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.
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
- The Second World War halted all racing activities
- Enzo Ferrari moved the company Auto Avio Costruzioni from Modena to Maranello.
- 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
- The 195 Inter, 195 S, 275 S, 340 America, 212 Inter, 342 America, 212 Export, 250S, 225 S, 340 Mexico, are released
- 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
- Production ran on the 250 GT coupe, 750 Monza, 250 Monza, 375 Plus
- Saw the release of the 376 S, 735 M & the 856 S
- 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.
- Ferrari release the: 250 GT Cabriolet, 250 California, 500 TRC, 290 S, 315 S, 335S, 250 Testa Rossa
- Dino 196 S, Dino 296 S, 312 S, 412 S, 250 Berlinetta passo corto
The 1960s – Turbulent Times
- The 400 Superamerica, 250 GT 2+2, Dino 246 S are released.
- Just one car was released this year – the 246 SP
- 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)
- Production on the 250 P, 330 P, 250 LM,
- The 330 GT 2+2 made its debut, along with 500 Superfast, 275 GTB, 275 GTS, 275 P
- Ferrari releases the GTB Competizione and the 275 P2, 330 P2, 365 P, Dino 166 P, Dino 206 SP
- The 330 GTC, 365 California, 275 GTB4, 330 GTS, Dino 206 S, 330 P3 are launched
- Several models were released including: 365 GT 2+2, 330 P4, 412 P, 350 Can Am, 365 GTC, 365 GTB4, 612 Can Am
- 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
- The year of the 512’s. 512 S, 512 M
- 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
- The Fiorano test circuit was built next to the factory
- Ferrari introduced the Dino 246 GTS, 35 GT4 2+2
- The Dino 308 GT4 was the first mid-engine V8
- The Dino 208 GT4 & 308 GTB cars were produced
- 400 Automatic, 400 GT, 512 BB hit showrooms
- Carozzeria Scaglietti di Modena, Ferrari’s design house, was officially incorporated into the company
- The 308 GTS was produced
- 512 BB LM
- Saw the 400 automatic I & 400 GTi
1980’s – The death of Enzo
- Mondial 8, 208 GTB, 208 GTS, 308 GTBi, 308 GTSi
- 512 BBi
- 4 models were released; 208 GTB Turbo, Mondial Quattrovalvole, 308 GTB Quattrovavole, 308 GTS Quattrovavole
- Saw the year of the 208 GTS Turbo & Mondial Cabriolet
- The GTO & The Ferrari Testarossa was one of the most produced and is still now the most recognisable
- The following Ferrari’s were released 412, 328 GTB, 328 GTS, 3.2 Mondial, 3.2 Mondial Cabriolet
- 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.
- The 408 4RM was released
- 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
- Mondial T, Mondial T Cabriolet, 348 TB, 348 TS, F40 competizione
- Luca di Montezemolo was appointed chairman
- The 512 TR was released
- The year of the 456 GT – famous for its pop-up headlamps
- The year of the 348 GTB, 348 GTS, 348 Spider, 348 GT Competizione, 348 Challenge
- Ferrari produced the F355 Berlinetta, F355 GTS, F512M, F333 SP
- Ferrari releases F50, F355 Spider, F355 Challenge
- Saw the launch of 456 GTA, 550 Maranello, F50 GT
- Ferrari releases; 355 F1 Berlinetta, 355 F1 GTS, 355 F1 Spider
- Sees the launch of the 456M GT, 456 M GTA, 360 Modena
- The 360 Spider, 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, 360 challenge are released
- 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.
- The year of the Challenge Stradale & 575 GTC
- Saw the release of 612 Scaglietti, F430, 360 GTC
- Ferrari launch the Superamerica, F430 Spider, FXX
- Models 599 GTB Fiorano, F430 GTC, F430 Challenge are released
- The year of the 430 Scuderia
- Ferrari produced the Scuderia Spider 16M & Ferrari California
- The year of the 458 Italia
- Ferrari release 599 GTO, 599XX, SA APERTA, 458 Challenge
- The year of the FF & 458 Spider
- Saw the release of the F12berlinetta & Ferrari California 30
- Saw the release of the LaFerrari and 458 Speciale
- Ferrari release the California T, 458 Speciale A,
- The year of the F12tdf
- 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.
- In October 2014, Luca di Montezemolo was replaced by Sergio Marchionne
- Sees the release of the following supercars
• Ferrari LaFerrari
• FF458 Spider
• T458 Speciale
• 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
- Ferrari launched on the Milan Stock Exchange in January and became an independent company.
- The 488 was launched
- 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, 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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