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The Pope's getting a Ferrari

Pope becomes Ferrari's latest driver
Thursday October 14 2004

Ferrari President, Luca Montezemolo, has revealed that the Italian company is building a special Ferrari F1 car for their newest driver, Pope John Paul II.

On a recent visit to the Vatican, Montezemolo told reporters: "We will make a Ferrari Formula One car especially for the Pope."

The team will build a special car for Pope John Paul II, who is celebrating his 26th year as head of the Catholic Church on Saturday. But while he might be the head of the Vatican and Catholic Church, he still can't pick the colour of his Ferrari.

However, according to Montezemolo, scarlet would be His Holiness' choice. He told ABC News: "The Pope would not be best pleased to see a Ferrari that wasn't a Ferrari."

"I had the honour of meeting His Holiness on two occasions, first of all when I was involved in organising the (football) World Cup in 1990 and then on the testing track at Fiorano where he had a ride in a Ferrari."

"That was when Ferrari were not having great success and the least I can do to show my appreciation is construct a special Ferrari car for him."


  • shun_sakurai
    shun_sakurai when in doubt, FLAT OUT!
    That's...nice. :)

    Although I can't imagine His Holiness enduring the extreme g-forces of a proper F1 race. I mean, no offense but he's quite old already, and one has to be pretty fit to be able to drive an F1 car.
  • GreatBop
    GreatBop Beerhand Gets Big Pots
    yes. the guy's freaking old and frail as it is... don't think it can do him good to experience 3 gs sa eau rouge.
  • Unless the F1 chassis that was given was mated to a 250cc engine :saint::bonkself:
  • When? That should be featured in the MTV ***** portion. No offense meant, but I don't think he can handle the g-force.

    I think a go cart will be safer though. Hehe..
  • shun_sakurai
    shun_sakurai when in doubt, FLAT OUT!
    Perhaps what Scuderia Ferrari would have done is to simply down-tune the Pope's car so that His Holiness doesn't have to drive it at high speed all the time.

    That means bigger radiators and more steering lock I suppose :)

    On the wild side might Ferrari consider putting His Holiness in a bulletproof bubble like his other Popemobiles?

    Just the thought of that is kind of revolting :lol:
  • News like this makes me want to enter the religious life. :)
    BOOGIECAT Banned by Admin
    Baka bullet proof yung F1 Ferrari ni Pope(ilang beses na siyang napatay pero buhay parin).Sana may halong kulay white yung red.
  • wow. that wouldn't be good for the pope's image at all. what would be nice is if ferrari donates a car to the italian police on behalf of the pope. that way, they would have both a lambo and a ferrari
  • I think the Pope would just out run the bullet if he is fired upon. :)
  • shun_sakurai
    shun_sakurai when in doubt, FLAT OUT!
    ...Only to pass out from the g-forces of intense acceleration. :(
  • vantomiko
    vantomiko not an ordinary n00b

    I hope the pope can tame a Prancing Horse..
  • elyserva
    elyserva Crazy Penguin
    Isn't it too late for that?
  • marco_1
    marco_1 M I Y E M B R O
    la na ba karapatan yung tao magkarun nun? kung kaya ba naman nya bilhin bakit nde?
  • elyserva
    elyserva Crazy Penguin
    Bigay lang yata!
  • shun_sakurai
    shun_sakurai when in doubt, FLAT OUT!
    Actually Ferrari's been in the business of selling off its old F1 cars to well-heeled customers lately (documented in an old Autocar issue).

    They turn down maximum RPM from race-tune 19,000 to a more reliable 15,000 (for longer engine life), and do a seat molding for the customer. They also provide one year's (?) worth of parts and maintenance and will tune the car to your preferences.

    Of course it doesn't have to be said that buying an actual F1 car is expensive. Somewhere around EUR900,000 if I'm not mistaken.
  • OTEP R
    OTEP R Admin
    Selling of old F1 vehicles were also documented by Car & Driver. Ferrari keeps a stash of old computers at their HQ. Without them, the old race cars will not start.
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