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70 years of Ferrari at speed festival

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An absolute highlight of this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will be a glittering array of at least 70 significant Ferraris, as the legendary Maranello marque celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding by il commendatore, Enzo Ferrari, in 1947.

From Thursday June 29th to Sunday July 2nd, a jaw-dropping variety of Ferrari’s finest road and racing cars will be found at the Festival, including competition sports cars and single seaters, incredible road cars, and the very latest supercars. For lovers of the iconic Italian brand, it will be a truly once in a lifetime experience.

From Ferrari’s long, continuous and hugely successful history in motorsport, a number of the most celebrated of Maranello’s racers will be in action up Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile hill. Among these will be around 25 iconic single-seater Ferraris, covering each of the key post-war Grand Prix eras, powered by four, six, eight and 12-cylinder engines, with normal aspiration, superchargers and turbos.

Sports cars in action will chart Ferrari’s landmark successes in all the great endurance races, from the late 1940s right through to the present day. A mouth-watering line-up of current production cars will grace the Michelin Supercar Paddock, as well as running on the hill. On a calmer note, one of the classes in the popular Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance will be dedicated to Ferrari’s legendary 250 models – named after the 3-litre V12 which propelled the Scuderia to countless victories on-track, as well as powering some of its most iconic road cars.

Saturday and weekend tickets are now sold-out, with Thursday, Friday, and Sunday tickets selling fast. Hospitality packages are available throughout the weekend. To buy tickets or enquire about hospitality visit www.goodwood.com

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Strictly limited: Ferrari unveils 488 Spider-based J50 supercar in Tokyo

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During a special celebration in Tokyo, Ferrari pulled the covers off a new limited-run supercar, to commemorate 50 years of the manufacturer in Japan.

The Ferrari J50, unveiled at the National Art Center, is powered by a 3.9-litre V8 that produces 681bhp – 20bhp more than that of the 3.9-litre V8 fitted to the 488 Spider.

With a two-seat, mid-engine targa body style, the J50 harks back to famous Ferrari models of the 1970s and ‘80s. It was designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team in Maranello and built by the Italian manufacturer’s Special Projects department.

Each of the 10 J50s will be tailored specifically to the individual customer’s specification, in the spirit of Ferrari’s “Fuori Serie” tradition.

Ferrari has said that the all-new bodywork heralds a radically futuristic design language with a unique personality that appeals to a clientele that desires the pinnacle of innovative styling.

A company says: “The design approach was led by the desire to create a very low-slung roadster, encapsulating intrinsic Ferrari values of nimbleness and agility.

“To achieve this, a strong dynamic was imprinted on the flank of the car by the converging interplay between two main guiding lines: the slanted top edge of the side window, continuous with the windscreen, and the raked black swage line which dramatically rises from the low-set nose until it vanishes in the air intake aft of the doors.”

A “helmet visor” effect that starts from the window graphic is a reference to Ferrari’s open-top competition barchettas that date as far back as the 1950s.

The black dividing line that runs down the J50’s flank, meanwhile, is a modern interpretation of a styling cue seen on famous models such as the GTO, F40 and F50.

Ferrari has improved the J50’s aerodynamic capabilities through a number of tweaks. The radiators have been brought closer together, while the front bumper has been completely redesigned. A lower windscreen header rail allows greater airflow over the aero foil, which in turn provides greater airflow over the rear spoiler.

The J50’s engine is framed by a polycarbonate cover that is shaped to provide a visual extension of the two roll hoops, while a transverse aero foil bridges the roll hoops as a nod to one of the most distinctive features of Ferrari sports prototypes from the 1960s.

A quad tail light layout lends the rear of the car an aggressive image and also widens the J50’s visual appearance under the high downforce wing profile.

The shape of the extractor on the rear diffuser is inspired by jet engine afterburners. This, combined with 20-inch forged wheels, lends the J50 an imposing stance on the road.

The cabin features sports seats that echo the design of the rear bonnet contour, while the carbon-fibre targa roof divides into two pieces that can be stored behind each of the seats.

