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Ferrari 1947- 2017 70 Years of Emotion

Ferrari 1947-2017 70 Years of Emotion Image Credit: Ferrari Media

On March 12 1947, Enzo Ferrari fired up the 125 S, the first car to bear his name. That test-drive on the streets of Maranello marked the start of modern Ferrari history. The then-modest factory quickly grew into one of the great internationally-renowned Made in Italy icons. Now, exactly 70 years later, on March 12 2017, Ferrari launches its official celebrations for this milestone anniversary.

To coincide with the official start of the celebrations and to commemorate the events of 70 years ago, Ferrari is also releasing a special video featuring a re-enactment of the first 12-cylinder to sport the Cavallino Rampante on its bonnet, the 125 S, driving through the factory gates on Via Abetone Inferiore and, in doing so, symbolically passing the baton of the Ferrari legacy to the LaFerrari Aperta.

125 S, The First Ferrari Image Credit: Ferrari Media


125 S, The First Ferrari

This was the first car to sport the Ferrari badge. Its 12-cylinder engine, vital to powerful performance, was designed by Gioacchino Colombo with Giuseppe Busso and Luigi Bazzi also contributing to the project. On March 12 1947, the 125 S, still an unibodied steel rolling chassis, roared to life for the first time and the great Ferrari adventure began. Two months later, on May 11 1947, the car made its track debut at the Piacenza Circuit. At the wheel of the 125 S (the S referring to its sports car-type bodywork) was Franco Cortese. Enzo Ferrari dubbed this maiden outing as “a promising failure” after the car was forced to pull up with a fuel pump problem whilst leading the race. However, that moment of failure was short-lived as just nine days later on May 20, Franco Cortese drove the 125 S to victory in the Rome Grand Prix, completing the 40 laps of the circuit and the 137 kilometers of the race at an average speed of 88.5 km/h. This was the first of six victories the 125 S delivered in 1947, the most notable of which was the Parma Grand Prix with Tazio Nuvolari doing the driving.



LaFerrari Aperta, 70th Anniversary Icon Image Credit: Ferrari Media


LaFerrari Aperta, 70th Anniversary Icon

Technological excellence, performance, style, exclusivity. Ferrari’s unique core values are brilliantly represented by the car launched to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the company. The LaFerrari Aperta is the new limited-edition special series model dedicated to our most loyal clients and also the spider version of the acclaimed LaFerrari supercar.

Maranello’s latest supercar effortlessly combines extraordinary performance with the unique exhilaration of open-top driving. It is equipped with the same hybrid power unit as the coupé: an 800 cv 6,262cc V12 engine (specific power output of 128 cv/l, compression ratio 13.5:1) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor for a total power output of a 963 cv.


70th Anniversary Icon Video Credit: Ferrari Media


A “Driven by Emotion” Anniversary

In the course of 2017, over 60 nations will host events crafted to treat clients and enthusiasts of the marquee to a string of unique experiences as part of the “Driven by Emotion” concept, one of the cornerstones on which the Ferrari story was founded and has flourished. “Driven by Emotion” is a tribute to the importance placed by the Cavallino Rampante on emotion throughout the last 70 years: be it in terms of delivering the most riveting and rewarding driving experience possible, Ferrari’s universally lauded and acknowledged styling, or innovation via the astonishing pioneering technological solutions revealed by each new Maranello model.

Thus, March 12 marks the start of the anniversary events with Australasia opening the program. The LaFerrari Aperta will be present at each stage as the symbol of the 70th anniversary.

The anniversary celebrations culminate in Maranello on the weekend of September 9 and 10, but will also be flanked by other initiatives paying homage to Cavallino Rampante history, not least special exhibitions and the first “Cavalcade Classiche”.

A special website has been created to flank the celebrations as they unfold throughout the year as well as to introduce the pivotal moments and individuals in the company’s history. The site goes online on Sunday, March 12.


Ferrari Image Credit: Ferrari Media

Some of the Highlights in Ferrari History

1947      Ferrari is founded and gains its first victory with 125 S at the Rome GP

1948      Unveiling of the 166 MM Barchetta at the Turin Motor Show

1949      Ferrari wins its first 24H of Le Mans, with Luigi Chinetti/Lord Seldson driving the 166 MM Barchetta

1950      Ferrari debuts in F1 in second GP in history

1950      Giannino Marzotto and the Ferrari 195 S win at the Mille Miglia

1951      Froilan Gonzalez brings Ferrari its first F1 GP victory in the 375 F1

1952      Alberto Ascari, in the Ferrari 500 F2, secures a first Formula 1 world title

1952      Vittorio Marzotto, in the 225S, drives Ferrari to a first win on the Monaco circuit

1953      Ferrari World Sportscar champion with the 340 MM and 375 MM

1954      The first car in the famous 250 family is presented at the Paris Motor Show

1954      Umberto Maglioli drives a Ferrari 375 Plus to victory in the last Carrera Panamericana in Mexico,

1955      Launch of 250 Coupé Pinin Farina

1956      Juan Manuel Fangio is crowned F1 world champion at the wheel of the Ferrari D50

1957      Pietro Taruffi wins the last Mille Miglia in a Ferrari 315 S

1957      Launch of Ferrari 250 California

1958      Mike Hawthorn wins world championship with a Ferrari 246 F1

1959      Ferrari wins the 12 Hours of Sebring

1960      Stirling Moss drives a  250 GT Berlinetta to the first of five consecutive Ferrari triumphs in Tourist Trophy

1961      Ferrari wins three world titles; the Drivers’ with Phil Hill and the Manufacturers’ in F1 and Sportscars

1962      Presentation of the 250 GTO, winner of the International Championship for GT Manufacturers in 1962, 1963, 1964

1963      The Ferrari 250 P of Lorenzo Bandini and Lodovico Scarfiotti wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans

1964      John Surtees becomes Formula 1 world champion with the 158 F1

1965      Ferrari 275 P2 of Lorenzo Bandini and Nino Vaccarella wins the Targa Florio

1966      Turin sees the presentation of the 365 P special, a unique three-seater

1967      Three Ferraris, two 330 P4s and a 412 P secure the first three places in the 24 Hours of Daytona

1968      The GTB4 365 (Daytona) is presented at the Paris Motor Show

1968      The Dino 166 F2 of Andrea De Adamich wins the Temporada Argentina

1969      Fiat becomes a Ferrari shareholder

1969      Ferrari 212 E of  Peter Schetty wins the European Hillclimb championship

1969      The Dino 246 of Chris Amon wins the Tasmania Cup

1970      Creation of the 512 S, with only 25 examples produced

1971      The 365 GT4 BB, the first rear-engined 12-cylinder Ferrari GT is unveiled at the Turin Motor Show

1972      Opening of Ferrari’s test track at Fiorano

1972      Ferrari  crowned the world sportscar champions for constructors with the P 312, with ten wins out of ten races

1973      Launch of Dino 308 GT4, equipped with an 8-cylinder V-engine

1974      Lauda wins the Spanish Grand Prix with 312 B3-74, giving Ferrari its 50th triumph in F1

1975      Lauda with the 312 T wins the Formula 1 world title

1975      Launch of the 308 GTB, the first 8-cylinder GT Berlinetta

1976      The 400 Automatic is presented at the Paris Motor Show

1977      Lauda wins his second world title with the 312 T2

1978      Gilles Villeneuve wins his first GP, that of Canada, with the 312 T3

1979      Jody Scheckter is world champion with the Ferrari 312 T4

1980      Unveiling of the Mondial 8, a four-seater with a V8 engine

1981      Gilles Villeneuve drives turbocharged F1 126 Ck to first win at Monaco

1982      The Ferrari 308 GTB of Tognana De Antoni wins the 1982 Italian Rally Championship

1983      Launch of the Mondial Cabriolet GT

1984      Ferrari surprises the Geneva Motor Show with a GTO

1984      The Ferrari Testarossa is presented at the Paris Show

1985      Geneva presents the 328 GTS

1986      Ferrari presents the 637, a single-seater destined for the CART championship that never happened

1987      The F40 is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show

1988      Enzo Ferrari dies on 14 August aged 90

1989      Nigel Mansell wins the Brazilian Grand Prix with an F1-89, equipped with steering wheel controlled gearbox

1990      Alain Prost wins the French GP giving Ferrari its 100th F1 victory

1991      Launch of the 512 TR, heir to the Testarossa

1992      The 456 GT, a new benchmark for style and elegance, is presented at the Paris Motor Show

1993      Launch of the Ferrari Challenge, the first Maranello single-make championship

1994      F512 M, the latest model produced with twelve-cylinder centrally mounted boxer engine

1995      Production begins on the F50, a true F1 road car

1996      Michael Schumacher triumphs in the Spanish Grand Prix with Ferrari

1997      Launch of the 355 F1, the first GT with electrohydraulic gearbox with F1-type steering wheel control

1998      Opening of Scuderia Ferrari’s new wind tunnel, designed by Renzo Piano.

1999      Ferrari wins F1 World constructors’ title and introduces the 360 ​​Modena

2000      Michael Schumacher is F1 world champion and the F1 2000 wins the constructors world championship

2001      Ferrari and Michael Schumacher repeat the double F1 world title

2002      The Enzo is presented in Paris and Ferrari wins 2 world titles for the 3rd consecutive year

2003      Ferrari is still the world constructors’ and drivers’ champion in the F2003-GA, dedicated to Giovanni Agnelli

2004      Ferrari sets the record of six world constructors’ titles and five consecutive world drivers’ titles in F1

2005      Launch of the Superamerica GT

2006      Start of the exclusive XX Program, extreme performance for the best customers

2007      Kimi Raikkonen and Scuderia Ferrari are world champions

2008      Scuderia Ferrari is world champion for the sixteenth time

2009      Launch of the 458 Italia, the new 8-cylinder Berlinetta

2010      Ferrari World opens to the public, the first theme park dedicated to Ferrari history

2011      Creation of the FF, the first 4WD Ferrari

2012      Unveiling of the F12 Berlinetta, a 12-cylinder car with sophisticated aerodynamics

2013      Production begins on the LaFerrari, the first hybrid in the history of the Prancing Horse

2014      Unveiling of the FXX K, the most powerful Ferrari ever produced

2015      Ferrari is listed on the New York Stock Exchange

2016      LaFerrari Aperta presented in Paris for the company’s 70th birthday

2016      Ferrari launches on the Milan Stock Exchange