Used by RM Sotheby’s— With a front-line car racing task covering some 11 years– as well as likewise integrating 2 FIA GT Champions, a Le Mans training course win in addition to complete success in the Medspa 24 Humans Resources– the Ferrari 550 GT1 justifiably occupies a place in the pantheon of all-time superb Rivals GT lorries.
Incredibly, Ferrari’s last significant GT offering had in fact been the amazing Group 4 Daytona, some 3 years previously. Whilst that task had in fact been factory-led, no such real blessing, in the beginning at the minimum, was upcoming for the550 Ferrari made it clear that any type of sort of car racing variant would absolutely require to be developed separately, with Italian Race Preparation job firm Italtecnica as well as likewise their British matchings Prodrive taking the lead. It was not up till 2003 that the factory-approved N. Modern modern technology group, instead belatedly, chosen to develop their really own variant.
Amongst 4 Italtecnica vehicles built, structure 115811 was obtained by upscale Italian Andrea Garbagnati, making its race introducing in the initial of the 2001 FIA GT Champ at Monza. Entered into by Team Rafanelli, the car was driven by previous Service One drivers Emanuele Naspetti as well as likewise Mimmo Schiattarella. Running fifth really early, their race ended up in retired life sticking to leading falling short just after two-thirds array. At the second round at Brno, both thrilled in a mostly uneventful race to finish 5th, whilst at Magny-Cours 2 weeks in the future, they videotaped a deserving fourth behind the winning Lister Twister in addition to 2 Chrysler Vipers. After an extra 5th at Silverstone, an energetic really early duration of 5 races in 7 weekend break breaks finished with a check out to Zolder in Belgium, in mid-May. Naspetti took an extremely ought to have lead, although one more time tragedy actioned in with the car retiring one more time due to accident problems.
The duration went back to at Spa in really early August for the collection’ blue riband event, the 24 Humans resources. Naspetti was maintained as lead car chauffeur of 115811 with Schiattarella transformed by two-time Clinical day spa victor Eric van de Poele; Belgian newbies Philippe Steveny in addition to Martial Chouvel furthermore registering with the group. After licensing second, Naspetti made a scorching start, likewise taking the race lead briefly in the third human resources. The really early price had in fact taken its toll, the car retiring after just 6 humans resources with a harmed crankshaft.
A cut duration saw the auto full at the A1-Ring in late August, yet the group selected to lose out on the last 3 rounds of the Champ at Nurburgring, Jarama as well as likewise Estoril. In Austria, Naspetti was partnered by Marc Duez, as well as likewise after an instead boring licensing session– which left both simply 13 th– the car retired one more time with engine problems, this minute quickly before half array.
After existing non-active for a lot of the 2002 duration, 115811 was offered to erstwhile Touring Auto team Dart Completing for the last 3 rounds of that year’s FIA GT Champ. Driven by significantly experienced Red Bull-backed Austrian Dieter Quester in addition to previous Le Mans training course champ Luca Riccitelli, as well as likewise properly updated to 2002 specification by Milan-based J.A.S Motorsport, the collaboration was not an effective one, with all 3 rounds– Enna, Donington in addition to Estoril– completing in retired life.
For 2003, cars and trucks and also vehicle owner Garbagnati passed on prep job obligations to JMB Completing, entering selected celebrations in both the FIA in addition to Italian GT Champions. Once again, the previous was an aggravation, with car chauffeurs Terrien, Derichebourg as well as likewise Pescatori standing up to lamentable reliability in addition to giving up all 4 race starts. An otherwise disappointing duration was recovered when Garbagnati himself shared the cars and trucks and also associate Ferrari exam car chauffeur Andrea Bertolini in 2 Italian GT races at the A1-Ring, taking complete accomplishment in both.
The 2004 duration represented 115811’s cost effective swansong, with JMB’s lead licensed operator Lorenzo Casè safeguarding 3 basic success in the cars and trucks and also vehicle at Imola, Magione as well as likewise Vallelunga en training course to third place in the future of year standings. Accordingly, the Vallelunga win would absolutely be the auto’s last contemporary race, with Casè sharing the car on this occasion with future Mercedes-Benz Service One supremo Toto Wolff.
Following the decision of its contemporary race task, the car was provided to Frenchman Bruno Tortara and also afterwards to a private German fanatic, the last selecting previous JMB developer Jean-Christophe Noel to handle a detailed removal. It was gotten by the distributor in 2018, that recovered the amazing 2002 Red Bull livery as well as likewise started a complete engine in addition to transmission recover.
Ultimately inspected by three-time Le Mans champ Marco Werner, structure 115811 is presently entirely race all set as well as likewise ready to do battle one more time. It would certainly be a likewise show-stopping as well as cost effective gain access to right into the progressing Endurance Completing Tales in addition to Masters Endurance Stories collection, whilst its credentials for Ferrari’s factory-organised Club Competizioni GT celebrations added increases its presently considerable problem. With its attractive lines, typical front-engined 6-litre V-12 layout in addition to remarkable supporting soundtrack, the 550 Maranello has in fact long been taken into account a deserving fan to the kind of the 250 GTO, 275 GTB/C as well as likewise Daytona; an honor which will absolutely simply be secured much more in future years.
This auto will absolutely be provided in RM Sotheby’s new Milan Sale, taking place 15 June at Palazzo Serbelloni in Italy. The sale will absolutely be livestreamed as well as likewise remote bidding procedure choices are provided.