No price has been announced for the J50, but it is likely that Ferrari will only offer those who already have a number of Ferraris in their personal collection the chance to buy one of the 10 examples of the car.

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Most powerful Challenge car ever

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Turbo-charged Ferrari 488 Challenge unveiled and gives you one more reason to play the lottery

The Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona on 3rd and 4th December saw the unveiling of the latest model to join the ranks of Ferrari’s prestigious international Challenge racing series for clients. The 488 Challenge is the sixth model to participate in the one-make series which, in 2017, celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Since the announcement of the racing series in 1992, there have already been over 1000 races, with over 1000 drivers taking part in up to three series organised on three continents.

Over the years, the Ferrari Challenge has proved to be an ideal platform for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships, and an impressive number have gone on to win in Grand-Am, IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 488 Challenge is the first ever turbo-charged model to race and is the most powerful Challenge car ever, powered by the 670 cv 3.9-litre V8 derived from the series production engine that took the overall 2016 International Engine of the Year Award.

Thanks to extensive development of the car’s engine, aerodynamics and chassis, the 488 Challenge reaches new levels of performance, chopping a second off the Fiorano lap time of the preceding 458 Challenge EVO for a new record of 1’15.5”.

Compared to the production 488 GTB V8, the Challenge’s powertrain features specific engine mapping, optimised for racing performance, and shorter gear ratios. The variable torque management has been modified to prompt the driver to shift up at the ideal moment during longitudinal acceleration, thus making maximum use of the performance characteristics of the turbo engine.

The F1 DCT transmission features a new racing shift strategy which enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to maximum revs in 4th gear in just six seconds. Further improvements include a reduction in overall powertrain weight.

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With regard to vehicle dynamics, Ferrari’s patented Slip Slip Control (SSC) software makes its first ever appearance on a Challenge car. The SSC is integrated in the vehicle electronic dynamic controls and is calibrated, along with the traction control and E-Diff3, to improve turn-in, cornering and acceleration out of corners ensuring that maximum traction is ensured throughout.

To enable Challenge drivers to tailor the car’s handling to their driving style to an even higher degree, the vehicle control functions (traction and braking) are now governed independently thanks to the adoption of three manettinos. One is dedicated just to braking, while the other two, set either side of the steering wheel, govern the traction control and electronic differential.

These two manettinos regulate the two phases of traction control, meaning they work independently on when and how the intervention activation occurs. The right-hand manettino (TC1) governs ‘when’, in other words the point of intervention under acceleration. The left-hand one (TC2) instead governs ‘how’, controlling the degree of intensity of torque reduction as it senses the rear wheels spin.

In such a race-oriented application, the combined action of the two regulations provides a greater integration between the driver’s expectations and the vehicle’s response, especially when referred to the varying conditions met during racing. As a result the average acceleration out of a reference bend (Monza) is improved by 11.6%, thanks to the better torque delivery controlled by the evolved traction control and differential.

The most noticeable changes to the 488 Challenge compared to the production car regard the aerodynamics. To achieve the technical objective of increasing the car’s aero efficiency while respecting the design, the engineers worked closely with the Ferrari Styling Centre.

The front radiator layout was reworked, inverting the rake so that they are now inclined towards the rear. This solution improves the air flow over the radiators in racing conditions whilst, at the same time, reducing drag. The new layout required new vents at the bottom of the bumper ahead of the wheels.

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The front bumper itself has been completely redesigned with a more pronounced splitter and flicks to increase downforce and balance the rear load, for a 7% improvement in efficiency compared to the 458 Challenge EVO.

The front bonnet is all new with triple vents and integrated flaps to direct the hot airflow from the radiators rearwards. To increase stability at high speeds, the 488 Challenge features a bigger rear wing, with an air foil profile similar to that used on the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship-winning 488 GTE, which alone increases efficiency by 9% compared to the 458 Challenge EVO.

The intakes on the rear flanks now take cooling air to the rear brakes, optimising downforce, while the engine air intakes are now positioned laterally under the rear spoiler, taking advantage of the high pressure generated in this area.

