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New Color for AF Corse Ferraris

AF Corse Ferrari to sport darker shade of red in honor 70th anniversary…

Photo: Ferrari

Photo: Ferrari

The pair of AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE cars will carry a darker shade of red in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, in honor of the Italian manufacturer’s 70th anniversary.

The livery for the GTE-Pro contenders were revealed on Monday, which will be driven by James Calado, Davide Rigon, Sam Bird and new recruit Alessandro Pier Guidi.

While mostly known for its bright “Rosso Red” liveries through the years, the two factory backed entries pay homage to the Ferrari 125S from 1947, the first racing sports car produced by marque.

Both of the turbocharged prancing horses are new chassis, with last year’s No. 71 car having gone to Clearwater Racing, with the Calado and Gianmaria Bruni-driven No. 51 car from 2016 yet to be allocated.

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  1. WBrowning

    March 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Love the Blood Red! Looks like they’ll be easier to distinguish from the Fords at a distance now too. Gorgeous automobiles!

  2. David Chaste

    March 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I wondef if Risi has an all new car for thi year too.

    Risi could do better in Weathertech of they had 2 cars with pro drivers like Af Corse

    • Tarek R.

      March 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Risi is supported but at the end of the day it’s a privateer team, a second 488 GTE would require additional resources in the expensive GTLM.

      AF Corse in WEC GTE-Pro is Ferrari itself there.

    • Mike S.

      March 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      To add to Tarek R. Yeah Risi would benefit by more data with another car absolutely. Look at Alex Job, Walker with Falken from the past along with a few other efforts. Risi is the only one left. There is support but a privateer effort. Goes to show the underdog spirit and less money spent by them compared to Porsche, Ford and Chevy. Very efficient and a player with fewer resources is impressive. Wouldn’t blame them at all for going to GTD. Bound to happen eventually. But may not even to GT3 with those costs skyrocketing now too. Just enjoy them while they are there.

  3. P

    March 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    That is a nice Red for the AF Corse cars, and Happy Anniversary.

    Maybe for your 70th Anniversary at Le Mans, the GTE cars could wear Ferrari classic tribute liveries.

    AF Corse
    No. 51: Ferrari 512M # 6 (1971) Red
    No. 71: Ferrari 512 BB LM #71 (1982) Blue

    Spirit of Race
    No. 54: Ferrari 512M # 9 (1971) Yellow
    No. 55: Ferrari SF70H # 5 (2017)

    JMW Motorsport
    No. 84: Ferrari 643 # 27 (1991)

    Risi Competizione
    No. 82: Ferrari F333 SP #12 (1998)

    Scuderia Corsa
    No. 62: Ferrari 312T2 # 1 (1976)
    No. 65: Ferrari 512 BBLM #72 (1982) Red

    • David Chaste

      March 20, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      I doubt any of this will happen. Aside from Risi and AF corse the other teams are all paid for by wealthy individuals. So those cars will have whatever livery their owner decides to pay for. Ferrari would have to subsidize their racing fees if they wanted to impose a specific livery.

      • Thomas

        March 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm


  4. av

    March 20, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I also think that the factory should put the money for a second ferrari car in the U.S. it would make a big difference. And Mr risi and the team have proved to be the best. Every time they go to le mas they perform better than the other ferraris. It is hard to understand how the factory has not done it yet. RISI is the best.

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