Ferrari of Houston and The Woodlands Launch the new Ferrari SF90 Spider

The rain didn’t stop 50 guests from enjoying an intimate evening with the team of Ferrari of Houston and The Woodlands as they celebrated the launch of the new Ferrari SF90 Spider.

Guests were treated to an in-depth presentation about the new Ferrari supercar, reviewing the performance and technological advancements made in the SF90 Spider, all while enjoying the surroundings of other Ferrari models such as the new Ferrari Roma, F8 Tributo, 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, and many more amazing Ferrari models.

To learn more about the SF90 Spider, please contact us today for details.

Highlights from Risi Competizione at Rolex 24 at Daytona

Highlights from Risi Competizione at 24 Hours of Daytona, a race that left a bitter-sweet taste in our mouth. Always special to be part of this iconic race, the 24 Hours of Daytona, especially with this beautiful Ferrari 488 GTE. The team did a perfect job during the entire race, pit stop after pit stop executing everything flawlessly. The drivers were also there with us, fighting for positions until the end.

Despite our scary start of the race, we were able to be competitive until mid-morning approximately. We hope you enjoy this video and thank you all fans for the kind support as always.

Thank you again to our sponsors: Pakelo Lubricants, OMP Racing, Rotiform Wheels, Hella Pagid, Ferrari Races, Club Ferrari France, Ferrari of Houston and Ferrari of The Woodlands. Drivers Jules Gounon, Alessando Pier Guidi, James Calado and Davide Rigon.

Risi Competizione Ready for Roar Before The 24 Daytona Test.

Risi Competizione recently completed a successful shakedown test at MSR Houston before packing up and heading to Daytona for the Roar Before the 24 test days and qualifying race in preparation for the 59th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona race, January 28-31. The Roar activities take place this week, January 22-24, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida being

All four No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM drivers, Brit James Calado, Italians Alessandro Pier Guidi and Davide Rigon and Frenchman Jules Gounon, will participate in the Roar activities in preparation for the legendary twice-around-the-clock endurance race.

“We had a successful shake down at MSR and everything with the car build and engine seem fine; there were no issues,” said Risi Competizione Race Engineer Rick Mayer. “The crew has been getting everything prepared for the Roar and the over-the-wall crew has been at the shop practicing pit work; wheel changes, brake changes, wing changes, etc. We’ve not participated in an IMSA race since last January’s Daytona 24 Hours. The Roar Balance of Performance (BoP) came out last week and, unfortunately, I feel we’ll have a difficult race if it’s not adjusted after the Roar. But we have a great driver line up; all four drivers will be at the Roar, all are familiar with the car, team and track. We don’t expect large setup changes to the car. It’s the same car spec and tire spec as last year. We’re all looking forward to getting back to racing.”

This year’s Roar Before the 24 schedule includes a 100-minute qualifying race on Sunday, Jan. 24, which will set the grid for the Rolex 24 At Daytona race start on Saturday, January 30th at 3:40 p.m. EST. This is a new qualifying procedure for International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM from Ferrari of Houston and The Woodlands

FERRARI OF HOUSTON & FERRARI OF THE WOODLANDS proudly offer an opportunity to acquire the legendary 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, Chassis #6045. 19th of only 32 examples constructed by Ferrari, Chassis #6045 has enjoyed a colorful and highly documented existence, from original ownership by William Harrah of Nevada (1964), to vintage racing at the Goodwood Revival (2000), to factory Ferrari Classiche restoration (2013).

Most recently displayed during Cavallino Classic Concours week (2014), receiving multiple awards including the Ferrari Classiche Cup. Please call for pricing details. 713-772-3868 or email rdohogne@ferrariofhouston.com

2021 812 GTS and 1973 365 GTS/4 Spyder from Ferrari of Houston & The Woodlands

In Verde Pino Metalizzato, this new 812 GTS with its inspiration a 1973 365 GTS/4 Spyder in Verde Pino Metalizzato. This Daytona Spyder only 122 were ever built.

