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Ferrari will be bringing down a pair of 612 Sacgliettis for a 13,000km drive around India. The car will  be driven by journalists from around the world on different legs. This is a publicity event and will be a precursor to Ferrari's eventual launch in India. FuelRunGod2008-02-25 09:07:22

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Great news , hope it comes down to Karnataka too , well i think FRG or Sorabjee or someone from ACI team will get a chance to drive this one , do remember to post some pics of it in India

 

Cheers!!!

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The route goes from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Kanyakumari, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vizag, Kolktata, Lucknow, Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh down into Rajasthan and back to Mumbai. This is not a promise but we are going to have a special viewing of these cars for ACI forum members and a chance to interact with the Ferrari team. Ferrari did a similar drive in China and now want to do it in India.

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Lucky journalists , have a nice time with the Ferrari ACI team ,Enjoy , and i dont think i can go upto Blore as well coz i have a loadz to study n my exams r nearing too , anyways hope some of you might post its pics

 

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priya

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Ferrari will be bringing down a pair of 612 Sacgliettis for a 11' date='000km drive around India. The car will  be driven by journalists from around the world on different legs. This is a publicity event and will be a precursor to Ferrari's eventual launch in India. [/quote']

 

Ferrari's sure to suffer from bruised 'bottoms' and ego's. I guess no one owning a Ferrari would take his or her car on this torture trip. By the way do Ferrari's have a "rough road package"smiley36.gif. I request them to ply the Chennai to Kumbakonam< via GST Raod> route post monsoon, if they come out unscathed, I shall sell my property, and buy a Ferrari and live in it.

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Saw the picturesof Ferrari's China trip and was shocked at the terrain it went through. Dirt roads, pools of water and more. Ground clearance of the Scagliettis has been raised along with sturdy underbody protection. Ferrari want to prove the durability of its cars

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Saw the picturesof Ferrari's China trip and was shocked at the terrain it went through. Dirt roads' date=' pools of water and more. Ground clearance of the Scagliettis has been raised along with sturdy underbody protection. Ferrari want to prove the durability of its cars

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There is only that much you can raise the ground clearance of Ferrari. Sure it's not going to be 185 mm. Then it wouldn't be a Ferrari; more a 'crossover'. Once in India you can allow a  Ferrari to mate with and SX4 and the product can be put thru' the 'Aswamedha' yagam thru' out India.

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PRESS RELEASE

Ferrari Magic India Discovery: a voyage of discovery to the Indian subcontinent for two 612 Scagliettis

Having conquered China and the Americas, Ferrari embarks on a new adventure

Maranello, 21st February 2008 - Ferrari is delighted to announce the start of a new Prancing Horse adventure, the Magic India Discovery Tour, which gets underway from Mumbai on February 25th and returns to the same city on May 8th having covered a route stretching more than 11,000 kilometres. The car featured in this tour is the 612 Scaglietti, Ferrari's flagship GT model. Two of these gorgeous Prancing Horse berlinettas will embark on the voyage which comes in the wake of the China 15,000 Red Miles tour completed in 2005 and the Panamerican 20,000 tour of 2006, both of which were hugely successful. Ferrari is offering a total of 50 journalists from across the world the unique opportunity to take turns behind the wheel of a V12-powered 612 Scaglietti in the course of the 12-stage 72-day voyage of discovery of the delights and richness of India. The journalists will explore this fascinating country which combines modernity and tradition. India is currently enjoying an exciting period of rapid economic growth and a boom in its advanced technologies sector yet remains rooted in the traditions of its ancient culture. This is a nation in which innovative infrastructure exists side by side with areas of completely unspoilt natural beauty.

Of course, Ferrari isn't new to this kind of marathon voyage. Its last such adventure was the Panamerican 20,000 tour during which two 599 GTB Fioranos travelled from the beaches of Brazil to the East Coast of the US, taking in tropical rain forests, arid deserts and snowy peaks as they traversed an entire continent. In 2005, we staged the spectacular Ferrari 15,000 Red Miles tour when two standard 612 Scagliettis covered an incredible 24,000 km route through China in what was a first for any automotive constructor anywhere in the world. To mark our 50th Anniversary in 1997, a F355 completed a round the world tour that took in the five continents with no less than 147 journalists from the various nations visited, taking turns behind the wheel.

The route and main stages :

The Magic India Discovery is divided into 12 stages and runs over 72 days. It starts in Mumbai at the Gateway of India, a monument celebrating the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the country. The two 612 Scagliettis will immediately head south along the stunning eight-lane motorway that is the jewel in the crown of Indian's infrastructure. The first stage ends in the city of Goa, now a popular tourist destination once ruled by the Portuguese. The tour continues still further south to Mysore and then Trivandrum, the southernmost point of the Indian peninsula, before turning north towards Bangalore, the capital of India's innovative technologies industry. Hyderabad and Ramosi, home to the Bollywood film industry, provide the backdrop to a stage that ends in Vizak on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The 612 Scagliettis will then drive along the east coast to the city of Kolkata (Calcutta), once the headquarters of the legendary British East India Company.

