Ferrari 488 “GTO” Photo Leaked!

While the “leak” of Ferrari 488 GTO just wouldn’t have been complete w/o a photo leak. Well, that’s now been rectified via this image, which is currently doing the rounds on social media.

The quality isn’t great, but some things are crystal clear: it is a newer, so-called “hardcore” imagining of the 488. The front end bearing most of the redesign. The diffuser, rear spoiler, front bonnet and bumper are all carbon fiber. Newer images reveal the bonnet with deep vent, refereed to as an S-duct.The side blades are of particular interest, at the front of the forward wheels. The aggressive new skirt adds to the “hardcore” make over. And one cannot forget the all-important racing stripes.

The new 20-inch wheels are 40% lighter. The engine has its origins in the V8 488 Challenge racer.

When The X-Files Meets Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari was laid to rest in his family’s tomb, near the Ferrari plant in Modena, in 1988 at the age of 90 shortly after giving his blessing to the famous Ferrari F40 supercar. Ferrari rested here peacefully up until recently.

According to Reuters, this past Tuesday Italian investigators stated that they had successfully interceded in a conspiracy to abscond with Enzo’s body and hold it for ransom.

Details were scarce. Police in Nuoroa City in Sardinia, Italy revealed only that they discovered the plot during an investigation into arms and drug trafficking in the region. Police said during a news conference that the gang suspected to be responsible for the plot was going to demand a ransom from either the Ferrari family or the supercar company itself, after exhuming Ferrari’s body and stealing away with it.

No other details, bizarre or otherwise, were available at the time.

The forgotten cars

Just recently, 60 old classic cars were found in a French garage. Their worth? About $20 million dollars!

There was a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider worth $13.7 million, one of only 37 ever made. This car is one of 13 of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold.

There was also a Ferrari covered with old car magazines (wonder what they are worth), a 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua hoping to bring in $1 million. Some of the other cars included items from Bugatti, Delage, Delahaye, Hispano-Suiza, Panhard-Levassor, and Talbot-Lago.

The cars were collected by Roger Baillon who died about 10 years ago. His son, Jacques inherited them and passed away last year. The grandchildren had no idea of the treasure.

The Talbot Lago T26 Cabriolet, which was found in poor condition, was previously owned by King Farouk I of Egypt. Check the site (source below) to see pictures of these amazing vehicles that time forgot.


A Brief History of Ferrari: The Spirit of Ferrari Lives On

Through the 70’s Enzo Ferarri and the racing team continued to win championships and innovate new racing vehicles and receive honors from the Italian government. In 1987 Enzo would commission his last car, the F40. In 1988 Enzo Ferrari dies at the age 90.

In 1993 the hiring Jean Todt as Sporting Director revitalized the F1 racing team. Sporting Director Michael Schmaucher helped earn the team three wins in 1996. Schmaucher and the F1 team continued to take home championships in the early new century.

Today Ferrari, the “prancing pony,” remains emblematic of style, fashion, speed and championship racing. There vehicle line is much desired the world over and through the decades have been featured in pop media from movies to music videos to video games. Many gear-heads fascinated with speed remain fascinated with Ferrari as the spirit of Enzo lives on into the 21st century.


Joe Victor

Ferrari 250 GTO could go for 70 Million at Monterey Car Week auction?!

The colored history of this unassuming 1962 250 GTO Ferrari makes one question the predictions that it could break the all time 30 million dollar record for an automobile at auction: multiple wrecks, questionable after-market and homemade parts, multiple engine overhauls and a not-so-famous racing death find this Ferrari set to make history at the Monterey Car Week auction.

Those auctioning the car bought it from the estate of Fabrizio Violati, who paid the Italian equivalent of 4k for in 1965 for the Ferrari GTO. Only 30 years old at the time, Violati hid the car from his family and only drove it at night, due to their fear of him racing. Violati, however, won numerous championships in this GTO and other Ferraris in his collection.

The racing history of Ferrari is what at tracks so many collectors. Ferrari is well known for building many of the world’s fastest F1 and GT racing cars.