Risi Competizione Announces Entry and Driver Line-up for Rolex 24 at Daytona 2021.

The Risi Competizione Ferrari Team today announced plans to compete in the 2021 running of the 59th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance race will be held January 27-31, and proceeded by the Roar Before the 24 test days, January 22-24.

The Houston, Tex.-based Risi Competizione Team Principal, Giuseppe Risi, is known for assembling a talented and formidable driver line-up and this year is no exception. Drivers for the No. 62 Rosso Corsa red liveried Ferrari for Daytona will be England’s James Calado, Italians Alessandro Pier Guidi and Davide Rigon, and Frenchman Jules Gounon. Calado, Pier Guidi and Rigon are all Ferrari Competizioni GT factory drivers and have competed with Risi in the Rolex 24 a number of years. Gounon, who has two runs with the Risi team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be making his Risi Competizione Daytona debut and third appearance at the twice-around-the-clock American enduro.

The Risi Competizione’s 2021 Rolex 24 effort is the 20th entry since 1998, which has included one class victory (2002), and four additional podium finishes (second-place in class in 1999, 2003 and 2019; third-place in class in 2017). Last year the team finished sixth in the GTLM class after a strong run but a high-speed puncture caused extensive damage and withdrawal.

The 2021 Daytona 24 competition will be Calado’s sixth Rolex 24 race, with five of those with Risi and three in the Top 5. Pier Guidi will be making his eighth Rolex 24 race appearance and has celebrate one victory in 2014. Rigon will also be making his eighth Rolex appearance and sixth time with the Risi team.

The 2021 Daytona 24 competition will be Calado’s sixth Rolex 24 race, with five of those with Risi and three in the Top 5. Pier Guidi will be making his eighth Rolex 24 race appearance and has celebrate one victory in 2014. Rigon will also be making his eighth Rolex appearance and sixth time with the Risi team.

No additional racing plans have yet been announced for the 2021 racing season by the Risi Competizione team but are under consideration.

2020 Houston Ferrari Festival Postponed to 2021

The Houston Ferrari Festival, presented by Ferrari of Houston and benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center announced that due to Covid and the need for social distancing, that it would postpone the 2020 festival.

With over 4,000 guests attending throughout the day for both the 2018 and 2019 festivals, it is in the best interest for the safety of festival-goers and owners that the crowded event be postponed.

The Houston Ferrari Festival will continue to monitor the situation in hopes of having some mini-shows next year leading up to the big day in December 2021.

For participation and sponsorship details for 2021 Festival, please visit houstonferrarifestival.com

The New Ferrari SF90 Spider. The most powerful Ferrari yet.

Ferrari revealed the new Ferrari SF90 Spider which combines hybrid 1000 horsepower performance with the pleasure of open air driving in a roadster with PHEV powertrain architecture.

The SF90 Spider, the Prancing Horse’s first series production PHEV spider, sets a new benchmark in terms of performance and innovation with respect to the Ferrari range and the entire sports car sector. The car inherits its outstanding design and record-breaking performance from the SF90 Stradale, while increasing driving pleasure thanks to the RHT retractable hardtop in its latest version. 

That makes the SF90 Spider the ideal car for those who demand the highest level of technology without sacrificing the versatility and thrill of open-air driving.

1000 HP Plug-in Hybrid System

The SF90 Spider features a plug-in hybrid architecture where the internal combustion engine is integrated with two electric motors at the front, which make up the RAC-e (electronic cornering set-up regulator) system. There is also one at the rear which is derived from and takes the name MGUK (Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic) from the Prancing Horse’s Formula 1 experience. The synergy between the internal combustion engine and the electric motors makes it possible to reach a maximum power of 1000 hp and puts the F173RHT at the top of the category and the Maranello-based company’s range. Thanks to its 780 hp (and 195 hp/l specific power), the SF90 Spider’s internal combustion engine is at the top of the Ferrari range. The technicians focused on redesigning the intake and exhaust system to achieve this result. In the new configuration, all the ducts are almost horizontally lined up at cylinder head height, the turbocharger unit has been lowered and the exhaust line is higher. This streamlining has resulted in a lower center of gravity and a reduction of the overall weight, also thanks to the use of Inconel® in the exhaust system.

