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Ferrari N.V. represents one of the most famous luxury sportscar manufacturers on the Globe, with headquarters in Maranello, Italy. Ferrari was founded by Enzo Ferrari on Alfa Romeo’s race platform.
Even though the first car was built in 1940, the actual start of the company is considered to be in 1947, when the first Ferrari branded prototype went out the factory gates. The car was named Ferrari 125 S and was powered by a 1.5-liter V12 engine.
In 1960 Ferrari was converted into a publicly listed corporation and almost a decade later, Fiat bought a majority share, greatly boosting available funds and consequently, the production line of the prancing horse.
The iconic Ferrari F40 was launched in 1988 under the close supervision of Enzo Ferrari, also the last model to be launched before his death. Between 2002 and 2004 Ferrari engineered and sold the Ferrari Enzo, the fastest production model of the company at the time, also designed as homage to the founder.
The Italian brand has a very strong presence in motorsport industry right from its beginning. Ferrari cars competed in a wide range of Formula competitions, its strongest presence being in Formula 1. The first racing car to be designed by Enzo Ferrari and released on the track was the AAC 815. The first victory of a Scuderia Ferrari-badged car was obtained by Jose Froilan Gonzales during the 1951 British Grand prix.
The legacy of Ferrari’s wins in Formula 1 extends over half a century, with prizes won since 1952 and culminating in the early 2000s with 5 consecutive championship wins between 2000 and 2004.
Modern models released by Ferrari include the 488 GTB and Spider, featuring twin-turbocharged V8 engines, the Portofino grand tourer and the 812 Superfast Grand Tourer with a V12 engine. Track-only cars include the LaFerrari Hypercar with a V12 engine and F1-inspired KERS technology. Various concept cars have been presented at Auto Shows across time as well.
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