Ferrari has given race fans the opportunity to name its 2014 contender ahead of its unveiling on 25 January.
Rather than designating the car name in-house, the Maranello outfit has invited race fans to make the choice, the options being between F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo or F616.
Voting is now open (here) and will close on 24 January 12:30 (CET), the day before the 2014 car is unveiled ahead of its track debut just a few days later in Jerez.
In addition to naming the car, fans can also put questions to Stefano Domenicali and drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, the three answering the most “interesting and stimulating””questions in a video which will also go out on the day of the car’s unveiling.
Glickenhaus made his money in the stock market and film industry, but he became a household name among car guys when he commissioned the one-of-one Ferrari P4/5 Pininfarina. Though Ferrari didn’t sanction the build, once they saw the car, they gave the OK for the P4/5 to wear a Ferrari badge.
Later, Glickenhaus developed a Competizione version which was piloted to a 6 minute, 51 second lap around Germany’s Nurburgring with help from a kinetic-energy recovery system, or KERS. That’s the fastest recorded time for a Ferrari-powered car, though it was wearing race tires, which makes comparing it with any street car an apples and oranges affair.
He will return to the ‘ring on Oct. 27 with another evolution of the P4/5, this time with better brakes, new Dunlop tires, better weight balance and a motor bored out from 4.0 to 4.4 liters. The aim is to beat the previous record while competing for the FIA World Championship Alternate Energy Cup.
The new LMP car will not be a Ferrari in any way. After Glickenhaus’ Competizione car, he and the Prancing Horse went their separate ways. He is currently looking for some media buzz and an engine manufacturer, and it looks to be going well. Glickenhaus says he already has interest from one manufacturer and is hoping to garner more. He hasn’t ruled anything out. Glickenhaus says they could use a diesel powerplant or a smaller turbocharged gas engine. There is also a new technique for recovering wasted turbo energy, which Glickenhaus says is also not out of the question. He’s currently working with endurance racing’s governing body, the ACO, to understand the rules that he would have to adhere to if he competes.