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Ferrari Portofino with 720hp by Mansory Revealed

Mansory has revealed their take on the Ferrari Portofino, giving it their usual dose of forged carbon fiber parts as well as increased power outout. The full electric ‘retractable hard top’ (RHT) has been finished completely in dark forged carbon for the first time but the functions remain untouched.

Additional lightweight body components made of dark forged carbon have also been used on the exterior features including the front and rear apron, the side skirts, the side flaps, the rear spoiler and on all the air outlets in the bonnets and side wings.

The vehicle features a standard output of 620hp, 760Nm torque and the acceleration from 0-100km/h is achieved in 3.45seconds. After an overhaul of the engine management and exhaust system conversion, the V8 engine is now capable of generating a maximum output of 720hp and 890Nm of torque. The acceleration from 0-100km/h has been reduced to 3.0 seconds.

This Ferrari Portofino has also been fitted with a set of modified YT.5 wheels and high-performance tyres. The wheels are in dimensions 9×21 with 245/330 21 (VA) on the front axle and 11.5x 22 with 305/25 22 (HA) on the rear axle. The YT.5 wheels have been used on the F8XX for the first time on the Mansory programme but will be available for all Ferrari models from this year.

Inside the vehicle, the interior has been designed and finished in fine smooth black leather and almost all the seams and control buttons are finished in yellow. The interior also features a sports leather steering wheel, floor mats with yellow edges and several embroidered logos. The three buttons on the dual-clutch gearbox consists of the color Green, White and Red, the colors reflect those on the Italian national flag.

Ferrari 812 VS to be Limited to 999 Coupes and 499 Spiders

Production of the Ferrari 812 model range is coming to an end, traditionally Ferrari closes the books on their series models with a special edition. The 360 had a Challenge Stradale, the F430 had the 430 Scuderia, the 599 had a GTO and the SA Aperta, the F12 had the TDF while the 458 and 488 had the Speciale and Pista respectively.

The 812 Superfast and GTS are series models albeit the latter is limited by production time. Now in the final stages of testing, a new special edition known as the VS – will be revealed in coming weeks, it’s based on the 812. We understand Ferrari had some issues with permits on this new model and that it should have debuted a few weeks ago.

Dubbed the “Versione Speciale” or simply “VS”, this will be the last – and truly – naturally aspirated V12 model from Ferrari. The successor will likely adopt a mild hybrid setup in order to beat tighter emission rules. Lamborghini has already demonstrated that with the Sian where they use the same 48v e-motor found on cars like the E53 AMG but instead of storing the power in batteries, they store it in supercapacitors.

As for the numbers, Ferrari plans to produce only 899 VS coupes and 499 Spiders. That’s a bit higher than the 799 units of the F12tdf – but Ferrari is now a public company and the more money they can make the better it is for investors. Low production numbers will however still be allocated to special convertibles or Icona Series models. We expect the price to settle above the SF90 Spider’s which starts at around 390k Euros excluding taxes, that means somewhere between 400-450k euros.

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Finali Mondiali Ferrari 2020 Rewind

Ferrari World Finals 2020 finally went down after the postponement back in November 20 due to lockdown restrictions in Italy. The event took place at the Misano circuit behind closed doors. Ferrari Challenge race drivers could finally compete in the last race of the season and seal the victory for the Coppa Shell and Trofeo Pirelli championships.

Finale Mondiale Trofeo Pirelli

The World Champions of the Trofeo Pirelli and Pirelli AM 2020 were Florian Merckx and Han Sikkens (HR Owen) respectively. 30 minutes of racing was not enough to decide the winner of the elite class: after scrutineering race stewards decided to disqualify the car belonging to Thomas Neubauer (Charles Pozzi – Courage) for technical irregularities, in spite of the car having commanded the race throughout.

Following the disqualification of the Frenchman, the title was awarded to Merckx, second past the chequered flag, while Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) and Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari of Westlake) occupied the remaining two steps on the podium. Neubauer’s appeal makes the ranking sub judice pending the result of the appeal.

In the AM class, after a complicated start, pole-sitter Frederik Paulsen (Formula Racing) was forced to retire as was Matús Vyboh (Scuderia Praha), who looked like a contender on the eve of the race. Likewise, Christian Brunsborg (Formula Racing) was sanctioned with a drive-through, effectively ruling out any title aspirations despite the fastest lap of the category. After a long series of overtaking and counter manoeuvres Sikkens took a decisive lead and went on to become the champion; behind him was Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa), while John Dhillon (Graypaul Nottingham) finished third.

