Ferrari has unveiled the new F60 America, a car designed to celebrate the carmaker’s 60th anniversary in North America, on October 10.
F60 America is the latest in a long line of beautiful one-offs and limited-run cars based on standard Ferrari models, with bespoke bodywork and interior clothing the mechanicals of an F12 Berlinetta.
In the tradition of pure roadsters of the Fifties, the F60 America has a light fabric top that Ferrari promises will remain in place up to 75 mph. But the twin roll hoops and flying buttresses notwithstanding, this is about as pure a roadster as one can hope to buy in the 21st Century, meant to be driven with the top completely removed, the cabin open to the sky.
Ferrari has unveiled the new F60 America, a car designed to celebrate the carmaker’s 60th anniversary in North America
F60 America is powered by a variation on the 731 horsepower 6.3-liter V12 of the F12berlinetta, mounted front-mid-engine. With all that power shooting through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, F60 America should run past 60 MPH in about three seconds, and beyond 100 MPH in just over seven seconds.
Just 10 F60 Americas will be built and Ferrari says that they have already been sold, with each car costing an eye-watering $2.5 million.
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Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter celebrated her second birthday and her mother shared a picture of Blue Ivy Carter’s new rides – a Cadillac and Ferrari.
Beyonce, 32, posted photos of the mini cars via Tumblr on Friday.
In the photo, Blue Ivy’s new wheels are parked next to one another. Her blue Ferrari is personalized with “Blue Ivy Baby Slab” written on the front windshield, with “BABY SLAB” adorning the black interior seats. Blue Ivy’s shiny pink Cadillac, meanwhile, is twice the size of her sports car. The Fisher-Price toy features gold detailing and cotton candy-colored interior seats.
Blue Ivy Carter’s new rides
Beyonce and Jay-Z marked Blue Ivy’s birthday with a blow-out bash at Jungle Island, an interactive wildlife park and botanical garden in Miami, Florida on January 7.
Blue Ivy’s birthday party included Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, with all the ladies sporting painted faces of butterflies and flowers.
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Baby North West got her very own mini Ferrari sports car over the holidays, just like her father Kanye West.
Her mother, Kim Kardashian, shared the picture of Nori’s new wheels via Instagram on Friday.
“Like father like daughter,” Kim Kardashian, 33, wrote.
Baby North West got her very own mini Ferrari sports car over the holidays, just like her father Kanye West
Alongside the caption, the reality star shared a picture of Kanye West’s black Ferrari, with Nori’s miniature one placed to the right.
Kim Kardashian also shared the designer presents baby North Westt was gifted with earlier this week. A sweater and two dresses from Stella McCartney, black shoes marked with kittens on top by British designer Charlotte Olympia, shoes by the legendary Giuseppe Zanotti and a matching pink blanket and slippers from Michael Coste (of Hermes Paris).
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and their 6-month-old daughter spent Christmas at Kris Jenner’s home.
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Car maker Ferrari has apologized after one of its cars drove on top of an ancient Chinese monument in Nanjing as a publicity stunt.
Ferrari suggested the incident was the fault of a single reckless employee.
The car was filmed wheel-spinning on top of a 600-year-old Ming-dynasty era wall in the city of Nanjing.
Footage of the screeching vehicle has infuriated China’s online community. It has hit a nerve in a society where such cars are a symbol of privilege.
Car maker Ferrari has apologized after one of its cars drove on top of an ancient Chinese monument in Nanjing as a publicity stunt
One web user called it a “rude insult” to Chinese tradition and culture.
The stunt, in the run-up to a Ferrari show, left tire marks on the wall.
But most public anger has been directed at city officials after reports emerged suggesting they had agreed to rent the use of the wall to the Ferrari dealership for about $12,000.
City officials have retorted that the car company did not have approval.
“No enterprise or individual is allowed to use the city ramparts in Nanjing for commercial purposes,” Nanjing Cultural Relics Bureau Captain Wu Jing said.
Other than the tire marks, physical damage to the monument does not appear to be substantial.
As a publicity stunt, the incident could not have gone more wrong.
The night-time spin, shortly after the car had been hoisted on to the wall, reportedly led to the cancellation of the event itself, a celebration of 20 years since Ferrari entered the Chinese car market.
The word Ferrari has now been blocked on Chinese microblogs, perhaps as part of an effort to contain criticism of the actions of government officials.
A Japanese doctor has landed himself in trouble with the police after posting footage of his drive in a Ferrari sports car on YouTube.
The doctor is facing charges of exceeding the speed limit after the footage showed him driving at 124km/h (77mph) in a 40km/h (25mph) zone, police say.
The 50-year-old doctor, from Okawa in Fukuoka Prefecture, was reported to police by angry YouTube users.
He reportedly said he “wanted people to understand the beauty of a Ferrari”.
The six-minute video is titled “Ferrari 458 Italia Drive in Japan 2011” in Japanese, and was filmed using a camera positioned behind the driver.
It shows the car leaving an underground car park and driving along highways and coastal roads in Fukuoka, southern Japan, on the morning of 24 April 2011.
A Japanese doctor has landed himself in trouble with the police after posting footage of his drive in a Ferrari sports car on YouTube
At least 84 people marked dislike under the YouTube posting, compared with 19 likes.
Police said they were tipped off about the video in May and began investigating, the The Mainichi Daily News reports.
According to the newspaper, the police determined the speed of the car based on the distance covered and the time elapsed.
A police spokesman told the AFP news agency that the driver was identified from the footage, and he could face a six month jail sentence or a fine of up to $1,220 if convicted.