How Ferrari’s Dismissal Of Mechanical Failures Gave Birth To Lamborghini

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Today, we will give a fun trivia for all you supercars enthusiasts out there. We shall talk about one of the greatest rivalries in the automotive industry: Lamborghini vs. Ferrari. But wait, did you know that these two doesn’t just compete head-to- head with each other, but Lamborghini was a direct result of Ferrari?

Here’s how that happened.

According to Donut Media, Ferruccio Lamborghini wanted to build a car that will basically shame Enzo Ferrari. So Lamborghini himself established an empire that assembles and sells tractors, and buys Ferraris. After many mechanical failures, Lamborghini confronted Ferrari over quality concerns but as the story goes, Ferrari dismissed him.

Lamborghini then got the the best Italian automotive experts to begin building his concept of a better car. He first modified a Ferrari 250 GT and the result was actually more reliable. That gave him vindication and he hired a former Ferrari engineer named Giotto Bizzarrini to build a V-12 for a line of road cars. Bizzarrini, however, had in his mind an insane V-12 engine suited for a racecar. The engine revved up to 11,000 rpm and it was so great that Lamborghini used various components of the engine until 2010.

Over its 50-year history, Lamborghini has been under a few management changes. Chrysler owned the company for some time and built a few milestone cars such as the Miura and Countach. However, Lamborghini really flourished under the Volkswagen Group which acquired it in 1998. Volkswagen and Audi primed the company for success after debuting Murcielago and Gallardo.

Reference: Lamborghini was started because Ferraris were too unreliable