Ferrari is a brand that evokes emotion, so much so that there are scores of Ferrari crazy fans across the country. Only a few though can afford multiple Ferraris. Here are 4 rich and famous Indians who have had the privilege of owning multiple Ferraris.
The Poonawalla family owns quite a few exotics. Why, they even have the crazy, custom-built bat mobile. The family has had a few Ferraris as well. It looks like the 360 Spider (seen above) is pretty common among the Ferrari nuts in India. This one though is red, unlike Mr. Bhushan Kumar’s yellow one, which you will read about below.
There are a lot of pictures of Mr Adar (son of Cyrus Poonawalla) driving on the Mumbai-Pune expressway along with the Maserati Quattroporte.
The family also owns a F430 Spider. The F430 is powered by a 4.3 liter V8 engine making 490 Bhp and 465 Nm.
How can we talk about car passionate people and not have Gautam Singhania (GS) on this list. Mr Singhania is one of the biggest car fans among the rich and famous. So much is his passion for cars that he is even participating in the Ferrari Challenge which is their race series. He has a few Ferraris across the world. A few made their way to India as well, though for short periods of time.
One of the first Ferrari’s that he owned was the 348, in red. It was introduced in 1993 and featured a 3.4 liter V8 that produced 316 Bhp and 324 Nm. The engine was mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox with gated shift.
The 458 Challenge is the race car version of the 458. Since GS was participating in the race series, he had to buy the car. He booked the Buddh International Circuit and drove there for 2 days, he even managed to set the fastest lap time by a non-F1 car in the 458 Challenge. Now, that’s some passion.
Not only does he have the 458 Challenge, but also has the normal 458 as well. The car is finished in yellow and has been a part of the Parx supercar show a few times. The 458 is powered by a 4.5 liter V8 making 562 Bhp and 540 Nm.
Ferrari’s current hyper car, the La Ferrari is also owned by GS. He had brought the car to India for the Parx super car show that takes place in January. The La has got a 6.3 liter V12 which is coupled with a hybrid system that produces a massive 963 Bhp and 900 Nm. Only 499 were to be built.
Vijay Mallya is also a car fanatic. He owns a lot of exotic vehicles as well. So much is the love for exotic cars that he has a museum in California where he has put up his vintage cars on display. Among them are a few rare Ferraris.
1972 246 GT Spyder
The 246 GT was produced between 1969 and 1974. It also had the Dino name to it. It was powered by a 2.4 liter V6 with dual overhead camshafts and produced 193 Bhp and 225 Nm. Since the vehicle was a larger one, the company put steel into the chassis to increase the wheelbase and to keep costs down. Only 1274 Spyders were built.
1967 275 GTB/4
The 275 was produced between 1965 and 1968 and came in 2 forms, the GTB and the GTS. The one that Mr. Mallaya owns is the GTB. Powering it is a 3.3 liter V12 that makes 276 Bhp and 294 Nm. It had an aluminium body to keep weight low and to make it more racy.
Bhushan Kumar is well known in the music industry as the owner of the music label T Series. He loves cars and has a lot of them. Actually, he is more of a convertible fan. He has owned a lot of drop top vehicles across the range. With that in mind, let’s move on to the Ferraris he has owned.
Since he has been updating his Ferraris when the company updates the model line, the next had to be the 458 Spider. He has now got a red 458 Spider. The 458 is powered by a 4.5 liter V8 that produces 562 Bhp and 540 Nm. This also happens to be the last naturally aspirated vehicle in this segment from Ferrari as the new 488 is turbocharged. This indicates that his next will most likely be the 488 Spider.
He started off with a red 355 Spider. Though the vehicle was not officially on sale in India, it still made a way into his garage. The 355 name comes from the 3.5 liter V8 that powers the car and the last 5 from the fact that the engine had 5 valves per cylinder. The engine produces 374 Bhp and 363 Nm. There was an option of a speed automatic or a 6 speed manual gearbox with a killer gated shift
The 355 was replaced with the 360 in the global market and the same happened in his garage as well. The red 355 made way for the new yellow 360 Spider. The 360 is powered by a 4.0 liter V8 engine making 394 Bhp and 373 Nm.
As the company replaced the 360 with the F430, so did Mr. Kumar. He opted for the popular red shade though with the F430. The 430 is powered by a 4.3 liter V8 engine making 490 Bhp and 465 Nm. This one too wasn’t officially available in the Indian market.