Finale Mondiale Coppa Shell

Roger Grouwels and Michael Simoncic (Baron Motorsport) are the new 2020 Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell AM World Champions. The race got underway with a fierce tussle between Ernst Kirchmayr (Baron Motorsport) and Grouwels, who managed to pull off a perfect overtaking manoeuvre at turn 8 to slip past his rival. In AM class, a troubled start from “Boris Gideon” (Formula Racing), saw him drop down the class order to third place behind Simoncic and “Alex Fox” (SF Grand Est Mulhouse).

The leading three then began to edge away: Grouwels set a fine pace and went on to clinch both the victory and a fastest lap of 1:37.135 ahead of Kirchmayr and Axel Sartingen (Lueg Sportivo). Meanwhile, among the AM class competitors, Simoncic took the top honours ahead of “Alex Fox” and Miroslav Výboh (Scuderia Praha), who produced an astonishing overtaking move on the final lap to outstrip Willem Van Der Vorm (Scuderia Monte-Carlo) hampered by damage to the car due to an earlier collision.

Corse Clienti

Naturally, between one race and another the XX Programme and F1 Clienti shakedown took place. This year, this part of the event was held in a reduced format but nonetheless a few FXXK EVO and 599 XX entertained the circuit with their screaming v12 and terrific performances. Old school F1 lovers were pleased as well with the presence of an F2007 and an F2008 that were raced by Kimi Räikkönen and brought two World Constructors’ titles to Maranello.

As tradition dictates, the long racing weekend concluded with the “Ferrari show”, this time unfortunately it was a pleasure available for the selected few that could attend the event. The show opened with several laps from the range of Prancing Horse covered-wheel racing models, namely the 488 GTE and the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 which raced in the FIA WEC and GT World Challenge Europe series, as well as the two #51 and #52 488 GTEs set to compete in the world championship.

At the wheels were a group of official Competizioni GT drivers, James Calado, Daniel Serra, Nicklas Nielsen and Alessandro Pier Guidi. It then came the turn of the Formula 1 single-seaters with Davide Rigon, Andrea Bertolini, Giancarlo Fisichella and Olivier Beretta driving four F60s, letting rip with their roaring V8s over a series of thrilling fast laps.

Next came the entrance of the 488 GT Modificata on the track, due to take part in Club Competizioni GT events – a car built for sheer driving pleasure and one unimpeded by any championship limitations and thus able to really bring out the best of the 488 GTE and 488 GT3 Evo 2020. The show concluded with a group photo of the official drivers from Ferrari Attività Sportive GT, Ferrari Challenge and the Competizioni GT teams with the cars lined up on the circuit.

Words and Photos by Yaron Esposito
Instagram: @Aaronandcars

Novitec Reveals 840hp Ferrari 812 GTS

Novitec’s Ferrari 812 GTS is here after extensive alterations including aerodynamic enhancement in naked carbon, customised high-tech forged wheels,high-performance exhaust system, customized interior and a power upgrade.

They went for naked carbon as opposed to the regular gloss finished carbon, giving the 812 GTS a sportier appearance. Aero parts went through wind tunnel testing which helps to optimize the handling and stability of the car. The upgrade of the front lip spoiler minimizes the front axle lift and also improves the stability of the car during high speeds.

Novitec is currently working on a performance upgrade for the 6.5L V12 engine. A performance exhaust and sports catalysts were enough to increase the power output to 840hp at 8,750 rpm, while the torque increased to 751Nm at 7,300 rpm. The acceleration from 0-100 km/h now takes 2.8 seconds while the top speed shoots to 345km/h.

The Ferrari 812 GTS is equipped with forged wheels specifically made for the 812 model and three tailor-made wheel/tire combinations for the front and rear axle. All forged wheels are available in a variety of colors and three different surface finishes, standard,brushed or polished. The pictured 812 GTS is fitted with Novitec NF 10 wheels of sizes 10Jx21 and high-performance tires of size 275/30 ZR 21 at the front and 12.5J2x22 wheels with 335/25 ZR tires at the rear.

