Italian supercars are a staple in the automotive world. Enthusiasts know their names and engine notes. Even people who are not car lovers know them. I’m sure your mother, like me, has seen a supercar and they say, “Is it a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, son?” No, Mom, it’s a Porsche GT3 RS.
The point is that everyone knows these two Italian manufacturers, and they both have good reasons. Generations have passed, they have made fast and elegant cars, and they have made large bedroom wall posters.
How do you compare Ferrari vs. Lamborghini?
Both Ferrari and Lamborghini are so iconic and have a long history of competition. Ferruccio Lamborghini was making tractors before he started manufacturing sports cars. Just because of the disagreements between him and Enzo Ferrari, we even have Lamborghini today. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, they battled with Countach and Testarossa.
By combing the Internet to gather as much knowledge as I can, I can divide this competition into five different categories. We will see their motorsport’s skills, the technology of these cars, the exclusivity of each brand, the impact they have on road vehicles, and the culture of those brands and the cars themselves. There are 50 years of pedigree that leads us to the first round.
Ferrari is well known for motorsport. They’ve been in different racings for 90 years. That’s longer than they’ve been making road cars. Enzo Ferrari sold production cars so that Scuderia could afford to go to the races.
Lamborghini’s F1 Career
Contrary to Ferrari, Ferruccio Lamborghini desired nothing to do with motorsport and stated it had been a drain on company resources. Still, Lamborghini finally had some direct contribution to F1. They offered V-12 engines to five teams in the early 1990s, and of the 80 race classes they participated in, they ended up with a podium. That’s pretty good for most teams involved in motor racing.
Ferrari’s F1 Career
I wonder if Ferrari has a far better album. Yes, in F1 alone, they have entered almost 1,000 races, have won about a quarter of them, and more than 700 times they made podium finishes. For some, they’re called the Red Team. To others, they’re that the 16-time world champions and some more call them cheater who use their power and money to affect the FIA.
F1 is not the only place where Ferrari has made an impact. They were nine times winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eight times Mille Miglia winner, seven times champions of the Targa Florio, before the’70s.
Is Ferrari’s Racing Career Over?
Some say Ferrari’s winning days might be over. They have not won an F1 title since 2008, Sebring or Daytona since 1998, and Le Mans since 1965.
Lamborghini Is definitely late to the game. But in recent years, his racing division has improved a lot. In 2009 they started Super Trofeo, a single series that later resulted in their GT3.
GT3 races are where teams can simply buy a GT-spec car from the factory for just $500,000 and jump to any eligible GT3 series car. Here you can see the Ferrari and Lamborghini on the track side by side without the support of large factories.
It may not be as glamorous or famous as the other series, but the Lamborghini became the big fish in a small pond. Lamborghini Client won the Blancpain Endurance Championship in 2017 and 2019, including winning the last two 12 hours of Sebring and the last three 24 hours of Daytona.
In 2017, Lamborghini in Blancpain GT and Open GT had twice as many customers as Ferrari. While this is a good sign for Lamborghini Racing in the future, Lamborghini still has no plans to enter the working team for any race.
Racing Against Customers
I had the opportunity to talk to a Lamborghini representative who said he didn’t want to compete with his clients. They want to support their customers. I think it’s great.
Ferrari is one of the most dominant and universal names in all motorsports. They’ve beaten most of their racing rivals. Even if they’re not getting too hot right now, they’re still the most recognizable racing name in the world.
In my book, I’m still a Ferrari fan when it comes to racing. But there’s a lot more to see.
Technical differences between Ferrari and Lamborghini
Lamborghini engines can be straight NA V-10s and V-12s, but really embrace the all-wheel-drive approach to supercars. Lamborghini has been using all-wheel drive since LM002, giving their cars a great corner grip and great off-line traction. Combining naturally aspirated, sensitive engines and $300,000 Huracan performance can beat any Ferrari acceleration to 60.
Is this the fastest car at 60? No, it’s Porsche 918. Is it the fastest non-hybrid? No, it is the Dodge Demon. But that doesn’t mean Ferrari doesn’t work on its engines. In fact, they work so hard that the Ferrari 458 produces more torque per liter than any other naturally aspirated engine on the planet. Even Ferrari 812 Superfast produces more horsepower than any other V-12 engine.
Ferrari also began chasing hybrids. It also uses a kinetic energy recovery system originally developed for f1 to recharge a hybrid battery using excessive braking heat.
