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Bambino To Give The Red Stuff The Runaround?
Posted by: newsla on Dec 29, 2013 - 06:36 PM
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Bambino To Give The Red Stuff The Runaround?


Have you ever wondered just how much faster a Formula One car is than your everyday runaround? Or even just a ‘regular’ Ferrari?

 

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To help provide petrolheads with the answer to one of the lingering questions to the meaning of life, organisers of the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Ferrari will run a unique on track pursuit at Hampton Downs to find the answer.

In the red corner will be Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his fire-breathing 1000bhp plus 156/85 Formula One car. In another red corner will be Kiwi ace Tim O'Connor in his enduro racing specification Ferrari 458 Challenge. And in the road car corner will be a yet to be confirmed driver in a current Fiat 500 'Bambino'.

After its demo lap session, the Ferrari Formula One machine will make for the starting grid and will be followed by the 458 Challenge and the Fiat 500 which will leave the pit lane behind it. All three will drive round the circuit and line up on the grid with the Fiat being flagged off first, some considerable time ahead of the 458 GT which in turn will be starting several seconds ahead of the F1 car. The pursuit will be practised and perfected so that spectators (and drivers!) can see just how much quicker around the challenging but relatively short Hampton Downs track an F1 car is from a modern every day small ‘hot hatch’!

"Although it is getting on for 30 years old itself, the 156/85 is a monster of a car and will be incredibly versatile and agile around the Hampton Downs track," explained Festival Chairman Jim Barclay. "The 458 Challenge car is also a truly fantastic machine, employing and deploying technology which makes even the F1 car look pretty basic. The 500 Bambino is a small car that's much more relative to every day drivers. The pursuits should be a lot of fun and should give our spectators a very visual demonstration of speed differentials. Safety will of course be paramount, however."

A similar exercise was run at the Australian GP a few years ago at the Melbourne track when A Holden road car was pursued by a V8 Supercar, with then F1 test driver Sebastien Vettel chasing them both down in a Formula One Sauber.

The F1 car won every time.


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