It was the best of times, it was the worst of…timing, I thought as I loosened the chinstrap of my helmet and unlatched the four-point safety harness of the Ferrari 488 Pista prototype I was brought to Ferrari’s Maranello, Italy, headquarters to drive. At the time this occurred to me, I’d already attended an engineering deep-dive with the wizards that created the car, taken a factory and foundry tour to observe how Ferraris and their engines are brought to life, briefly looked at the pricey tchotchkes inside the Ferrari Store, and briefly driven the 488 Pista prototype on local roads. And, of course, I’d ingested copious amounts of life-changing pasta dishes and many, many espressos. The climax of the program, however, was lap time in the Pista – which means “track,” incidentally – at “Fiorano,” Ferrari’s renowned racetrack and proving grounds built literally in Enzo Ferrari’s back yard. This sort of experience … [Read more...] about Ferrari’s latest track special, the 488 Pista, gets ridden hard and put away wet in Maranello
Ferrari challenge stradale
A garage is a good place to store a car collection, but a public garage? (Ragaire Photography) There’s an automotive mystery in Memphis. Portrait photographer and Redditor philsebbens was poking around in an office building parking deck when he came across a surprising find. There is over a million dollars worth of cars in this photo alone. (Ragaire Photography) On the top floor, a few above what’s open to the public, he discovered over two dozen dusty classic and high performance sports cars that are worth millions of dollars combined. A 1958 Chevrolet Impala is one of a few American classics among the exotics. (Ragaire Photography) Among them are several rarities, including a couple of Ferrari Speciales, Lamborghinis and even a pretty mint-looking 1958 Chevrolet Impala. (Ragaire Photography) The lone hot rod has flames, of course. This Chevrolet Chevelle SS is pure American muscle. (Ragaire Photography) He said in a … [Read more...] about Dozens of sports cars worth millions found in public garage, but where is it?
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the largest events of its kind in the world. Bringing together car manufacturers of all sizes, it's a traditional location for significant global product launches and industry announcements, as well as a forum for the discussion of technology, regulation and the future of the automobile. While the public days run from the 8th of March to the 18th, they're preceded by two 'press days' on the 6th and 7th. It's on these two days that most of the main events take place – grand unveilings and debuts of brand new models, hitherto unseen. It takes place in the Palexpo exhibition centre in Geneva – neutral ground, especially compared to neighbouring France or Germany, as Switzerland has never really had a car industry. For more details on the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and information on how to attend, please visit our article here. Most of the planet's car brands will be there, from the tiniest specialist firms up … [Read more...] about 2018 Geneva motor show preview – your car-by-car guide to this year’s event