Ferrari world record is blitzed at Silverstone

| 17 Sep 2012

The world record for the largest number of Ferraris in a parade was smashed at Silverstone over the weekend.

The bid took place during the Ferrari Racing Days meeting and nearly doubled the previous record, which was set in Japan.

Though it is yet to be officially ratified, there were 964 Maranello cars – many of them classic, including a 1949 166 – on the Northamptonshire circuit, compared to just 490 at Fuji in 2008.

The parade was headed by F1 star Felipe Massa and reclaimed the record for the UK, which previously set a benchmark of 385 examples of the marque in 2007.

This year's demolition of the record was a long time in the planning and was put together by Ferrari itself and the Ferrari Owners' Club.

Ferrari North Europe says that between them the cars taking part had 5000 litres of capacity, 10,000 cylinders and half a million horsepower.

It also raised cash for charity with Ferrari donating £5 for every car that took part to BEN.

Massa said: “It was a really unforgettable experience. It’s a great honour for me to be here for such a special event, with so many cars all brought together on one race track, which produced an unprecedented spectacle for all Prancing Horse fans.”