• Oct 25th 2006 at 6:24PM
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Ferrari kicked off the American leg of its 20,000-mile Panamerican adventure this morning at a Los Angeles Shell gas station, and we were present for the rather important fill up. A pair of Ferrari 599 GTB Fioranos took on a full tank V-Power premium fuel and topped off with Q synthetic oil before heading out to Las Vegas. The U.S. is the last of 16 countries for the tour, which started in Brazil on August 24. The Ferraris will travel through Monument Valley down to Dallas and Houston before reaching Miami late next week. From Florida, the team travels to Washington DC, Chicago and Detroit and finishes in New York on November 17. Officials say the tour is designed to introduce the new Ferrari to America and to showcase the Ferrari-Shell technical relationship. According to Marcos Tatijewski, the support team leader from Shell, the cars are averaging about 5km per liter, which is just under 12mpg. Much of the driving has been on dirt or "stone" roads, leading to two flat tires and a busted foglamp. The worst road was north of Chile and the longest border crossing was into Nicaragua. Tatijewski said oil and gas samples are taken at every stop for lab analysis. Even though Shell stations are not available in some locations, the team is not relying on octane additives. Tatijewski said one of the trip's goals was to evaluate the vehicles in a "real-world" situation. Whether or not the average owner will take a Ferrari over a boulder-strewn, 15,000-foot mountain pass trail can be considered real world is left to be debated. Also, Tatjewski said the drivers are following speed limits. Some stretches have been through politically tense areas (meaning guerrilla activity), so the team doesn't want to draw too much attention to itself. Daily logs and photos can be found at the Shell Web site.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      12mpg doing the speed limit, huh? Those must get amazing mileage when you get on the gas and have fun :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone must not have a pulse.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Tatjewski said the drivers are following speed limits"

      As much as I can appreciate the technical-data-gathering aspect of such an adventure, I think I would rather slit my wrists than keep to the speed limit in a brand new Ferrari for twenty thousand miles. Man, talk about a mind-f*ck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We are delighted to have been able to monitor the progress of this spirited journey and are looking forward to seeing the cars in person at the Italian Embassy gala on November 17th, 2006 in Washington, D.C.--celebrate Ferrari! Best to the drivers and crew on their rally.

      Kindest regards to the Ferrari community,

      The Davis Family
      • 8 Years Ago
      Top off the oil? When doing the speed limit? Really? Are they doing the speed limit on top of 1st or 2nd for hundreds of miles at a time? That's unlikely though, 12mpg that's quite good.

      Something is wrong.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damn...those cars are ugly. What's happened to Ferrari? The 612 and the F430 are hideous. Maranello needs some new blood.