It’s safe to say 70 is the new 30. As the Italian marque turns 70 this year, it's put pedal to metal by launching a commemorative LaFerrari Aperta, doing the Cavallino Rampante (prancing horse) badge proud.
On March 12, 1947, Enzo Ferrari fired up the very first car to bear his name – the 125 S. With a lusty12 cylinders of performance under the hood, it made its track debut just one month after later. That first race was thwarted by a broken fuel pump but nine days later, Franco Cortese drove the Ferrari to victory, completing 40 laps of the Rome Grand Prix circuit at an average speed of 88.5 km/h.
The 1947 Ferrari 125 S
Salad days: the 125 S at the gates of Maranello
In 70 years, Ferrari has gone from the 125 S to the LaFerrari Aperta. The Aperta’s V12 engine gets a little help from a 120 Kw electric motor for a total of almost 950 horses. By comparison, the 125 S’s power at the time was clocked at somewhere around 120 hp. The Aperta is meant to stand for everything Ferrari has accomplished to date, offering an exhilarating drive in an open-top construction.
Whippersnapper and granddaddy in black
Check out the new Aperta or Ferrari’s extensive history here.