Ferrari is one of the most common surnames in Italy, and derives from the name Ferraro, which means “blacksmith.” Ferrari also shares the same root as the Latin ferrum, which means “Iron.” Given the prevalence of the name in Italy, it could be considered equivalent to “Smith” in the United States — though there are obviously no Smith supercars!
Ferrari’s Formula 1 racing team is called Scuderia Ferrari, with Scuderia translating from Italian as “stable.” There’s an obvious connection between this and the carmaker’s iconic Prancing Horse logo. Scuderia Ferrari is also one of the most storied racing teams in the world, with over 90 years of history.
One of the most famous logos in the world, Ferrari’s distinctive Prancing Horse can trace its origins back to 1692, when the Royal Piedmont Regiment was founded by the Duke of Savoy, Vittorio Amadeo II. Over time, the regiment adopted a stallion as its insignia to go with fire-red lapels and cuffs on their uniforms. Much later, during World War I, Francesco Baracca called back to the regiment with a stallion painted on the fuselage of his biplane. In the 1923 Circuito automobilistico del Savio (Savio Racing Car Circuit) in Ravenna, Enrico and Paolina Baracca entrusted the now-iconic symbol to the winner of the race: none other than Enzo Ferrari himself!
Today the stallion lives on with every Ferrari vehicle, running rampant in front of an iconic canary yellow background.
While the name itself may have common origins, Ferrari has grown into a modern legend, with vehicles that are the envy of auto enthusiasts the world over. If you’ve like to inquire about buying a Ferrari near Chicago, contact Continental AutoSports Ferrari. We can also serve drivers throughout the country, so don’t hesitate to reach out even if you live in Indianapolis or Milwaukee.
2018 Ferrari California T One of One, Tailor Made, 70th Anniversary Special Edition 70 years after Ferrari became recognized as an official automotive manufacturer, they wanted to organize something special to immortalize their history and lineage. In 2016 it was announced at the Paris Motor Show that 70 special edition liveries, honoring street and race cars from Ferrari’s past, would be mirrored onto the contemporary model range of the F12berlinetta, the 488 GTB, the 488 Spider, the GTC4Lusso, and the California T. In total, 350 absolutely unique vehicles would be manufactured and tailor-made to honor 70 years of Ferrari excellence….
Even when you’re not pushing the limit, driving a Ferrari is a unique and thrilling experience, whether you’re sticking to the streets of Chicago or blazing down the highways between Indianapolis and Milwaukee. It goes without saying that reaching a Ferrari’s top speed is incredible on the track — but check out the list below to see just how fast you can go in a Ferrari. Ferrari Inventory Contact Us Ferrari Top Speed by Model Ferrari 360 Modena Top Speed: 183 mph Ferrari 360 Spider Top Speed: 180 mph Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale Top Speed: 186 mph Ferrari 458 Speciale…
The announcement that Ferrari will return to the top class of the World Endurance Championship with a new Le Mans Hypercar in 2023 ignites memories of the first sparks of the relationship between Ferrari and endurance racing. Just two years after their first production car, two V12 Ferrari 166MMs entered in the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first Le Mans to take place after World War II. After six hours of racing, one of the Ferraris got caught in an accident, leaving the driver team of the Italian-born Luigi Chinetti and British Peter Mitchell-Thomson in a gruesome battle…