The height of the Ferrari can be lowered to 35mm by Novitec sport springs making the handling even more agile. The front end can rise up to 4cm by a touch of a button and lower automatically at speeds exceeding 80km/h.

The high-performance exhaust system offers optimized performance and can be combined with 110 mm tailpipes which are adapted to fit the rear. The exhaust system is available with or without sound management by active exhaust flap control and can be finished with 999 fine gold plating for optimized heat distribution.

The company also offers exclusive features for the cockpit including Alcantara leather seats in any colour.

Ferrari 488 GT Modificata: Limited Track Only Car for Ferrari Collectors

Built around the 488 GTE and the GT3, the new Ferrari 488 GT Modificata is a track only racecar for the members of the exclusive Ferrari Corse Clienti program. The 488 GT Modificata will be admitted to the Club Competizioni GT, this club includes elites such as the F40 Competizione and more. It’s purely made of carbon fiber just like the 488 GTE.

Purified around the Nurburgring, the new Ferrari 488 GT Modificata gets all the good attributes from the GT3 and GTE models. The suspension is borrowed from the 488 GTE, an ABS system from the 488 GT3 Evo and a myriad of extra equipment from top industry suppliers including Bosch and Brembo. All in all, this is a 700hp racer that gives the best of both worlds – that is GT racing and WEC.

Ferrari 488 GT Modificata rear

Ferrari 488 GT Modificata engine

Ferrari 488 GT Modificata interior

Ferrari F8 Spider Review – Roofless Driving Perfection

It is 9.30 sharp when I walk through the gates of the Ferrari factory in an eerily quiet Maranello. In one of the two parking spots in front of the iconic factory building a Giallo Modena yellow Ferrari F8 Spider is waiting for me. Following one of the quickest and easiest test car handovers in years I’m out through the gate as fast as I came in. 

The Ferrari F8 Spider is the successor to the 488 Spider launched in late 2015. The 3.9 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine internally known as F154CD delivers the same output as the 2018 488 Pista Spider. While delivering 720hp and 770Nm of torque the F8 Spider can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 8.2 seconds and continue to accelerate until the top speed of 340 km/h. Weighing in at just 1,400 kilograms the F8 has a power-to-weight ratio of less than 2 kg per hp. It is the most powerful and possibly last non-hybrid Ferrari V8 produced to date. 

Ferrari F8 Spider

Despite my test drive taking place at the beginning of November the sky is blue and the outside temperature already passed 15 degrees this morning. So it is time to drop the folding hardtop by pressing the button in the center console. In around 14 seconds the roof drops down and this can be done up to speeds of 45 km/h. One of my favorite features of this kind of roof is the small rear window you can open while the roof is up; it keeps the wind noise out but let’s all the beautiful tunes of the mid-engined V8 in. 

Design-wise the new F8 Tributo and F8 Spider continue in the footsteps of the stunning and incredibly sexy Pista. The S-Duct dominates the front of the car and the new side intakes and slimmer, longer LED lights give the front a wider and more aggressive appearance. The large air intakes are moved slightly further back to improve the airflow to the engine. The sideskirts taper outwards towards the rear wheel. It is a part of the car you will want to clean after every drive as they seem to catch a lot of dirt coming from the front wheels and seemingly the only part where form and function don’t go hand in hand. 

Ferrari F8 Spider front

For the first time since the F430 quad tail lights returned. Photos don’t do justice to the level of depth these LED lights provide in real life. The lower part of the rear is very similar to the Pista with a wide diffuser and two large exhaust pipes. Being a spider the engine is hidden mostly below the foldable hard top. 

Ferrari F8 Spider LED Rear Lights

The quality of the design continues beyond what you can see on first glimpse. Under the front bonnet beautifully sculptured carbon covers the inside around the actual trunk. It is details like this that set Ferrari apart from the competition. 

Ferrari F8 Spider Front bonnet luggage space

The inside of the F8 Spider is dominated by leather and carbon fibre. The carbon fibre racing seats are a perfect fit. And although the convertible has slightly less space than the F8 Tributo there is enough space to sit comfortably even for taller people. Being 1,90m tall myself I struggle to sit well in many mid-engined sports cars but in the F8 Spider I had no issues at all. This also thanks to the extremely low and elegant center console that provides both excellent leg space as well as a general sense of space. 

