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Ferrari: 10 Fun Facts that you Probably Didn't Know

28 November 2018

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Everyone knows the legendary Ferrari. When you simply think of the name, you’ll recall many beautiful cars of the brand with a prancing horse on a yellow or red background for a logo. But do you think you know everything about the company and its founder? A classic symbol of luxury design from the world of Made in Italy, Ferrari is admired by sports car enthusiasts, those who follow motor car racing and lovers of beauty. Here are 10 fun facts about Ferrari that you’ll probably read for the first time!

Enzo Ferrari - The Visionary

Prior to founding his own car company, Enzo Ferrari was Alfa Romeo’s racing director. Even then, there was no lack of inventiveness, to the point of producing a racing car, in 1935, called the 16C Bimotore (twin-engine). As stated by the name, it was simply a double-engine car, which is a pity as the result was disastrous. The problem was the weight of the second engine and their associated fuel tanks.

After leaving Alfa Romeo in 1939, he decided to start his own business by founding the Auto Avio Costruzioni in Modena, which he later moved to Maranello. Forced by Fascism to provide support in the field of military mechanics to help the war effort, the factory was bombarded twice by the Allies in 1944 and 1945.

The Maranello site probably incorporates the largest green industrial production site in the world. There are hundreds of trees located in its vicinity, which are used to regulate carbon emissions. Together with the use of natural gas and solar energy, Ferrari is practically self-sufficient. Even the quality of life, of its workers, is among the highest in the world.

Everything Has a Story

The famous logo of Ferraris prancing horse was adopted by Enzo Ferrari after meeting the mother of Francesco Baracca, a heroic aviator from the First World War. Francesco would paint the Prancing Horse on his planes for good luck. He started using the Prancing Horse with a yellow background (the color of his native city – Modena) as the official Ferrari logo.

The Compensation of Ferrari Drivers

After Michael Jordan retired from Basketball, the most paid athlete in the world was Michael J. Schumacher. He was the seven-time Formula One world champion. Between 1999-2000, Schumacher received a 108 million dollar salary package from Ferrari. In 2012, Schumacher was being hyped up about a possible return to Ferrari, as Felipe Massa’s contract was ending.

The massive salaries and money that flows in the F1 world show how popular this sport is for watching and sports betting. Besides the popular bookmakers that have established themselves on the Internet years ago, there are also brand new online betting sites that have sportsbooks for F1 betting. And as every sport basically revolves around money, the more people watch Formula 1 and bet on it, the more profitable the business will get and with that, driver’s salaries will keep rising. It’s simple maths really.

The Customer Is Not Always Right

Enzo used to create sayings that served as wisdom pills to his employees and drivers. Some of his favorite sayings were: "An unsafe racing driver, is a fast race driver" and "Aerodynamics are suitable for people who cannot build engines”.

Why Are Ferraris Red?

There is a reason that Formula One cars are red. In the 1960s, the Association des Automobiles Internationale, the forerunner of the current FIA, had imposed the rule that each race car should have the colors of its country of origin. Italy used red, Germany liked grey/silver, England favored green and France chose blue.

Selling Cars Was Not Expected

Enzo Ferrari did not intend to build luxury sports cars, as his efforts were all concentrated on the establishment of a good team of drivers. However, he soon became convinced to start market sports models to finance the racing industry. The first car manufactured in 1940, under the name of Auto Avio Costruzioni, was a racing prototype called the Type 815. It was not until 1947, that Ferrari’s first road car was manufactured, the 125 S. A real surge in sales began to occur only in 1969 when Fiat acquired 50% of Ferrari’s shareholding.

Ferrari and Lamborghini

Ferruccio Lamborghini, who at the time built agricultural machinery, had a quarrel with Enzo about the malfunctioning of the clutch of the car he just purchased. Enzo Ferrari responded with, "I build sports cars, you build tractors." It was precisely this phrase that induced Lamborghini to make his own sports cars, to prove to Ferrari that he could do better.

If Ferrari was considered the Guru of his company, Giotto Bizzarrini was undoubtedly the brain, even if their collaboration only lasted a few years: from 1957 to 1961. In this time, the legendary 250 GTO was manufactured, is perhaps the most sought-after Ferrari in the world. Following a restructuring of the company’s management board, every single opponent of Enzo’s ideas were either laid off or voluntarily left. Bizzarrini and four other engineers were gone but quickly jumped into the open arms of Ferruccio Lamborghini. This is where the legendary car that bears his name, the Bizzarrini V12, all started. The architecture of this car was used continuously from 1964 until 2010, the year production of the Murcielago ended.

Ferrari and Henry Ford II

In 1963, Enzo Ferrari was about to close the sale of Ferrari to Henry Ford II, but at the last moment, he withdrew from the negotiation when he learned that the new corporate structure would not foresee his involvement at the top. The spite was so badly felt by Ford, he swore vengeance on the Italian. The Ford GT40 was created and beat Ferrari four times in succession at the Grand Prix of Le Mans, between 1966 and 1969.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Only 36 Ferrari 250 GTOs were manufactured. It is undoubtedly the most expensive vintage car in history. Its price can be determined by the origin, the chassis number and its history. The last sale dates back to 2016 when it reached an enormous price of over 38 million dollars.

Charlie's Angels and Pope John Paul II

There were 400 Ferrari Enzo cars produced. This 660 hp model was used in the film “Charlie's Angels - More than ever” and later donated to Pope John Paul II in 2004. The supercar was put on sale for auction and sold for $6 million. This was donated to the victims of the tsunami that struck South East Asia that same year.

RSVP

All 499 specimens of the hybrid model called LaFerrari, equipped with a 6.3-liter V12 engine which develops a power of 950 horsepower, were sold on paper even before the prototype was presented to the public. Despite its gigantic price of 1.4 million dollars. But even if you had the cash, do not be fooled. Ferrari sells their top of the range cars exclusively by invitation only.

Image 1: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Formula_1_Ferrari.jpg

Image 2: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lamborghini_Aventador.jpg

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