What are some unknown facts about Ferrari

24 things to know about Ferrari

1. Searches on Google

There are over 270 million Ferrari entries on Google. (But: Mercedes has 419 million. And “Sex” 1.7 billion.) Amazon lists 10,824 entries in Ferrari books (Mercedes: 11,077, sex: 326,993).

2. Enzo Ferrari's date of birth

Enzo Anselmo Ferrari was born on February 18, 1898 in Modena. His official date of birth is February 20th - because it was snowing so heavily, his parents Alfredo and Adalgisa, née Bisbini, could not register him until two days later.

3. The date of Enzo Ferrari's death

His death on August 14, 1988 was also not made public until two days after he passed away.

4. Enzo's sons

Enzo had an older brother, Alfredo (who died of flu in 1916, for the same reason and year as his father). He married Laura Dominica Garello in 1923, and in 1932 they gave birth to a son, Alfredo, better known as "Dino". With his lover Lina Lardi degli Adelardi, he had a second son, Piero, in 1945, whom he was only able to recognize in 1978, after the death of Laura, and who is now Vice-President of Ferrari and who owns 10 percent of the shares. After the IPO on October 23, 2015, these are worth around one billion euros.

5th Enzos 1st race

Enzo Ferrari saw his first race at the age of 10, in Bologna, won by Felice Nazzaro; at that time he decided to become a racing driver. At 13 he was able to drive himself, he contested his first race in 1919 at the wheel of a C.M.N., it was a hill climb from Parma to Poggio di Berceto: Ferrari was 4th in the class up to 3 liters. He contested a total of 47 races, but his second place at the Targa Florio 1920 is the most valuable result. "Nobody remembers who came second - and I will never be."

6. Enzo's mother

Enzo Ferrari's mother, Adalgisa, and his wife Laura hated each other. Nevertheless, Enzo bought the two of them a huge villa in Modena, half of which they lived in. By the way, Laura is said to have suffocated on a hard egg.

7. Enzo's nickname

Enzo Ferrari was later called "il commendatore", but during his time at Alfa Romeo he had a different over-name: "il drago", the dragon. He was apparently an uncomfortable boss even then. Mauro Forghieri, head designer at Ferrari for many years, once said of his boss: "As a designer he is a genius, as a person a zero."

8. Bimotors

Enzo Ferrari worked for Alfa Romeo for almost 20 years, starting in 1920 as a works driver and later as head of the racing department. The most extraordinary machine that he demanded from his engineers was the "Bimotore", one eight-cylinder compressor at the front and one at the rear, four-wheel drive, 540 hp. It worked - it didn't.

9. Enzo's 1st vehicle

© Image: Werk / AAC 815

The first vehicle designed by Enzo Ferrari came from his own company Auto Avio Costruzioni, the AAC 815 from 1940. Alberto Ascari drove the car with a 72 hp 1.5-liter in-line eight-cylinder for the first time at the Mille Miglia in 1940, but came not the goal. Two copies were produced, one still exists today.

10. The 1st Ferrari

In 1943 Ferrari moved from Modena to Maranello, with the support of Mussolini. The factory was bombed by the British in 1944 and rebuilt in 1946. The first Ferrari in 1947 was the 125S with a 1.5 liter V12 engine designed by Aurelio Lampredi.

11. The 1st Ferrari race victory

The first Ferrari race win goes to Franco Cortese's account in Rome in 1947. Alberto Ascari achieved the first international race win for Ferrari at the Swiss Grand Prix in 1949. Meanwhile, Ferrari has contested over 900 Formula 1 races (record), 16 times won the constructor's title (record), won the driver's title 15 times (record), won 223 races (record), achieved 232 fastest laps in 208 pole positions (record). Ferrari also won the Le Mans 24 Hours nine times (not a record, Porsche holds that with 17 victories).

12. Has Ferrari participated in all F1 races?

It is not true that Ferrari took part in all Formula 1 races. Ferrari was not present at the very first Grand Prix at Silverstone on May 13, 1950. On July 18, 1959, the Italians were absent from the British GP - because the drivers went on strike. In the 1960s, some overseas races had to be skipped for lack of money, and from the middle of 1973 the Ferrari team stayed at home in Maranello because they couldn't win a flower pot.

13. Enzo and the sunglasses

© Image: Julius Weitmann

The death of his son Dino in 1956 was the worst moment in Enzo Ferrari's life - and after that he never took off his sunglasses. But contrary to the popular belief that he did not treat his racers well, he did have a very close relationship with some of them. He was very close to the death of Alberto Ascari - and he hung a picture of Gilles Villeneuve, who died on May 8, 1982, next to the photo of his son Alfredo.