Ferrari F8 Spider Interior with Carbon Racing Seats

Ferrari’s have always been extremely driver oriented and the F8 Spider makes no exception. All vital controls are located directly on the steering wheel; including indicators (takes some getting used too), big beam, engine start / stop, dampers, voice control and phone, wipers and last but not least the Manettino which allows quick and uncomplicated change of drive programs from Wet and Sport to Race, TC off and finally ESP off. 

Ferrari F8 Spider HMI Passenger display

Unlike most other new cars the only touch screen is solely for the passenger. The driver can control everything by the touch of a button and I wish more manufacturers would follow this example. Key driver information is displayed only on two displays on either side of the rev counter. 

Ferrari F8 Spider Des

Time to find out what it is like to drive the F8 Spider. Normally I head South from Maranello straight into the mountains but this time I want to go East and find some new locations. The first part of the journey takes me via the truck heavy SP467 with its dense traffic and destroyed road surface. Not ideal for a 720hp V8 supercar but with the soft damper setting the F8 copes well. 

Ferrari F8 Spider

Leaving the main road and the traffic behind me as I head into the hills I can let the engine howl a bit more. The V8 packs an incredible punch and presses me firmly into my seat as I sprint from bend to bend on the first empty mountain road. The audible drama is not quite as it used to be but this is mainly due to the EU and their emissions (OPF) and sound restrictions that Ferrari has to comply with.

What is remarkable is the balance and predictability; the throttle, braking and steering are all equally easy to dose and give you a perfect sense of control. This makes that the Ferrari F8 Spider doesn’t feel like a 720hp supercar, and all the glitches that normally come with it, when you are cruising in town or in traffic but as soon as you find that perfect bit of road or hit the track it morphs into a breathtaking razor sharp machine within a split second.

Ferrari F8 Spider roof down

By chance we find a mountain road with sunlight peeking through the trees for our photographer Philipp Rupprecht to work his magic on the Ferrari F8 Spider. 

2021 Ferrari F8 Spider Rear

Ferrari F8 Spider

Ferrari F8 Spider GTspirit 86

On the second part of my journey the roads straighten and are much smoother, yet the F8 is so incredibly fast that it is hard to enjoy the full potential on any public road. From an engineering perspective we live in incredible times that you have to take a mid-engined convertible on track to utilize it to its maximum. Nonetheless I can think of few things more enjoyable than driving through the Italian hills with a prancing horse while the wind rushes through my hair.  

Ferrari F8 Spider GTspirit 91

A day with a Ferrari is always too short. If it wasn’t just for the experience itself, it is for the wonderful things that just happen when you travel through Italy in such a car. A restaurant owner obliging you to park on the no-parking space directly in front of his locale, to kids smiling from ear to ear when they see the car.   

Ferrari F8 Spider Giallo Modena Yellow

After returning the Ferrari F8 Spider at the same place where I picked it up this morning it is time to reflect. The F8 Spider is incredibly close to automotive perfection. Stunning design paired with a driver-oriented cockpit without touch screens which is a relief for true drivers. The available performance is more than sufficient in all situations except maybe at a hypercar trackday. All of my comments sound like whining at the highest level, only the lack of volume in the soundtrack is something that impacts the otherwise perfect score.

Ferrari Portofino M: Technical Facelift for Italian Droptop

The Ferrari Portofino M has emerged from the Italian supercar giant today. The facelift evolves the entry-level Ferrari droptop to keep it honest.

The Portofino was first released back in 2017, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Given that the recent Ferrari Roma shares its platform, it was inevitable that the droptop would receive a mid-life facelift.

Ferrari Portofino M: Highlights

Ferrari Portofino M Side

The key statistics for the Ferrari Portofino M facelift include:

– The ‘M’ stands for ‘Modificata’
– Ferrari have uprated the 3.9 litre V8 to produce 620 hp
– A particulate filter has been fitted to meet the upcoming Euro 6d emissions regulations
– A new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox replaces the old seven-speed box

Ferrari Portofino M: Engine and Chassis

Ferrari Portofino M Rear

The modifications to the Ferrari Portifino M (which stands for ‘Modificata’) are most noticeable under the bonnet.

The Portofino gets a 3.9 litre V8 uprated to 620 hp, from 600 hp. Torque is now rated at 760 Nm.

