Ferrari is a Fraud! Caught fudging their Specs!

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Ferrari is a Fraud! Caught fudging their Specs!

EVO Magazine Contributing Writer 27 March 2011

Ferrari Scuderia vs Porsche GT2

Ferrari Scuderia vs Porsche GT2

Ferrari 430 Scuderia Fraud vs Porsche GT2

430 Scuderia

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Ferrari 355 wasn't as fast as the maker claimed. It appears that there is a culture within the firm to inflate performance numbers by specifically tuning their cars for the tests t

We all figured there was something wrong, specifically recently when the performance numbers published by Ferrari and in most cases the free press, could not be recreated in real life tests.

It appears that there is a culture within the firm to inflate performance numbers by specifically tuning their cars for the tests to be performed with them and handing over these test vehicles to the press under the guys that the same vehicles would be sold to the public. This seems to be an outright fraud, and we're on board with Chris that this type of action should end.

Evo Magazine: Ferrari is a Fraud!

Chris Harris (Evo Magazine UK), Feb 15, 2011 3:00 PM I tells all: "I was pissed at Ferrari and wanted to tell a few people. They said start publishing about it on line!". Stay with us, this is well worth reading!

According to Chris Harris (Evo Magazine UK)

"...I think it started in 2007 when I heard that Ferrari wanted to know which test track we were going to use for Autocar's 599 GTB road test, but in reality the rot had set in many years earlier. Why would it want to know that? "Because," said the man from the Autocar office, "The Ferrari factory now has to send a test team to the circuit we chose so that they can optimize their cars to get the best performance from them." They duly went to the test track, tested the Ferrari for a day, crashed the car, went back to the factory to mend the it, returned, tested and then invited us to drive this "standard" Ferrari 599. They must have been having a laugh...."

Sad to say it, but the ecstasy of driving a new Ferrari is now almost always eradicated by the pain of dealing with the organization. Why is he bothering to tell you this? Because he's out right pissed off with the whole thing now. It's gotten out of control; to the point that it will soon be pointless believing anything you read about Ferraris cars through the usual (independant auto magazine) channels.

Like anyone with half a brain, he's been willing to cut Ferrari some slack because it is, well, a Ferrari - the most famous super sports car brand of all (well other that Porsche of course... according to us) and the maker of cars that everyone wants to know about.

Bang out a video of yourself drifting a new Nissan GTR YouTube and 17 people watch it; do the same in a 430 Scuderia and the audience is 1/2 million strong. As a journalist, those numbers make you willing to accommodate truck-loads of bull! But Chris has had enough now. It doesn't bother him if he never get to drive a new Ferrari again, if it means he never has to deal with the insane Ferrari propoganda machine and continue lying about the lengths to which Ferrari will bend any rule to get what they want. Which is just as well, because he doesn't think he's going to be invited back to Ferrari's Maranello track any time soon.

Porsche 997 GT2 oblitterates Ferrari Scuderia

The internet is good for three things: free porn, auto blogs and spreading information. Fifteen years ago, if your Ferrari 355 wasn't as fast as the maker claimed you could give the supplying dealer a headache, whine at the local owners club and not much besides. Nowadays you spray your message around the globe and every bugger knows about it in minutes. So, when we used an owner's F430 Scud because Ferrari wouldn't lend us the test car, it was obliterated in a straight line by a Porsche 997 GT2 and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4, despite all the "official" road test figures suggesting the Ferrari was faster than Halley's Comet. The forums went nuts and some Scuderia owners rightly felt they hadn't been delivered the car they'd read about in all the buff books. Talk about karma slapping you in the face.

Remember the awesome 430 Scuderia? What a car that was, and still is. One English magazine went along with all the cheating-bull because the cars seemed to be representative of what a customer might get to drive, but then during the dyno session, the "standard" tires stuck themselves to the rollers.

How paranoid does one have to be to put a stickier, Ultra high performace tire compound, on a Scuderia? I mean it's not as if, according to your own communication, you're not a clear market leader and maker of the best sports cars in the world now, is it?

Ferrari is a FRUAD!

How bad has it been? I honestly he doesn't know where to start. Perhaps the F360 Modena press car that was two seconds faster to 100mph than the customer car that they also tested. You allow some leeway for "factory fresh" machines, but this thing was ludicrously quick and sounded more like Schumacher's weekend thrasher, than a street car. Ferrari will never admit that its press cars are tuned, but has the gall to turn up at any of the big European magazines' end-of-year-tests with two cars. One for straight line work, the other for handling exercises. Because that's what happens when you buy a 458: they deliver two for just those eventualities. The whole thing stinks. In any other industry it wouldn't be allowed to happen. It's dishonest, but all the mags take it between the cheeks because they're too scared of not being invited to drive the next new Ferrari.

What Ferrari plainly cannot see is that its strategy to win every test at any cost is completely counter-productive. First, it completely undermines the amazing work of its own engineers. What does it say about a Ferrari 458 if the only way its maker is willing to loan it to a magazine is if a laptop can be plugged in after every journey and a dedicated team needs to spend several days at the chosen test track to set-up the car? This speaks of madness - It looks even worse when rival brands, The german powerhouse Porsche as a perfect example, just hand over their car with nothing more than a polite suggestion that you should avoid putting it into a concrete wall or planting it in the potatoe fields... and then return a week later.

It's the level of control that's so profoundly irritating that Chris (and we) think it's damaging to the entire brand. Once you know that it takes a full support crew and two F458s to supply those amazing stats, it then takes the shine off the car. The simple message from Ferrari is that unless you play exactly by the laws they lay down, you're off the list.

Ferrari out right refuses testing without their permission!

What are those laws? Apart from the laughable track test stuff, as a journalist you are expressly forbidden from driving any current Ferrari road car without permission from the factory. So if I want to drive my mate's F458 tomorrow, he havs to ask the factory. Will it allow me to drive the car? No: because it is of "unknown provenance," i.e. not tuned. He's almost tempted to buy a F458, just for the joy of phoning Maranello every morning and asking if its OK if he takes he's kid to school. Where He's personally run into trouble is by using owners' cars for comparison tests. Ferrari absolutely hates this; even if you say unremittingly nice things about its cars, expect to get notices and threats from their legal department.

Porsche GT3 997 vs Ferrari 599 GTO...?

But you want to see a F458 against a Porsche 997 GT3 RS so he's going to deliver that story and the video. Likewise the F599 GTO and the GT2 RS. Ferrari honestly believes it can control every aspect of the media it has actively intervened several times when he's asked to borrow owners' cars.

The Ferrari propaganda machine!

The control freakery is getting worse: for the FF launch in March journalists have to say which outlets they are writing it for and those have to be approved by Maranello. Honestly, the journalists are perilously close to having the words and verdicts vetted by the Ferrari press office before they're released, which of course has always been the way in some markets.

The best thing about car nuts is that they let you drive their cars, and Ferrari has absolutely no chance stopping people like me driving what they want to drive. Of course their attempts to stop him makes it an even better sport and merely hardens his resolve.

None of this will make any difference to Ferrari. He's just an irrelevant Limey who doesn't really matter. But he's had enough of concealing what goes on, to the point that no longer will he be a Ferrari owner, a de- facto member of its control-edifice.

He sold he's F575 before Christmas. As pathetic protests go, you have to agree it's high quality.

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