rpm, as well as 520 pound-feet of torque at 6,750 rpm. Add in Ferrari’s Formula 1-derived KERS hybrid system, plus an electric motor, and output jumps to 949 horses and 664 pound-feet of torque, all of which helps the LaFerrari hit 60 mph in 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph.


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“We're guessing that whoever is responsible for the auction will be found, sued, banned from ever purchasing any Ferrari product for the rest of time, and if possible, crushed to death under a mountain of Ferrari-branded teddy bears.”

Unfortunately, the above-featured auction looks as though it only includes the internal combustion bits and none of the hybrid components. What’s more, anyone looking to drop this thing under their hood is gonna need to know their way around a torch, as it’s most definitely not a plug-and-play kinda application – the transmission in particular is a big question mark when it comes to actually making the V-12 work in another car.

No word on where the engine came from, but odds are Ferrari is gonna be seriously pissed off once it finds out about this. Hell, if the brand won’t hesitate to whip out the lawyers over a customized urn used to fulfill the wishes of a boy who died of cancer, we can only imagine Maranello’s backlash when they find an engine out of one of their beloved hypercars up for sale to the highest bidder. We’re guessing that whoever is responsible will be found, sued, banned from ever purchasing any Ferrari product for the rest of time, and if possible, crushed to death under a mountain of Ferrari-branded teddy bears.

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PostHeaderIcon Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept


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I like how this turned out. You can clearly see elements of the modern DB11 in the front. The headlights, the front grille, and the hood are all straight out of the DB11. Meanwhile, the bumper is straight out of the DB5. It’s the same thing with the wheels. The rest of the body features a blend of the two vehicles. The upright windshield is a callback to the iconic Aston Martin but as the roof approaches the rear section, the shape takes a more streamlined turn, departing from the boxy look of the DB5. Overall, there’s good balance in this rendering. Both the DB11 and DB5 are well-represented and there shift from the design of one car to the other doesn’t feel forced.

Mercedes-AMG GT Retro Concept


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I’m not a fan of this one. This is what the Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept avoided. I do appreciate the references to the AMG GT on the front, specifically the headlights and the front grille. What I didn’t like is how busy and front-heavy the car looks. The modern AMG grille already attracts a lot of attention, but when you add that long hood and the front bumper of the 300SL, the result is too many things happening in such a small space. The rest of the car looks great, especially the use of the 300SL’s side intakes. Shorten the length of the front hood and use the 300SL’s grille and this rendering could look a lot better.

Ford Mustang Retro Concept


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This one is a beauty. I love everything about it. I love that references were used on more than just two versions of the Mustang. I love that even with a big canvas to work on, the finished product still looks like a proper Mustang. The modern front end blends seamlessly with the old-school rear section. It’s the latter that really takes this rendering to another level. Those imposing fenders look like well-tuned traps, creating the look of a perfectly toned muscle car. The hood scoop is also a nice touch. Of all the renderings in this article, this is the one that stands out as something that I would love to see come to life.

Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept


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I’ll say this about the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept: no shame was spared in the rendering of this car. I can see a pocket of people who’d appreciate the use of design elements from the Type 57C. I just don’t think it works. The separate front bumpers look completely out-of-place on the Chiron-inspired front section. I wouldn’t have added them in the first place. Those intakes on the front would’ve been fine on their own. Leave it like that as opposed to adding front bumpers that don’t do anything aesthetically. As messy as that looks. the rear section is the real eyesore in this rendering. I’m sorry, but if you’re going to use the Chiron as the modern inspiration in this rendering, there’s no way the finished product works if you’re going to go old-school in the design of the rear section. Not only are those wheel covers aerodynamic hindrances, but they just look completely out-of-place in this kind of rendering. This one could’ve been a lot better if it wasn’t too ambitious.

