My newfound fandom of all things autosport has taken me back to the days of creating vector art. I used to traces when I was in graphic design school. I really enjoyed using Adobe Illustrator to recreate photos. I did one for a class project and was hooked. Moving on after finishing school, that was 12 years ago, I stopped doing them. Boredom struck over the holidays and I knocked this one out.
I originally picked this car because of the photo. I thought it looked challenging, but not too challenging. I knew very little about the car other than it was a bad ass looking Ferrari. As the project progressed I began to become curious about the car. The more I found the more I was enamored with it. This particular car was made in 2003 and Ferrari claimed to have made only 400 of them. According to this video some internet sleuths have found over 400 VIN numbers registered throughout the world. Ferrari only sold the car by invitation only. I’m sure Ferrari has more than 400 gazillionares in their Rolodex. Some were probably butthurt over not getting an invite so Ferrari made extra. My theory anyway. I live for the day I’m butthurt by being overlooked by Ferrari.
This car is bad ass. According to Wikipedia the car was a tribute to the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. It’s meant to be pronounced Enzo Ferrari, not a Ferrari Enzo like you normally would any other car. They wanted keep his name intact. How cool is that?
The car was inspired by Ferrari’s Formula 1 car. Enzo Ferrari started the sportscar company in order to finance his passion for auto racing. This car is a perfect tribute to him.
The car is built around a 6.0L V-12 engine that produces 651hp. It’s made with a carbon fiber body, the same material used in F1 cars. The transmission is semi-automatic and the brake discs are made from a ceramic composite to reduce weight. It can top out at 224mph and go from 0-60mph in 3.14 seconds.
It was a cool car to work with. The more I researched the photos I found. I wished I had used a different photo as this one is little off on the horizontal axis. Will remember to look at that next time I choose a photo. I rediscovered some tricks I used to know with Illustrator plus learned a lot of the new bells and whistles in Illustrator CC.
I hope to do more of these in the near future.