Ferrari brought out the new F12 TdF to the Finali Mondiali event at Mugello, where Maranello's latest wowed the crowds as part of the end-of-year spectacle in Tuscany.
Want to drive an eight-cylinder, mid-engined Ferrari? Assuming you can get your lucky little hands on one, you can drive a 458 Italia, 458 Spider or new 458 Speciale on the street. But the real action is where the road ends and the racetrack begins. Ferrari's Corse Clienti division offers versions for GT2 and GT3 racing, for Grand-Am (likely to be revised for the new United SportsCar Championship), and, of course, for its own Challenge racing series.
Ferrari makes road cars, it makes racecars, and it makes road cars into racecars. The 458 Challenge falls into the latter category, transforming the 458 Italia into the basis for Maranello's one-make spec racing series. It replaced the F430 Challenge in 2011, which in turn followed the 360 Challenge, F355 Challenge and 348 Challenge that started it all in the mid-90s.
Some tragedies are funny. Even if it costs you the 2012 Italian CIV championship race in Mugello.
Italy offers no shortage of mid-engined supercars: Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Paganis... even Alfa Romeo and Maserati have joined in on the action here and there. Faralli & Mazzanti may not have ranked among them until now, but its latest project has them joining these exotic ranks.
Watchmakers pursue partnerships with automakers and racing series like they're made of gold – which is, often enough, the case with the timepieces that ensue. Breitling has Bentley. Jaeger-LeCoultre has Aston Martin. TAG Heuer has McLaren. We'll let you draw your own conclusions about Porsche Design watches.
Ferrari Virtual Racing Academy – Click above for high-res image gallery
Racing into the first turn at Mugello – Click above to see a video of Rossi's crash and the finishing results after the break
Ferrari 599 GTO at Mugello – Click above to watch the video after the jump
Michael Schumacher behind the wheel of the Ferrari F2007 at Mugello – Click above for high-res image gallery
MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and could be considered the Formula 1 of the two-wheeled world. Current series point leader and seven-time Grand Prix World Championship title winner Valentino Rossi has a habit of debuting a new helmet design at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, and this year's design did not fail to disappoint. Featuring a roughly life-size portrait of The Doctor himself in the middle of a scream, it was pretty hard to miss Rossi, even in the field of brightly color
http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Schumacher_to_present_the_new_Ferrari_FXX_Evoluzione_this_weekendReports are circulating in the Italian motoring press that Ferrari is preparing to show a significantly reworked FXX Evoluzione. The development car is reportedly being unveiled by none other than Michael Schumacher next weekend at the company's Mugello circuit in Italy in conjunction with the final stage of the Ferrari Challenge series. Also taking to the track will be an anticipated 34 retired F1 cars