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Giving you more Ferrari

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Just ten Bengala F12 Caballerias to be made for ultra exclusivity

European design house Bengala Automotive introduces its brand new Privilege Program with the launch of the F12 Caballería based on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

The Spanish boutique design-shop, has made “more Ferrari” out of a car that already offers no shortage of Ferrari. They’ve fashioned every visible part of the car out of carbon fibre and have given it sharper, more aggressive lines inspired by Ferrari’s own GT3 race cars.

Bengala F12 Caballeria is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V12 that produces 731bhp and 509lb ft of torque.

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In standard trim an F12 can hit 62mph in 3.0sec before going on to pass 100mph in 6.5sec – any improvements on this would push the F12 into the realms of a hypercar.

Bengala is also declining to reveal the price of its ultra-exclusive model, but expect a substantial increase on the regular F12’s £241,073 starting price.

Bengala’s designer made the air intakes bigger, and appears to have carved the front end with a machete. Where the F12berlinetta is elegant, the Caballería is aggressive. Just the thing for some Ferrari customers.

The project inaugurates the Bengala Privilege Program with ten specially-made Caballerías: their lucky owners are automatically entered into the exclusive club, joining like-minded people sharing the same passion for individuality.

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Bengala CEO and Founder Shoghi Saeidnia says: “In most cases, uniqueness is a state of mind.

“We bring to our customers an interpretation of their desires, based on their dreams. Put it simply, we mastered and created a unique piece of design and engineering, the Bengala F12 Caballería, and ten special individuals earned it.”

The Privilege Program gives instant access to Bengala’s future limited edition projects, along with events and private viewings, with a first choice option to its members before new designs are released onto the market.
Projects are limited to 5-10 units each, and only one a year is planned.

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Smoke ‘em

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Ferrari’s turbocharged 488GTB is a generational shift of much-loved 458 Italia

Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history.

The turbocharged Ferrari 488 GTB -  successor to the much-loved 458 Italia,  provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use.

Giving us a generational shift, its new eight-cylinder, mid-engine sports-car standard-bearer is an insane-revving, naturally aspirated V-8 retired in favor of a turbocharged unit. This follows Ferrari’s recent promise that all of its future engines will be turbocharged or hybridized.

The new engine is smaller than its predecessor, and its displacement of 488 cubic centimeters per cylinder gives the car its name: 488GTB. Multiplied by eight, that works out    to 3902 cc for the new 90-degree        V-8, which is mated to, as was the 458’s V-8, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Despite the 0.6-liter reduction in displacement, the new engine makes more power: 661 horsepower at 8000 rpm, versus 597 horsepower at 9000 rpm for the 458 Speciale. Torque, predictably, is greater as well, reaching 561 lb-ft at a low 3000 rpm, far eclipsing the 458 Speciale’s 398 lb-ft.

Like the screaming, naturally aspirated 458, the 488 uses an engine with a flat-plane crankshaft that should help it retain the “seductive soundtrack” that Ferrari promises.

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Variable Torque Management helps get the power all the way to the rear wheels posthaste. Ferrari claims that the superquick seven-speed transmission will enable the engine to hit the rev limiter in fourth gear just six seconds after the car leaves from a stop.

The extra oomph shaves only fractions of a second from the official Fiorano lap time compared with the latest and greatest iteration of the 458, the Speciale A (which just debuted last fall). The 488GTB gets around Fiorano in 1:23.0, a half-second quicker than the Speciale A. The two cars both claim a 3.0-second zero-to-62-mph time. As speeds increase, however, the 488GTB shows its advantage, reaching 124 mph in 8.3 seconds, compared to its forebear’s 9.5.

Aside from the revolutionary change affecting the redheaded beauty under the plexiglass cover, the specs indicate that the 488GTB otherwise hews closely to the formula that has been so successful in the 458.

