The Ferrari recall message will head out to owners that have the specific vehicle by September 24, 2022, but it's important to understand that if you own one of these vehicles you need to contact the dealer and verify that you need to repair. Remember, cars from 2005 are effected, so don't think your car is too old.
What's happening? The Brake Fluid Reservoir cover is becoming pressurized and leaking, which may cause a "Low Brake Fluid" warning light. If you receive this warning light Ferrari is advising not to drive the vehicle and to have it towed.
Here's the list:
2005 - 2009 430
2019 - 2020 488 Pista
2010 - 2011 612
2005 - 2011 612 Scaglietti
2018 - 2022 812
2009 - 2017 California
2015 - 2017 California T
2013 - 2017 F12 Berlinetta
2017 F12 TDF
2016 F60 America
2020 - 2022 F8 Spider
2020 - 2022 F8 Tributo
2012 - 2016 FF
2018 - 2020 GTC 4 Lusso
2018 - 2019 GTC 4 Lusso T
2013 - 2016 LaFerrari
2017 LaFerrari Aperta
2019 - 2022 Portofino
2021 - 2022 Roma
Today we have Shaun DeCunha of entICED Garage! He is doing a new process called Dry Ice Cleaning and it's catching on by storm! How it works is it shoots a stream of dry ice onto a surface and it's incredible what it can do. Don't take our word for it, check out the video below and tell us what you think! I was honestly floored by how cool it is.
Many years ago I had the honor of testing out the Factory Five GTM. Truth is I wish I was filming back then the way I am now as it would be a completely different journey. Every time I run across one it's such a unique opportunity. These cars are literally as rare as hen's teeth, to associate a phrase. Most people wouldn't even know what it was if they even had an opportunity to witness this unique kit car in person. To see one in the wild seems impossible and yet I've seen probably a hundred in person thanks to my geographic distance to the factory that produces them.
Factory Five is a kit car company that specialized in Cobra kit cars for many years, but decided to expand beyond their meager roots and build something special. The GTM was the results. It can be powered by just about anything, but most prefer the LS series GM V8 motors that are notorious engine swaps and very plentiful. The GTM is perfect to contain one as its pounding heart, wrapped in a tubular frame.
To drive one is a special experience. Unlike manufactured cars that have many ways of reducing sound and making it more leisurely for the driver the GTM makes no promises and takes no quarter. It will happily make you aware of the powerful engine mere inches from your back while explaining in detail every bump in the road complete with footnotes. The feeling of sitting in the car is something like sitting directly on the ground it's so low and the window, albeit's tall appearance from outside, feels more like a peering through a slit cut from the frame as an after thought, a favor for the driver as the front fascia attempts to rise up to block what little view is left. To put it lightly, this is what driving a race car feels like. The driver is almost secondary to performance.
Although performance is based on the builder's goals and inevitably the depths of his pockets, the GTM does well regardless of the powerplant. The car is built to cut through the air, as it was wind tunnel tested like a jet, and its weight is reduced to the mere minimum to still keep it legal on the street.
Once it's all done what you get is something more than a supercar and slightly less than a purpose built race car, but due to its customizable nature it literally whatever you want it to be... as long as it's fast.
When the GTM's design first went to paper in 2002, but when it hit in 2008 it revolutionized how we saw kit cars and Factory Five. By 2010 350 GTMs had been sold. The GTM went through many phases, from just a kit car to companies building turn-key kits for customers and those dreaming of a production version using it as a platform, but that never really found fruition, leaving the number of GTMs low and in the hands of the most studious hobbyists.
Factory Five has moved on to bigger and better projects since, such as the F9R and new Baja Truck, but the GTM will forever be the car that started it all and it's still relevant to this day.
If you want to consider one you can head over to Factory Five at this link: click here.
When I first discovered hydrogen fuel in 2004 I was very excited. A new fuel source that worked in conjunction with electric and still had a fuel tank and incredible range? Sign me up!
Well, it's 2022 now and although some manufacturers have dug into Hydrogen it hasn't seen nearly the acceptance I would've expected with all the promises. When the N Vision 74 came out I instantly wanted had a moment of excitement that maybe we could have this car!
So I decided to do a deep dive back into Hydrogen and my hopes were dashed completely. I found what amounts to a cover up. The process isn't as easy as it's advertised and certainly not as environmentally friendly as the papers say. That's not because of the batteries either, the whole entire process!
Check out the show and see my disappointment of the reality that Hydrogen is and why it has a mountain to overcome.