Aud R8 Retro Concept


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I find the Audi R8 Retro Concept rendering to be the opposite of the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept. There’s not enough here to make this rendering stand out. If you look real close, the only notable elements from the R8 are the side blades and the rear shape of the car. Every other bit is a mix of old-school Audi’s that make the rendering look like a convoluted mess. If you’re going to use the R8’s name to identify this retro concept, shouldn’t you have more noticeable references to the R8 in the rendering? It’s not the case here so I’m having trouble seeing anything that’s worth remembering.

Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept


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I like the Ford Mustang Retro Concept the best. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept is a close second. My only concern about this rendering is how the low the front end sits. It’s a little too close to the ground for my liking. Other than that, this rendering hits all the right spots, right down to the use of the LaFerrari’s front section and the cockpit-style interior. Combine that with the elegant length of the legendary Ferrari F40 and this creation hits all the right spots. It’s a Ferrari that I wouldn’t mind seeing on the road today.

Dodge Charger Retro Concept


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Ok, I’m changing my mind. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept gets bumped down to third place in my personal rankings of this list. The Ford Mustang Retro Concept slides into second and the Dodge Charger Retro Concept takes its place as the best of the lot. Look at it. Everything about it speaks muscle and performances, right down to the perfect design balance attributed to the Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbird. I’ve always been fascinated with these so-called “Wing Cars,” and to see them combined into one car is a sight to behold. This is the best rendering of the lot, and it’s not even close.

PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

BMW i8 Dodge Charger

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


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Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


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Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


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Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


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If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


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We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


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Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


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Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

BMW i8 Dodge Charger

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


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Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


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Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


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Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


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If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


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We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


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Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


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Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

PostHeaderIcon The Ferrari LaFerarri Aperta #210 Did Sell For Almost $10 Million

The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta #210 didn’t sell for €8.32 million ($10 million) as I predicted, but it might as well have after fetching a winning bid of €8.3 million ($9.98 million) in RM Sotheby’s “Legend e Passione” auction at Ferrari’s Fiorano race track as part of the automaker’s 70th anniversary celebration. The total amount bid for the LaFerrari Aperta is made more impressive by the fact that it surpassed the winning bid ($7 million) for the LaFerrari #500, a similar last-second creation that was auctioned off $7 million to benefit victims of the Italy earthquake in 2016.

As has been mentioned before, proceeds of the auction for the LaFerrari Aperta #210 will also go to a good cause, specifically to the “Save the Children” charity. Beyond the obvious significance of the money going to charity, the auction price of the LaFerrari Aperta #210 puts to rest any lingering doubts of the convertible hypercar’s appeal among Ferrari collectors. The truth painted a far different picture, establishing the LaFerrari Aperta as a modern-day classic that financially-endowed Ferrari collectors were more than willing to pay way over its supposed market value. It not only sold for almost four times the actual price of a “standard” LaFerrari Aperta but the price it did go for immediately shot the convertible hypercar up the rankings as one of the most expensive Ferraris in the world. Not too bad for a car that wasn’t supposed to exist in the first place.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta #210

The last Ferrari Laferrari Aperta is headed to the auction block this weekend. That alone should be enough to warrant headlines, but as most of you already know, the auction-bound LaFerrari Aperta is special in its own right. This unit isn’t supposed to exist in the first place. This is the 210th LaFerrari Aperta, a last-second creation by Maranello that isn’t a part of the initial lot of 209 units that the automaker planned to launch but was nonetheless built as an auction piece to benefit the “Save the Children” charity.

The auction is set to take place at Ferrari’s Fiorano track and is part of RM Sotheby’s “Legend e Passione” event being held as part of the Italian automaker’s 50th anniversary. Befitting the event on September 9, Ferrari gave the LaFerrari Aperta a unique look no other model of its kind had when they all came out of production. These features firmly establish the 210th model as a legitimate one-of-a-kind LaFerrari Aperta, the kind of car that Ferrari collectors will trip over themselves to get a hold of. It’s no surprise then that neither Ferrari nor RM Sotheby’s has released an estimate for the car. Considering that the 500th LaFerrari – the precursor of the 210th LaFerrari Aperta – fetched $7 million in a similar auction setting last year, the sky really is the limit as to how much the 210th LaFerrari Aperta is going to sell for this weekend.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Isn’t Done Building LaFerrari Apertas