A Hotbed of Open-Air Innovation

In the SF90 Spider, the Manettino is complemented by a selector (eManettino) with four modes for managing the hybrid system: eDrive, HybridPerformanceQualify. Innovative aerodynamic solutions include the shut-off Gurney, an active system at the rear of the car that adapts to driving conditions. The vehicle dynamics control logic, now called electronic Side Slip Control (eSSC), has also been enhanced: the system continually checks the car’s dynamic conditions and independently manages the torque applied to the inner and outer wheel (Torque Vectoring). The eyes on the road, hands on the steering wheel philosophy has resulted in a new human-machine interface (HMI) full of innovations, including a steering wheel with touch controls and a fully digital central cluster with a 16″ curved HD screen.

Assetto Fiorano Pack

And for those customers who prefer a more sportier configuration and orientation, for the first time in a Ferrari, customers can choose the optional Assetto Fiorano pack for the SF90 Spider, a pack that includes Multimatic shock absorbers optimized for the circuit, 46 pounds lighter compared to the current model thanks to the use of carbon fiber and titanium in different pieces of the car or a carbon fiber spoiler, among other things.

To commission your new SF90 Spider, please contact your Ferrari specialist today.

Ferrari Esperienza with the All-New Ferrari Roma | Ferrari of Houston & The Woodlands

Ferrari of Houston and The Woodlands recently hosted an Esperienza Ferrari event at the River Oaks Country Club in October offering over 200 VIP guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the all-new Ferrari Roma and the F8 Tributo and F8 Spider.

It was a wonderful weekend for guests to mingle with other Ferrari owners and for those new to the Ferrari brand the chance to experience all things Ferrari. As guests entered the Ferrari lounge they enjoyed entertaining by famed artist Man of Wire, Ferrari pumpkin carving, jewels by Valobra Jewelry along with food and drink while overlooking the River Oaks golf course.

This exclusive event happens only once a year and gives future Roma and F8 owners the chance to experience firsthand the latest prancing horses on the open road through a bespoke driving route.

If you would like to learn more about the new Roma or F8 please contact our sales department sales@ferrariofhouston.comhttps://www.youtube.com/embed/yc5d5-hMpnY?feature=oembedFerrari of Houston & The Woodlands Esperienza Roma

2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo Review: How Is it as a Daily Driver?

Why, yes. You can daily drive a Ferrari, but be prepared for questions, challenges, and appearances on other people’s social media.

If Ferrari PR offered you a 2020 F8 Tributo for the day, would you turn them down? Heck no, and neither did we. MotorTrend contributor Derek Powell already drove the tires off the latest mid-engine 710-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 Ferrari in Italy last fall, including laps on the infamous Pista di Fiorano test circuit, so this more accurately is a second drive.

But driving a Ferrari around the middle of Italy comes with its own special challenges, from the unfamiliar, narrow roads, to intrigued carabinieri and little kids dashing into the street to see what all the fuss is about. Southern California is familiar. And consistency helps when evaluating cars.

So, what is it like having an F8 Tributo in L.A. for a day? A blast, of course, but I also got blasted with questions, photos, videos, and challenges.

Thumbs-up and “Cool car, dude!” were the most frequent reactions I got driving the F8 Tributo. As its name suggests, this car is a tribute to all the mid-engine V-8-powered two-seat Ferraris, dating back to 1975 with the 308 GTB.

