Numerous people worldwide have a soft spot in their hearts for Ferrari.
Its history, philosophy, and, most importantly, its sports cars are attractions that not many other brands in the automotive industry can boast of in the same way.
Nevertheless, throughout the course of its existence, stories and anecdotes have occurred that are worthy of being told and that distinguish it.
As a result, in this issue of Motorbli, we will discuss twenty exciting facts about Ferrari that perhaps many of you are unaware of and likely to surprise you.
After all, 75 years is a very long time; pay attention to what you will read in the following few lines.
After we have finished making the necessary introductions, it is time to finally get down to the nougat and discuss the 20 Ferrari mysteries mentioned at the beginning of the discussion.
As was discussed previously, let’s begin.
Enzo Ferrari, the businessman and founder of the company that bears his name and who started as a mule farrier before entering the world of automobiles, was the inspiration for the name of the family home.
This was done during World War I (1914–1918) before he achieved his dream of competing as a racing driver. He did this while the war was going on.
He was a man who, to achieve his goals, was able to continuously reinvent himself and make a living in ways that no one else could.
Scuderia Ferrari was established by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, a year before the launch of the Ferrari automobile brand, to focus solely and primarily on the competition initially.
More specifically, his goal was to provide financial support for all amateur athletes competing in events held in Modena, where he grew up (Italy).
It was an Alfa Romeo, not a Ferrari, that was the first car to be branded with the iconic prancing horse emblem we are all familiar with.
In addition, it is a well-known fact that in 1929, Ferrari worked for this particular house as a driver and sports director for a team known as Scuderia Ferrari, which has already been mentioned.
A decade later, the company’s top managers intended to absorb Ferrari, a fact that Enzo Ferrari perceived as a betrayal and that pushed him to leave the company as a result of his disappointment.
It’s possible that one day, the good Enzo Ferrari saw one of his mules lifting its legs and came up with the logo we all know and recognize today. However, this has absolutely nothing to do with the logo.
The truth is that during the First World War, an Italian army pilot flying an airplane used the Prancing Horse as a symbol for the Italian army.
In turn, it was also that of the family of Countess Paolina, and what transpired was that Ferrari won a race, and after that success, she offered to use it for the brand. In other words, she gave Ferrari permission to use her family’s name.
The need to support the racing team in the competitions it competed in was the primary impetus behind Ferrari’s decision to begin producing street-legal sports cars.
The first model, which was called the Ferrari 125 Sport, was presented to the public in the year 1947.
Approximately 28 of these were manufactured and put on the market and featured a V12 powerplant.
The vehicle with an 8-cylinder, 1,500-cubic-centimeter engine known as the Tipo 815 got the racing career off to a good start.
When it first began racing in 1950, the rules that had been established set that Italian participants had to run with a red car with white details on the side area.
This was because each country was associated with specific colors, and red was the color that was traditionally associated with Italy.
However, the red color closely associated with the brand does not have any particular history.
After everything that has been said about the Italian aviator, it is imperative to mention that Ferrari was present during World War II.
This is because Ferrari participated in the conflict. Following his departure from Alfa Romeo, Enzo Ferrari was bound by a contract that prevented him from producing automobiles bearing his name for the subsequent four years.
A “punishment” that he accepted by plunging headfirst into the aviation industry and founding Auto Avio Costruzioni Ferrari, a company that specialized in the production of various components for this mode of transportation.
He did this as part of his compliance with the “punishment.” Because of this endeavor, he received a healthy financial infusion.
The Ferrari, known as the Enzo, intended to be a tribute to the company’s founder, is the model that has been involved in the most accidents throughout its history.
There are approximately 400 examples of it dispersed worldwide, at least 15 of which have been involved in some collision with another vehicle.
It was made between 2002 and 2005, and its price is higher than one million dollars. It was produced during that period.
As a result of being bombed and destroyed during World War II, specifically in 1944, the current Ferrari factory had to be reconstructed before it could function in the same manner as it does today.