If any of you missed out on scoring any one of the 209 Ferrari LaFerrari Apertas, fret not because the Prancing Horse is building a 210th model. The only catch is that you might have to pay more than the reported price of $4 million for the roadster version of the LaFerrari. See, unlike the first 209 models, the 210th LaFerrari Aperta will be auctioned off at RM Sotheby’s auction on September 9 to benefit a yet-to-be-named charity.

The decision to add another LaFerrari Aperta to the mix comes in the wake of a similar move by Ferrari to build a final production LaFerrari – the 500th model – to help raise funds for the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund back in December 2016. That auction took place to help victims of a deadly earthquake that floored Central Italy last September. With the LaFerrari Aperta actually being a rarer model than its hardtop counterpart, there are expectations that the car will sell for a much higher price than the $7 million somebody paid for the 500th LaFerrari. Still, RM Sotheby’s is keeping a conservative estimate on the car, even going so far as to peg its sale at a price between $3.5 million to $4.7 million, or right around the same amount that all 209 standard production models cost. Regardless of how much it goes for, the mere fact that there’s another one up for grabs should be enough to invite a bidding frenzy. At the very least, those who felt they got the short end of the stick when the car was launched will now have the opportunity to get their hands on one.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch a $7 million dollar LaFerrari used as lawnmover

I don’t claim to be an expert in the driving habits of other people, but I do think that I’m speaking for a good segment of the population when I say that owning a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta comes with it a number of important responsibilities. Taking good care of the rare supercar is obviously priority number one. Driving it responsibly is also important to remember when you have a car as fast, powerful, and expensive as this one. Driving it over a freshly mowed lawn, though? I don’t think the LaFerrari Aperta is meant to be driven on that surface, but who am I to tell one owner of the hypercar where he can drive his prized exotic.

His actions do make for an entertaining four-minute video, that much I’ll give him. Not only does he decide to pay no mind to the manicured lawn at the Heveningham Concours d’Elegance in Suffolk, England, he even goes so far as to drift on it, do short acceleration bursts, and perform donuts, much to the delight of the crowd who were there to see the spectacle. I will admit that if I was there, I’d probably be cheering with the rest of the people, but seeing it in video form does make me wonder if the owner is merely showboating or has very little regard for his super expensive Ferrari. I’d like to think that it’s the former, but if I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a combination of the two.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch a $7 million dollar LaFerrari used as lawnmover

I don’t claim to be an expert in the driving habits of other people, but I do think that I’m speaking for a good segment of the population when I say that owning a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta comes with it a number of important responsibilities. Taking good care of the rare supercar is obviously priority number one. Driving it responsibly is also important to remember when you have a car as fast, powerful, and expensive as this one. Driving it over a freshly mowed lawn, though? I don’t think the LaFerrari Aperta is meant to be driven on that surface, but who am I to tell one owner of the hypercar where he can drive his prized exotic.

His actions do make for an entertaining four-minute video, that much I’ll give him. Not only does he decide to pay no mind to the manicured lawn at the Heveningham Concours d’Elegance in Suffolk, England, he even goes so far as to drift on it, do short acceleration bursts, and perform donuts, much to the delight of the crowd who were there to see the spectacle. I will admit that if I was there, I’d probably be cheering with the rest of the people, but seeing it in video form does make me wonder if the owner is merely showboating or has very little regard for his super expensive Ferrari. I’d like to think that it’s the former, but if I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a combination of the two.

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PostHeaderIcon Gaze Upon The Shiniest LaFerrari Aperta In An Incredible Garage: Video

In 2013, Maranello dropped the LaFerrari as Italy’s bid in the hybrid hypercar segment, taking on such heavy hitters as the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder for top-dollar electrified performance glory. But something was missing, specifically unlimited headroom and a healthy dose of blue sky. Enter the even-more-exclusive LaFerrari Aperta. All told, the Aperta is quite the machine, and definitely worthy of your lust and admiration, especially when on display in a garage like this.

