What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word supercar? I know, maybe your answer is something between Bugatti Chiron, McLaren 720S and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. But let’s be honest, these are moves – or more correct answers – of impressing. Everyone knows that the term was born, mature and giant thanks to two very specific brands, despite the myriad automakers that sprang along the path and claim the throne of high performance.
Ferrari and Lamborghini have built their own legend in the world of four wheels. The imposing horse and the bull are a special place in the heart of every real friend of the car, which has been shaped by decades of doctrine, imagination, vision, passion and drama. Ferrari vs. Lamborghini: An informal game that will continue to be written for a long time, even if the car itself changes.
In 1919, Enzo Ferrari will get a job at Alfa Romeo and a few years later he will create Scuderia Ferrari, the company’s racing division. After World War II, Enzo Ferrari decides to leave Alfa Romeo and in 1947 was the year when Ferrari was established (as an independent company) – its facilities had already been transferred to Maranello. Scuderia has been involved in car racing for the first time, although her first win comes four years later, in 1951, in Silverstone, led by Argentinean Froilán José González.
In addition to the racing activities, Ferrari will also launch sports cars to secure resources for participation in all matches (such as Mille Miglia and Le Mans). The project will go much better even than Enzo himself would expect in the coming decades, and the rest is a story that continues to be written to date. Even if Fiat’s contribution, which until recently had a significant share of Scuderia’s shares, was needed. In 2014, the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) was set up to transform Ferrari again into a completely independent brand, which was achieved. The division of companies began in October 2015, with the foundation of Ferrari N.V., and was completed in January 2016.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was born on April 28, 1916, in the village of Renato, about 40 km from Bologna, and was the son of a family of farmers. His passion for the machines forced him to leave school and get a job from an early age in a company that repaired military vehicles.
Something that during World War II would lead him to Rhodes, as a mechanic and repairer for the 50th mixed engineer of the Italian army. After the end of the war and returning to his homeland, Ferruccio would build a company that built a tractor, watching the rise of the agricultural industry. Indeed, he buys or finds abandoned military vehicles and turns them into rural. In 1948, Lamborghini officially founded the town of Cendo (a few minutes from his village). Soon, the company has grown to be one of the country’s most important, and Lamborghini has become rich and therefore able to buy many sports cars, which were also his passion. Among these and some Ferrari. Urban myth claims to drive a different car every day, which in turn has led Ferruccio to send letters to companies highlighting the imperfections of each model. Indeed, when Ferrari responded to one of them, Lamborghini made the decision to make his own supercar (for the time of day).
Automobili Lamborghini will eventually be established in May 1963 in the area of Sant’Agata, essentially suburban Bologna. In its ranks will soon find some of Italy’s most talented engineers, among them Giotto Bizzarrini, until now the leading mind for Ferrari engines. Six months later, at the Torino auto show, the Lamborghini 350 GTV will be featured. After the model sold 120 copies, the company proceeded with the creation of the 400 GT, which effectively put Lamborghini into the sports car game. Ferruccio headed the young technician Paolo Stanzani and Gian Paolo Dallara, who together with designer Marcello Gandini and Nuccio Bertone created the legendary Miura P400, which surprised everyone at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966. Something that went on and with several other models of the company, even in our days.
The horse and the bull
- In 1923, Ferrari, as a driver, will win the Sivoji Circuit race in Ravenna. There, the Francesco Baracca pilot’s family who lost his life in World War I, will give him Francesco’s personal emblem: a horse on his hind legs in a yellow shield. Ferrari’s world-renowned emblem today.
- When Ferruccio Lamborghini founded his company in Chendo in 1948, he chose the bull for her emblem. The logo was related both to Ferruccio’s sign and to the fact that he was a fan of bullfighting.
Scuderia continues to star in Formula 1, although it has been less successful than those of the past decades. On the part of the supercars, however, its models continue to attract interest. 812 Superfast, GTC4 Lusso, 488 GTB and Portofino are the 4 key models of the company that combine the highest performance with the incomparable style and all that Ferrari’s history demands.
As a member of the Volkswagen Group (along with brands such as Audi, Porsche, Bentley, etc.), Lamborghini sells more cars than ever before. There are now only three production lines for Urus, Huracan and Aventador. Huracan succeeded Gallardo in 2014, while Aventador (who remains the best seller of the company) had replaced Murcielago in 2010. The latest addition to the Lamborghini portfolio is Urus’s first SUV. In a field that seems to be one of the battlefields for all the superbrands of space in the near future.
Like many other companies in the world of four wheels, Ferrari is also focusing on electrification and use in sports cars. By 2020, more than 60% of its models will be hybridized, and by 2025 all its models will use electrical functions. Scuderia also plans to expand its range to the grand touring category, with increased prices but more exclusive choices.
Finally, Ferrari plans to release a pair of limited-production supercars, the Monza SP1 and SP2, which have room only for the V12 engine and will be sold together with a tailor made racing suit for the owner.
Lamborghini is committed to maintaining the twelve-cylinder engines for all of its cars while also working more on the possibility of electrification.
We also know that SVJ is the quickest version of Aventador but also the fully electric Terzo Millennio.
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