The cars' journey along the river Ganges begins from Calcutta and runs via Varanasi, a sacred city to Hindus, and Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its Hindu and Jain temples. From here, the tour makes its way to Lucknow also known as the Golden City of the East. The next stage takes the Ferraris through the Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve named in honour of the former man-eater hunter Jim Corbett. The tour then continues on towards New Delhi, following a northerly route to the Dharamsala, home of the exiled Dalai Lama, and Amritsar, the centre of the Sikh religion. The next stage runs from the Indian capital to the city of Jaipur, taking in Agra where the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Taj Mahal, as a monument to his dead wife in 1632. The final two legs of the tour take the cars through all of the most famous areas of Rajasthan which is home to endless palaces built by the Maharajas and also calls to Jodhpur, the final stop-off before the cars make a triumphant return to the India's industrial capital. The Magic India Discovery will enjoy the invaluable support of the Tata Group, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services, Taj Hotels, Shell, Fiat India Pvt Ltd., Alcoa, Pirelli, Saima Avandero and OMR.

Assistance and spare parts will be provided by eight support vehicles: five Tata cars, two Fiats and one specially fitted-out Iveco truck. In addition to the journalists (who will be kitted out in Ferrari khakis and colonial-style hats provided by Borsalino) driving the two 612 Scagliettis, a photographer and video camera operator, the tour will also be accompanied by a technical assistance and logistics team for its entire duration. The www.ferrariworld.com and www.media.ferrari.com websites will feature constantly updated news and high resolution images of the tour as it unfolds.

The cars :

The two 612 Scagliettis (one red, the other white, both sporting a specially designed livery) will feature a few absolutely minimal modifications to allow them to negotiate the more difficult tracts of the tour.

The modifications involve the fitting of an underbody protector made from 4 mm duraluminium rather than plastic and a slightly higher suspension setting to deal with the tougher road surfaces. Otherwise, however, they will be entirely straightforward production cars powered by a 540 hp 65

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Saw the pic's of the cars...VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED is all I can say..

It's probably the WORST paintjob I've ever seen on a Ferrari... makes a pretty car look FUGGLY.

What were they thinking?

Whose the nincumpoop that came up with this livery? Would love to ask him how sozzled he was when he came up with it.. or did he have his eyes shut at the time?

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well, the scagliettis might not be the "prettiest" ferraris, and the paint job is naff...but just think about it...ferraris zipping thru mofussil towns...ripping up neighbourhoods with their rorty exhausts...imagine, an early morning start as the sun rises, a sinous stretch of tarmac, the sights and smells only india can offer, and a V12 soundtrack...you pause for a cuppa chai, and listen to it ticking over...aah...

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well' date=' the scagliettis might not be the "prettiest" ferraris, and the paint job is naff...but just think about it...ferraris zipping thru mofussil towns...ripping up neighbourhoods with their rorty exhausts...imagine, an early morning start as the sun rises, a sinous stretch of tarmac, the sights and smells only india can offer, and a V12 soundtrack...you pause for a cuppa chai, and listen to it ticking over...aah... [/quote']

P(ee)ONE.. I'm sure you'll have a blast..

 

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As you can see, the ride height of the Ferraris have been substantially raised but some of the roads on the route are not fit for an SUV so lets see how the 612s tackle them. Autocar is driving one of the legs so there will be a full report, most likely in the April issue.

 

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The fact that Ferrari wants to prove its mettle in a developing country with lack of great infrastructure is great news. They will eventually prove it, doing all of the 11,000kms run, maybe taking much more time than those cars normally do, to complete the legs. Even Rolls Royce,Bentley, BMW,Volvo,Audi, Lamborghini or Porsche have all not yet dared to reach this kind of turf. Rolls Royce has a proven track record since the 1920's till the 1950's when the Kings and Princes used to import them here and run them on dirt roads. Whereas Mercedes Benz had a run with a Maruti 800 from Kashmir to Kanyakumari a few years back. Their bio-diesel car had also done many thousand kilometers about two years ago, to publicise the "jatropha" based diesel fuel.

But the sports cars from Ferrari are not in the same league as these luxury cars which don't have LOW RIDERS.

Hats off to the Ferrari honchos at Modena, Italy, who have taken the lead here with the 11,000kms run. I hope their image gets a good prop.

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The total distance is actually 13,000km! Autocar will be driving one of the legs. The flag off is from the Taj Hotel today at 12.40PM. the cars will go down the JJ flyover past Parel and onto the expressway to Pune. Forum members in Pune can see the cars come into the Blue Diamond Hotel in Pune at around 8.00PM on the 25th. If anyone is interested, in getting a glimpse of the two Ferraris, we can update you with the itenary over the next 75 days.

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