Hit play, and this 3-minute, 11-second video will take you through one of the more interesting garages we’ve seen in quite some time. It looks closer to a mansion’s library than the traditionally anti-septic parking spots we’re used to seeing such machines occupy, with wood floors and cabinets and carved statues of lions, not to mention plenty of prancing horses on the walls. However, rather than antique furniture, the floor itself is packed with sports cars, including standouts like the Dodge Viper, Ferrari 599,Porsche 911 R, and Dodge Hellcat. However, without a doubt, the crown jewel is the LaFerrari Aperta, set on a rotating base to display every angle and cut to drooling onlookers. The video includes lovely high-def shots of the Aperta, taken while a team of auto detailers lovingly buff and shine the various panels to a gleaming finish, all set to an epic soundtrack. There’s no engine noises or driving action, but if you like lusting after gorgeous exotics, this video is a guaranteed winner.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Employees Are Apparently Not Allowed To Own Ferraris

Just in case it wasn’t clear before, it certainly is now. Ferraris are some of the most sought-after cars in the business today. In fact, employees of Maranello typically aren’t allowed to have their own brand-new Ferraris. The only exception? Formula One drivers, and even they have to pay the full freight costs for their cars. That’s the gospel according to Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Enrico Galliera, who is often referred to within Maranello as the notorious “Dr. No.”

Galliera’s job with Ferrari is a complicated one that involves numerous roles. But what he’s famously known for is his distinction of being the man who decides which person deserves to own a limited-edition Ferrari. In his conversation with Drive, Galliera explained that certain aspects of his job are made difficult by the fact that not everybody can own a Ferrari model even if these people deserve it. “We have much higher demand than the availability,” he explained. “What we do is identify criteria that is rewarding good customers. The limited edition cars we consider a gift to our best customers.” Indeed, these so-called “gifts” come in the form of low-volume supercars that Ferrari clients are more than likely to fight for. The most recent example is the LaFerrari Aperta, the convertible version of the LaFerrari hypercar. Galliera said the most difficult part of is job is rejecting established Ferrari customers, some of whom have been loyal fans of the brand. That tells you how strict Galliera and Ferrari are considering that Lee already has more than a dozen Ferraris to his name, including four new ones he ordered just to improve his rating with the company.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari LaFerrari Successor

Blasphemy. That’s probably the first thought of any purist considering the creation of an all-electric Ferrari. Blasphemy and sacrilege. FCA head Sergio Marchionne would agree. In 2016, at the Geneva International Auto Show, the CEO remarked that the idea of an all-electric Ferrari was “an almost obscene concept.” Later that year, at the Paris Auto Show, Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer, Michael Leiters, echoed Marchionne’s sentiment, albeit in slightly softer terms. “We would not follow to develop a fully electric car,” Leiters said, adding, “We are convinced that it’s right to have a hybrid car because, for us, the sound is a very crucially important characteristic of a Ferrari, and our customers want to have this.” Fair enough. Thing is, even a flat-out rejection isn’t enough to stop a possible EV Ferrari. Let me explain.

First off, the sound. The howl of internal combustion is as important to the Ferrari brand as red paint, and we get that. This is a company lives and dies by its engines. The thing is Ferrari is already testing the waters – turbocharged models have been around for decades now, and electrification is integral to the performance of the “ultimate” LaFerrari hypercar. What’s more, Sergio Marchionne has already discussed the possibility of entering Formula E. Throw in continued EV development from competitors like Porsche and McLaren, and relevancy starts to become an issue. Finally, there’s that old Enzo Ferrari quote: “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” The point is this – never say never.

