Enzo Ferrari - Il Commendatore
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“If you can dream it, you can do it”. These were the charismatic words spoken by Enzo “Il Commendatore” Ferrari. His love for racing and determination to make cars which symbolised his vision had transformed this brand into one which is now revered the world over.
Ferrari, also known as the prancing horse, have continued to re-define style, performance and elegance ever since their inception way back in 1947. It was at this time Ferrari were starting to develop a strong reputation from their performances in motorsport as they were able to boast wins in Italy before conquering major championships such as F1, Le Mans and more which enabled them to break into major markets such as the USA and the rest of Europe.
Buoyed by their unwavering founder, Ferrari would go onto creating cars which have become timeless classics and helped to cement them as one of the most famous car manufacturers in the world.
After reading through the iconic story of Ferrari, we at William George and Co. set ourselves a challenge. What are the top 5 Ferraris ever made? Like all works of Art, the only thing that can be done is explain what draws you to it. Here are our Top 5 Ferraris of all time.
1) Ferrari F40
When Ferrari attempt to make a supercar, you can be guaranteed a few things.
- You will get excited.
- They will throw everything at it.
- It will be difficult to find someone who wouldn’t want to be inside one.
- You’ll be able to feel the history of Ferrari when you’re inside of one.
The F40 is iconic not only because it was able to go 200mph, not only because it was the final Ferrari approved by Enzo Ferrari, not only because they did not worry too much about how it looked or how comfortable it was but because it could move like nothing a previous Ferrari could offer.
What could it do?
A 2.9L Twin-turbocharged V8 engine churning out 471 horsepower at 7,000 RPM can do a lot.
What sets this car apart is the fact that Ferrari wanted a car which could make a statement.
They brought the weight down and even went as far as installing plastic windows – the goal was speed. This is where the F40 starts entering supercar territory as its sole purpose is to see how fast it can go. Ferrari debuted this car to extreme fanfare and production numbers far surpassed their estimates and ours.
2) Ferrari Enzo
The Ferrari Enzo was an important car. It was a new addition to the Ferrari supercar family which at the time comprised itself of the GTO, F40 and the F50.
The Ferrari Enzo featured some of the latest technology which could be transferred to a road-car which produced some monstrous results.
A 6L V12 Engine churning out 660 horsepower. It can do ¼ of a mile in 11 seconds – yes 11 seconds and has a top speed of around 218mph.
The car was so remarkable that Ferrari named it after Il Commendatore himself – Enzo Ferrari.
3) Ferrari 458
The Ferrari 458 is the successor to the F430 Which is part of a history dating back to the Dino. This means that the 458 had a lot to answer to. The reason why the 458 is on this list is due to how it elegantly blends speed, design and performance.
The 458 was able to propel Ferrari into a new arena due to how sophisticated the car is and how it differs from its rivals such as the McLaren 12C and the Lamborghini Gallardo.
The 458 introduced a brand-new set of systems and controls which created an irresistible drive for the driver. This was compounded by the 4.5L V8 engine which produced 562bhp and had a top speed of 202 mph.
4) Ferrari Testarossa
The Ferrari Testarossa was a landmark vehicle at the time it was introduced to the world. It featured a V12 engine producing 385 horsepower and had a top speed of 180mph.
However, this is not the only thing which made the Testarossa what it is. Could this car look anymore 80s? Not just because it was in the third season of Miami vice and a lead vehicle on Sega’s Outrun game. The classic front end equipped with some striking side strakes made this car an easy inclusion into our list.
The boldness of the car, along with its sheer speed and how the V12 engine would later be used in future icons such as the F50, Enzo and the LaFerrari helps to illustrate its place in the Ferrari family.
5) Ferrari 250 GTO
This car symbolised the values that Ferrari prides itself on which is performance and styling.
A V12 engine was given to this car along with research aided by a wind tunnel. This is why the car has its intoxicating lines. The GTO earned the nickname of ‘Il Monstro’ (The Monster) through its dominance in its racing categories which yielded wins in Le Mans, Goodwood, tour de France, Targa Florio to name a few.
These were the Ferraris which William George & Co. deemed to be included in our all-time top-5.
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