International Ferrari Rally
Ferrari announced at the North American International Auto Show that the Ferrari 60 Rally will begin on January 28th in Abu Dhabi, the site of the future Ferrari theme park and will conclude in Maranello, Italy, the home of Ferrari, on June 24th, 2007. The rally will cover approximately 50 countries in 148 days.
An event will be held in Maranello from June 21st to 24th and the theme of the event will be the 60 most important technological innovations from Ferrari during the 60 years. Activities will include a concours d'elegance, track activities, events at the factory and at the Galleria Ferrari celebrating the elegance of the Ferrari.
Participants in Ferrari 60 Rally will pass a baton that was specially created to represent the history of the company from its first Grand Prix win at the Rome Gran Prix of 1947 to the Ferrari FXX concept car in 2006. Ferrari owners from around the world will carry the baton.
An Exotic Display
On display in the Ferrari stand at NAIAS was Ferrari's new 599 GTB Fiorano, flanked by the American Le Mans Series Team Championship winning Risi Competizione F430 GT and the 612 Scaglietti.
The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is the new flagship, powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine derived from the Enzo Ferrari that develops 611 horsepower at 7600 rpm. The all-aluminum spaceframe for the 599 GTB Fiorano was developed with Alcoa and the body was designed by Pininfarina.
According to performance figures supplied by Ferrari, the 599 GTB Fiorano will accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and from zero to 124 mph in just 11 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph. The F1-SuperFast gearbox that shifts gears in 100 milliseconds and F1-Trac to help optimize traction are two features developed in Formula 1 that make their road car debut on this car.
The 612 Scaglietti on display in Detroit is equipped with the optional "Handling GTC" pack that is targeted for customers seeking more dynamic handling and includes carbon ceramic brakes, ball-polished modular wheels, advanced F1 gear-change software and a sport exhaust system.
In North America, Ferrari had its 14th consecutive year of sales increase, selling 1635 vehicles which is approximately 30 percent of Ferrari's worldwide sales.