The investors bought the car from the estate of Fabrizio Violati, the scion of a wealthy Italian family. He’s the one who paid the Italian equivalent of $4,000 in 1965 for the GTO — and not to preserve it, at least at first.

Violati was 30 years old at the time. Fearing backlash from his parents, who worried about him racing, Violati long claimed he hid the car from them and only drove it at night. Years later, he kept the GTO in shape by entering it and other Ferraris in his collection in historic races, earning numerous championships in the process.

The racing pedigree is among the many factors that make the GTO, and Ferraris generally, appealing to collectors. Buying a 250 GTO grants entrance into one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. Owners of 250 GTOs meet regularly in the U.S. or Europe for road rallies or tours. The only way to get an invite is to buy a GTO.

Experts predict, despite its sordid history, this GTO could set off a bidding war.

Joe Victor

UPDATE: The Ferrari 250 GTO sold for 38.1 million in California 8/15/2014.

Joe Victor has a riddle

Hey Jody,

I have a little riddle for you today.

What has 12 cylinders, 729 hp, does 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds and tops out at over 211 mph? Need more hints? Ok … It also has a F1 inspired steering wheel and two tone leather interior.

Give up? Ok, it’s a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta! This car is one of the world’s finest performance automobiles available today and it is HOT!

Read more about the new Ferrari from MotorAuthority or the Car Connection.

Joe asks Jody Victor®: The 600-Horsepower Club II

It’s somewhat hard to imagine cars with over 500 horsepower let alone more than 600, just coasting down the road. I asked Jody Victor®  to tell us more from an article by James Tate of MSN Autos/

Jody Victor®: Apparently, mega-horsepower is no longer to be restrained only to the racing circuit. Here’s the second half of the over 600-horsepower club.


5. Ford Shelby GT500, 650 horsepower – With the introduction of the 2013 Shelby GT500, the pony-car wars have officially gotten out of hand. Let it be clear we’re talking about a factory-produced Mustang with 650 horsepower. Likely created to one-up the fire-breathing ZL1 variant of its decades-old archrival, the Chevrolet Camaro, this Mustang and its supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine is the most powerful Ford to ever roll off the assembly line, and by a large margin. Although it’s far from a barbaric muscle car, we can only hope the big coupe’s aging suspension design is up to the task of controlling this kind of power.


4. Ferrari FF, 651 horsepower – The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was a curvaceous, high-performance luxury sports car. But it never really enjoyed success in the highly competitive exotic market. Ferrari’s response to this comes in the form of the polarizing FF. In many ways, this uniquely styled vehicle is a drastic departure from the tried-and-true prancing-horse formula. It offers four doors and all-wheel drive, as well as a “love it or hate it” shooting-brake body style. Luckily, its screaming 651-horsepower V12 engine does a mighty job of allaying concerns that Ferrari is forsaking performance and exhilaration, as it enables the 4-seater to rocket to 208 mph.


3. Lamborghini Aventador, 691 horsepower – Lamborghini has never been one to be timid with its vehicles, and its latest flagship turns heads with its flashy stealth-fighter styling and explosively powerful V12 engine rattling the ground. With 691 horsepower and years of performance engineering under its belt, the Aventador is more than ready to carry the torch into the next generation. Its paddle-shifting, single-clutch transmission, however, has a strikingly rough touch in a sea of seamless, butter-smooth dual-clutch units. Even so, it gets the job done. This replacement for the Murcielago is exactly what we were hoping for from the house of the raging bull.


2. Aston Martin One-77, 750 horsepower – British sports-car manufacturer Aston Martin is famous for creating svelte and sexy grand touring cars, and its crowning achievement, the One-77, is no exception. Although unmistakably an Aston Martin in design, this halo car puts a greater emphasis on outrageous performance and sports wilder, jaw-dropping style elements than its lesser brethren. Limited to just 77and already sold out, the One-77 boasts the most powerful naturally aspirated production-car engine ever made — a 7-liter V12 good for a roaring 750 horsepower. Take a good look at this athletic beauty, as it’s unlikely you’ll ever encounter one on the road.