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PostHeaderIcon Even Noted Ferrari Owners Aren’t Immune To Getting Shut Down By Maranello

Ferrari is known for being a purveyor of some of the finest performance cars the world has ever seen. That much is true. It’s also known for being particularly picky to whom it sells, particularly those limited-edition versions with a specific numbered quantity. Not everyone can get their hands on one, even if they distinguish themselves for being hardcore supporters of the Italian brand. The late Preston Henn found that out first hand when he was denied a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta last year. Now, noted watch and jewelry entrepreneur David Lee has found himself in that list too… for the exact same reason.

Yes, Ferrari is shutting the door on the possibility of Lee ever scooping up any one of the 209 LaFerrari Apertas the Italian automaker plans to build. According to the LA Times, Maranello won’t give the exact reason why it’s giving the cold shoulder to one of its most esteemed collectors, but Lee himself sees it as a possible punishment for all his perceived grand-standing on social media. The man is known to have social media accounts that prominently feature his Ferraris. He might say it as helping the company get more exposure than it already has, but for an automaker that prides itself on being far removed from all the flashy self-promotion that has inundated social media these days, Lee’s constant habit of flaunting off his Prancing Horse models (he even owns one of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One\ cars from the 2002 season) likely runs counter to what the Italian automaker stands for.

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PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed’s Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

Ready or not, the hybrids are coming. Scratch that. They’re already here, and their numbers are steadily increasing. But fear not, brave auto enthusiast, the ever-increasing popularity of the hybrid powertrain isn’t going to diminish your fun behind the wheel. In fact, the addition of electric assistance might actually increase the smile factor of the modern sports car. Despite rampant speculation and fear mongering over the Prius-ification of the performance segment, hybrid powertrains can add mph in addition to mpg. To prove as much, here are five of the best examples of exactly that.

Of course, you won’t be able to get one of these machines for cheap, as adding a performance hybrid system to the powertrain also adds quite a few dollars to the bottom line. But that’s to be expected when dealing with top-of-the-line technology, especially tech born and bred for the racetrack. Eventually, we’ll see this stuff trickle down to more accessible models, but for now, hybrid sports cars occupy the top of the pyramid. Tell us which model you want in your garage, and if we missed something we shouldn’t have, by posting in the comments.

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PostHeaderIcon New Ferrari Patents Point To An Upcoming Supercar

Patent and trademark filings are usually dipped in semblances of curiosity for both the potential they offer and disappointments that can come when they don’t come to pass. All of that means little when you’re talking about a company like Ferrari that’s known for following through on the patents it files, at least in one form or another.

That’s a big reason why these new patent design the Italian automaker reportedly filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office back in August 2016 makes for an intriguing evidence of a new Ferrari that could be released this year. After all, the Prancing Horse is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017 and the company has made it clear that it’s got big plans in store for its seventh decade of existence.

The patent itself doesn’t reveal much regarding details, but it does mention the design of the car was penned by no less than Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s head of design. That’s an obvious indicator of this patent being Ferraris. Then there’s the design of the car itself, which looks to be based largely on the Ferrari LaFerrari. Sure, there are some differences in styling between this design and the sold out hybrid supercar – the headlights, the side profile, and the rear section, among them – but the overarching proportions are definitely there to warrant a legitimate comparison between the two models.

So does this patent point to a special edition version of the Ferrari LaFerrari? If it is, the money would be on this model being a part of Ferrari’s Special Projects division, which itself has been busy releasing recent beauties like the Ferrari J50 and the SP275 RW Competizione. Considering the unique position that Ferrari is in this year, don’t put it past the Italian automaker to have a surprise in store with this new patent design.

The only thing we can be sure of is that this car, if it ends up being included in the Italian automaker’s 70th anniversary celebrations, will show its face at some point this year. That, in itself, should get you excited about this patent.

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PostHeaderIcon LaFerrari Aperta with Lady Driver Is Pure Class

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This triple-layer yellow LaFerrari Aperta is currently one of the coolest things in London’s supercar scene, so much so that even the presence of a DB5 Aston, as you will see in the video after the jump, does not manage to steal its thunder. So let’s see the magnificent beast as it cruises the high streets of the old city in both normal and secret electric mode.

