The St. Catharines, Ontario native scoops up number 1 of 209 of the sold-out supercar.
The intersection of Motorsports and commerce is a difficult one to master but Canadian racer Josh Cartu seems to have the game figured out. Cartu's group of companies is doing so well that the 38-year-old businessman just took delivery of his latest Ferrari, the 2017 LaFerrari Aperta, and it was the first one delivered in the world.
The St. Catharines, Ontario native is well-known in the Canadian exotic car scene but is more recently blowing up with his international racing exposure and through his social media efforts. Cartu is known to run in the same circles as ultra-famous Canadian DJ Deadmau5, who is also a collector of pricey exotic cars. Cartu has participated in several high-profile exotic car rallies including the Mille Miglia and the Gumball 3000 in 2014 and 2016 winning a "Best Team Award" for his antics. He races a Ferrari with the AF Corse team and now under his own banner Cartu Racing that also operates a drifting team in Europe called Cartu Drifting. And now, Cartu is making the news yet again as the first owner to take delivery of the 2017 Ferrari La Ferrari Aperta anywhere on the planet.
Limited to only 209 units, the LaFerrari Aperta launched at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and carries a price tag of €3.5 million (approx. $5.1M CAD). With an 800 horsepower V12 engine on on board combined with a 163-hp electric motor the total thrust is 963 hp and 664 pound-feet of torque. With only a slight increase in weight over the coupe, the open-top Aperta cranks a 0-100 km/h (0-62 miles per hour) time in under three seconds, a 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) run in fewer than seven seconds, and crushes 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) in 15 seconds with a top end of 350 km/h (217 mph).
The LaFerrari Aperta in its limited numbers sold out quickly. Contrary to what most Canadians might think, Cartu's LaFerrari Aperta delivery took place at Ferrari Budapest in Hungary and not from a Canadian-based dealer. We imagine allocations were either filled or too selective for Cartu from a Ferrari dealer in Ontario, prompting his option to pick it up overseas.
The impromptu ceremony of the LaFerrari Aperta delivery took place on October 15 to a crowd of social media paparazzi. No professional media were present for the event but a few videos have emerged from that gloomy day around the rain-soaked streets of Budapest.
Photos: Daniel Balogh