LaFerrari Design Takes Centre Stage at New Ferrari Exhibition
Today saw the official inauguration at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello of the “Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth” exhibition which includes the new LaFerrari, unveiled just a few days ago at the Geneva Motor Show, as well as all of the other limited edition special series cars that helped establish the Prancing Horse legend.
Opened by Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, “Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth” retraces the story of all of the limited edition special series models built by Ferrari, starting with the 250 GTO, including an example of the 1964 version, and continuing with the 1984 GTO, the F40, the F50 and the Enzo, all the way up to the new model which has been named the LaFerrari.
Parallel to the limited edition road cars will be the Formula 1 cars that inspired Ferrari’s design in various eras, as well as special track and competition-oriented models, such as the GTO Evoluzione, the F40 Competizione, the 599XX and the FXX.
A large section of the exhibition is devoted to the development of the LaFerrari, illustrating both its technical content and styling. The entire process from the car’s initial conception to the approval of the final car is traced, in fact, and visitors also have the opportunity to see two full-scale models in addition to the various stages the car went through in its design and development.
A selection of limited edition special series cars:
Probably the most famous of all Ferrari cars, the 250 GTO was built from 1962 to 1964.
With just 36 vehicles produced – all of which are still extant – the 250 GTO won the GT Manufacturers’ International Championship three years in a row. GTO stands for the category it raced in: in order to compete, a minimum of 100 vehicles had to be built in a year. When the Federation granted homologation as an evolution of the short-wheelbase 250 GT, it automatically became the 250 GTO, i.e., the homologated GT (GT Omologata).
Today its value has rocketed to over $20 million.
The F40’s design and characteristics made it impossible for Ferrari not to develop a track version. The Ferrari importers that traditionally took part in endurance racing found the answer to their dreams in the evolution mooted by specialist Michelotto which had already made important contributions on the racing development of the likes of the 308 GTB, for instance. The car first saw the light of day in 1989 but its development continued until the end of the 1990s.
The Enzo dates back to the years of consecutive victories in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ F1 World Championships. In 2002, and with the styling inspired by , the Enzo was the first road car with a manettino selector on the steering wheel to adjust the handling depending on the use of the car and road conditions. The V12 engine and the vehicle dynamics systems react to inputs from the manettino, just like on the single-seaters. The system was developed from the technique used by Schumacher to change the car setup in every bend, requiring commands capable of adjusting car setup several times during the same lap. This is how the modern F1 steering wheel and the manettino, as the team and driver called it, were developed.
The 599 is not officially a supercar, but the XX version definitely belongs to this elite category. Ferrari has a tradition of creating high-performance front-engine vehicles. The 250 GTO is the most significant of these, but it is not the only one. At its debut, the 599XX broke the lap record on the famous Nordschleife, the 22.8 km version of the Nürgburgring track.
Technically, the 599XX featured a 730 hp aspirated V12 engine, with improved handling owing to the weight distribution – 47% on the front and 53% on the rear – and to the electronic dynamic controls system. It was built specifically for track use.