Despite being a Ferrari, the 348 isn't really a car we spend much time thinking about here at Road & Track. The most notable thing about the 348 was that it was so thoroughly trounced by the better-to-drive, more reliable Acura NSX, it forced Ferrari to step up its game for its next mid-engine V8, the F355. Until today, had totally forgotten that Ferrari sold a 348 Speciale. Yep, that's the same name that was later applied to one of Ferrari's all-time greats, the 458 Speciale. The 348 Serie Speciale was much rarer though—just 100 examples were built, all for the American market, and only 35 of which were coupes. Arguably, the 458 is a lot more "special" than its predecessor.For the Serie Speciale, Ferrari fit the 348's 3.4-liter V8 with upgrades developed for the then-new Spider version of the car—a freer-flowing exhaust and a new engine management system bumped horsepower from 300 to 312. Body colored front and rear splitters as well as new side skirts were also … [Read more...] about Did You Know Ferrari Made a 348 Speciale?
Assembling the ‘best’ cars on sale, then. This, on a website where opinion is not in short supply, is obviously as far from a breeze as you’d think it would be. It works like this: an Autocar writer distributes a list of what he is absolutely sure are the best 50 cars on sale; the 50 cars that must be on the list. It is approximately 68 cars long. He asks for feedback, and it is widely given, and so the ‘best 50 cars on sale’ list gains another 10 cars and then loses a few through immediate howled derision. And so begins a short series of exchanges and revisions until we have something we mostly agree on, based on our extensive testing experience, objective measurement and analysis, and, naturally, blind prejudice – because sometimes only the latter will do. But then a curious thing happens, from around 15th position up to the top. From that point, there is less argument, more consensus. And when placings for the top 10 are being decided, and when … [Read more...] about The 50 best new cars of 2017: 50-6
Ferrari is in the midst of celebrating its 70th birthday, and aside from producing a handful of special anniversary edition cars, the storied Italian automaker brought the sound and the fury to the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The marquee enjoyed its very own class on the track, a segment that included some of the most important cars to ever wear the Cavallino Rampante. Here are our favorite Ferraris from Goodwood, most caught in the act of shaking off seven decades of dust. Ferrari 599XX The Enzo-based FXX and LaFerrari-based FXX K might be faster, but our heart belongs to the 599XX. The concept behind the 599XX is the same as the other two “XX” cars – wealthy clientele pay Ferrari gobs of cash to participate in one of three programs, each featuring a distinctly different car. Any cars with the “XX” designation are essentially top-tier trackday cars that serve as testbeds for future Ferrari technology, for both road and race. The … [Read more...] about Seven of Our Favorite Ferrari Road and Race Cars From the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Well, it could finally be happening ... a Ferrari SUV/crossover thing. That is, according to a report in Car magazine citing unnamed sources within Ferrari.The Italian supercar maker isn’t calling it an SUV, but it supposedly goes by the codename F16X and will be built alongside a replacement for the GTC4Lusso. Car is reporting that the vehicle will have a raised ride height and feature a coupe-like shape. In a more exotic move, the crossover could get suicide rear doors with no B-pillars to allow easy access to the back seats. Next Gallery: Report Lawsuit claims Ferrari odometers can be rolled back to zero » Gallery: Ferrari GTC4Lusso T debuts at the Paris motor show with a turbo V8 and rear-wheel … [Read more...] about Sacrilege alert: Is Ferrari making an SUV?
There are some things that Ferrari just won't do. Pink cars. Electric vehicles. SUVs. Well, about that last one... There's long been talk about Ferrari taking the leap and producing a utility vehicle to rival the likes of the Porsche Cayenne (but, like, for way more money). Lamborghini has already gotten the hint with the upcoming Urus. Now, Car says that it can confirm that Ferrari is, in fact, working on a crossover, and the project is codenamed F16X. The British magazine even has its own artist rendering of the rumored ute, though if that's what the thing actually ends up looking like, we'll eat our hat. Car's sources in Maranello say that the vehicle will be built alongside the next-gen GTC4 Lusso (current model pictured above) with aluminum architecture, that it'll be a high-riding soft-roader, and will feature rear suicide doors with no B-pillar (picture a big opening to the rear seats). It will have all-wheel drive, building on Ferrari's experience with the FF and GTC4 Lusso. … [Read more...] about Ferrari SUV in the works, finally?
Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers There are many firsts in life, and the lucky are able to make them count. I had never ventured into the English countryside to Lord March’s estate to experience the Goodwood Festival of Speed where vehicles of every age, size, and description see who can get up the Lord’s driveway the fastest or with the most panache.This year I not only witnessed the famous Hill Climb, but I also got to drive it behind the wheel of a 2016 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Despite being a bit bleary-eyed coming right from Heathrow airport after a long flight, it was an adventure to remember.Like everything at Goodwood, there are scheduled times for batches of vehicles to make the climb. They are often changed or delayed, but they bring about some semblance of order at an event that celebrates the automobile in all its forms by inviting them to a giant car show where they can be admired in motion.Our chance to make the climb is part … [Read more...] about On the famous driveway in a powerful, all-wheel-drive Subaru
1. Mario and Luigi at the starting grid This year’s Gumball 3000 spectacular started in Riga, Latvia, with a veritable feast of exotic cars on the starting grid including a LaFerrari Aperta, a McLaren 675 LT Spider and… a pair of Smart ForTwos, piloted by Mario and Luigi. Obviously. From here, the 2017 Gumballers would drive around 3000 miles to Mykonos, Greece, threading through Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Albania and more in the process. 2. LaFerrari Aperta tears it up Many LaFerrari Apertas will - sadly - end up … [Read more...] about 7 Memorable Moments From This Year’s Gumball 3000
Right, it’s a standard road trip question, this, coming about two-thirds of the way through day one of the five-day trawl across Europe I’m currently on. You can have three cars. Any three cars, but only three cars, forever. They always work. They cost you nothing. What are they? It’s a sort-of Desert Island Garage. I’ve written about this and given my answer before. It changes often, but always includes a Ferrari 250 SWB Competizione, usually a Mercedes G55 AMG (or a Holden Special Vehicles W427), and sometimes a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0. The latter becomes, depending on the day, an Ariel Nomad, a Porsche 909 Bergspyder, a Porsche 917K or a 1967 Honda RA300 F1 car, or something else absurdly wonderful. What I haven’t done before, mind, is make this into a survey. I say ‘survey’ as if it’s something scientific, but I asked some people on the internet, and just over 100 answered. They said all sorts, mostly of impeccable taste and at … [Read more...] about Comment: what’s in your dream garage?
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel take part in the drivers' press conference as Kevin Magnussen tried his best not to fall asleep. PART ONE: DRIVERS – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Kevin MAGNUSSEN (Haas) Q: Sebastian, begin by looking back at events in Baku two weeks ago. You said in a statement on Monday that you over-reacted in the heat of the moment. Please can you just talk us through what happened in that moment. Sebastian VETTEL: I don’t think that’s necessary, is it? I think we’ve seen it many times. I’ve seen it, I’ve looked at it, so err… obviously, I had a very different view inside the car than I had with a little bit of a gap and outside the car – hence why obviously I made a statement. I had the chance to quickly talk to Lewis after the race – but I don’t want to pump this up more than it is already. I think that it’s my right, our right that it stays between us. I think I said … [Read more...] about Full transcript: Hamilton and Vettel on Baku
SPIELBERG, Austria - Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton said he still had "the utmost respect" for Formula One title rival Sebastian Vettel after accepting a public apology from the Ferrari driver on Thursday. Speaking to reporters at a crowded Austrian Grand Prix news conference, the two men addressed a "road rage" controversy that has dominated the headlines since the June 25 race in Azerbaijan. "I still have the utmost respect for him as a driver and will continue to race him hard through the rest of the season," declared Hamilton, who said at the time that Vettel had "disgraced himself" by driving into him in Baku. He said Vettel called him on the Monday after the race and then texted an apology, which he accepted. The championship leader had driven into the back of Hamilton's Mercedes while both were following the safety car in first and second places, waiting for it to return to the pits. Vettel then pulled alongside, gesticulating angrily, before banging wheels. The … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton accepts Vettel’s apology, has ‘utmost respect’
