When you’re talking about the fastest Ferraris ever built, you’re either talking about street legal cars (very fast), or cars built for the race track (very fast indeed).
We thought the latter would be more fun. Having developed race cars for over 70 years, Ferrari knows a thing or two about flinging the needle around a speedometer. A unique blend of power, minimal weight, aerodynamics and gearing has put Ferrari at the forefront of automotive engineering. Add to this a lot of R&D money and a boyish glee in fast things, and you have a recipe for some serious velocity.
One downside of such jaw-dropping speed is the effects of crashing. In March 2012, Ling Gu, the son of a Chinese government minister, totalled his Ferrari 458 Spider, killing himself and seriously injuring his two female passengers. Both driver and passengers were found semi-naked—a cautionary tale for anyone partial to high speed sex games. Ling Gu was the son of Ling Jihua, a long-time aide to Chinese President Hu Jintao. Ling Jihua was promptly dispatched from Hu’s government.
Another Ferrari-owner in Japan had a luckier escape after speeding. The doctor from Okama was hit with a hefty fine after police saw footage of his car doing 77mph in a 25mph zone. This wasn’t caught on speed camera—the video was shot from inside the car by the driver himself. The culprit posted the video on YouTube because he “wanted people to understand the beauty of a Ferrari”. Viewers who didn’t appreciate the gesture reported the video to the police, who launched an investigation. The man was convicted based on the distance covered in the time shown.
Ferrari began its life in 1928 in Maranello, northern Italy, when Enzo Ferrari founded a company to sponsor racing drivers. Under the name Scuderia Ferrari—translating loosely as “Team Ferrari”—the company sponsored amateur drivers in Modena, who drove Alpha Romeos at that stage. Enzo Ferrari was soon hired by Alpha Romeo to lead their motor racing department. In 1940, Scuderia Ferrari produced its first race car, the Tipo 815, which debuted at the Mille Miglia. The rest is history.
So, without further ado, the 15 fastest Ferraris ever to grace a race track…