Ferrari is celebrating its 70th birthday by visiting France with a pair of exquisite prancing horses.
Tour Auto Optic 2000 is the event where a multitude of classic cars gather each year in France to celebrate everything we love about automobiles. The 26th edition of the rally is bringing together an impressive collection of roughly 245 cars participating in two categories: Historical Competition Vehicles and Historical Regular Sports Vehicles. In a sea of classic and vintage cars, Ferrari is also showcasing some of its latest creations.
The already sold-out LaFerrari Aperta is one of them, a hypercar droptop of which only 209 units are ever going to be made, thus making it even more exclusive than the coupe produced in 499+1 examples. Everything you like about the coupe has been carried over, plus the “joy of extreme open-top driving” as nicely described by Ferrari. The car’s numbers are absolutely astonishing: 963 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, 0-100 kilometres per hour (0-62 miles per hour) in less than 3 seconds, and a top speed of more than 350 km/h (217 mph).
Aside from bringing the Aperta, Ferrari is celebrating its 70th birthday these days with its latest gem. Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the 812 Superfast is making its French debut. The name might not be car’s strong point, but it does harken back to the 1960s era when the 500 Superfast came out. Much like the roofless LaFerrari, the newest prancing horse is also about the juicy specs: 6.5-litre V12 naturally aspirated engine with 800 hp and 530 lb-ft, 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 7.9 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 340 km/h (211 mph). Numbers aside, it’s the fastest and most powerful regular production Ferrari ever made.
As impressive as these two cars are from a technical point of view, there’s something about the design of a classic Ferrari that impresses even more. The folks from Maranello arrived in France with a variety of well-known nameplates, including a 275 GTB, a 308 GT, and a Dino 246 GT to further highlight the marque’s now 70-year-long heritage.