Although the Lamborghini is known for its wild ice engines, they announced the Xian hybrid, which would have more hp than any other Lamborghini, over 800.
How many ponies do you know come from electricity? It’s actually 34. I feel that this is the biggest Lamborghini hybrid approach. Both companies make some powerful supercars and have laid the groundwork for dozens of other supercar companies that now fill the market.
How Ferrari and Lamborghini helping fight COVID-19
Today, both Ferrari and Lamborghini use their technical skills and manufacturing capabilities in the best possible way. They are helping to fight the Coronavirus in Italy and around the world. The Lamborghini factory is sewing face masks, and Ferrari is using its fast prototypes to make breathing valves.
Competition leaves aside, it’s a great thing; it makes me love both companies more.
Almost anyone who buys a car from a Ferrari or Lamborghini wants to know that what they have is rare. Exclusivity is a status symbol that may come from huge costs or limited availability.
If you want a cheap Ferrari badge, you might be able to find a Ferrari Mondial. It can be found in the United States for less than $40,000. It’s a four-seater central engine, and if you get one now, probably none of the appliances will work.
You will find Lamborghinis that are equally obscure and unlikely to operate. But models like Jamara and Espada are actually more valuable just to be rare and dark. The auction of sale of these Lamborghini is almost twice the cost of Mondial, and at this point, you are close to using the Gallardo territory.
For the average model, I mean, the average goes to supercars, both companies have similar production careers. But historically, Lamborghini produced fewer models at once than Ferrari. Currently, they produce Huracan, Aventador, and Urus, with several versions and special concepts that finally left the factory.
Ferrari, on the other hand, currently produces Portofino, GTC4Lusso, Roma, 488, F8 Tributo, SF90 Stradale, and 812. Of all the models, Ferrari produced twice as many cars as the Lamborghini. At this point, Lamborghini seems to be the most exclusive car brand. But what about big spenders?
How much exclusive and unique can these cars get?
If you want Ferrari’s most expensive and unique right now to its stables, you’ll sign the Ferrari FXX-K Evo paperwork. After spending 2.6 million dollars, you won’t even get away with it.
The Ferrari FXX-K Evo is a unique version of La Ferrari, with only 100 units at present, which is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. Ferrari flies these cars to tracks around the world so owners can drive them.
I was in Laguna Seca at one of these Corse Cliente events, which is another whole world. There are Italian chefs and masseurs and even some racing cars hitting the tracks. And it’s all part of having FXX-K Evo.
But let’s say one day you and your millionaire FXX-K Evo owner friends will sell your Ferrari and get the most expensive Lamborghini you can. You would be leaving the factory with a single Lamborghini Veneno. Contrary to the FXX-K, whose original run of 40 has become 100 now, the Veneno was confined to just three and not 300.
On top of that, Lamborghini is also known for some very limited execution experiments such as 20 Reventons, the 20 Sesto Elemento, and the one Egoista. But these cars become more expensive with age like fine wine.
Value of the Classic car
On the Traditional car side of things, Ferrari has the worth. Even though Lamborghinis have sold at auction for up to $10 million, several classic Ferraris in the’50s and ’60s can double this with the priciest being among the 39 remaining 250 GTOs. When the GTO hits the auction block, it could sell for $50 million.
The 250 GTO is rare as hell, and does this make the 250 GTO exclusive?
Yes, but we are trying to see the whole brand here, and on average, if you just want to brag well, it seems that Ferrari can be the cheapest option. Although, a Gallardo sounds like she’s worth $80,000.
Impact on the industry
Lamborghini and Ferrari had been in manufacturing cars for some time before the mid-60s, but until then, supercars had not been spinning. It all started with the Lamborghini Miura. It turned out to be a rival to all Ferraris, even the track-spec ones. It utilized a sideways V-12 to push itself into the then-world record top speed of 171 miles per hour.
But during the following year, Ferrari took his GTB/4 Daytona to 174 miles an hour. It’s an action that knows your place very well. But Lamborghini didn’t leave him. The Miura was reaching its stride, and the Miura S attained 179.3 mph in 1969.
Lamborghini kept this record throughout the 1970s and was not challenged until 1982 when Lamborghini was broken by another Lamborghini. The Lamborghini Countach is the first production car built at 180 miles per hour.
