Felipe Massa

Alonso and Massa gifted new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferraris

They’re used to their cars being a bit quicker than this but Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa still look chuffed at being each given an Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari to celebrate their domination of the Italian Grand Prix last weekend where they achieved a 1st and 3rd finish.

The new Fiat 500 Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari confirms the consolidated links between Fiat, Abarth and Ferrari, which is beginning to see some serious shared projects.

The Abarth Tributo Ferrari is motivated by a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v engine, tuned to develop 132 kW and an electrically-operated Abarth competition gearbox with race-inspired paddle gearshifts.

The drivers’ Fiat 500s are finished in Scuderia Red with Racing Grey details and are enhanced with carbon fibre parts like mirror covers and gear quadrant.

A numbered and limited series of these cars went on sale in July and has already notched up more than 600 orders, over half of which are destined for the UK, France and Germany.

Karl Abarth and Enzo Ferrari’s passion and dedication helped create the legend of Italian motor racing that is universally recognised today. The men behind both marques followed very similar careers: they were first drivers, then tuners, and finally heads of companies that command genuine respect in the world of motor racing.

Felipe Massa meets the Ferrari 458 Italia

Felipe Massa meets the Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 599XX makes its track debut (+video)

It’s been almost a year since the Ferrari 599XX made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and the hi-tech racer has been shown off plenty since. But each of those times it has been on a show floor, with the 599XX never seen lashing around a track. Till now.

Just before Ferrari begins testing its new Formula 1 car at the Ricardo Tormo circuit outside of Valencia, the 599XX turned its first wheel on-track with none other than Felipe Massa behind the wheel. Massa led a group of seven cars around the circuit, the other vehicles driven by lucky members of Ferrari’s Corse Clienti program.

Various events have been planned for Ferrari customers in America, Europe and Asia, but it seems unlikely we’ll see a 599XX down here in NZ. So check out the video below and images of the track day in the gallery below.