Ferrari is possibly the most famous automaker in the world. The most is a popular expression, when it comes to Ferrari: the most expensive, the most popular, the most wanted… The Italian automobile marque operates on extremes. Fererri became the world-famous company thanks to one man – Enzo Ferrari.
Read more to learn more about the history and the present of this unattainable dream for most people, whose name is Ferrari.
1. Enzo Anselmo Ferrari was born on February 18, 1898, near Modena, in Italy. His grandfather was a greengrocer, and his father was a straightener in a railway workshop.
2. Enzo Ferrari was very fond of riding a motorcycle and won some motor races. Oddly enough, his favorite motorcycle was the British brand Rudge.
3. Enzo had a son Alfredino (or simply Dino), who was born in 1932. Unfortunately, Dino Ferrari tragically died of muscular dystrophy at the age of 24. Enzo visited his son’s grave almost daily.
4. The well-known Ferrari logo, a black prancing horse on a yellow background, has been used by the company since 1932, and has its own special story. Originally, it was the personal emblem of Count Francesco Baracca which was painted on his fighter plane, the best Italian fighter pilot during World War I. F.Baracca was an Italian national hero during the WW I scoring 34 aerial victories, as well as Italy’s first aerial victory in the war. After his death in 1918, his mother, Baroness, gave Enzo the emblem. He gratefully accepted the gift, only changing the white background to yellow, in recognition of his small homeland, Modena. Everything changes with time, but this one remains practically unchanged.
5. At the dawn of its history, the motorsports team Scuderia Ferrari wasn’t an independent company. Initially, the racing team competed under the colours of Alfa Romeo. Thus, Enzo Ferrari got superior racing experience and achieved his first victories thanks to his Milanese partners.
6. The name Testa Rossa, which literally means “red head” in Italian, was first used in 1958. The name was used to distinguish a 3.5-liter twelve-cylinder engine. The engine, of course, was dashingly red. Later, in 1984, the same name was given to the new Ferrari supercar with a mid-engine layout.
7. Ferrari is one of the most influential automobile marques in history. It started many trends in automobile industry and its influence stimulated the creation of many famous cars. For instance, the famous Italian company Lamborghini was founded in 1963 with the objective of producing a refined grand touring cars to compete with offerings from established marques such as Ferrari. In 1963, Ford Motor Company tried to take over Ferrari for $ 18 million. However, Enzo refused to seal the deal at the very last moment. Americans were not very pleased about the outcome and decided to retaliate in the best possible way: to create a sports car that could compete with Italians. Ferrari inspired engineers of Ford on creation of the legendary Ford GT40.
8. In 1969, Ferrari became a part of the Italian automobile giant Fiat. However, Fiat focused on road-legal models, while Enzo Ferrari remained at the position of the head of Scuderia Ferrari.
9. Since mid-1950s, Ferrari and famous Italian design studio Pininfarina have worked together on virtually all road-legal Ferrari vehicles. The relationship between the two companies was so close that at some point Sergio Pininfarina held a share in Ferrari. The only exception was in 1973, when the model Ferrari 308GT4 was built in partnership with Bertone.
10. In 1980’s, there was a good chance that a four-door Ferrari could appear on the market. The public warmly received the concept car, called “Pinin” (developed in partnership with Pininfarina as its name suggests). However, Enzo did not grant the green light to this project.
11. On August 14, 1988, early in the morning Enzo Ferrari passed away. He died peacefully in his sleep. He was 90 years old.
12. Ferrari became the first Formula 1 team to achieve the result of one hundred victories in the Grand Prix. The Ferrari pilot Alain Prost achieved this milestone victory in 1990 during the French Grand Prix. Two years later, Scuderia Ferrari had another great reason for celebration. The Grand Prix of Belgium was the five hundredth for the Ferrari F1 team.
13. In 1995, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the company produced a limited-series model, the Ferrari F50. The number of cars was limited: the Italian auto manufacturer built only 349 of them. The price of the exclusive supercar was quite significant: 680 thousand dollars. However, you get what you paid for. Ferrari F50 can accelerate from zero to hundred km / h in 3.7 seconds and is capable of reaching a top speed of 323 km / h.
14. Everyone knows that Ferrari makes very expansive cars. A notable exception to the rule happened in 1985, when Ferrari 330GT was sold on Sotheby’s auction for as low as 10 000 pounds. At that time, it was a price of a modest Ford Granada.
15. In 1999, the famous German racer and first pilot of Scuderia Ferrari, Michael Schumacher received the highest salary among all professional sportsmen. Nevertheless, the Italian company had no regrets for spending that much money on Schumacher’s salary, since he became the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1, bringing his team glory and prestige.
16. Ferrari is renowned for producing limited-series vehicles, designed and constructed specifically for speed and highest performance. This unmatched combination of exclusivity and quality allows the company to sell sports cars at very high costs. Only the most successful automakers can afford to have this type of approach.
17. This may surprise you, but Ferrari is not all about vehicles. A big chunk of its revenue comes from all kinds of accessories all around the world. The Prancing Horse logo can be found on clothing, accessories, toys, sports goods, etc.
18. The Italian company hold all the cards, when it comes to brand recognition. The Ferrari brand is so appealing that it can compete in popularity with Disney and Hollywood. Therefore, the World of Ferrari, a theme park that combines features of the Disney World Park and the Ferrari world, was created in 2010 in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
19. When it comes to price, no one can beat Ferrari 250 GTO. The Italian auto manufacturer produced only 36 of these vehicles between 1962 and 1964.This classical grand tourer will cost you more than 15.000.000 euros.
20. Red color is strongly associated with Ferrari. Since it was the traditional color of Ferrari racing team, red became the signature color of the Italian vehicle manufacturer. Nowadays, despite the fact that Ferraris are available in a wide range of colors, most customers choose the red option for their sports cars.