Ferrari Logo,Ferrari is a manufacturer of super sports cars based in Maranello ( Italy ). Founded in 1929 by Enzo Ferrari and Scuderia Ferrari , building race cars and later, in 1947 , also began to manufacture cars. Originally, the Scuderia Ferrari sponsored drivers and cars to Alfa Romeo and Fiat . The company began producing automobiles in series in 1947. He became Ferrari SA in 1969 when Fiat Group came to be part of the Board and became a shareholder of the company. Currently the main shareholder is Fiat Group, with 90%, 5% of the shares has been purchased in 2005 by a company in the UAE, and the rest belongs to Piero Ferrari , Enzo’s son. The company is based in Maranello , near Bologna and Modena , Italy. In 2005, Ferrari sold 5409 units, with sales rising 8.7% and a turnover of 1500 million euros.
In 2007 Ferrari produced 6525 cars at its factory in Maranello. This represented a 12.1% higher than 2006.The famous symbol of Ferrari is a horse prancing black on a yellow background, usually with the letters SF for Scuderia Ferrari . Originally the horse was the symbol of Count and aviator Francesco Baracca , a legendary “asso” ( ace ) of the Air Force Italy during World War I , who painted on the side of their planes. Baracca died very young on June 19 of 1918 , being shot down after 34 victorious duels and many team victories, and soon became a national hero.
Baracca had wanted the prancing horse was on its planes because his squad, the “Battaglione Aviatori” was enlisted in a regiment of cavalry (air forces were in their early years and had no administrative independence), and also because he it was reputed to be the best cavaliere of his team. It has been assumed that the choice of a horse was perhaps partly due to the fact that his noble family was known for having many horses on their farms in Lugo di Romagna . Another theory suggests Baracca unproven copied the prancing horse design to a German pilot who was the shield of the city of Stuttgart on his plane. Interestingly, the German car manufacturer Porsche , from Stuttgart , borrowed its prancing horse logo shield of the city. This “legend” suggests that the first plane was shot down Stuttgart Baracca and could have taken the symbol as a war trophy.
Ferrari competed in the past and now has brands (in some cases higher and in others not): Porsche, Lamborghini, Maserati, De Tomaso and many other brands of sports cars. On June 17th of 1923 Enzo Ferrari won a race at the Savio track in Ravenna , where he met the Countess Paolina, mother of Baracca. The countess asked to use the horse on his cars, suggesting that it would bring good luck, but the first race in which Alfa allowed to use the horse on Scuderia cars was nine years later, in the 24 Hours of Spa in 1932 . Ferrari won. Ferrari retained the black horse as he had been on Baracca’s plane, but nevertheless added a yellow background because it was the representative color of Modena, his birthplace.
The prancing horse has not always identified the Ferrari brand only: Fabio Taglioni used it on their motorcycles Ducati . Taglioni’s father was in fact one of the companions of Baracca and fought alongside him in the 91st Air Squad, but Ferrari’s fame grew, Ducati abandoned the horse. This may have been the result of a private agreement between the two brands. The prancing horse is now the symbol of Ferrari.