Sports Prototype and GT Competition cars

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1946 125 S
The first ever car built by the Prancing Horse was the 125 S: a racing car sporting a 12-cylinder engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. Franco Cortese drove it in its largely uninspired maiden outing at the Piacenza Circuit in early May 1947. However, just a short time later, on May 15th, the same Cortese gave Ferrari its first victory in the Rome GP at the Terme di Caracalla. Just three 125 Ss were ever built and all were destroyed. However, to mark its 40th anniversary, the Company built a replica using the original designs. It is now on display at Museo Ferrari.

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1953 166 MM Vignale
As coupé version of the “barchetta” realized by Ferrari with the aim to participate into the Mille Miglia competitions, the Ferrari 166 MM was designed by the most important designer of the time, thanks to the many victories of the Prancing Horse House in Italy, Europe and America. The chassis on display, for example, is one of the few exemplars designed by Vignale in the period 1951-53.

1962 250 GTO and 250 GTO ’64
Probably the most famous of all Ferrari cars, the 250 GTO was built for races from 1962 to 1964. With just 36 vehicles produced, all of which are still running, the 250 GTO ruled on the track and on the road, winning three GT Constructors International Championships. GTO stands for the category it raced in: in order to compete, a minimum of 100 vehicles had to be built in a year. When the Federation granted homologation as an evolution of the short-wheelbase 250 GT, it automatically became the 250 GTO, i.e., the homologated GT (GT Omologata). It proved to be invincible with its 2953 cm³ V12 engine, an evolution of the “Colombo project”. It featured 300 hp, high torque even at a low rpm and 5-speed transmission, which represented a major innovation for the period. Another two key factors that contributed to the success of the 250 GTO were its light dry weight of just 880 kg and its superior agility. Today its value has rocketed to over USD 20 million.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GT “The Breadvan”
The Breadvan’s story is a very interesting one. This berlinetta is extreme both in terms of its forms and its technical content. It was commissioned by the Count Volpi di Misurata to compete against the 250 GTO. Developed by Giotto Bizzarini and Piero Drogo on the same running gear as the 250 SWB, the car looked more like a racing van than a racing car, as its square shape was the result of experimental aerodynamic styling. It was quickly dubbed the “Breadvan” by the British Press. Fast but unblessed by fortune, it raced several times including Le Mans. However, Enzo Ferrari was against it because he would tolerate no rivals for his unbeatable 250 GTO. In 2010, Ferrari awarded the Breadvan the Attestation for Vehicles of Historic Interest, a document issued for Ferraris which, although do not comply with the strict Ferrari Authentication criteria, are deemed to be of historic interest thanks to their competition and/or recognised international show history. The Breadvan is probably the most iconic example of this kind of car.

1963 Ferrari 250 LM Stradale
Presented at the Paris Motor Show in October 1963, this was the berlinetta version of the 250 P prototype, sharing the same chassis and running gear with just minor modifications. The FIA’s refusal to homologate it as a GT car damaged its sales potential and the decision forced the car to compete with true prototypes, thus decreasing its chances of victory. On the other hand, it did extend the life of the 250 GTO on the racing circuits.

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1986 GTO Evoluzione
The amazing commercial success of the GTO immediately highlights the possibilities that a road model with a strong sports personality can offer. This was the start of what went on to become the F40. The GTO Evoluzione has never raced and has remained a prototype.

1989 F40 Competizione LM
The design characteristics of the F40 represent a natural opportunity for development of a racing model. Ferrari importers, who had traditionally participated in endurance races over the years, find a solution to this need in the model developed by the specialist Michelotto, who had already made significant contributions to Ferrari including development of the 365 GTB4 Competizione for Rally racing. The car was created in 1989, but development continued until the end of the 1990s with record results.

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1994 Ferrari F333 SP
The F333 SP marked Ferrari’s return to what was once known as sports-prototype racing, a category in which Ferrari built much of its reputation. Tangible proof of the Company’s renewed determination to enable customers to race their own cars, this sports-prototype disputed its first races in the American IMSA Championship. The powerful V12 engine and the sophisticated chassis allowed the car to enjoy a long career, notching up successes on racing circuits all around the world.

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2005 FXX
The FXX is the fruit of Ferrari’s know-how in building special limited-series sports cars combined with its racing experience. It provides the basic framework on which the specifics of future extreme models will be worked out. The FXX is powered by an imposing 6,262 cc V12 engine that can punch out over 800 hp at 8,500 rpm. Its gearbox is the result of the transfer of F1 strategies, delivering gear change times of under 100 ms. This is almost as fast as the F1 single-seaters, themselves the absolute pinnacle of current technological achievement.

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2009 599XX
The 599 is not officially a Supercar, but the XX version definitely belongs to this elite category, for both technical and symbolic reasons. Ferrari has an extraordinary tradition of creating high-performance front-engine vehicles. The 250 GTO is the most significant of these, but it is not the only one. It is interesting to see two berlinettas, both so technologically advanced and with outstanding track performance, exposed side by side, even if separated by 50 years. At its debut, the 599XX broke the lap record on the famous and challenging “Nordschleife”, the 22.8 km version of the Nürburgring track.

 

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