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Ferrari Celebrates Its Supercars in New Exhbition

Heralding the LaFerrari by showing its predecessors

FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
5146 photos
37 videos
is very proud of their new supercar - the LaFerrariLaFerrariFerrari LaFerrariItaly, 2013 > present16 photos
1 video
. To celebrate it is opening a new exhibit at its museum in Maranello celebrating its history of supercars. The exhibition is called “Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth”

“'Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth' retraces the story of all of the limited edition special series models built by Ferrari," said Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo. 

The exhibit looks at Ferrari's supercars starting at the 250 GTO250 GTOFerrari 250 GTOItaly, 1962 > 19646 photos
, through the  288 GTOGTOFerrari GTOItaly, 1984 > 198621 photos
2 videos
and the F40F40Ferrari F40Italy, 1987 > 199245 photos
of the 80s. It ends with its modern supercars like the EnzoEnzo FerrariFerrari Enzo FerrariItaly, 2002 > 200424 photos
2 videos
and LaFerrari.

Included in the exhibition are several Ferrari supercars that were never actually sold. The 288 GTO Evoluzione,  FXXFXXFerrari FXXItaly, 2005 > 20071 serie
2 versions
11 photos
and 599XX599XXFerrari 599XXItaly, 2009 > 201013 photos
were all used to develop future Ferraris. 

The exhibit also includes a history of the LaFerrari's development starting from the earliest sketches all the way to two full-scale models. 

The exhibit is open now and runs until September 30.

You can learn more about the cars on display in our slideshow below.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Built from 1962 to 1964, the 250 GTO is one of the most valuable cars today. Last year a car ordered by Stirling Moss was sold for $35 million. The cars were based on a heavily modified Ferrari 250 GT to go racing and just 36 were built, even though the FIA rules were for 100 to be built to homologate them for racing. 

Ferrari 288 GTO

Where the 250 GTO was meant to conquer the racetrack, the 288 GTO was meant to conquer the back woods, at least in theory. It was built to race in the Group B rally series, but the series was cancelled before it could go racing. Ferrari built 272 of them, and its twin-turbo V8 led to the F40. The platform was based on the Ferrari 308.

Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione

Ferrari built five 288 GTO Evoluzione models and were the cars that directly led to the development of the F40. All five are still owned by Ferrari. 

Ferrari F40

If the 250 GTO is the iconic sportscar of the 60s, the F40 is the icon of the 80s. It was first revealed in 1987 as a no-frills supercar with partially carbon fiber body and a twin-turbo V8 derived from the 288 GTO with 478hp, 80hp more than the 288. Ferrari built 1,375 of them in five years.

Ferrari F40 LM

The F40 also went racing, although briefly. The cars were built by Michelotto, which built Ferrari's GT racecars at the time. Power was nearly doubled to 720hp and up to 900hp for a one-lap qualifying blast. They raced in the IMSA series in the US in 1989 and in other national championships into the mid-90s. It even raced at Le Mans in 1995 managing sixth in class. 

Ferrari F50

A decade after the F40 came the F50. It dropped the turbos in favor of an F1-inspired V12 and completely carbon fiber body. The engine was a stressed member of the chassis with parts bolted to it. Ferrari built 349 of them. 

Ferrari Enzo

The Enzo wanted to celebrate the life of Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari complete dominance of F1 at the time.  It was the first Ferrari with manettino selector on the steering wheel to select the suspension mode. It was meant to be as close as a driver could get to a Formula 1 car for the road. 

Ferrari FXX

The Ferrari FXX was the first Ferrari to try its Client-Test Driver program that the 599XX would later copy. People would lease the cars to drive on track but never actually own them. The cars allowed Ferrari to entertain drivers and finance development of new technologies. 

Ferrari 599XX EVO

The 599XX is among Ferrari's supercars that will never see the road. Leasers pay to drive the car on track but never actually own it. Ferrari used these cars as a way to develop future cars. 

Ferrari LaFerrari

The latest Ferrari supercar blends Formula 1 and GT with technology neither allows. It uses a hybrid V12 with over 900hp and active aerodynamics to improve handling. The carbon fiber monocoque is made in the Formula 1 workshop. 

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