Posts Tagged ‘ferrari’

Honda NSX Prototype to Race at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 21st, 2014

Honda NSX Prototype

Every year, a plethora of high-performance cars gather at a certain British event known as the Goodwood Festival of speed. This year, the Festival is set to take place at the end of June (from the 27th to the 29th), and it’s a particularly special year for Japanese automaker and motorsports veteran, Honda. After several years of merely displaying their newest NSX Prototype at various motor shows and auto expos, this year they’re putting the pedal to the metal and racing the car at the aforementioned Festival of Speed.

For those of you who don’t know, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, known in the UK as simply the Festival of Speed or FoS for short, is performance car show and hillclimbing event. In motorsports, a hill climb is exactly that – an uphill course that driver’s race to complete in the fastest possible time. The Goodwood FoS features an intensive and world-famous 1.16 mile hillclimb that demands the best from its drivers and cars alike.

But, the FoS is more than just a race – it’s a commemoration of “legendary drivers, teams and manufacturers from around the world.” With a long history of motorsports success, obviously it’s a great event for Honda to participate in. This year, in addition to the racing NSX Prototype, Honda will also feature a “1989 3.0L NSX, once driven by Ayrton Senna himself, and a 2005 3.2L, illustrating the original model’s rich history and development.”

As for the NSX Prototype that will be making the climb, Honda has not revealed much new information that we didn’t already have. In a press release, they described how the supercar will get “an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V6 engine and it’s all-new dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels, and two motors driving the front wheels.”

These motors will use standard regenerative braking technology to maintain their power, complete with premium lithium-ion batteries. As the press release mentioned, it will get a new dual clutch transmission with “more than six gears”. We’re betting on a seven-speeder, but it could be more than that.

In short, it’s a high-tech supercar that will aim to compete with the best of the best when it officially launches in full production-spec in 2015. It’s rumored to displace either 3.5L or 3.7L, something powerful enough to compete with the likes of the BMW i8 or Porsche 911.

All in all, we can’t wait to see the inevitable videos of the Honda NSX Prototype making the intensive climb up the Goodwood FoS course. We’re sure it will be a pleasing experience in every way – both visually and audibly – so be sure to stay tuned in a couple months when the event actually takes place. Until then, thanks for reading and stay tuned tomorrow for even more Japanese car news!


Japan Car Auction Finds: Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 11th, 2013

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is the immediate predecessor to Ferrari’s groundbreaking 4WD Ferrari FF. Unlike it’s successor, it has the classic long-nosed, tapering rear GT look of preceding models.

This is an early 612 from 2006 at auction in Japan.

Ferrari 612 front

Ferrari 612 interior

Ferrari 612 rear

Ferrari 612 auction report


Japan Car Auction Finds: Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The recent launch of the McLaren MP4-12C Spider reminded me of its arch enemy, the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, that happens to share the same origami-style convertible hard top supplied to both contenders to the junior supercar crown by Webasto.

With the ability to enjoy the engine note of these cars being arguably more important than absolute performance (since there is no way to even begin to tax the abilities of these performance monsters on the public roads), the Spider models are undeniably the more logical choice. Sure they are more expensive than their coupe cousins but, frankly, at these prices customers aren’t going to be counting anyway.

And here is a magnificent example of the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider that found its way into the car auctions in Japan. Not only a grade 6 (so almost perfect condition), but also the seller has made a point of noting all the expensive options that are fitted (along with their prices).

The best part of the car? In my opinion, the rear. So I’ve left that photo until last.

And the only problem with it? It’s not red!

458 Spider Front
458 Spider inspection report
458 Spider Interior
458 Spider Rear

Japan Car Auction Finds: Ferrari 599 (2007)

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, March 8th, 2012

My heart goes out to Ferrari owners everywhere.

Why?

Well, on top of having the terrible burden of being part of not just the 1% — but of the 0.01% — they are also having to make some tough decisions.

You see, us humble peons only have to agonize about whether to upgrade our iPad to the lastest HD model for a few hundred dollars or so. And Apple only dangles new goodies in front of our noses at a rate of just once a year or so.

But these Ferrari aficionados? They have it tough.

“Should I upgrade my 612 Scaglietti for a new 4WD Ferrari FF? But what about the gorgeous 458 convertible with its trick metal roof? And I’ve got to keep room in my budget (and garage) for that long-rumored Enzo replacement near the end of 2012.”

There are so many goodies. But they cost so much… and you want them all. And, unlike the skinny iPad, you need space to park your new acquisitions.

Then the Geneva Motor Show comes round, and along comes the stunning F12 Berlinetta. Your jaw drops. You want!

So what’s Mr. Super Rich Guy going to do?

Well, something’s got to go. And that something’s the F12 Berlinetta’s capable predecessor, the 599.

And here’s just what I’m talking about. A lovely grade 5 Ferrari 599 at the car auction in Japan today.

Let’s take a look…

Ferrari 599 in a car auction in Japan

Ferrari 599 in a car auction in Japan

Ferrari 599 in a car auction in Japan

Not a lot to say about it that the photos and grading do not already tell you. Except to point out that it’s in superb condition with only minor scratches and is positively laden with factory optional extras. So if you are a little bit lower down the food chain than the Hyper Rich (perhaps just “Super Rich”), then this could be the car for you.

Want to bid on it? Well you’re a bit late as it’s going under the hammer later today in Japan. (Although you can find out how to bid at future Japanese car auctions here.)

In the meantime, why don’t you sit back, relax, and enjoy this great track video of the 599’s replacement?

(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.


