Ferrari to reveal car on January 25th after fan vote

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Ferrari F138 launch, 2013Ferrari is putting the choice of what to call its 2014 F1 contender to a public vote.

Fans can choose from a selection of five different names listed on Ferrari’s official website.

The options available are F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo and F616. A winner will be chosen on January 24th.

Ferrari will then reveal its new car for the first time the following day. Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen plus team principal Stefano Domenicali, will also answer a selection of questions put forward by fans.

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116 comments on Ferrari to reveal car on January 25th after fan vote

  1. Bookoi (@bookoi) said on 15th January 2014, 13:21

    No ‘La Formula 1 car’?

  2. pking008 (@pking008) said on 15th January 2014, 13:24

    Ferrari has got to be kidding with the name selections. Well, it keeps their fans busy till the car is released at least.Ingenuous if you think about it. My guess is they already know the name they want to use but this is just an exercise to engage fans.

  3. andae23 (@andae23) said on 15th January 2014, 13:29

    I don’t like any of those names. Let’s call it ‘Dave’.

  4. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 15th January 2014, 13:39

    As a measure of just how immature us petrolheads are, I’ve just voted for the F166 Turbo, for no other reason than the fact that it has the word “turbo” in it.

    However, if the car name is decided via a fan vote, what have they been calling the chassis during the development phase? I went to the Lotus factory after this year’s Korean GP, and I saw a tub marked “E22″, so what label is on the Ferrari? Kimi’s Magnum PI special? Or, “the one with the V6 in it”?

    • Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 15th January 2014, 13:42

      Ditto, surely it’s got to be the turbo option!

    • S2G-Unit (@s2g-unit) said on 15th January 2014, 14:52

      haha! I did also because it had to have turbo!

    • Ferrari traditionally have two separate designations for their cars – they have an internal code, which is “6XX”, that is used during the development phase and an official code which is then used when the car is first presented to the wider public.
      The exception to that would be the 640 to 643 models that were used in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s – there, the public code and internal development codes were exactly the same. Had they continued with that logic, the car known to the public as the F92A would have been the Ferrari 644, it’s successor the 645 and so forth.

      Ferrari would therefore be referring to the car by the internal project code, which I believe would be either Project No. 665 or 666.

    • Jakob (@jakobh) said on 15th January 2014, 21:56

      Ferrari LaDave Turbo?

  5. Calum (@calum) said on 15th January 2014, 13:46

    F2014 Turbo would have been my vote.

    F14 T… close enough.

  6. F1FerrariFan1 (@f1ferrarifan1) said on 15th January 2014, 13:46

    Does anyone know the significance of the numbers 166 and 616?

    • Wallbreaker (@wallbreaker) said on 15th January 2014, 13:48

      Isn’t that obvious? Little hint: Think about the F138. Or the 248 F1.

      • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 15th January 2014, 14:01

        You can add the 206, 246, 308, 328, 348, 458, 512, and 612 road cars to that list :)

        Yes, Ferrari did make a 206. it was badged ‘Dino‘.

      • Maciek (@maciek) said on 15th January 2014, 14:10

        Actually no it’s not, unless you already know the answer…

        • Wallbreaker (@wallbreaker) said on 15th January 2014, 14:21

          As @raceprouk pointed out it’s a tradition for Ferrari cars that numbers refer to the engine… I think it’s a no brainer, really. If that’s not the case for you guys, I hope you could gain some new motorsport knowledge now :)

          • Maciek (@maciek) said on 15th January 2014, 16:59

            You mean like the knowledge you gain when people give straight answers to questions instead of being haughty about how well informed they are and how much of a putz someone must be to not know something already? Thanks for the great advice.

          • Dwight_js said on 15th January 2014, 17:13

            “I hope you could gain some new motorsport knowledge…”

            No thanks to you.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 15th January 2014, 17:15

            I know the answer and still had to think twice about most of those names. Really, these names are horrible. We can choose between a code for a fighterplane (what is tomcat in Italian – ah, yes, make it the Micio) with either T, Maranello or Scuderia added to avoid confusion, I guess, or names that try to look clever but really are just meh. If Ferrari naming is so clear, then why do they still offer the choice between F616 and F166?

      • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 15th January 2014, 18:21

        @wallbreake it’s hardly obvious. The 248 was because of the 2.4, V8 engine. The 138 was because of 2013 and V8. So they change it everytime to accomodate the numbers better.

    • Puffy (@puffy) said on 15th January 2014, 14:24

      To give a straight answer. The 16 refers to the engine capacity, which is 1.6l and the 6 refers to the fact that it’s a V6 configuration.

  7. Wallbreaker (@wallbreaker) said on 15th January 2014, 13:47

    Voted for F14 Scuderia. Don’t really like the names referring to the engine specifications.

  8. Maciek (@maciek) said on 15th January 2014, 13:47

    F14T is a pretty good name for an F1 car.

    By the by – anybody notice the nose on that picture http://formula1.ferrari.com/news/red-letter-day ? certainly doesn’t look like anything the doom-mongers have been predicting.

  9. mixwell (@mixwell) said on 15th January 2014, 13:50

    doesnt F14T look like FIAT ?

  10. Fixy (@fixy) said on 15th January 2014, 13:56

    Voted for F616 because I don’t like text in a name. A letter is fine, but T already stands for transverse in the 312 series, referred to the gearbox type, so a T for turbo doesn’t sound appropriate. Also, two only digits referred to the year aren’t interesting enough to me.

  11. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 15th January 2014, 14:22

    Shame there isn’t something like Fth 166th Turboth Italia Scuderiath

  12. matt90 (@matt90) said on 15th January 2014, 14:30

    Not a fan of attaching names like Maranello and Scuderia to a race car, as I already associate them with road cars. Plus it seems a little self-selving to have Scuderia in the name of a car by Ferrari Scuderia. Using something as blatant as Turbo seem a little unlike Ferrari. So on that basis I prefer F14 T and F616. Although personally I’d like to see Dino return for V6 cars.

  13. BJ (@beejis60) said on 15th January 2014, 14:31

    I was hoping to vote for “f1fu”

  14. nvHerman said on 15th January 2014, 14:37

    If I got the choice I’d vote for 266F1.

    The F1 is obvious, but what do the numbers refer to, and why would I have chosen them?

  15. Daniel Garcia said on 15th January 2014, 14:43

    Can’t we call it something that sounds like a hummer or L200 so we have the problem of mixing up an F1 car with a pick-up or 4×4 again?

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 15th January 2014, 17:54

      Let’s call it La Sierra and see if GM is as petty as Ford.

      • Rockie (@rockie) said on 15th January 2014, 19:54

        If you hold a patent then you would understand what Ford did, also the F150 is synonymous with Ford!

        • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 15th January 2014, 20:24

          @rockie – ‘F150′ is a trademark, not a patent, and it’s OK to use someone else’s trademark (usually) if it won’t cause confusion. For example, I could release a pencil sharpener tomorrow called ‘F150′, and Ford can do nothing about it :)

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 15th January 2014, 20:20

        Surely that’s already contentious, as it was a Ford car before a GM one. I’d never even heard of a GM one until now.

  16. Israel Núñez said on 15th January 2014, 14:45

    Just like the names… the ferrari lacks innovation in the last years, that’s why they falls

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 15th January 2014, 20:44

      what a contribution to the discussion, you just want to say something about Ferrari but you can’t to show just how false is your claim, in the names Ferrari has been always innovative unlike Mclaren MP4-x or Williams FW x or Red Bull RB x …

  17. Tim M (@tim-m) said on 15th January 2014, 14:50

    If I had a choice, I’d name it the 126 C14, after this Ferrari, since it was their first turbocharged F1 car; also with a V6 engine.

  18. So Ferrari not launching the car on the same day as Force India?? Thats against ‘tradition’, isnt it? ;)

  19. Chris (@ukphillie) said on 15th January 2014, 15:34

    Names are a bit boring.

    Why not have ”The Thunderbolt” or the ”The Facebreaker”

    Something cool.

  20. F14 T?
    Its Alonso’s lucky year, lucky car, lucky number.

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