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Introducing ‘Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrive – The Last V12 Ferrari to Win at Le Mans’

A book by Girardo & Co.

The racing version of the 550 Maranello built by Prodrive will go down in history as the final 12-cylinder Ferrari to win at Le Mans and the most successful GT sports car of its era.

We’ve famously championed these ultra-special Ferraris, which is why, in conjunction with DK Engineering and on behalf of the car’s brainchild Frédéric Dor, we’re producing the definitive book about them.

Conceived by Dor’s Care Racing Development outfit and designed, developed and constructed by Prodrive, the Ferrari 550 GT1s, as they were commonly known, entered 343 races across the globe between 2001 and 2008, scoring 60 pole position, 69 victories and 151 podium finishes.

Prodrive built just 10 of these cars, and today, they warrant the recognition they unequivocally deserve. That’s why, working on behalf of Frédéric Dor and in conjunction with DK Engineering, we have embarked on a mission to produce the definitive book on the Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrive.

Now in the final stages of development, the book tells the story of the car over 400 pages, from its conception, development and competition career to its retirement and subsequent eligibility in the world of historic motorsport.

 

“Beautifully bound in a large square format complete with a slipcase and creatively designed by our skilled team, the book is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of previously unseen images.”

Beautifully bound in a large square format complete with a slipcase and creatively designed by our skilled team, the book is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of previously unseen images, including period racing shots and stunning contemporary photography by Tom Shaxson, Alex Penfold, Remi Dargegen and Andrea Luzardi.

The renowned Ferrari historian Keith Bluemel has authored the book, drawing on first-hand accounts from all the key characters involved throughout the 550 Maranello Prodrive programme and who were instrumental in making it such a success.

These include Dor himself, Prodrive founder David Richards and technical director George Howard-Chappell, the acclaimed designer who styled the racing bodywork Peter Stevens, and a raft of the great drivers who piloted the cars such as David BrabhamDarren TurnerThomas Enge and Steve Zacchia.

Also included are comprehensive race reports and ownership chains for each of the 10 individual chassis built.

 

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