Rotate Club Supercars

The history & legacy of Ferrari.

An infamous brand, known predominantly for its Ferrari red, prancing horse and car racing, and of course, it’s supercars.


We are so pleased to offer Rotate Club members with the opportunity to drive a Ferrari supercar regularly.

Here we look back at the birth of Ferrari

Before the birth of the brand, came the man!

Enzo Ferrari Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena on February 18th in 1898.

He dreamed of fast cars and thankfully they came true when Ferrari made his racing debut at the age of 21

He devoted his entire life to designing and building sports cars and, of course, to the track.

Racing
Five years after becoming an Alfa Romeo racing driver in 1924, he founded the Scuderia Ferrari on Viale Trento Trieste in Modena.

In 1938, Enzo Ferrari was appointed head of Alfa Corse, but later quit the position in 1939 to set up his own company, Auto Avio Costruzioni

1940’s – the beginning

  • The first racing car – the Tipo 815 was manufactured

1943

  • The Second World War halted all racing activities
  • Enzo Ferrari moved the company Auto Avio Costruzioni from Modena to Maranello.

1947

  • Ferrari got recognition as an auto manufacturer
  • The first Ferrari to be used as a road car emerged from the factory entrance on Via Abetone Inferiore in Maranello. The car was the 125 S. The car went on to win the Rome Grand Prix at the city’s Terme di Caracalla Circuit.
  • 159 S was later launched

1948 & 1949

  • The 166 inter was unveiled
  • Ferrari 166 racing cars won the Mille Miglia races
  • The Ferrari 166 S was manufactured with just 39 units followed by the
  • Ferrari 166 Inter Sport and then the 166MM .

1950’s – personal tragedy

1952

  • The 195 Inter, 195 S, 275 S, 340 America, 212 Inter, 342 America, 212 Export, 250S, 225 S, 340 Mexico, are released

1953

  • The 250 series were made (Later replaced by the 275 and 330) 250 Europa, 375 America, 250 MM, 340 MM, 375 MM, 625 TF, 735 S, 500 Mondial was launched

1954

  • Production ran on the 250 GT coupe, 750 Monza, 250 Monza, 375 Plus

1955

  • Saw the release of the 376 S, 735 M & the 856 S

1956

  • Enzo suffered a personal tragedy, when his son Dino, who had helped develop Ferrari’s V6 engine, died age of 24
  • However, production continued and the following cars were released
    250 GT Berlinetta, 410 Superamerica, 500 TR, 625 LM, 410 S, 290 MM, and the 860 Monza.

1957

  • Ferrari release the: 250 GT Cabriolet, 250 California, 500 TRC, 290 S, 315 S, 335S, 250 Testa Rossa

1958

  • Dino 196 S, Dino 296 S, 312 S, 412 S, 250 Berlinetta passo corto

The 1960s – Turbulent Times

1960

  • The 400 Superamerica, 250 GT 2+2, Dino 246 S are released.

1961

  • Just one car was released this year – the 246 SP

1962

  • Ferrari manufacture the 250 GTO, 250 GT Berlinetta Iusso, 196 SP, 286 SP, 248 SP, 268 SP, 330 LM, 330 TR
    250 TR was launched (and won the Le Mans in 1958, 1960 and 1961)

1963

  • Production on the 250 P, 330 P, 250 LM,

1964

  • The 330 GT 2+2 made its debut, along with 500 Superfast, 275 GTB, 275 GTS, 275 P

1965

  • Ferrari releases the GTB Competizione and the 275 P2, 330 P2, 365 P, Dino 166 P, Dino 206 SP

1966

  • The 330 GTC, 365 California, 275 GTB4, 330 GTS, Dino 206 S, 330 P3 are launched

1967

  • Several models were released including: 365 GT 2+2, 330 P4, 412 P, 350 Can Am, 365 GTC, 365 GTB4, 612 Can Am

1969

  • to meet the growing market demand, Enzo Ferrari sold 50% of his shares to Fiat Group
  • The production model Dino 246 was launched, named after Ferrari’s son Dino. Ferrari launched Dino 246 GT, 312 P, 365 GTS, 212e which includes a convertible 365 GTS4

1970’s

1970

  • The year of the 512’s. 512 S, 512 M

1971

  • The Ferrari 365 GTB / 4 Daytona came with a top speed of 170mph, also came the 365 GT4 BB, 312 P, 712 Can Am, 365 GTB4 Competizione
  • The Berlinetta Boxer flat-12 engine to the world at the 1971 Turin Motor Show

1972

  • The Fiorano test circuit was built next to the factory
  • Ferrari introduced the Dino 246 GTS, 35 GT4 2+2

1973

  • The Dino 308 GT4 was the first mid-engine V8

1975

  • The Dino 208 GT4 & 308 GTB cars were produced

1976

  • 400 Automatic, 400 GT, 512 BB hit showrooms

1977

  • Carozzeria Scaglietti di Modena, Ferrari’s design house, was officially incorporated into the company
  • The 308 GTS was produced

