Enzo Ferrari forged his reputation on the race track before becoming a car manufacturer in 1940, so it is no surprise that the marque founded by the fiery Italian has the most successful record in Formula 1. As well as being a major name in motor sport, Ferrari has made many of the world’s fastest, most desirable road cars.
The history Ferrari began with: ENZO FERRARI was born in 1898 near Modena, northern Italy. As a boy, Enzo went to motor races with his father and brother. He quickly fell in love with the sport and decided that when he grew up he would emulate his hero, Felice Nazarro, and become a racing driver. Enzo made his competitive debut in 1919, and the following year he became a works driver for Alfa Romeo. During his racing career, Enzo Ferrari recorded many victories and was awarded the honorary titles of Cavaliere and Commendatore by the Italian state for his achievements.
Ferrari 330LMB V12 engine
Ferrrari has based its track success on mighty V12 engines. This 3,967 cc V12 powered Ferrari’s 330LMB in the Le Mans 24-
In 1929 Enzo founded the Scuderia Ferrari racing team, using the cavallino rampante (prancing horse) as its logo. The Scuderia took over the running of Alfa Romeo’s racing team in 1933. When Alfa Romeo brought its racing operation in-
Ferrari’s first victory in Grand Prix racing came in 1951, and Alberto Ascari won the Formula 1 World Championship for Ferrari in 1952 and 1953. During the next six decades of competition, Ferrari won almost every trophy in motor racing. Maranello cars won Le Mans nine times, the U.S. Sebring 12-
Ferrari’s success in motor racing was built on focused effort from the best engineers and drivers, inspired by the determination of the man in whose name they were racing. Failure was not tolerated, and lost races were followed by a post-
The successful industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini was so incensed at his treatment when he complained about the quality of the Ferrari he had just bought that he started his own car company in 1963, which became one of Ferrari’s biggest road-
Ferrari was too small to survive indefinitely as a wholly independent company. In the 1960s an approach from the U.S. giant Ford very nearly led to investment in Ferrari and the formation of two new companies: Ford-
After Enzo Ferrari’s death in 1988, Fiat raised its shareholding to 90 percent, enabling Ferrari to produce more cars than ever and improve quality. In Formula 1, Ferrari had suffered a relatively barren period since Jody Scheckter’s world-