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In the spirit of camaraderie formed around the passion of the Prancing Horse and the celebratory note of the brand’s 70th Anniversary, members of the Ferrari Owners Club Singapore (FOCS) came together for the 2017 Drive of the Year along the west coast of Malaysia. A gathering which brought together over 20 prancing horses and more than 50 owners and guests, the highly anticipated annual event was a time of rekindling friendships and fine-tuning driving skills amidst scrumptious bites, winding roads and scenic landscapes.
Departing from Gelang Petah, Johor, the convoy which consisted of models from the latest 488 GTB to the F430, covered the long stretch of highway to Ipoh, Perak, which allowed engines and soundtrack of the Maranello cars out for a good run. After a lunch stop at Sun Swee Kiong restaurant for fresh seafood, the convoy arrived at Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness retreat. Banjaran Hotspring Retreat is nestled in a 22.7-acre valley, cradled by 260 million-year old towering Paleozoic limestone hills, verdant rainforest, rejuvenating geothermal hot springs, natural caves and cascading waterfalls. The unique hideaway provided a rest stop in the evenings as the days were filled with thrilling B-road drives in the mountains, explorations of the neighbouring Ipoh Old Town and traditional hawker fare.
Sharing his thoughts on the Drive of the Year, FOCS President, Leong Kah Wah, said, “Every activity in the event was arranged to intensify the experience of the cars and our time with each other. We are very grateful for the support of Singapore official distributor, Ital Auto, without which this drive would not have been possible.”
“We are always happy to support FOCS in their drives. Ferrari cars are a reflection of great passion and emotion,” said Nick Syn, Director at Ital Auto, “and in the year of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary we are especially delighted that the desire amongst Ferrari owners to come together to share their passion and experiences is as strong as ever”.
Cavallino Motors Company Limited, the sole authorized importer and service center for Ferrari cars in Thailand, recently launched the Ferrari 812 Superfast – the latest V12 from Ferrari and the fastest car the brand has ever released. This new model was brought straight from Italy to Thailand for Ferrari fans and clients to witness closely at Impact Speed Park, located at Muang Thong Thani waterfront, a northern suburb of Bangkok.
Nandhamalee Bhirombhakdi, Managing Director of Cavallino Motors said, “We are delighted to introduce the Ferrari 812 Superfast for the first time in Thailand to the media and Ferrari customers , after the global launch at the International Motor Show in Geneva earlier in February. The response from the media and customers to this car has been very positive and it is fast becoming one of the most popular models we have ever seen in Thailand.”
Naza Italia, the sole authorised importer and distributor of Ferrari in Malaysia, has broken new ground with the brand’s second Ferrari Showroom located at Platinum Park in the dynamic Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Nested in the heart of the city, Malaysian Ferrarista are welcomed into the world of the Ferrari in a metropolitan setting.
The Ferrari Showroom @ Platinum Park is built over 3115 sq ft of the ground floor of Tower 1, Platinum Park, and accommodates three car displays, a luxurious customer lounge and configuration room. Being within the central business district and a very short distance from Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), Ferrari Showroom @ Platinum Park benefits from a truly key location; enabling the brand to better serve Ferrari’s discerning clientele.
The facility which aims to bring the Ferrari brand to the forefront of people’s minds and appeals to an even broader client base; is also as a sign of commitment from Ferrari to provide the finest service to its esteemed Malaysian customers. Ferrari Showroom @ Platinum Park serves as a preview of the experience provided at the more comprehensive showroom in Petaling Jaya.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Maurizio Arrivabene, Scuderia Ferrari Formula One Team Principal, His Excellency Cristiano Maggipinto, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, Dieter Knechtel, CEO of Ferrari Far East and Middle East Hub and Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman of Naza World Group of Companies. Hundreds of customers, VIPs and media representatives were present to celebrate the grand opening of Ferrari Showroom @ Platinum Park.