Let a local jazz DJ lay a Miles Davis sound on the airwaves and I’ll remember the many dimensions of a man few people ever saw. Davis, who died Sept. 28, 1991, lived a meteoric career that defined him as taciturn, humorless, anti-social and totally immersed in his music. Never speaking to his audience, no song title announcements and no acknowledgements of sidemen (though there was always respect and admiration and he always hired the best).When not playing -- and often when playing -- during a set, Davis would simply walk away, turning his back on the audience. These and many other idiosyncrasies kept the myths and legends of Davis growing and enlarging.His autobiography, which came out just after his death, did nothing to deny or soften this perception. Filled with an inordinate sense of self, larded with hubris and anger, it was an unfortunate last word from a man that changed the world of music. … [Read more...] about Jazz great Miles Davis speaks his mind on Ferraris
SPIELBERG, Austria - Sebastian Vettel celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday, but it can be safely assumed that Lewis Hamilton will not be bringing any gifts to Austria this weekend. After the "road rage" of Azerbaijan two weeks ago, the Formula One title rivals head to the bucolic surroundings of the scenic Red Bull Ring and its backdrop of hills and forests, with controversy still simmering. Vettel, Ferrari's championship leader, had risked a heavy penalty for his moment of madness in driving into Hamilton's Mercedes behind the safety car in Baku but instead the German arrives in Austria with no further sanction and the matter officially closed. Vettel has had to accept full responsibility, and apologize to Hamilton, and will have to stay on best behavior with a race ban looming if he collects any more penalty points on his license this weekend. The FIA said Monday's meeting was attended by top officials including race director Charlie Whiting and safety director Laurent … [Read more...] about F1’s Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton face off again in Austria
While collectors on this side of the Atlantic were busy not driving the Buick GNXs, but instead storing them in hopes of cashing in for a retirement fund, collectors back in Europe were busy driving a super sedan that could keep up with the supercars of the day. We're talking about the Lotus Carlton, which at its root was also a GM vehicle -- a very special, souped-up GM vehicle turned into nothing short of a supercar fighter by Lotus.In about a month, collectors -- who perhaps had a poster of this car on their bedroom walls 25 years ago -- will get an opportunity to bid on a Carlton that might not have been shrink-wrapped but was driven very sparingly and now shows a claimed 4,500 miles on the clock.But first, a little history and a lot of specs: The Lotus Carlton was based on the Vauxhall Carlton -- the U.K. version of the Opel Omega -- but equipped with a Lotus-tuned turbocharged and intercooled 3.6-liter engine straight-six engine featuring plenty of tricks from … [Read more...] about Ultimate ’90s Q-ship: Low-mile Lotus Carlton heads to auction
As Autocar's Andrew Frankel noted earlier this year when he undertook a drive in both a Ferrari 488 Spider and Ferrari 166, "it is perhaps worth remembering that Ferrari the person, Ferrari the team, even Ferrari the car constructor are somewhat older even than Ferrari the sports and supercar brand we all grew up with". His point, of course, was that it is only one part of the Ferrari legend that is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Nonetheless, it would be churlish to overlook an anniversary celebration of one of - if not the - most famous of marques when the opportunity comes up, and that is exactly what the organisers of the Goodwood Festival of Speed have done, assembling around 35 competition cars made in Maranello, including grand prix and sports car racers, in addition to a number of road-going Ferraris. As a result, visitors to the Festival get to hear a variety of glorious Italian engine notes from four-, six-, eight- and 12-cylinder engines. Elsewhere at the … [Read more...] about Goodwood 2017: best of Ferrari
This, above all, was Bernie Ecclestone’s do. In the months leading up to the 2017 edition of the world’s most remarkable motorsport festival, most of us presumed Ferrari’s much-ballyhooed 70th anniversary would take precedence over everything else at Goodwood — and there was indeed plenty of Prancing Horse action on the most famous hill in East Sussex. But for this year’s, the 25th, founder Lord Charles March decided months ago that his mission would be to celebrate the unique career of the man who built Formula 1 and in this he received extraordinary support from many directions. Sculptor Gerry Judah’s eye-popping installation on the front lawn of Goodwood House suspended five of Bernie’s own racing cars at impossible angles, high above the crowd, to mark the five phases of Ecclestone’s career — as driver, manager, team owner, impresario and legend. Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017: complete coverage Bernie’s friends and … [Read more...] about Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017: full report