14. Ferrari rarely drives Ferrari

Ferrari rarely drove one of its own cars, "I can't afford it," he liked to say. To do this, he drove a motorcycle from the English brand Rudge in Modena and Maranello for decades.

15. The last victory with a front engine

Phil Hill's victory in the 1960 Italian Grand Prix in a Dino 246 was the final triumph of a front-engined formula racing car.

16. The palace revolution

The palace revolution in the autumn of 1961 was an ugly chapter. Sales manager Girolamo Gardini had a problem with Laura Ferrari, which had a great influence on Enzo and also the sales strategies. As a result, Gardini had to leave - and with him the director of prototype development, Giotto Bizzarrini, head of development Carlo Chiti, the race director Romolo Tavoni, Fausto Galasi and Enzo Selmi took their hats. Above all, Bizzarrini and Chiti were heavy losses: the two men had contributed significantly to the development of the 250 SWB and the 250 GTO - and subsequently annoyed Ferrari with strong competitors, Chiti at Alfa Romeo and Autodelta, Bizzarrini at ATS, Iso and Lamborghini .

17. And then not a Ferrarina

In 1958, Bizzarrini had designed a small four-cylinder with a 1-liter displacement. The car should have been sold as "Ferrarina", but Enzo Ferrari forbade it. As the ASA 1000 GT, the little cart with 97 hp came on the market anyway, probably 120 pieces were built. Or maybe just 52, you don't really know. But there were also racing cars with four-cylinder engines, the most famous being the 500 Mondial from 1953, which was also the first Ferrari to be dressed by Scaglietti. There were more six-cylinders, mostly under the name Dino.

18. Ferruccio Lamborghini was a good customer at Ferrari

He also owned a 250 GT which he had clutch trouble with in 1962. He kept going to Maranello, where the car then disappeared into the workshop for several hours. But the problem could never be solved to the satisfaction of Lamborghini. He then found out that Ferrari obtained his clutch from the same manufacturer as he obtained the clutch for his tractors, and not only presumed to build a more powerful variant in his Ferrari, but also to want to demonstrate it in Maranello. Enzo Ferrari, quick-tempered and proud as he was, is said to have personally told his good customer that he might be able to build tractors, but apparently he couldn't drive a car.

19. Ford almost bought Ferrari

In 1963, Ford had enough of the constant Ferrari victories at Le Mans - and at that time offered an unbelievable 18 million dollars for the entire company. But Ferrari wanted to keep control of the racing business - and so the deal did not materialize. With the help of Lola, the Americans then built the GT40, which ended the winning streak in the legendary 24-hour race in 1966. In 1969 Ferrari sold 40 percent of its company to Fiat.

20. Ferrari four-seater

There was never a real four-seater in Ferrari's model range. The company came closest to such a vehicle with the study "Pinin" by Pininfarina in 1980. But Enzo banned production.

21. An extraordinary Ferrari

© Image: Christos Kallieroix

The 1973 308 GT4 was an exceptional vehicle for Ferrari in several ways. It was the first series product from Maranello to be drawn by Bertone (Bertone one-offs were already available before). And actually the body should be made of fiberglass. But the first prototypes vibrated so much that the add-on parts flew away, so production was switched to steel at the last minute.

22. The most boring Ferrari ever

The Mondial was the successor to the 308 GT4 - and was again drawn by Pininfarina. The model built between 1980 and 1989, which initially only had 214 hp, is considered the most boring Ferrari of all time. The prices are correspondingly low.

23. The 1st Ferrari with automatic

The first Ferrari with automatic gearbox was the 400GT in 1976. 400GT Ferrari with manual gearbox are now selling twice as high as these machines. Ferrari had also introduced the semi-automatic gearshift into Formula 1, with Nigel Mansell winning the Brazilian Grand Prix in 1989 on the very first appearance.

24. The most expensive car in the world

© Image: Bonhams / Ferrari 250 GTO

The $ 38.115 million that was paid for a Ferrari 250 GTO at a Bonham’s auction in the USA in August 2014 is the official world record for an automobile. However, it is certain that at the end of the 1980s and last year over 50 million were paid for a GTO. Nice detail: The English racing driver Alain de Cadenet bought a GTO in 1966 for 2,500 pounds, drove a year of racing with it - and then sold it, in poor condition, as he himself says, for 1,500 pounds.

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