Larz Anderson Auto Museum is the oldest collection of motor vehicles in the United States. It houses some amazing vehicles, but today we're visiting it for its famous lawn even Tutto Italiano. Tutto, as it's known, is dedicated to the inspiration of Italian automakers and is therefore the most compelling of the events with brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Pagani to name a few. A lawn area is made for brands like Alfa Romeo as well as an off-brand area for cars like Porsche and McLaren that love to share the space since it's considered more of a supercar event by most.
Truth is, if you have time for one event in the year, attending Tutto should be that list. This year really did have it all, from historic cars to cutting edge cars and everything in between and it did not disappoint.
Rare is the name of the game with an example of a 350 GT Lamborghini, only 1 of 135 created and the first offering by the Lamborghini brand after Ferruccio's fallout with Enzo Ferrari.
You may have heard the story of Ferruccio Lamborghini. It's a humble story about how a tractor farmer took on the mighty Ferrari empire. So if you have a chance, look it up. What you probably don't know is how that dream begain. A dream to make a driver car, a car for the streets, one not hampered by the vision of track dominance that consumed Enzo's existence. Ferruccio wanted nothing to do with racing in his car. He wanted something that was fast, sexy, sleek and made for the street only. In fact, when his team dreamed up the first ever dubbed supercar the Miura Ferruccio made them design it after hours. No, he had a bigger dream, what he considered the better dream.
He unveiled the 350 GT at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show and it immediately got attention. A front mounted V12 had a unique feel and presence all its own and members were ready to get on board with it.
In all 135 of these cars were built and although Ferruccio went on to design other similar 2+2 seater cars and make this design the brand's future, the Miura did everything it couldn't and finally gave way to the Countach and the rest as they say is history. Although the 350 GT was relegated to history, and to many maybe even just a footnote, it was the car that empowered Lamborghini to make the cars it does today and it's a very rare opportunity to see one in person. Dare I say, an honor.
Every year we cover an amazing event dedicated to Italian styling in the automotive world. This is right down our alley and we never miss attending. The location is Larz Anderson, the oldest automotive museum in the United States so you basically get two incredible shows for the price of one. Be ready to walk as this is an expansive display as you look out onto Boston proper from the top of the hill flanked by a bevy of Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Looking forward to seeing you there.
If you would like to visit Larz Anderson you can: click here.
Come back here to see our coverage coming next week.
Today a new buzz is spinning and it's centered around a Hyundai! There's no doubt that their Genesis platform has really taken off since 2011, but what could they be planning that is so exciting?
I give you the NVision74. It's listed at 670 PS (that's 660 horsepower for us traditional types), but crazy enough, that's not the true coolness of the concept. It's their test for hybrid hydrogen electric technology. The reason it's listed as a hybrid is because not only does it use hydrogen, but it also has a battery similar to an electric car. Although it can run independently its true performance happens when they are both active, giving a range of 372 miles.
Since it's a concept there aren't ways to truly measure it's performance and the truth is, we have questions, such as "can you really call it a hybrid when both systems are based off of electricity," but we'll have to save those for production time. I don't think that's the point here.
People will say that the excitement is on all these new terms, but I offer a different spin. I think the truth is the reason people like it is because it doesn't look boring and numb. It looks like a fun car and that inspires us. I think the value of this car is not the technology (I'll venture most of it will get torn out before it ever sees an assembly line like all concept cars), it's that our minds say, "I can see myself driving that." That's the hope we want. Sure, the thousands of automotive writers like myself getting excited about it and sharing with the world like a giddy Tiktok teen with the latest in fashion is based on a ton of buzz words and that's well and good, but if you can think, I'd trade in my car for that then we have a benchmark for everyone else to follow.
I think that's where Hyundai really won the day today. Whether they make it or not.
Viva East is a Car Show held yearly in the Northeast. It features pre-70s hot rods, custom cars, lowriders, and everything in between. Brands like Lincoln, Buick, Chevy and Ford dominate the landscape and it's colorful to say the least.
What makes this kind of car show different is its ability to look the part. One does not just purchase a car and customize it. There's a fashion, a style of music, and that resonates to a family atmosphere that few automotive events can compete with and allows it to surpass its basic tenants and builds a stronger community across many car clubs from everywhere.
We'd like to see more of this come to more and more shows, regardless of their differing styles because if there's one thing that Viva East does well it's set a very high bar for all those that wish to follow it.