A moment of silence to accept the fact that we share this planet with something so beautiful.
“Art in Motion”, that’s the design philosophy which Ferrari stands by. Each car that comes out of its stables is an exercise in sculpture. It isn’t just four wheels and an engine, it is about how seemingly lifeless pieces come together and come together so well that the result is almost unbeatable on the racing circuit.
Did you know that Ferrari got into the business of making road cars just so that it could continue to fund its racing program, also fondly known as the Scuderia Ferrari. The name Ferrari literally translates into Blacksmith. It is his love for his metal and his craft that shows in what he makes. It is the panache of Ferrari that brings us “Art in Motion”.
It all began with Enzo Ferrari. Interestingly he did not start off thinking he would end up making road cars. Scuderia Ferrari or Team Ferrari was started in 1928 as a sponsor for amateur drivers based at Modena. Ferrari (the man) trained drivers in Alfa Romeo (the car) until one day Alfa Romeo (the man) asked Ferrari (the man) to head the motor racing team of Alfa Romeo (the car).
Nothing significant happened till 1941(well apart from WWII) when Alfa Romeo was confiscated by the fascist government and the Scuderia had to survive churning out parts for machine tools and aircraft accessories. Ferrari was no longer a part of the Alfa Romeo and could not build race cars for at least 4yrs as per the rules of engagement. However under a different name (clever bugga!) SEFAC (Scuderia Enzo Ferrari Auto Corse) Enzo would go on to make the first Ferrari, the Tipo 815 in the year 1940. This was a race car in the non-competition period. The Ferrari factory moved to Marnello in 1943 where it has remained ever since.
The first road car came in 1947, the 125 S, powered by a 1.5 L V12 engine. Enzo Ferrari reluctantly built and sold roadcars to fund Scuderia Ferrari.
As has been discussed on 4wheelreviews, it was Fiat in 1969 which took 50% stake in Ferrari ( yes folks, Ferrari is the brat and Fiat is the parent, not for long though!). What this did was that it made immediate funds available to Ferrari. A part of it went towards shifting Fiat’s production to Ferrari stables and a part went into development of new cars for Ferrari.
All was hunky dory.
The year is 1988. One of the most emotional years at Ferrari. The F40 rolls out. This is the last of the cars to be built under Enzo Ferrari for he would see no more of them. The man who built it all passes away that year. Ferrari renames the F60 as Enzo (the man, the car). I remember it was NFS2 and you would get a bonus car as an Enzo, the fastest one on the circuit. In the real world it was, for a long time. Ferrari built this car from 2002 to 2004.
Very few teams have dominated motor sport as Ferrari has. Be it the Formula series or the Le Mans, the Ferraris have been there done that. People like us (Us, really??) only get to see whatever tech manages to trickle into their road cars. Well Enzo was never interested in us was he? All he ever wanted to do was to win races. He had a need for speed!
One other thing Ferrari also does well is build mind-blowing supercars. That’s how I got introduced to them and I can go out on a limb to say you did as well. The tussle with the Lambos is very well documented. While Ferraris have always had the gracious curve in all its body lines the lamborghinis have traditionally had angular treatment. Now here is where the mind starts to think a little harder. There was the iconic 458 Spider , similar headlights of which were later seen on the Mclaren P1, the Berlinetta and the recent Laferrari.
An art critic would say he has seen the same stuff for quite some time now. The racing red with mind numbing performance clad in a curvaceous body. No radical changes in terms of body design. Similar lines and similar surface treatment. While the 458 Spider, the Berlinetta and the Ferrari 458 Speciale had similar contours, the Laferrari reminded one of the Enzo (the car). The “Art in motion” seems to be stuck in a time warp. Are we talking about too much nostalgia?
We’re all Ferrari lovers here. Just like Lamborghini tried to change the game with an Espada or the radical Elemento (not a big fan of this one though!), we would love to see Ferrari try out something new. A little whiff of freshness never hurt anyone. I fully trust Ferrari to come out tops with this too.
Because nothing moves like a Ferrari.