The man owning this LaFerrari Aperta must be a pretty good sport. Besides letting the spotters film his car with smile he also appears to be very trusting as in the second part of the video he lends his multi million pound hyper car to his girl and let her drive it. Kudos, mate.

Video by TFJJ

LaFerrari Aperta Specs:

  • Total maximum power 963 CV
  • Total maximum torque >900 Nm
  • V12 maximum power 800 CV @9000 rpm
  • Maximum revs 9250 rpm
  • V12 maximum torque 700 Nm @6750 rpm
  • Electric motor output 120 Kw (163 CV)
  • CO2 emissions 330 g/km
  • Maximum speed over 350 km/h
  • 0-100 km/h <3 sec
  • 0-200 km/h <7 sec
  • 0-300 km/h 15 sec
  • Length 4702 mm
  • Width 1992 mm
  • Height 1116 mm
  • Wheelbase 2650 mm
  • Weight distribution 41% fr, 59% r

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PostHeaderIcon LaFerrari Aperta with Lady Driver Is Pure Class

laferrari aperta london

This triple-layer yellow LaFerrari Aperta is currently one of the coolest things in London’s supercar scene, so much so that even the presence of a DB5 Aston, as you will see in the video after the jump, does not manage to steal its thunder. So let’s see the magnificent beast as it cruises the high streets of the old city in both normal and secret electric mode.

The man owning this LaFerrari Aperta must be a pretty good sport. Besides letting the spotters film his car with smile he also appears to be very trusting as in the second part of the video he lends his multi million pound hyper car to his girl and let her drive it. Kudos, mate.

Video by TFJJ

LaFerrari Aperta Specs:

  • Total maximum power 963 CV
  • Total maximum torque >900 Nm
  • V12 maximum power 800 CV @9000 rpm
  • Maximum revs 9250 rpm
  • V12 maximum torque 700 Nm @6750 rpm
  • Electric motor output 120 Kw (163 CV)
  • CO2 emissions 330 g/km
  • Maximum speed over 350 km/h
  • 0-100 km/h <3 sec
  • 0-200 km/h <7 sec
  • 0-300 km/h 15 sec
  • Length 4702 mm
  • Width 1992 mm
  • Height 1116 mm
  • Wheelbase 2650 mm
  • Weight distribution 41% fr, 59% r

The post LaFerrari Aperta with Lady Driver Is Pure Class appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon LaFerrari Aperta with Lady Driver Is Pure Class

laferrari aperta london

This triple-layer yellow LaFerrari Aperta is currently one of the coolest things in London’s supercar scene, so much so that even the presence of a DB5 Aston, as you will see in the video after the jump, does not manage to steal its thunder. So let’s see the magnificent beast as it cruises the high streets of the old city in both normal and secret electric mode.

The man owning this LaFerrari Aperta must be a pretty good sport. Besides letting the spotters film his car with smile he also appears to be very trusting as in the second part of the video he lends his multi million pound hyper car to his girl and let her drive it. Kudos, mate.

Video by TFJJ

LaFerrari Aperta Specs:

  • Total maximum power 963 CV
  • Total maximum torque >900 Nm
  • V12 maximum power 800 CV @9000 rpm
  • Maximum revs 9250 rpm
  • V12 maximum torque 700 Nm @6750 rpm
  • Electric motor output 120 Kw (163 CV)
  • CO2 emissions 330 g/km
  • Maximum speed over 350 km/h
  • 0-100 km/h <3 sec
  • 0-200 km/h <7 sec
  • 0-300 km/h 15 sec
  • Length 4702 mm
  • Width 1992 mm
  • Height 1116 mm
  • Wheelbase 2650 mm
  • Weight distribution 41% fr, 59% r

The post LaFerrari Aperta with Lady Driver Is Pure Class appeared first on Motorward.

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