1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, 1,183 horsepower – By now, the Bugatti Veyron is no stranger to automotive enthusiasts, as its superlative specs make it the uncontested king of sports cars. Its Super Sport variant cranks the wick even further, boosting output of its mammoth quad-turbo W16 engine from an already absurd 987 horsepower up to a “good God, that’s nuts” 1,183 horsepower. This insane power results in a possible top speed of 268 mph. Without question, the Veyron would satisfy even the biggest adrenaline junkie. With a price tag well into the seven digits, however, this uber-exclusive supercar is not for the financially faint of heart.

Thanks, Jody! We’d love to be able to test drive any of these vehicles!!

Joe Victor

Joe asks Jody Victor®: The 600-Horsepower Club

If you thought 500 ponies crammed into an engine was boast-worthy wait until you see what these vehicles can do. I asked Jody Victor®  to tell us about these super-fast cars from an article by James Tate of MSN Autos/

Jody Victor®: Apparently it was not hard to come up with these 10 examples of cars with 600 or more horsepower. Here it is, an impressive list of 10, in two parts.

10. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, 612 horsepower – With Ferrari’s last hypercar, the Enzo, slowly fading from memory, the 599 GTB now holds the crown of top Ferrari. This front-engine grand-touring sports car boasts a 6-liter 612-horsepower V12 engine under its long hood. It also holds the crown for one of the world’s fastest zero-to-60-mph times, at just 3.2 seconds. For those with an even greater lust for performance, and even deeper pockets, the 599 GTO variant claims a whopping 661 horsepower and the title of Ferrari’s fastest production offering — even faster than the aforementioned Enzo.


9. Porsche 911 GT2 RS, 620 horsepower – Porsche reserves its “RS” designation for only the best of its breed. In the case of the already frightening GT2 variant of the 911, the RS trim borders on insanity. Although based on the previous 997 generation, rather than the all-new 991, the GT2 RS is the fastest production Porsche. With 620 horsepower coming from a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter engine mounted in the trunk and powering only the rear wheels, calling the GT2 RS a handful to control should be an understatement. Still, for drivers versed in the art of 911 driving, the GT2 RS produces a thrill that few cars can match.


8. Bentley Continental Supersports, 621 horsepower – The first of two English cars on this list, the Bentley Continental Supersports differs from most of this pack because of its emphasis on luxury and comfort, rather than on outright, face-melting performance. This sumptuous Bentley packs six liters spread across 12 cylinders, although laid out in a W configuration instead of the more typical V. The turbocharged behemoth produces a dizzying 621 horsepower and launches the big coupe to 60 mph in less than four seconds — seriously fast for a 5,000-pound hunk of metal. Most examples of this $250,000 car end up in the hands of celebrities looking to flaunt some automotive bling.


7. Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, 621 horsepower – While the Mercedes-Benz S65 isn’t the most powerful vehicle here, it is arguably one of the most astounding. The reason? It’s a 4-door luxury sedan capable of transporting five adults in comfort, technology and style. Like the Bentley, this big Benz gets its monumental power from a 6-liter 12-cylinder engine sporting a pair of turbochargers. As opposed to the Bentley’s unorthodox W-cylinder layout, the engine in the S65 is a traditional V12 good for 621 horsepower and a stupefying 738 lb-ft of torque. A sleeker 2-door cousin, the CL65 AMG, packs the same monstrous mill under the hood.


6. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 638 horsepower – The Corvette ZR1 is the most potent mass-produced American sports car and lays claim to one of the quickest times around Germany’s famed Nürburgring track. Its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine churns out an easy 638 horsepower, making it the fastest production vehicle to wear a Chevrolet bow tie. Yet it remains surprisingly docile when driven gently. It continues to suffer against equally priced imports in terms of refinement, but the reverse can also be said of its performance — practically no other vehicle in the ZR1’s price range can touch its track-readiness. The Nissan GT-R is one of its few direct competitors.

Thanks, Jody! More 600 horsepower vehicles next time!

Joe Victor