If you hear the word “Ferrari” it brings many things to mind. F1 fans and fans of sports cars and supercars will definitely know what it is. There’s more to this company than meets the eye and for that reason I’m featuring some interesting facts about Ferrari today.
It’s many a boy’s childhood fantasy to own and drive a Ferrari one day. But they are not the only ones. It’s one of the fastest and one the most expensive cars that you can drive. It’s the car of choice for many well-paid Hollywood actors and rock stars.
Fact is: if you could afford a Ferrari, you’ll probably own and drive one – no doubt about that. And don’t forget about the huge flock of loyal Ferrari F1 fans out there – their team probably has the most supporters in the world’s premier car racing tournament.
Here are some interesting facts about Ferrari that you might not have known:
- In 1908 Enzo Ferrari’s father took him and his older brother to a race in Bologna, Italy. He became smitten with racing and wanted to become a race car driver. His dream became reality in 1919 – he made his racing debut at the age of 21.
- The Ferrari company was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929.
- Ferrari’s first road car was the 1947 Ferrari 125 S. It was powered by a 1.5 litre V12 engine.
- Ferrari’s headquarters is in Maranello, Italy. It moved to this location in 1943 from Modena. The factory was bombed by the Allied Forces in 1944 and was rebuilt in 1946 (after the war).
- The black prancing horse in the Ferrari logo was originally the symbol of Count Francesco Baracca (a flying ace in the Italian air force in the first World War). Ferrari changed the background of the logo from white to yellow.
- The most expensive Ferrari ever sold was a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. The car reached 9.02 million Euros in an auction. The 250 TR model had won 10 international championships from 1958 to 1961. Only 22 cars in this model range were constructed, making it extremely rare.
- The first Grand Prix a Ferrari won was the 1949 Swiss Grand Prix. Alberto Ascari drove a supercharged Ferrari 125.
- Ford tried to buy out Ferrari for $18 million in 1963, but the deal collapsed. The Americans had refused to give Enzo Ferrari total control over the racing program.
- In 1985 a Ferrari 250LM brochure fetched a staggering $1,391 at a Christie’s auction in Monaco. It holds the world record for the most pricey brochure ever sold.
- Ferrari is the oldest team in the F1 championship and also the most successful. The team holds nearly every F1 record that exists.
- Since 1950 Ferrari has had 622 podium finishes, 203 pole positions and 218 fastest laps in 776 Grand Prix races. Quite impressive if you ask me.
There you go, some interesting facts about Ferrari. If there’s anything else that you want to add to this list, feel free to comment on this post.
Check out this Shell Commercial from a few years ago featuring the Ferrari F1 cars over the years:
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