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Introducing the New Mid-Engine V8 Ferrari: The F8 Tributo

It is that time of year again – with the Geneva International Motor Show right around the corner, the biggest names in the biz are beginning to roll out their latest models… and I couldn’t be more excited. In fact, this is one of those which have had me the most excited: the new Ferrari mid-engined V8 supercar, the F8 Tributo.

The Porsche 911 is widely regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sports cars of all time. The reason for that is because the car has been improved, enhanced, reworked and reimagined over many generations since the 356 made its debut in 1963. They began with the engine in the wrong place and improved everything until they made it not only work, but work in a way that is effective, fun, and exciting.

This then, is Ferrari’s 911. Starting with the 308 GTB in 1975, Ferrari has reworked, reimagined, improved and enhanced their mid-engined V8 supercar. While they may have given each generation more dramatically different looks (and names) than Porsche with their 911, the lineage still represents the evolution and learning process of a single product line. And so, today we see the F8 Tributo replace the 488 GTB with the latest evolution of the Ferrari V8 line.

As the name Tributo would imply, this car lends tribute to its predecessors – bringing back the twin tail light cluster of the earlier V8 Berlinettas and a slotted lexan rear engine cover to pay homage to the legendary F40. Don’t be fooled though, apart from paying tribute, this car not only takes a big step forward in performance from the 488 but also introduces a new design language for future Ferrari cars.

Power in the 3902cc V8 has been increased to 720 cv (about 710 hp), which is put to the ground efficiently through an updated version of Ferrari’s Side Slip Angle Control. Weight has been reduced by about 40 kg (about 88 lbs), and aerodynamic efficiency is increased by 10% – according to Ferrari.
Those new headlights aren’t just the new look, Ferrari placed vents under them to increase brake cooling and optimize airflow through the wheel arches. Combine all the above with some aero trickery from the 488 Pista – such as that rather obvious S-duct at the front – and a new rear spoiler and it’s easy to see how the car brings all around performance improvements from the 488 GTB.

Inside the F8, Ferrari have modernized the interior while maintaining a similar feel and driver focused ideal we are used to with the 458 and 488. While it may look to be a small departure from previous cars, Ferrari says they have completely redesigned the interior to make it more comfortable and weight efficient. The steering wheel is now smaller, the infotainment is updated and the passenger gets a new 7″ touch screen display – which is undoubtedly an expensive option, however.

Ferrari claims they have even managed to make the turbocharged V8 sound “evocative.” Given the exhaust note of the 488 Pista, I’m inclined to believe them – even if it may be a bit quiet.

Overall, I’d say the F8 Tributo – while carrying on Ferrari’s latest tradition of awkward names – looks to be an excellent improvement over the GTB. I think it looks incredible. I loved the looks of the 488 GTB, and I think this steps up the aggression just enough for 2020. It maintains the Ferrari “gentleman’s supercar” appeal, while being juuuust loud and obnoxious enough to turn heads.

The F8 Tributo represents the future while remembering the past. It carries on the Ferrari emphasis on driving emotion and… you guessed it… soul. It continues the Ferrari “gentleman’s supercar” ideology while bringing in a new look and new tech. It does everything a mid-engined V8 Ferrari should, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

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Track Day with Ryan Ogurek is proud to announce the TDRO Store will soon be open for business!

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Say ‘hello’ to a new Ferrari: the Portofino

That’s right! It’s a new Ferrari! Set to replace the California, the Portofino will feature a host of improvements over its predecessor, along with new styling, a new chassis and more power! The question is: Will it be a “real Ferrari?”

The Ferrari California has remained the “entry-level” Ferrari for nearly ten years. Despite the length of its life, the California was never truly accepted until it was given new turbo-charged life with the California T for 2015. In many ways, it was too soft. The California’s looks were smoothed out; the edges softened, the corners rounded. The engine made a decent noise – when compared to a Mini – but it fell far short when compared to that of the 458 Spider. Its ride was smoother, but its abilities and intensity limited. The California was a great car, but was it a “real Ferrari?” Many felt not, and unfortunately the car went largely unnoticed by much of the Supercar world. Ferrari did manage to essentially remedy the problem in 2014, by adding in a turbo, bringing an additional 101 hp, and picking up some more aggressive styling cues. Now, they have taken that lesson forward to produce an all-new car.

The Portofino, which is set for a September debut in the Frankfurt International Auto Show, will arrive for the 2018 model year as the new Ferrari drop-top GT. While it hasn’t completely lost the downturned nose of the California, it certainly does have significantly more aggressive styling, and brings with it a new color: Rosso Portofino.