Supercar Pile Up in Yamaguchi, Japan Wrecks Ferraris, Lamborghini and Mercedes

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Coming to an auto auction in Western Japan…. A bunch of wrecked Ferraris, with a smattering of crashed Mercedes and Lamborghini.

Driving with your supercar-owning buddies can be great fun – until someone makes a mistake with the resulting pile up taking out all your buddies’ cars, and then some.

The cars involved were all exceeding the 80 KM/H speed limit according to witnesses. One of the lead cars slipped on the wet road when changing lanes, plowing into the barrier before taking out following cars. A total of  14 cars were caught up in the accident, 8 of which were supercars – mainly Ferraris. I spotted an F430, a 356  and a Testarossa.

Check the video below to see if your favorite supercar was one of the unlucky winners.


Ferrari Auctions First FF in Japan To Help Earthquake Victims

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

The very first of Ferrari’s controversial new hatchback, 4WD FF model to arrive in Japan was auctioned off for charity at the Italian Embassy in Tokyo. The assembled dignitaries were probably excited to be able to get to Tokyo from their more radioactive homeland, and the car auction seems to have been a great success.

Ferrari auctions FF for earthquake victims in Japan

The FF itself was bought up by Masaharu Seno, an architect in Tokyo, and I am sure contributed the bulk of the proceeds of over $724,000. The money will be going to build a school for the children of Ishinomaki, one of the hardest hit towns in the March 11th disaster.

Source: Motor Authority


Lexus LFA, Porsche GT2 RS, F430 GT-3, Corvette ZR1 and Nissan GT-R Battle

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 20th, 2011

Great track battle between some of the fastest cars around. Unsurprisingly, the AWD and electronic gizmos on the GT-R helps it to an overall win. However, you have to wonder whether the extreme cost of the LFA was in the back of its driver’s mind as he jostled for position.

On the other hand, it is not often that you see road cars this expensive pushed quite so hard in a race. The commentary is all in Japanese, but that won’t stop you from enjoying it!

Hat tip: Autoblog


Tokyo Tax Office Ferrari California Auction Record

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

A delinquent tax payer in Tokyo is short one Ferrari California today – and the Tokyo Tax Office is laughing all the way to the bank, as the car sold for almost the same amount as it would have new – 22.81 million Yen (new price is 23 million Yen).

The Tax Office had estimated that it would made about 13.3 million Yen, and clearly way underestimated the demand for this particular model. The car was bought by a used car dealer in Chiba, near Tokyo. The price set a record for an internet public auction for an item other than real estate in Japan.

Ferrari California Auctioned by Tokyo Tax Office, Japan

Source: MSN (Japanese-language)


F150 Truck / F1 Ferrari Confusion Ended – Phew!

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Now I thought I had been pretty scathing in my original blogpost about Ford suing Ferrari over the similarity of the name of their pickup truck to Ferrari’s 2011 F1 contender. But I was positively reserved compared with Ferrari’s official statement about the settling of the lawsuit with another name change for their race car. (I have Italicized – pun intended – my favorite passages for your delectation):

It might seem like a Kafkaesque scenario, but the affair relating to the name of the car with which Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will tackle this year’s Formula 1 World Championship saw its final and decisive episode played out these past few days with the concomitant withdrawal by Ford of the summons.

Therefore common sense has prevailed. In order to avoid the slightest risk of anyone confusing a Formula 1 car with a pick-up truck, for their part, the men from Maranello have decided that the car will lose the F that precedes the number 150 and which stands for Ferrari, as it has done on numerous occasions when it’s come to giving a car a code name, be it for the race track or the road. It appears that this could have caused so much confusion in the minds of the consumer across the Pond that, at the same time as losing the F, the name will be completely Italianised, replacing the English “th” with the equivalent Italian symbol.

Therefore the name will now read as the Ferrari 150° Italia, which should make it clear even to the thickest of people that the name of the car is a tribute to the anniversary of the unification of our country. Let’s hope the matter is now definitely closed and that we can concentrate on more serious matters, namely ensuring that our car that already seems to be pretty good out of the box, becomes a real winner.

I understand that corporations are expected to defend their trademarks or else the courts could take the view in the future that the corporation in question is not really interested in having sole use of this word for its own branding purposes. Thus, Google is constantly jumping on the generic use of “google” or “googling” to mean to use a search information to look for information.

However, this is one of those instances where flimsy legal reasoning has lead to corporate humiliation and resultant damage to Ford’s brand, and is a good example of why a CEO should lead a company and not a committee of lawyers.

Now, what’s this? News just in: Ferrari is counter-suing Ford for seeking to benefit from the goodwill of the prancing pony by having a galloping horse as the symbol of its Mustang model. Ferrari is also requiring Ford to cease using the name “pony car” in reference to this model.

Just kidding… or am I? Stranger things have happened!


Japanese Car Auction Finds: Ferrari California

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, February 17th, 2011

I’m not quite sure where Ferrari is heading. While they are making some truly great, focused sports cars like the 458 Italia and 599 GTO, on the other hand they also seem to be diluting the brand with models like the 4WD hatchback-style Ferrari FF, and this “soft” Ferrari – the California.

The front of the car looks quite similar to the Maserati Gran Turismo I found in the auctions earlier this month, and that is interesting since it seems that this California model was apparently originally started as a concept for Maserati. With its folding metal roof, it was deemed to be beyond the Maserati price-point, and so Ferrari got to stick its badge on it to justify the price.

This 2009 model must be one of the first ones imported into Japan. A quick price search shows that cleaner examples than this one (grade 6 rather than 4.5) sell for about 18.5 million Yen.

Ferrari California 2009 car in the car auction in Japan

(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.