2015 Ferrari World Finals end on a high note

2015 Ferrari World Finals_4 The Ferrari World Finals (Finali Mondiali), done and dusted for the season, was held over last weekend at Mugello with almost 50,000 spectators in attendance. The highlights of the Finali Mondiali included an owners’ exhibition, Ferrari Challenge races, Formula 1 (F1 Clienti) demonstration and the XX Program showcase.

The Finale began with the brand new F12tdf taking to the track for an exhibition tour; there were three F12tdf on parade during the tour. The F12tdf, a tribute vehicle for the Tour de France, is produced in 799 units and equipped with a V12 engines for an unprecedented 780 HP output. Ferrari F1 pilots Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, along with Ferrari Corporate figureheads took the Supercars for several laps during the tour.

Following the tour, the 458 Italia GTE and GT3, competing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the main national and international GT championships, went on the track. Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella alternated on car number 51 while the regular drivers James Calado and Davide Rigon took turns on car number 71. Olivier Beretta drove the GT3. Then it was the turn of the 488, a car just introduced which will be racing in the GTE version during the 2016 WEC and in the GT3 version in the great majority of the GT championships. Andrea Bertolini, who looked after the tests, was at the wheel of the GT3, while “Gimmi” Bruni, who is increasingly becoming the face of Ferrari in the GT competitions, was on board the 488 GTE.

Apart from the exhibition and demos, the Ferrari Challenge races were what the crowd really turned out for. The winners were three drivers from the European series: Erich Prinoth, the Coppa Shell winner, Matteo “Babalus” Santoponte, the Trofeo Pirelli winner, and Alessandro Vezzoni, who took home the Pirelli Am trophy. The Trofeo Pirelli championship was won by Steve Wyatt, while the Trofeo Pirelli Am was dominated by Ziad Ghandour.

Lastly, Ferrari’s F1 Clienti (F1 demonstration) and XX program lit up Mugello with unique sound and extraordinary power showcase. The Formula 1 cars on show and demo were from 1998’s F300 to the F150° Italia of 2011. Marc Gene, Giancarlo Fisichella and James Calado offered lucky customers some assistance during the special test drive opportunities.

The XX Program cars were the other attraction, alongside the F1 Clienti. The cars of the XX Program were specifically for track use and not yet approved for any championships. The first of the line was the FXX of 2005, built on the basis of the Enzo, which was followed by the 599XX and then, starting this year, the FXX K, a car as beautiful as it is powerful, with 1050 horsepower and equipped with extraordinary technology that also takes advantage of the experience gained in Formula 1 with hybrid technology.

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