Along with better looks, the Portofino features a new, lighter, more rigid chassis to accompany its turbocharged V8. While being significantly lighter than the California T, the Portofino pushes out an additional 40 hp with the help of new pistons, connecting rods, and software. The increase in power and wieght reduction means the Portofino makes it from standstill to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds. Ferrari has also spent some time “enhancing” the sound from the Portofino’s exhaust.

The Portofino has also been fitted with Ferrari’s E-Diff3 electronic rear differential with F1-Trac. Ferrari has also decided to give the Portofino electronic steering, with a steering ratio reduced by seven percent. The damping system has been improved as well, to provide a better ride and performance simultaneously. Just in case you’re not sure what all that means, I’ll tell you. It means the Portofino can corner… aggressively.

Ferrari hasn’t stopped at looks and performance either. The Portofino features a new 10.2″ touchscreen infotainment system, new A/C, new seats (which Ferrari claims “boosts legroom for rear seat passengers,” although you may still have to decapitate them to close the top), a new steering wheel and a new wind deflector.

So it sounds like the Portofino could finally be a winning combination for an “entry-level” Ferrari. It’s fast, it looks good, sounds good (we expect), the top goes down and it might even fit unusually small adults into the rear seats. It sounds like, dare I say it, a “real Ferrari.” Although, I have to say, I’m still not that excited.

Those of you who who know me or have read a lot of my work will know, I love Ferraris. Ferrari is the only brand that consistently makes cars that make me want them more than anything else. I love the looks, the sound, and perhaps most of all, the way they drive. And for some reason, I’m still not that excited about the Portofino. Maybe it is just leftover criticism from the California, or maybe it is the fact that deep down I know Ferrari may never give us what we truly want: a bloodthirsty, drop-top, GT with ALL of the aggressive styling of the 812 and the very same V12 in the front.

 

Is the F430 the new ultimate bargain Ferrari?

For some time, the F355 sat at the perfect price range to be the ultimate bargain Ferrari. Now, however, the F355’s indirect successor – the F430 (following the 360) – has dropped down to the $100,000 price range. Does this make it the new ultimate bargain Ferrari?

While the 355 does certainly have some strong points, such as the absolutely delicious sound it produces with a good exhaust or the fact that finding one with a gated-manual gearbox is slightly less difficult, the performance advantages of the F430 are undeniable. The F430 presents a 108 hp gain over the F355, for a total of 483 hp from its 4.3 liter V8. While the F430 is slightly heavier than the F355, the 430’s performance numbers speak for themselves: 0 to 60 (mph) in just 3.6 seconds, nearly a second faster than the F355; 0 to 100 (mph) in 8.3 seconds, compared to 11.2 in the F355. If you manage to get to top speed, the F430 will also take you 186 mph – a whole 7 mph faster than the F355.

Having said that, we are talking about a bargain here, so of course cost is a factor; it isn’t all about the ultimate performance machine. If it was, we would just pony up the extra $100k and buy a 458, right? While 458 prices remain around the $200,000 mark, F430s have dropped to around half that price, and F355s are anywhere from $65,000 to $115,00. So, you might think well hey, I can save myself $30,000 and get the 355, right? Well, you might want to consider the fact that the F355 is a car (and a Italian one at that) born out of the early nineties. Reliability might be an issue, to say the least, and the maintenance costs are going to be quite high.

Ah, but wait! There is the 360 Modena! Succeeded by the F430, and the F355s successor, it stands to reason that the 360 should sit in the middle as far as prices go. While some can be found for as little as $75,000, the 360 still reaches prices as high as $130,000 for highly spec’d, low-mileage examples. So, unless you are a lucky buyer who has found the highly sought after gated-manual gearbox, why not get the nicer, newer, better-looking F430?

The F430 has all the looks, feels and sounds (included in the video coming soon!) of a proper Ferrari. It is a proper Ferrari. And now… it is a hundred-thousand-dollar-Ferrari. Ultimate bargain Ferrari? I think so.

Supercar Saturday photo gallery

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Here’s a collection of photo’s from the two Supercar Saturday events I have attended so far. Special thanks to MN Exotics and Supercars for hosting the event!

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Supercar withdrawls are real… Save yourself with Supercar Saturday

I’ve packed up my gear and headed to another Supercar Saturday in Bloomington, MN to try and stave off the supercar withdrawls for another month.