In 1987, Ferrari launched the equally extravagant F40, which reached 199 miles per hour, but crucially never set a world record, as the RUF CTR at that time broke the 200-mph barrier. But these manufacturers not only fought for the maximum speed record but also changed the market with their innovations.
Ferrari was the pioneer to use paddle shifters in production cars. The Berlinetta 355 F1 was directly inspired by the Ferrari F1 cars of the time. Today, the versions of this semi-automatic configuration are used by almost all supercar companies on Earth.
Ferrari pulled out many road cars ideas from F1 racing, but they were not always winners. The Ferrari fF0 used the Scuderia V-12 at the time, and like the F1, they set the engine structurally integral to the chassis.
It’s a great race car at full speed, but if you’re in a road and idling under the lights, the cockpit is like being in an Italian washing machine full of leather.
Like Ferrari’s paddle shift, Lamborghini also contributed to the industry. Like the Sesto Elemento we mentioned earlier, now you can get a Mustang Shelby GT500 with carbon fiber wheels.
These legendary car companies also influence each other. The Urus is the Lamborghini’s new SUV. It’s not exactly what you’d expect from a Lamborghini, but it helped them double their sales last year.
Urus is helping Lamborghini build supercars. As a result, Ferrari plans to make its own buggy, the Ferrari Purro, in 2022.
Do I want Ferrari to make SUVs? Not really. Could you help them make more luxury cars? Apparently. But Ferrari’s development approach has been tracking first and road cars second. Because of this, Lamborghini has sometimes been a little ahead of them in the past.
Brand and Culture
These car giants are popular all over the world. You don’t even need to own these cars to be part of the culture these brands create. In this round, let’s see how these brands are presented, how the public perceives them, what happens to the cultural bubble when someone gets these cars out of here.
You can buy Lamborghini pens, Ferrari shorts, Urus branded moccasins, and I’m actually wearing a Ferrari t-shirt right now. These things are not necessary at all, it is often too expensive, low quality, pimping, but it is designed to make people feel closer to the brand and build loyalty.
Ferrari’s Branding Strategy
Ferrari is like one of Italy’s national teams. If you walk in Marinello, you will see more Ferrari flags than Italian flags.
Ferrari has made video games, perfumes, and even theme parks. No lie, my wife found a Ferrari hairdryer, and I really wanted one, which probably compares the only way I have a Ferrari engine.
Ferrari has positioned itself not only as a car brand but as a luxury lifestyle brand. It’s impressive, but it’s also a problem.
Lamborghini’s Branding Strategy
The Lamborghini somehow remained quite quiet. They have their merchandise and their activities, of course, but for the most part, they let their cars have a conversation.
A while ago, Nolan talked about Ferrari sending a cease and desist letter to Deadmau5 over his nine-carat gold-wrapped 458. It was apparently considered as problematic to the brand.
Now, this isn’t the coldest thing Ferrari has ever done, but what evidence do I have that Lamborghini won’t?
Well, after the cease and desist incident, Deadmau5 sold his 458 and placed the specific same wrapping onto a Lamborghini. Now, a star publicly moving out of Ferrari into Lamborghini is a large advertising gift, which may be a reason why Lamborghini did not do anything about it.
But thanks to Lamborghini’s quiet attitude towards this kind of thing, we end up with all sorts of ridiculous Lambos. There’s Alex Choi’s exoskeleton Huracan which is polarized, to say the least. Then there’s chromium, prism, and color changed Lamborghini owned by Chris Brown.
Well, maybe I’m starting to understand why Ferrari controls his brand so much. But if you’re not a celebrity, maybe you don’t have to worry about that kind of thing.
In New Zealand, there was a rescued Ferrari 456 GT that had been the engine changed for rotary. First of all, fantastic. Secondly, even when the story came out that the guy got a ceasefire and stopped Ferrari, it turned out that he did not.
Ferrari vs. Lamborghini; which one is best for Racing and Regular Driving?
For racing, I’d pick a Ferrari almost every time. They are designed to make you feel like a hero on the track and give you the feeling that you’re part of the racing legacy.
But, on the Street, Lamborghini just gets to be more of a character. You can sit there and look pretty and refined. It can be impulsive and pour smoke from all four tires. If you want to be serious for a minute, you can beat anything next to you when the lights turn green.
But what do you think? Let us know which one you prefer.
Which one is on the wall of your bedroom? Should Lamborghini return to F1? Will Ferrari SUV be a success? Let’s share.