“Why Ferraris have lost their beauty” could be the topic for an entire thesis on Italian car design and automobile history, but as it happens, Gavin Green writing in Car, has put together a simple but effective piece on the new Ferrari style.
Green seems to be a real fan of Ferrari, and someone who knows them well, so we can assume he hasn’t written the piece to increase readership. Basically he says that while modern Ferrari models have maintained, and even developed if that’s possible, the pure driving style, the beauty has been lost along the way.
But as the capability has blossomed, the beauty has been besmirched. Ferraris aren’t gorgeous any more. The California has a fat arse. The 612 is fussy and ill-proportioned. The Enzo is more bug than bird. Even the F430 lacks the visual grace and profile poetry of the old F355, the last lovely Ferrari.
This superb meet of Supercars, in occasion of a track test at the Nurburgring certainly says something about the current panorama of the supercar sector: three of the four cars are no longer in production and, in theory, are waiting for the heirs to take their place. The Porsche Carrera GT, Ferrari Enzo and Maserati MC12 are still considered benchmarks for their brands, and in this video (in German) they challenge the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport.
Unfortunately I don’t speak German (but if anyone does, feel free to help us out with a translation!), so I can’t give you the final conclusions, which appears to be something intriguing about the Maserati. But if you want to see some high speed supercar driving and a nice comparison of the different styles up close, this is a good video.
After Bugatti, Ferrari has fallen victim to the online world and its intricate system of knowledge sharing and leaking, with details released about a new model, which has provided us with some juicy news on the FX70.
If this isn’t a sophisticated attempt at viral marketing, a document leaked from the company reveals some details of the Enzo. Take a deep breath because it goes like this: an alluminium V8 engine, carbon fibre body, twin-clutch, seven-speed shift with gear change time at only 50 milliseconds.