This, above all, was Bernie Ecclestone’s do. In the months leading up to the 2017 edition of the world’s most remarkable motorsport festival, most of us presumed Ferrari’s much-ballyhooed 70th anniversary would take precedence over everything else at Goodwood — and there was indeed plenty of Prancing Horse action on the most famous hill in East Sussex. But for this year’s, the 21st, founder Lord Charles March decided months ago that his mission would be to celebrate the unique career of the man who built Formula One and in this he received extraordinary support from many directions. Sculptor Gerry Judah’s eye-popping installation on the front lawn of Goodwood House suspended five of Bernie’s own racing cars at impossible angles, high above the crowd, to mark the five phases of Ecclestone’s career — as driver, manager, team owner, impresario and legend. Bernie’s friends and acolytes were there in depth (Goodwood’s … [Read more...] about Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017: pictures + show report
I love the way that the Car Throttle community welcomes new cars into the Garage. It’s always cool to see what people are driving and working on. And our followers agree, which is why we’ve again picked out 10 of our favourite additions from last month! 1. Mike's Insanely Modified C215 Oh my. This is definitely not a rich old man’s land yacht. CTzen Mike has taken this Mercedes-Benz CL600 and really made it his own. Among the more notable modifications, Mike has taken the stock V12 and mounted it with great big turbo in the back; along with some parts taken from an SLR McLaren’s 722.6 transmission. With over 850 hours of work put in this … [Read more...] about 10 Awesome Rides Added To The Car Throttle Garage In June
There are certain cars you expect to see at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: the latest supercars, a host of Formula 1 cars, and the most significant road and racing cars in history. And Goodwood never disappoints. Yet, for me, the delight of the Festival is stumbling across some unexpected gems – cars you rarely get to see, and bizarre machines you didn’t even know existed. Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017: the best pictures I found a host of them in the Goodwood paddock, preparing to be run up the hill this year. There were three cars that are life-size models of Tamiya remote control cars – effectively scale models in reverse. They looked amazing too: my favourite was the Volkswagen Beetle-based Tamiya Sand Scorcher (below), although the Tamiya Wild Willy ran it a close second. As a long-time fan of American motorsport, I was inevitably drawn to the growing contingent of NASCAR stock cars. And after ogling Dale Earnhardt’s Talladega 500-winning Chevrolet Monte … [Read more...] about Opinion: admiring the Festival of Speed’s unexpected gems
Project Cars 2 is part of an incredible second half of 2017 for racing gamers, with the Slightly Mad Studios title set to be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 22 September. We’ve already had a glimpse of the vast variety of vehicle types in PC2, from Rallycross machines to IndyCar, supercars and iconic classics from the motorsport world. Porsche and Ford cars, including street and racing versions of the new GT, have recently been confirmed but now a full car list has been revealed – featuring 182 cars and 38 manufacturers, a huge improvement from the first game. … [Read more...] about Here’s The Full Car List For Project Cars 2
As Autocar's Andrew Frankel noted earlier this year when he undertook a drive in both a Ferrari 488 Spider and Ferrari 166, "it is perhaps worth remembering that Ferrari the person, Ferrari the team, even Ferrari the car constructor are somewhat older even than Ferrari the sports and supercar brand we all grew up with". His point, of course, was that it is only one part of the Ferrari legend that is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Nonetheless, it would be churlish to overlook an anniversary celebration of one of - if not the - most famous of marques when the opportunity comes up, and that is exactly what the organisers of the Goodwood Festival of Speed have done, assembling around 35 competition cars made in Maranello, including grand prix and sports car racers, in addition to a number of road-going Ferraris. As a result, visitors to the Festival get to hear a variety of glorious Italian engine notes from four-, six-, eight- and 12-cylinder engines. Elsewhere at the … [Read more...] about Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 – 70 years of Ferrari celebration