July 10th, 2014 Addendum: This summer season will see the
largest concentration of dedicated Ferrari activity we can recall.
Ten days ago it was the actual “Ferrari Festival” and this coming
weekend it is "Summet Des Legendes” focusing on Ferrari as
the Feature/Theme for the entire event.
We have coverage to add herein on the Festival and we’re planing
a major Blog entry as well, so we’re very much looking forward to
seeing not only the great race action, but the up close and personal
paddock POV’s that really let you get close to these Historic and
truly World Class Benchmarks of Automotive Technology and Development.
July 17th, 2011 Addendum: See attached reply below
for updates, but not before you read this page first, please.
The remarks contained immediately below set the context
for a point of relevance that applies to this entire thread.
There are few things that can match the thrill of being
surrounded by Ferrari's for a weekend.
The sights, the sounds, the ambiance of these automotive
sculptures ... rolling works of art...
That being said... what the Ferrari festival is really all about
is the function of the Ferrari at its most highly developed state,
the pure purpose of a race bred machine that has only one
objective... to be faster than anything else, to win.
There will be some that debate the value of
the thoroughbred race car, however, one must keep in mind that
racing has been responsible for most of the significant safety and
efficiency advances of vehicle design. Nowhere is that more
evident than in both the new, and some of these magnificent
historic Ferrari's, that we were privileged to see at this years
Historically, rear view mirrors, seat belts, disc brakes and
aerodynamics, to name only a few, are things we all take for
granted in modern cars, and all come from racing.
In the modern context, design and materials such as composite,
lightweight and extremely strong components allow race cars
to perform at exceptional levels while keeping their drivers safe.
Aerodynamics and super efficient horsepower mean less wind
resistance and longer distances between "pit-stops". The benefits
of these factors to all drivers, and the environment, are obvious.
Eventually, the proven best technologies from the race environment
get adopted into production vehicles, simply because it makes the
vehicles we drive better.
Ferrari is on the leading edge of this development and while owning
a Ferrari may be outside the reach of most, being able to examine
them up close and watch them in action right here at Le Circuit
Mont Tremblant is a rare treat and if you know what to look for,
a glimpse into the future.
Le Circuit Mont Tremblant is just as beautiful as the Ferrari's that
were racing, and if you have not attended an event here, you owe
it to yourself to visit. The park-like setting has numerous vantage
points that all make post-card perfect scenes and there are many,
including the best professional drivers in the world that feel this
facility is at the very top in North America and compares to the best
of Europe as well.
Le Circuit Link: http://www.lecircuit.com/
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every season, those of us who are fortunate enough to be
Tremblant Le Circuit regular attenders get to see quite a
Le Circuit is a "Ferrari Friendly" facility.
"Thank You Very Much" to all those within the Le Circuit
organization that support this passion for Ferrari.
It is a privilege to see this unique combination of technology
and art up close, as only Ferrari can do it.
In order to streamline topics, we're going to try adding replies
on this thread that contain additional Ferrari pictures that will
hopefully make it a more representative sample of the Ferrari
activity ongoing at Tremblant that makes things so very interesting
to those who share the interest.
We'd like to start with this one because it's a street car that was in
the infield parking at Le Circuit for the 2010 edition of Bobby Rahal's
Legends of Motorsports event. It's always great to see a Ferrari parked
nearby. Here's the second pic from the same location. You can often find individual elements within a "Big Picture" that
are interesting on a macro basis. We took this one to send to the
Legends of Motorsports crew as a thank you for all their efforts
on the first edition. We thought it captured a bit of the essence
of both the event and the location. Ferrari 458 Italia, driven by a Le Circuit
"Ferrari Friendly" team member. Here's an example of how race technologies eventually benefit the
general driving public. "Disc" brakes made every race car built with them vastly more safe
than the old style of "Drum" brakes that preceded them. This "Disc"
brake development that has also made virtually every modern production
car safer, is responsible for saving countless lives due to superior
accident avoidance. We owe this safety to the experimentation that
racing undertook to make brakes more effective and durable.
Additional Footnotes, Sample of how Race Cars make our
Street Cars safer/better:
Race cars performance are often measured by time/distance ratios.
The fastest sustainable "Lap Times" usually mean victory.
Better brakes mean faster lap times. How can "better stopping" mean
"faster lap times"? Simply because if you can brake later, and reduce
speed quicker, you can carry speed longer and farther before having to
brake. For those of us out on the highways and streets, shorter stopping
performance means significantly better accident avoidance. If disc brakes
allow you to stop 20 feet sooner than the old style drums, and you miss
a collision contact by 5 feet because of them, not only do you save your
car from damage, but the passengers as well. The safety benefits that we
all take for granted with modern disc brakes, all came from racing.
If you look closely at the detail in these beautifully constructed Ferrari
brake components, you will also see the future of even more safety and
better brake performance. The actual "disc" material used in these brakes
is a composite material largely made of carbon fibre. Compared to the
metal that we would find in production brake discs, this material allows
more stopping energy to be absorbed in less time.
At the moment, these materials are too expensive to include in most
production vehicles, so it may be a while before we see widespread use,
however the same thing was true about disc brake systems decades ago,
until manufacturers were able to justify their use with large, mass
production cost reductions. Time will tell if consumer demand and
manufacturing capability will allow this technology to be widely adopted.
It should be noted that while initially, this carbon fibre brake technology
could only be found on "Million Dollar" race cars, it is now available not
only on this Ferrari, but on a good 'ole Chevy Corvette you can get at
your local GM store, so already it's use is filtering into the public domain.
Ferrari Race Cars Seen At Le Circuit, Tremblant.
( Relevant Historic Archive Data Noted As Available) 4 Pic's below:
Ex R. Penske, M. Donohue Ferrari 512M (1040)
J. Giordano - 1969 Ferrari 512S
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We've been lucky enough to have these 2 vintage
Ferrari 312T, F1, Gilles Villeneuve cars for the last 2 years.
The flat 12 has a distinctive tone and are not
only fun to watch, but very interesting to get close to
in the pits for some detailed examination. There are
not that many places where you can get this close to
F1 Ferrari history.
Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.
One of the most influential automotive designs
of all time.
More than just a "Pretty Face" and an "Amazing Body"...
This Ferrari 250 GTO (3451), was the 1962
Targa Florio Class Winner.
Our compliments to the local Tremblant person who
has the passion for both the preservation and use of
this and other historic Ferrari's. We very much respect
the commitment to this living, working, archive of
automotive design significance.