The shapely new body is 1.6 inches longer than the 458 Italia’s, 0.6 inch wider, and identical in height. Ferrari says the new car has less aerodynamic drag but creates 50 percent greater downforce (stated as 717 pounds at 155 mph). Large, body-side air intakes are split into two sections and are supposed to reference the original mid-engine, eight-cylinder Ferrari, the 308. Among the 488’s airflow-managing elements are an “Aero Pillar” on the front end, “vortex generators” underneath, and active flaps in the rear diffuser. A “blown spoiler” (trickle-down Formula 1 technology) funnels air in through a wide channel at the base of the rear window and out the back of the car, just above the license plate.

Ferrari’s quoted “dry weight” (at 3020 pounds) is 22 pounds lighter than it cites for the standard 458 Italia, with 53.5 percent pressing down on the rear wheels. (The forged 20-inch wheels themselves save 18 pounds.) For reference, the lightest 458 Italia we’ve weighed tipped our scales at 3325 pounds in road-ready trim.

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Inside, there’s much that looks familiar, with the photos showing aggressively bolstered, Daytona-style seats, conventional knobs and switches (no touch screen here), and a complete absence of column stalks. The multifunction steering wheel includes buttons even for lights, wipers, and turn signals, in addition to the damper setting, engine start, and Ferrari’s manettino chassis-control switch. Viewed through the steering wheel is the large, central tachometer with digital gear indicator, and it’s flanked by configurable screens.

New seats and door panels are designed to make the interior more humane. A fresh key design mimics the shape of the engine’s intake plenums and permits passive entry and starting. Optional carbon-fiber trim can cover various parts of the interior (and the exterior aero fillips); also optional are a telemetry system like that in the LaFerrari and a 12-speaker, 1280-watt stereo.

One of the more intriguing bits of technology is Ferrari’s Side Slip Angle Control. It debuted on the 458 Speciale but this time around is “more precise yet less invasive” - which is how we generally like things. It harnesses the electronically controlled rear differential, the traction control system, and now the electronically controlled dampers to enable greater tail-out antics.

First, though, you’ve got to get your hands on one. There’s no word yet on pricing, but for reference, Ferrari currently asks around £160,000 for a 458, so figure something north of there. For those special customers deemed worthy, deliveries of the 488GTB start in Europe in July.

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FXXK! It’s a 1021 bhp Ferrari!

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Laferrari FXX K

Ferrari’s hybrid hypercar with 1021 bhp is the ultimate racers dream

Let’s just say the folks at Ferrari take their jobs very seriously. Ferrari has a new car nicknamed FXX K, this new V12 1021 bhp- beast (yes - start drooling) is actually a product of a new research and development programme.

The car is based on Maranello’s first hybrid model. The “K” in its nomenclature actually points to “KERS” which maximises track performance.

This is actually a race car version of the latest Ferrari the “La Ferrari”. However, this race car will never be used in competition so it does not follow any race regulations. It is designed for an exclusive group, which Ferrari calls “Client Test Drivers” with whom Ferrari will roll out a test programme over the coming two years.

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Let’s take a quick look at the FXX K’s numbers.

The car generates a total output of 1021 bhp, 835 bhp of this humongous number is generated by its conventional V12 and the rest 188 bhp is by the electric motor. Maximum torque is said to cross 664 lp-ft.

The KERS on board has been upgraded to give the driver an option to control the car in four different modes. These are present on the “Manettino” controller on the centre console. These four modes are “Qualify” for maximum power within a limitied number of laps, “Long Run” for going the distance, “Manual Boost” for instant maximum torque delivery and “Fast Charge” for quick recharge of the battery.

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With detailed active and passive aerodynamic sections, this is the ultimate machine from Ferrari. The front of the car has a prominent twin profile spoiler with a large splitter.

At the back, the tail section is now higher (than LaFerrari) and the mobile spoiler extends further for a total increase in extension of 60 mm when fully deployed.

A vertical fin and a small wing each side of the tail act as guide vanes in the low drag configuration and boost the spoiler’s efficiency in the high downforce one. This system also creates increased downforce at the rear of the car, allowing the use of an extreme diffusion volume for the rear diffuser, which increases air extraction from the underbody.

