A Look At Ferrari

Fast cars are certainly exciting, but fast cars with a sleek body style and purring engine command a new level of respect and awe on the road. For years, car companies worldwide have been competing for the most anticipated car release of the year, and in 2012, Ferrari has car lovers on pins and needles for the release of the new Ferrari FF (FF stands for Ferrari Four). The 2012 model comes with a staggering price tag, starting at $300,000 for the two-door, four seater, which features an impressive 12 cylinder engine.

Based in Maranello, Italy, Ferrari has become a symbol of all things fast, sleek, and envied. The company was founded in 1929 by Enzo Ferrari and originally began with sponsoring drivers and manufactured race cars before it evolved into a street car producing company. It’s first street-legal vehicle was produced in 1947, the 125 S.  Under the hood was a V12 engine which produced 118 hp, with a compression ratio of 9:5:1, which, when combined with a supercharger, could be bumped up to about 230 hp. It’s top speed was 210km/hr, which is roughly 130.5 mph, which was quite a feat in the late 1940s! The car had a five-speed transmission and a fuel tank with 27 liter capacity, or about 19 gallons.

As we anxiously await the official release of the 2012 Ferrari FF, it is nice to look back at where the company started. The new version, which packs a huge punch at 600 hp, a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of about 208 mph. It boasts a 7-speed transmission, and the roof has been extended to accommodate adults in the back bucket seats- tan leather, just like the front.

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