Following on the heels of the fabulous 488 GTB, MotorTrend‘s 2017 Best Driver’s Car, and more recently the 488 Pista, the F8 Tributo is a further evolution, the most powerful V-8 production car Ferrari has ever produced, and what most people expect a Ferrari to be—a nimble, screaming supercar wrapped in impossibly beautiful sheetmetal and sprinkled liberally with carbon fiber.

The F8’s launch control is a new, more advanced version of the already-excellent version from the 488 and distributes all that power through a rapid-fire seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. Quarter mile? Again, the 488 GTB ran it in 10.6 seconds at 135 mph, so we’d guess low 10s at over 140 mph.

The thrust from the engine is so great even at part throttle, I only went to full throttle a couple times: Highway on-ramps are good for a brief thrill. The F8 really comes alive at 5,000 rpm, with the titanium exhaust sounding like it’s ripping the air to shreds. Power peaks at 7,000 rpm, and the redline is at 8,000 rpm. We can’t verify it, but given enough room and a legal place to run it, Ferrari claims a 211-mph top speed. I don’t doubt that for a moment.

While shooting photos of the car on a desolate high-desert road with windmills in the background, a guy in a Toyota 4Runner apparently spotted us from the highway, pulled off, and offered me $200 to drive it.

“Sorry, I can’t do that.” Then he offered me $100 for a ride. “Again, I’m sorry, but I can’t do that, either.” He understood, took his own photos, joined the, “Cool car, bro,” chorus, and off he went. It was about this time Brandon Lim, our intrepid photographer, said, “I’m glad it’s not red. This color is really showing off the bodywork in ways the red wouldn’t, especially as the sun is setting. Do you mind if I keep shooting?” I said, “Dude, shoot away. That’s why we’re here!”

Earlier in the day, before meeting Brandon for photos, I drove up state highway 243 from Banning to Idyllwild and back again. Holy smokes, what a road. And what a perfect car for that road. The default is Sport mode (there is no “Normal” in the F8), and I also sampled Race. As we found with the 458 Italia, the Bumpy Road button on the steering wheel, denoted by a shock absorber icon, provided a surprisingly cushy ride on the highway.

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Yet, driving a $365K car on a somewhat familiar twisting road with runoff from recent rains and snow still dusting the shoulders at the top, I thought it prudent not to explore CT Off (traction control defeated) mode or even the car’s built-in Side Slip Angle Control (drift mode). Powell did on his track day, and he said, “Sure, these systems can make anyone look like a hero, but in the hands of drivers who genuinely want to improve their skills, this is a fantastic way to do it.”

Even with all the nannies still turned on, the thing that stood out was the F8’s balance, all the time, every time. With its 42/58 front/rear weight distribution, it feels like the car is balancing on a pin between the seats. It’s remarkable to feel the weight shift from contact patch to contact patch, each corner of the car doing its level best to provide what the driver wants.

The F8’s obedience is immediate, precise, and absolute. The steering is magical and so quick that I found I had to delay turn-in until the last moment—then trust the car to do what I wanted. It always did, without fail.

The standard carbon-ceramic brakes (15.7-inch diameter front, 14.2 inches rear) are, as one would expect, tremendous. That said, I prefer the pedal feel of the new Porsche 911 Turbo S. Where the Ferrari’s pedal is race car firm, with a short stroke, and brake modulation is achieved with pedal pressure, the Porsche‘s brake pedal offers more travel, more gradual bite, and as a result, it’s easier to find the ABS threshold and back out slightly.

Still, what a capable, explosive, thrilling, and sometimes frightening automotive achievement the Ferrari F8 Tributo is, as it should be, always and forever and ever, amen. A daily driver? It’s far more livable than one might imagine. The cabin is spacious. Sightlines are remarkable. The ride is incongruously good for exotica. But the attention it draws, the unwanted challenges, and the driver distraction it causes might be the actual discouragements to owning/driving one. Nah, who are we kidding? That’s part of owning a Ferrari.