Posts Tagged ‘ferrari’

Hello! It’s been way too long since my last update on this here blog, and for that I am eternally apologetic.  Here’s something pretty to look at:

The Ferrari 458 - quite the looker...

To be honest, I have no truly valid excuse to give as to why I have been so slack.  Without wanting to go into too much detail, my life has been pretty crazy of late.  What with relocations and job-hunting, I’ve only recently found myself settling down a little bit.

Now that I have the time and energy to devote back into my writing, I think it’s about high time that I get things rolling with this blog again.  I have some plans for growth and expansion in the future, and yet again I want to encourage you, the readers, to get involved.  The glory of using a platform such as this is that it really allows us to create a community, and I can hardly think of anything more Utopian than a car-loving community.

On that note, you can look forward to more news, fun, eye-candy and opinion pieces, as well as input from new contributors.  In short, I’m talking about progress.  MADmotoring is back, come ride with us…

A head-on collision involving a Ferrari 456 was caught on CCTV in Buenos Aires last week.  After having lost control, the supercar swung sideways across the road directly into an oncoming VW Gol.

Reports have said that the Ferrari driver didn’t sustain any major injuries, but more importantly the driver of the VW Gol survived and escaped with several broken bones and other minor injuries.

Here’s the video:

Source: Autoblog UK

Yesterday, McLaren set their latest machine out to lay down some new performance benchmarks.  Engineers at Ferrari and Lamborghini will not be happy.   The new supercar is even faster than the iconic F1.

The 12C does 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.1 seconds with the optional performance tyre pack, and reaches 124mph (200km/h) in 8.9 seconds – half a second quicker than the F1.

The F1 was capable of a top speed of 243mph (392km/h), whereas the 12C is tops out at 205mph (329km/h), so the 90s classic still holds onto that at least, but considering the 12C costs less than half of what the F1 did when first released leads me to believe that not too many people are going to mind the top speed difference.

The 12C has the Ferrari 458 Italia square in its sights, and when you compare the two cars, you can see that the McLaren definitely has the edge.  The 12C sports a twin turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine that develops 595bhp at 7,000rpm; whereas the Italia puts out 570bhp at 9,000rpm from its 4.5-litre V8.

The 12C also happens to weigh 50kg lighter than the Ferrari at 1,434kg, which means it has a power-to-weight ratio of 455bhp per ton – beating the Italia again.

The braking power behind the 12C is also impressive: 62mph (100kn/h) to 0 in just 100ft (62 metres).

Epic right?  Watch the video and leave a comment…

Source: Autoblog UK

Ferrari F150... Bellissimo, no?

I’m sure that you massive fans of motorsport are already probably aware of this, but just in case you may have missed it, you should click on this link.

Why?  Well, you know how usually Formula 1 teams will go out of their way to find the most exotic locations to introduce their latest machines to the world?  Ferrari opted to do things a little differently this time round, launching their latest creation, the F150, online.  On the website you can find details and images of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa’s new company cars.

The F150 is named after the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, which is why you can find an Italian flag motif on the outside of its rear wing.  The rear wing, as a result of a rule change put in place for 2011, is now a movable item and it is hoped that this will create more overtaking opportunities.

The car uses the same 056 2.4-litre V8 engine that has been employed for the past few seasons.  2011’s new regulations have placed a ban on the blown and double diffusers, as well as the F-duct that was pioneered by McLaren.

 

Source: Car Mag SA