Unfortunately, I ran out of battery much faster than I anticipated, so I didn’t get to do as much vlog style commentary as I’d hoped. That’s on the agenda for next time. I also haven’t yet gotten a new gimbal, so yeah… sorry about the shakiness.

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A determined looking Lamborghini Huracan, hidden behind a Lotus Evora and an Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Front car is an Aston Martin Vantage GT.

The Supercar Saturday meet hosted by MN Exotics and Supercars in Bloomington, MN this past weekend was excellent. Many excellent cars were in attendance, even a few surprises. A full photo gallery and video will be coming soon! 

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TDRO Supercar Saturday Video

Okay, so the camerawork is a bit unfortunate, but we’ve managed to throw together a quick video from Supercar Saturday in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. Unfortunately, our abilities were somewhat limited by the weather, but there was a great turnout nonetheless.

Special thanks to Minnesota Exotics and Supercars and the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, who hosted the event.

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Will electric and autonomous cars be the death of the driver’s car?

Image Credit: Volkswagen

In an age of rapidly increasing technology and production ability, electric and autonomous vehicles seem to be set to thrive, despite the unfortunate aesthetics of concepts like Volkswagen’s Sedric (above). This leaves many petrolheads with a looming sense of fear and impending doom for the driver’s car. While the environment is, of course, an important factor, many of us would simply die off without the obnoxious symphony and toxic aroma of the petrol thirsty V12, or the tire shredding thrill of watching drift cars destroy their tyres and the environment at a similar rate. It seems we may have reached a golden age in the petrol powered automobile, but is it a final flare before the end?

Fully autonomous automobiles are still a ways off (at least as far as production models go), but they might be hitting dealership lots sooner than you think. Tesla’s fully electric cars have a semi-autonomous ability, which allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel while cruising, but that still requires the driver’s attention. However, many companies are hard at work developing fully autonomous technology, which would enable both fleet cars, public transportation and private vehicles to operate without any drivers or direct human input whatsoever. Surely, this will be the end of cars meant to be driven and enjoyed, right? We must only be a few years away from some autonomous reality similar to that seen in the hit movie “iRobot.” We even saw the spherical wheels and tires from that movie on display at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Fortunately, I don’t think the reality of tomorrow is that dark and gloomy.  The reality of it is, manually driven vehicles will remain for those of us who choose to buy and drive them. Mass autonomous technology will only serve to make our drives more predictable and, quite likely, more pleasant. With advances in dual-clutch, flappy-paddle gearboxes, everyone feared the death of the manual gearbox; now we have the 911 R and the new 911 GT3 is being offered with an optional manual gearbox. We have the Jaguar F-Type SVR and its manual V8 which sounds like Thor in a frantic rage. And let’s not forget the Aston Martin GT8, or perhaps the fact that you can still buy a brand new 1967 Shelby Cobra.

Not only that, electric motors have proven to create some of the most insane vehicles on the road today, such as the Tesla Model S P100D and its 2.28 second 0 to 60 mph, or the Rimac Concept_One (below). When coupled with petrol power, electric motors can contribute to what have become the undisputed greatest cars of the current generation – the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 (you might also want to include the Koenigsegg Regera).

Photo Credit: Rimac Automobili

The fact is, while the future of society en masse may be electric and autonomous, there will remain a demand for driver’s cars, sports cars and super cars. There will remain a demand for glorious petrol power, just as there has remained a demand for simple, manual gearbox, soundproofing free machines of unrestricted passion, soul and driving experience.

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Ferrari have revealed their latest V12 Berlinetta – the 812 Superfast

 

In the wake of Pagani’s announcement of the Huayra Roadster, Ferrari have given us an early look at their latest V12 Berlinetta – the 812 Superfast.

While the name may be slightly more confounded than what the car has been called in spy shots (the F12M), it does accurately describe the car. As the marque’s flagship model, the 812 Superfast will boast an 800 horsepower v12 (an increase of around 60 hp over the F12 Berlinetta),  which Ferrari claims will propel the 812 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed over 210 mph.

The improvements don’t stop with more power and speed either. The car benefits from innovations developed in the F12 TDF, such as the “Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0” system, which uses rear steering to make the car more agile. Downforce has been increased through the use of active aero flaps and an “unprecedented aerodynamic by-pass.” The 812 will also be the first Ferrari ever to use Electric Power Steering.

There’s also been improvements to the interior, with updated infotainment and A/C.

With this announcement, we have another look at what to expect this year at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, and so far it looks fantastic.

Source: Ferrari

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