The result is a claimed 50% improvement in downforce in the low drag configuration and a 30% improvement in the more aggressive downforce configuration, resulting in a figure of 540 kg at 124 mph.

Ferrari has confirmed that 40 cars will be built at a cost of €2.5 million each and every single one has been presold.

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A special car: World debut of Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta at Paris Motor Show

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Ferrari-458 Speciale A 2015

Ferrari announced the 2014 Paris Motor Show world debut of the 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta).

The new limited edition special series is a celebration of the dazzling success of the various versions of the 458, a model that has collected an array of international motoring media awards and track victories, not least a double WEC title and category wins in classic endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the 458 Speciale A is the most powerful spider in Prancing Horse history, effortlessly marrying extreme performance with the sublime pleasure of drop-top driving.

Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.

The 458 Speciale A sports the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built by Ferrari. It punches out a massive 605 cv (135 cv/l specific power output) and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm yet only generates 275 g/km of CO2 emissions. The three international Best Performance Engine awards the V8 has won are acknowledged on a special plaque in the cockpit.

The new car sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds and has a Fiorano lap time of 1’23”5. These superb results are thanks in great part to its front and rear active aerodynamics, the rigidity of a chassis that incorporates 10 aluminium alloys, and Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) which guarantees unparalleled sporty driving in all conditions, underscored by the seductively exhilarating signature Ferrari soundtrack.

As is the case with all Prancing Horse cars, the 458 Speciale A’s sculpted forms are absolutely performance-oriented. In fact, a series of innovative and original bodywork solutions has made the 458 Speciale A the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever.

The 458 Speciale A is being premiered in a unique triple-layer yellow livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe as well as five-spoke forged wheels in Grigio Corsa.

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Ferrari-458 Speciale A 2015

The cockpit has a distinctive racing-inspired look: lightweight yet exclusive materials have been adopted throughout and, of course, crafted with Ferrari’s signature artisanal sophistication. This is particularly true of the finish of the dash, the moulded door panels and central tunnel in an exclusive blue carbon-fibre (also used for the treadplates) as well as the newly-designed seats in Alcantara© with contrasting stitching and 3D technical fabric.

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 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Engine

  • Type: V8 – 90°
  • Total displacement: 4497 cc
  • Max. power output: 605 cv @ 9000 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 540 Nm @ 6000 rpm

Weight

  • Dry weight: 1340 kg
  • Weight-power ratio: 2.21 kg/cv

Performance

  • 0–100 km/h: 3.0 s
  • 0–200 km/h: 9.5 s
  • Fiorano lap time: 1’23”5

Emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)

  • CO2 emissions: 275 g/km
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Epitome of perfection

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The Ferrari F12berlinetta has been awarded the Compasso d’Oro  (Golden Compass), one of the oldest and most prestigious international design accolades.

Ferrari’s Senior Vice President of Design, Flavio Manzoni accepted the award on behalf of Ferrari in the Officine Ansaldo exhibition hall in Milan.

In presenting the award, the ADI design jury praised the F12berlinetta for its flowing, dynamic forms that use innovative aerodynamic solutions in a true marriage of technology and aesthetics.
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Designed by Ferrari’s Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina, the F12berlinetta is the most powerful, high-performance Ferrari road car ever built and epitomises the perfect balance between maximum aerodynamic efficiency and the elegant proportions typical of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars.

This important accolade is not the first for Ferrari.

In 2001 Luca di Montezemolo received the Compasso d’Oro for the company’s achievements as an innovative industrial and engineering reality.

Ferrari was praised for its incessant technological research and its universally-acclaimed aesthetic excellence which is the result of an entrepreneurial culture which puts the requirement of the people who work at the factory, and the working environment in general, at the heart of all developments.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Compasso d’Oro which was instituted to recognise and promote Italian design excellence.