Ferrari is delighted to announce a second world premiere in the year of its 70th Anniversary celebrations. The Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on-board comfort.
Powered by the Ferrari V8 turbo, a member of the engine family that won the overall International Engine of the Year Award in both 2016 and 2017, the new car punches out 600 cv and sprints from 0-200 km/h in just 10.8 seconds. The Ferrari Portofino is, in fact, the most powerful convertible to simultaneously offer a retractable hard top, roomy boot and generous occupant space that also includes two rear seats for short trips.
The new car takes its name from one of the most charming towns on the Ligurian Riviera, Portofino, which has, over the years, has become an international icon of elegance and exclusivity. The new model is also the most versatile model in the range – a Ferrari designed to be driven every day that also effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupé to a drop-top in just 14 seconds, even when on the move at low speeds. A brilliant marriage of design, technological content and performance, it is the perfect car for any occasion.
Two examples are being shown on the Ferrari stand at Frankfurt. The first is in the new Rosso Portofino colour inspired by the picturesque town the model pays homage to. The second has a matte Grigio Alluminio Opaco livery referencing the lightweight metal used to build the entire car. The two new Portofinos are flanked by the rest of the current Ferrari range: a GTC4Lusso in a Blu America livery, a 812 Superfast with new triple-layer grey paintwork from the Tailor Made programme, and the 488 GTB in glorious Rosso Formula 1. The 488 Spider is showcased instead in the Tailor Made area. The version on display celebrates the company’s 70th Anniversary with a livery inspired by the Pinin Farina-bodied 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial spider once owned by Dominican gentleman driver Porfirio Rubirosa.
The Concours d’Elegance prize-giving ceremony brought Ferrari’s two days of 70th Anniversary celebrations at the Fiorano circuit to a stylish conclusion: a very special weekend that saw more than 4,000 clients and almost a thousand cars from across the globe converge on the track where every Ferrari gets its maiden outing. It was the perfect culmination too of a year that has already featured a whole programme of celebratory events spanning 60 different nations and continuing until the end of 2017.
Today, however, clients’ and enthusiasts’ eyes alike were all on the 120 historic cars, some incredibly rare and valuable, competing for the title of Best of Show in the Racing Car and Road Car categories at the Concours d’Elegance. Divided into 20 different classes and displayed on the grass at Fiorano, the fleet presented judges with a very difficult task. Nonetheless, the jury finally agreed to award the two titles to the 1953 340 MM Spider Vignale and the 1986 Testarossa Spider.
The 340 MM Spider Vignale has a spectacular sporting history. This particular example competed in several races and its greatest coup was taking victory in the 1953 Mille Miglia in the hands of Giannino Marzotto and Marco Crosara. The 1986 Testarossa Spider, on the other hand, is a unique car – the only spider version of this model ever built. In fact, it was commissioned especially to celebrate Gianni Agnelli’s 20th anniversary as Fiat chairman and he owned it until 1991.
One of the most memorable moments of the Fiorano weekend was the auction, the start of which was marked very fittingly by a flyover by the Eurofighter Typhoons of the Italian Airforce’s 4th Wing from Grosseto, which have a deep connection to Ferrari as their fuselages too sport the Prancing Horse insignia, first used by the heroic Italian fighter ace Francesco Baracca. The auction saw collectors vying for the 38 enormously valuable Maranello cars, which included an exclusive LaFerrari Aperta sold for 8.3 million euro. That sum will be donated in its entirety to Save the Children to provide education to thousands of the most disadvantaged children across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. In all, the cars that went under the hammer fetched a total of 63 million euro, a record figure for a single-make auction.
Another unforgettable high point of the weekend was Saturday evening’s spectacular Rosso 70 show which commenced with a welcome speech by Chairman Sergio Marchionne before brilliantly illustrating Enzo Ferrari’s unique vision and dreams and how they crystallised into everything that Ferrari represents in the world today.