Podcast Review: Ferrari vs. Lamborghini from Business Wars

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at Pebble Beach

The rivalry between Ferrari and Lamborghini is one of the most fascinating in automotive history. For decades, Ferrari was the dominant brand with its success on the race track built by the obsession of Enzo Ferrari. His cars like the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO pictured above were the envy of the racing world.

But then an argument with a customer kicked off an amazing rivalry that has given us some of the most amazing sports cars and exotic cars in automotive history.

This is the story cover by the Business Wars podcast over four episodes. It’s an entertaining overview of the rivalry between the brands and also between the respective founders.

The first episode explains how Ferruccio Lamborghini was a dissatisfied Ferrari customer who showed up to complain about his Ferrariā€™s busted clutch. Enzo refuses to accept blame, accusing Lamborghini of not knowing how to drive. Naturally, Ferruccio wants his revenge, and the rivalry is born.

Lamborghini launched its first model in 1964. Then in 1970 he introduces the Miura, one of the most stunning designs we’ve ever seen in the auto industry. It created a sensation and put significant pressure on Ferrari to respond. It was this competition that pushed both companies to try to outdo one another, leading to beautiful designs and superior performance from both companies. Ultimately this rivalry helped the kick off the golden age of supercars. Lamborghini created beautiful beasts such as the Aventador pictured below.

If you love these iconic brands or car history in general, you’ll enjoy this podcast series. Check it out.

Lamborghini Aventador white side view

  

Supercar Blondie is living large on YouTube

If you love sports cars, you’re always hoping for the chance to drive some of the best. Well, what if your job involved driving amazing supercars and posting the videos on YouTube? If that sounds like fun, then you have to follow Supercar Blondie on YouTube.

Here are some fun videos from her channel:

Driving an Aston Martin DB11

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Nick Mason’s 1962 Ferrari GTO

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has taken advantage of is good fortune of selling millions of records to start quite a car collection as he indulged in his love of auto racing. Years ago he purchased a beautiful 1962 Ferrari GTO. Everyone thought he was nuts, though now he says he’s referred to as the Warren Buffett of racing. He’s kept every car he’s ever raced, so his collection has to be worth a serious fortune.

  

Ferrari introduces the 458 Speciale in Frankfurt

I was on hand in Frankfurt for the 2013 Motor Show as Ferrari unveiled the new 458 Speciale. Derived from the 458 Italia, Ferrari touts the Speciale as the most high performance Ferrari V8 sports car ever. This lightweight, track-ready Ferrari is powered by the same 4.5-liter V-8 as the standard 458 Italia, but also featuring an additional 34 horsepower for a total of 596 hp. The blue and white racing strip across the top also gives it a distinctive stylistic feature as well.

  

New Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Debuts

When a new Ferrari debuts, it’s an event. When a truly breathtaking one debuts, it’s world changing. No other car company creates the same response as a new Ferrari, and that continues with the new F12 Berlinetta’s launch. First, there are the stunningly gorgeous looks. Even their new grille design that seems so awkward on the FF, blends seamlessly on the new F12. In a world gone retro looking for new design ideas, Ferrari manages to combine the natural beauty of the past, with modern design cues.

And of course, a conversation about Ferrari’s always includes how fast it will go. In this case, power will be coming from a 740hp, naturally-aspirated V-12. No Turbos that go whoosh, or superchargers that whine, this power is all natural. In fact, this is the fastest Ferrari around Ferrari’s test track. Faster than an Enzo, faster than the new 458, and in a car that is not meant for all out speed but for long distance trips. With both devastating speed and cross country comfort, the new F12 is the automotive equivalent of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.

Knee-weakening looks, and devastating performance nearly wipes memories of the F12’s predecessor the 599 nearly off the map. I thought the 599 would be the last time we saw a grand touring Ferrari that was both classically beautiful, traditionally powered Ferrari Grand Tourer. Thankfully, I was very, very wrong. Long live the new F12 Berlinetta.

  

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