The award ceremony is held every three years by an international jury of designers, specialists, historians and journalists, and just 20 awards are assigned to those products that, in the previous three years, have been judged to exemplify Italian creativity and expertise.

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Super Car, Super Surprise

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An afterschool club in Bradford gave its ‘exceptional’ pupils a taste of the fast lane last week as children were commemorated for their exceptional hard work, progress and achievements in their studies.

Raising Explorers, a club in the city which helps children with their homework and religious studies, hired a red Ferrari for the day as children got a super surprise of their own.

The event was organised to congratulate the children on their hard work and progress in school as well as the success of a recent fundraising event.

SURPRISE: Children from Raising Explorers were given a special treat last week as a Ferrari pulled up in the club’s car park

SURPRISE: Children from Raising Explorers were given a special treat last week as a Ferrari pulled up in the club’s car park

All the children got the chance to experience what riding in the supercar was like as they each got behind the wheel for a not-to-be-forgotten experience.

Driven by a chauffeur, the Ferrari also acted as a ‘motivation tool’, according to childcare and progress manager at Raising Explorers, Istihaq Khan, who added that it was a ‘lovely opportunity’ to celebrate the achievements of the young Explorers.

He said: “It was great for the students to be rewarded for their efforts as the ride in the Ferrari without a doubt acted as a great motivator.

“A big thank you to everyone, including the children for all your efforts and to Evolution Motor Group for their cooperation, in inspiring the children with their jaw dropping Ferrari.”

Mr Khan also explained how the group caters for children from all backgrounds and continues to be a success in the city centre.

“Raising Explorers is based in an area of Bradford where our research showed that many parents struggle to balance work with childcare needs as there wasn’t any local adequate afterschool and weekend childcare available…The quality of any such childcare was either poor or simply non-existent and didn’t meet the requirements of the parents and the children.

“Therefore since Raising Explorers was launched in 2012 such values have been integral to the life of the After School Club and we have now become one of the city’s most popular out of school childcare provisions.

“In our most recent inspection by Ofsted, the inspector described us as ‘Outstanding’ and exceeding Ofsted requirements for an Out of School Club.”

EXPERIENCE: Each child was given the experience of sitting behind the wheel before a chauffeur took the motor for a spin

EXPERIENCE: Each child was given the experience of sitting behind the wheel before a chauffeur took the motor for a spin

One father, Javez, whose child attends the centre, spoke of how much he appreciated the efforts put in by all at Raising Explorers.

“My wife is a full time carer for my eldest child and I’m a driving instructor,” he said.

“Previously it used to be a struggle to finish work, pick up my child from school and then make the time to help him with his homework.

“We always felt guilty that due to the demands of working life and circumstances we were unable to give the right attentive care and help to our child when he came home from school.

“Now that he goes to Raising Explorers, I am so relieved that he is getting the best support he can possibly get and our son loves going there.

“Raising Explorers offer so much value for money when it comes to childcare and that’s what I love about them.”

Raising Explorers are open seven days a week offering tuition in all subjects, religious education, homework support and general drop in sessions for children aged between five and 15.

For parents interested please call 01274 493034
or email funToLearn@raisingexplorers.co.uk

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Sheer elegance

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Ferrari-lovers will be in for a treat with the new V8 Ferrari California T, boasting a turbo-charged engine which delivers intense sound and vivid acceleration whilst maintaining ultimate elegance from the top  marquee.

Whilst the California T bears enhanced standards of innovation, it still features all the essential characteristics that have distinguished every California model since the 1950s.

The latest model, which will be unveiled at Geneva in March, brims with a host of new solutions, not least of which is its 8-cylinder turbo engine.

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Ferrari California T

Maranello’s engineers have created an entirely new power unit which delivers absolutely superb levels of performance, blistering pick-up and the most exhilarating soundtrack any turbo has ever yielded.

With torque up by 49% and fuel consumption down 15%, the direct-injection, 3855 cc turbo 8-cylinder delivers 560 cv at 7500 rpm - figures that give it acceleration over the 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds.