This was necessary for the Italian company. After those two years, in 1946, it underwent a process of reconstruction that began the consolidation of the legend that defines it.
Every model brought to the market is produced in this location.
One day, Enzo Ferrari and Gioachino Colombo, an engineer, met each other and began talking.
The founder shared with him his ambition to produce automobiles with a displacement of 1,500 cubic centimeters. The technician responded: “There is a four-cylinder model available from Maserati, a six-cylinder model available from the English, and an eight-cylinder model available from Alfa.
As a result, I believe that you must have a twelve-cylinder engine “. Enzo then said, “you have read my mind,” in response.
The Ferrari 250 GTO, built in 1963 and was “unofficially” auctioned off at some point in the past, holds the distinction of being the vehicle with the highest price tag in the annals of automotive history.
A buyer ultimately purchased it from the United States and paid approximately $70 million.
In case that wasn’t enough to convince you, its predecessor in the race for the most expensive status was another GTO that saw the light of day in the same year.
It may appear to be a contradiction, but it is commonly said that Enzo Ferrari detested the fact that his automobiles were associated with the people who made up what is known as the jet set.
These are individuals who have a great deal of purchasing power and used to appear in heart magazines.
Because of his background as a pilot and mechanic, he was under the impression that these individuals had no knowledge about automobiles and that, as a result, this brought his brand’s reputation into question.
In 2013, the company decided to cut back on production to maintain the high level of exclusivity, one of its defining characteristics. Despite what may appear, the fact is that this strategy proved to be very successful in terms of its impact on the company’s bottom line.
This is because the 6,922 models it produced resulted in higher profits than those obtained in the previous fiscal year.
Some people believe that the Ferrari Testarossa was designed to respond to the founder’s desire to have more sexual encounters with women who wore his signature red hair. Still, the truth is that it is intimately related to the flat head of the cylinders that make up the V12 engine, and how could it be any other color? It is painted red.
Due to a section introduced in 1932 and given the name Rudge 500 TT, Ferrari could offer motorcycles in its catalog during the 1930s; however, these motorcycles were not Ducatis despite the common misconception.
The acronym GTO, which gives its name to several of its models, is, to put it plainly and simply, the result of an error made by members of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) when registering the Ferrari 250 GT for the Grand Touring category.
The FIA members thought the Ferrari 250 GT was already registered for the Grand Touring category.
The Italian company wrote Omologata in the title of the attached note, which was also attached (which means homologated in English).
They gave several vehicles positive names, recognizing that behind every dark cloud was a glimmer of hope.
According to Enzo Ferrari, the Ferrari F40 is the best supercar that has ever been produced anywhere in the world. This honor was bestowed upon it by Enzo Ferrari.
In addition, the legendary leader, who passed away in 1988, oversaw the production of this product, making it the very last one of its kind to have his guidance.
Just before he left, he made it abundantly clear that the automobile that was introduced in 1987 was geared toward the most enthusiastic drivers, who, in turn, prioritized pure performance over comfort.
Ferrari S.p.a. Eserzicio Fabbriche Automobili e Corse was renamed Ferrari S.p.a. Eserzicio Fabbriche Automobili e Corse in 1969 after Enzo Ferrari made the difficult decision to sell FIAT 50% of the shares he held in his company.
This resulted in the company changing its name. Currently, the group holds 90 percent of the company’s shares.
This shouldn’t be as much of a surprise anymore, but it shouldn’t be discounted in importance.
It is impossible to comprehend Formula One (F1) without Ferrari, and vice versa, because Ferrari is both the most successful and the oldest team in the championship.
It made its debut at the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, the same year the race that would later become the Monaco Grand Prix was established.
Next to the Abu Dhabi circuit is where you’ll find Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the theme park that belongs to the brand.
Ferrari is the only company in the automotive industry that owns a park of its own, making it unique in this regard. In 2010, it was officially opened to the public, and its total floor space is 200,000 square meters.
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