Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Pope's HOT Wheels! [link]

I have to say that I am impressed. This is a stunning vehicle.

On January 17, 2005, Ferrari announced that it would build one additional Enzo, bringing the total to 400. It was ceremonially presented to Pope John Paul II by a large group of Ferrari's employees and partners, including F1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Luca di Montezemolo, President of Ferrari, offered to donate the auction proceedings of this extraordinary vehicle for humanitarian purposes. The Pope then requested that the car be auctioned off to benefit the Caritas charity.

The car, chassis #ZFFCZ56B000141920, was auctioned by Sotheby's Maranello Auction on June 28, 2005 to benefit survivors of the 2004 Tsunami for €950,000 (US$1,274,229), almost twice its list price. This sum was presented to Pope Benedict XVI, John Paul's successor, while Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gave the pope a steering wheel to commemorate the donation. This wheel included a plaque which read, "The Formula 1 World Champion's steering wheel to His Holiness Benedict XVI, Christianity's driver."

Behold the POWER of true faith:

Thy rod and thy staff may comfort me, but an F140 15º V12 (with 4 valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams and variable valve timing, that produces 650 horsepower at 7800 rpm) will certainly thrill thee!


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