The power is routed through a new 8-speed gearbox, developed from the SF90 Stradale’s gearbox. Both are based on a dual-clutch oil bath architecture but the Portofino M uses longer gear ratios and a mechanical reverse gear.

The power is released through new cam profiles which increase valve lift and optimise the flow of fuel into the combustion chamber. A new speed sensor in the turbine housing allows the turbine to achieve 5,000 rpm.

The trade off is that a Gasoline Particulate Filter has now been fitted to comply with incoming legislation.

It should still carry its trademark Ferrari soundtrack thanks to the retained flat-plane crankshaft and a new exhaust system. In addition, both rear silencers have been removed.

The sixth-generation Side Slip Control (SSC) makes its debut in the Portofino M. It incorporates the (deep-breath…) E-Diff, F1-TCS, SCM-E Frs and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE).

Ferrari Portofino M: Exterior

Ferrari Portofino M Front

The external changes are minimal. They extend to a new grille design, aluminium slats with contrasting faceted tips. This sits in the middle of two larger side intakes.

At the rear, the removal of the rear silencers makes the rear less bulky. The rear diffuser has been completely redesigned and is now separate to the bumpers. The wheels are exclusive to the Ferrari Portofino M.

Ferrari Portofino M: Interior

Ferrari Portofino M Interior

Aside from the addition of an M to the interior badging, there is little to show for the facelift inside the cockpit.

The centre-piece of the MMI system remains a 10.25” touchscreen. The passenger can also have an optional 7” colour full HD and Full Touch display.

Ferrari Roma: New V8 Coupe Revealed with 620hp

The covers have been lifted from the latest Ferrari Coupe. The Ferrari Roma packs a V8 under the front bonnet with a 2+2 setup. Designed with a simplistic, 50’s style, the Roma was revealed this evening at a Ferrari client event in Rome!

The release is not quite complete. Ferrari is teasing us with details of the powertrain and photos of the exterior. There is little else by way of detail though. A message on the company website suggests that this will be revealed at 13:30 CET tomorrow. The photos appear to be CGI renders.


Ferrari Roma Side

Despite its classic design cues, the Ferrari Roma is a modern front-engined GT car. The engine is mounted as far back as possible such that Ferrari describes it as “mid-front-engined”. It has a shorter front bonnet as a result, with short overhangs.

In contrast to some of Ferrari’s more fussy, aerodynamic designs, the Ferrari Roma gets a more minimalist design. The front features a sharp front nose with a futuristic front air intake and a prominent lip spoiler. The headlights are split by a daytime running light. The nose is extremely low, probably made possible by mounting the engine so far back.

Moving along the side. The Ferrari Roma features a side shape similar to that of the classic Ferrari 612. The resemblance is accentuated by a small circular side reflector mounted behind the front wheel. The doors get recessed door handles, similar in style to the Jaguar F-Type.

Towards the rear, a styling line crosses the entire length with narrow quad taillights. The bumper gets a set of quad tailpipes and a deep rear diffuser. All in, the design is classic and unpretentious.


Ferrari Roma Rear

The detail we do have include the powertrain. It uses Ferrari’s 3.9-litre V8 power plant. Fitted with twin-turbochargers, it produces 620 hp and 760 Nm of torque. It’s enough for a 3.4 second 100 km/h sprint, a 9.3 second 200 km/h sprint and a 320 km/h top speed.

Tipping the scales at 1,472 kg, it weighs slightly more than the Aston Martin Vantage but less than cars like the Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar F-Type SVR. The power is coupled to a new 8-speed DCT gearbox which will also be used in the Ferrari SF 90 Stradale.

Ultimately, the Roma is a re-worked version of the Portifino, fitted with a fixed roof and updated styling.


Ferrari Roma

There is only one photo of the interior which shows a tightly packaged interior with a high centre console. A display handles most of the inputs for the air conditioning and comfort settings with a number of conventional switches retained below.

The passenger seat gets a display incorporated into the dashboard. On the driver’s side, the steering wheel includes the trademark Ferrari manettino dial. The dashboard is an up to date digital display.


Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Without an idea on pricing, it looks as though the Roma is designed to compete at the lower end of the market with cars like the Aston Martin Vantage, Porsche 911 Turbo and Mercedes-AMG GT R.

We know that Bentley is working on something which might also give the Ferrari a run for its money. Maserati is known to have something in the pipeline, perhaps taking inspiration from the Roma.