Jay Kay Pays Visit to Maranello to See the New LaFerrari
As an Enzo owner and a die-hard Ferrari enthusiast and collector, Grammy Award-winning English musician, and lead singer of the acid jazz band Jamiroquai, is always welcome at the carmaker’s headquarters in Maranello. He recently paid a special visit to Ferrari’s offices to take a look at its latest top-of-the-range supercar, the rather awkwardly-named LaFerrari.
He used the opportunity to take a first-hand look at the LaFerrari and “the characteristics that make it unique in the world: technical innovation, performance, futuristic styling and the special feeling one gets from driving it,” wrote The Official Ferrari Magazine.
As it happened during Jay Kay’s previous visit to Maranello, he was welcomed by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. Obviously, Jay Kay had only good things to say about Ferrari’s new halo car. “It’s an amazing car and, just looking at it makes you want to drive it. I think it’s hard to imagine such a concentration of style, technology, performance and excitement all in the one package,” the artist said.
Taking that into account, is it possible that Jay Kay came to Maranello to choose interior materials and options for his own LaFerrari? We don’t know if he’s actually one of the lucky 499 owners, but he sure fits the description of the rare Ferrari collector.
Sir Elton John-Owned and Barely Used Ferrari 512TR Heads to the Auction House
The British singer, songwriter and occasional actor auctioned off a chunk of his automotive collection back in 2001, including a Ferrari 512TR with only 1,812 miles (2,915 km) on the odometer for £98,000 (equal to US$146,000 or €112,500) at the time.
Twelve years and less than 300 miles on the odo later, the person who bought the 512TR is now putting the Ferrari up for auction at Coys Spring Classics sale in London.
The Rosso Corsa-colored car has covered a mere 2,100 miles (3,378 km) from new, and according to Coys, is reported to be in “pristine condition”. The auction house added that it comes with a complete service history and a letter of ownership authenticity from Sir Elton.
The auction house estimates that the price of the 512TR to be £90,000- £110,000 (US$134,000 or €103,000).
Watch a Ferrari 458 Spider Slide and Crash While Overtaking Another Car
The Ferrari fan spotted a red-colored 458 Spider on the Autostrada (Italian highway), reportedly in Bari, and quickly took out his camera phone to record the encounter, but little did he know that in a few seconds, the mid-engine supercar would turn into a heap of metal…
The driver of the Italian supercar attempted to overtake the passenger model on the wet road and lost control smashing into the protective rails!
Don’t ask how I came to be driving it. I’m a year late to this review, so most people already know what they need to know. But do they know what the Spider is like if you drive it like a mentalist? They will now.
CDC Performance introduces a supercharger system complete with intercooling, and a custom made exhaust system fitted with a valve to control the V8’s noise levels, bumping output from 483hp (490PS) to 594hp (602PS), and torque from 505Nm (372 lb-ft) to 600Nm (443 lb-ft).
On the outside, CDC Performance created a host of aerodynamic components made from carbon fiber, including a front spoiler, rear diffuser, front grille and license plate holder, while it also blacked out the turning signals and replaced the stock wheels with 21-inch rims shod in tires 255/30-21 on the front axle and 22-inch alloys in 315/25-22 tires at the rear.
As a final touch, the German tuner dressed the California’s boot area in Alcantara.
Like last year’s, I’ve made a compilation of the best exhaust sounds I’ve recorded in the year 2012. I went to many circuits, events and some nice meetings to recording the best car videos. Now I’ve put them together in one video.
Wich sound do you think is the best? Let me know by leaving a comment behind and don’t forget to give a thumb up!