The California T boasts striking standards of innovation while retaining signature features such as the successful 2+ concept, a refined cabin and, of course, the retractable hard top (RHT) which transforms it from a chic coupé into a sleekly sophisticated spider in a mere 14 seconds.

One major challenge though, involved in the design of the California T was to guarantee it a typically intense, exhilarating Ferrari engine sound.

This was achieved through meticulous design work and the use of special manufacturing techniques for essential components, such as the flat-plane crankshaft and the three-piece cast exhaust manifold and turbo housing.

Ferrari California T

Ferrari California T

The engine produces a powerful, engaging sound during both the intake and exhaust phases, becoming even more potent as engine speed increases. This the first time a result of this kind has ever been achieved with a turbo engine.

The California T delivers true sports car dynamics too, thanks to reduced steering wheel activity and improved steering response to driver input, courtesy of a new steering box and suspension set-up.

New springs and latest-generation Magnaride dampers (which respond 50% faster), combined with body motion acc-elerometers, reduce roll and pitch for more precise handling whilst still guaranteeing an incredibly comfort-able ride.

The California T also has the latest evolution of the F1-Trac traction control system for maximum acceleration out of corners, thereby underscoring the sportier side of its personality.

The California T’s architecture, controls and new 8-cylinder engine ensure consistently intense driving pleasure in challenging driving conditions as well as making the car fun to drive even in more relaxed situations, very much in the Grand Tourer tradition.

The CCM3 carbon-ceramic braking system is also extremely efficient with new composite discs and pads. The brakes are integrated with the ESP 8.0 premium which controls the high performance ABS for a short 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 34 metres.

Considerable attention was paid to the design, maintaining the outgoing model’s overall dimensions while ensuring that the California T has a new, individual personality. The sleek proportions were penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina and are very much in keeping with the Ferrari front-engined ethos.

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The best or nothing…

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Since 2004 Enzo Prestige has been a market leader in supplying premium quality hire cars to clients up and down the country and now, in its tenth year anniversary, the Dewsbury-based supplier insists the best is still yet to come.

With a fleet of luxury cars growing just as quick as their reputation, you can be guaranteed that there is a vehicle for just about every occasion on offer at Enzo Prestige.

Top-of-the-range car models such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Ranger Rover are all on show and available to drive away today, with clients safe in the knowledge that their wheels will certainly stand out in the crowd.

Enzo Prestige

Enzo Prestige

Competitive prices are available for every customer so whether you need a motor for just one day or a whole month, you will be sure to find something that matches your needs at Enzo Prestige.

Fancy something a little bit more special? Why not treat yourself, or someone else, to a supercar experience that will never be forgotten.

Amongst the growing fleet of cars available for hire are Audi R8, Bentley, Porsche and many more – all subject to availability, which not only ooze in luxury but also in style.

Enzo Prestige

Enzo Prestige

As well as providing cars for day-to-day use, the company is one of the leading and longest established prestige wedding fleet specialists in the UK, catering for all the travel arrangements on the big day whether it be Asian themed or English.

With a dedicated experienced team available by your side throughout the planning process, you can be assured that everything will go the way you want it to on your special day.

Rolls Royce Ghost and Phantom models, as well as Limousines and 4x4’s, can all be hired from very competitive rates.

Yasar Iqbal, director of Enzo Prestige explained why he set up the company a decade ago and how the name Enzo Prestige has become synonymous, not only with quality, but with customer satisfaction.

“I believe Enzo in essence is all about sharing our passion for cars with our clients,” he said.

“Each car is individually chosen so you can experience a special feeling time after time and we promise your expectations will not only be met but exceeded.

“Vehicles can be same from company to company – but the service cannot. We want you to explore the individuality of the whole Enzo brand. Any car you hire from us will be the best in its league as we believe, here at Enzo, that it’s either the best or nothing.”

 

Enzo Prestige

Enzo Prestige

Enzo Prestige
Garnett St, Dewsbury, WF13 4AT
Phone: 01924 403 887
Web: enzoprestige.co.uk
Twitter: @enzoprestige

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