1978

  • 512 BB LM

1979

  • Saw the 400 automatic I & 400 GTi

1980’s – The death of Enzo

1980

  • Mondial 8, 208 GTB, 208 GTS, 308 GTBi, 308 GTSi

1981

  • 512 BBi

1982

  • 4 models were released; 208 GTB Turbo, Mondial Quattrovalvole, 308 GTB Quattrovavole, 308 GTS Quattrovavole

1983

  • Saw the year of the 208 GTS Turbo & Mondial Cabriolet

1984

  • The GTO & The Ferrari Testarossa was one of the most produced and is still now the most recognisable

1985

  • The following Ferrari’s were released 412, 328 GTB, 328 GTS, 3.2 Mondial, 3.2 Mondial Cabriolet

1986

  • GTB Turbo, GTS Turbo
  • Ferrari launched the F40 built to commemorate the company’s 40th anniversary, with a carbon-fiber body, a giant wing, and Kevlar panels.

1987

  • The 408 4RM was released

1988

  • to meet the growing market demand, Enzo Ferrari sold a further 40% of his shares to Fiat Group (Now totalling 90%).
  • Enzo Ferrari died, at the age of 90

1989

  • Mondial T, Mondial T Cabriolet, 348 TB, 348 TS, F40 competizione

1990’s

1991

  • Luca di Montezemolo was appointed chairman
  • The 512 TR was released

1992

  • The year of the 456 GT – famous for its pop-up headlamps

1993

  • The year of the 348 GTB, 348 GTS, 348 Spider, 348 GT Competizione, 348 Challenge

1994

  • Ferrari produced the F355 Berlinetta, F355 GTS, F512M, F333 SP

1995

  • Ferrari releases F50, F355 Spider, F355 Challenge

1996

  • Saw the launch of 456 GTA, 550 Maranello, F50 GT

1997

  • Ferrari releases; 355 F1 Berlinetta, 355 F1 GTS, 355 F1 Spider

1998

  • Sees the launch of the 456M GT, 456 M GTA, 360 Modena

2000’s

2000

  • The 360 Spider, 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, 360 challenge are released

2002

  • Ferrari not only produces the 575 Maranello & 360 GT but the Enzo, named in honour of founder Enzo Ferrari. Its built to F1 standards with a 12-cylinder mid-engine.

2003

  • The year of the Challenge Stradale & 575 GTC

2004

  • Saw the release of 612 Scaglietti, F430, 360 GTC

2005

  • Ferrari launch the Superamerica, F430 Spider, FXX

2006

  • Models 599 GTB Fiorano, F430 GTC, F430 Challenge are released

2007

  • The year of the 430 Scuderia

2008

  • Ferrari produced the Scuderia Spider 16M & Ferrari California

2009

  • The year of the 458 Italia

2010

  • Ferrari release 599 GTO, 599XX, SA APERTA, 458 Challenge

2011

  • The year of the FF & 458 Spider

2012

  • Saw the release of the F12berlinetta & Ferrari California 30

2013

  • Saw the release of the LaFerrari and 458 Speciale

2014

  • Ferrari release the California T, 458 Speciale A,

2015

  • The year of the F12tdf

2013

  • The F12 Berlinetta was released
  • The Ferrari FF was the first ever 4 seat, four wheel drive coupe and the fastest four-seat car at the time.

2014

  • In October 2014, Luca di Montezemolo was replaced by Sergio Marchionne

2015

  • Sees the release of the following supercars
    • Ferrari LaFerrari
    • FF458 Spider
    • T458 Speciale
    • F12berlinetta
    • F458 Speciale A
    • 488 GTB
  • The Ferrari California T was produced. This two-door, 4 seat hard-top convertible was the first front-engine V8, the first seven speed dual clutch transmission, the first with direct injection and the first with a folding metal roof. Rotate Club are pleased to offer its members with the opportunity to drive the Ferrari California T which also comes with the HS Pack. Learn more here
  • And Ferrari is launched on the New York Stock Exchange in October

2016

  • Ferrari launched on the Milan Stock Exchange in January and became an independent company.
  • The 488 was launched

 

Today

  • The 488 Pista was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show
  • Today the company is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Pierro Ferrari (Enzo’s surviving son)

 

Ferrari’s most important sporting successes include

• 15 F1 World Drivers’ Championships,
• 16 F1 World Constructors’ Championships,
• 14 Sports Car Manufacturers’ World titles,
• nine wins at 24 Hours of Le Mans,
• eight at the Mille Miglia,
• seven at the Targa Florio and
• 226 victories in F1 Grand Prix.

The logo

• The logo, comprising the prancing horse and yellow shield and Italian tricolour has both heroic and birth origins.
• The yellow shield, represents his hometown of Moderna, topped with Italian tricolour.
• The prancing horse, the Cavallino Rampante was first adopted as a personal emblem by a highly decorated Italian World War I pilot, Francesco Baracca, who had it painted on the fuselage of his aircraft. It harked back to his years as a cavalry officer and, according to some recent studies, is a Persano horse, the breed used by the House of Savoy for its regiments. At the end of the war, Baracca’s parents offered to allow Enzo Ferrari use the Cavallino Rampante (Prancing Horse) symbol.

The classic red

• The colour red was assigned by the International Automobile Federation to Italian grand prix cars.

 

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