Fer­rari’s feuds com­ing to the sil­ver screen

IN­DUS­TRY NEWS/ Hol­ly­wood to tell the sto­ries of bit­ter Ital­ian ri­vals Enzo Fer­rari and Fer­ruc­cio Lam­borgh­ini, as well as an Amer­i­can who built a ‘back to the fu­ture’ car, writes De­nis Droppa

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Hol­ly­wood has taken a re­newed fascination in cars — or rather the colour­ful per­son­al­i­ties be­hind them — with sev­eral biopics lined up in­clud­ing the sto­ries of Enzo Fer­rari, Fer­ruc­cio Lam­borgh­ini and John DeLorean.

As petrol­heads we tend to con­cen­trate very much on the cars, but their hu­man cre­ators can be just as in­ter­est­ing. Some­times the birth of an iconic car brand has noth­ing to do with a grand vi­sion or master plan to change the world. Some­times it’s about hubris, one-up­man­ship or re­venge — as in the case of the bit­ter ri­valry be­tween Fer­rari and Lam­borgh­ini.


The story goes that Fer­ruc­cio, a trac­tor man­u­fac­turer who also owned a cou­ple of Fer­raris, gave some friendly ad­vice to Enzo on how to im­prove the clutch on his sports cars. Mr Fer­rari wasn’t too im­pressed and told Fer­ruc­cio to stick to his trac­tors as he didn’t know how to drive Fer­raris and so a ri­valry was born be­tween the two Ital­ians.

Fer­ru­cio de­cided to build his own sports cars to com­pete against Fer­rari, and cre­ated the bull-badged brand that has given us iconic su­per­cars such as the Miura, the Coun­tach and to­day’s Aven­ta­dor.

The biopic, sim­ply ti­tled Lam­borgh­ini, is based on the bi­og­ra­phy Fer­ruc­cio Lam­borgh­ini: La sto­ria uf­fi­ciale by Fer­ru­cio’s son, Tonino. An­to­nio Ban­deras is set to take the role of Fer­ruc­cio, with Alec Bald­win cast as Enzo. There is no re­lease date for Lam­borgh­ini yet.

An­other biopic due for 2019 will be about Enzo him­self, with Hugh Jack­man cast in the role of the driver and en­tre­pre­neur who built up one of the world’s most iconic car brands. The movie, which has been in devel­op­ment for sev­eral years, is set in 1957 and will re­port­edly fo­cus on an­other Fer­rari ri­valry, this time with Ital­ian brand Maserati, which Fer­rari now owns.

Yet an­other movie in­volv­ing Fer­rari, due in 2019, will be a biopic about the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race that pit­ted Ford against the Ital­ian sportscar firm. In an­other mo­tor­ing ri­valry borne of re­sent­ment (Enzo seemed to make a few en­e­mies in his time), Ford cre­ated its Le Mans-win­ning GT40 sports car to take on Fer­rari af­ter Ford’s of­fer to buy the then Ital­ian sports car firm was re­buked at the 11th hour. It led Henry Ford to ut­ter the fa­mous words: “Build me a car that will crush Fer­rari at Le Mans.”

And Ford did just that, and af­ter failed at­tempts at the 24hour clas­sic in 1964 and 1965 it stormed to vic­tory in 1966, and also took sec­ond and third places. Set to star Matt Da­mon and Chris­tian Bale, the movie’s work­ing ti­tle is Fer­rari vs Ford.

Apart from Enzo’s feuds, one of the mo­tor in­dus­try’s most in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters was Amer­i­can John DeLorean, who gave us the short-lived but fa­mous DeLorean DMC 12 gull­winged sports car.

Al­though the DMC-12 was only in pro­duc­tion for the US mar­ket from 1981 to 1983, it be­came im­mor­talised as the

Left: Hugh Jack­man is set to play Enzo Fer­rari in a new biopic about the iconic Ital­ian rac­ing driver and en­tre­pre­neur.

Driven tells the story of mav­er­ick Amer­i­can car de­signer John DeLorean, whose gull­winged DMC-12 sports car was im­mor­talised in the Back to the Fu­ture movies.

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