Ferrari XX raises huge sum for earthquake victims


Ferrari is donating €1.8 million to families of those killed in the earthquakes that struck Emilia-Romagna on 20 and 29 May.

The funds were raised after the firm organised an online auction with the top sale – a 599XX development car – going to an American client for €1.4 million. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will deliver it to its new owner at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza (7-9 September).

Other items auctioned included a nosecone from an F60 F1 car (€23,000) and the engine from the 2008 F1 Constructors’ Championship-winning F2008  (€80,000).

Funds also came from the sale of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa’s helmets and Giancarlo Fisichella’s race suit, while a Russian customer generously donated €100,000.

Ferrari chairman, Luca di Montezemolo said: “I would like to thank all the clients, collectors and enthusiasts that did their bit. Their bids have sent out a message of warmth and solidarity to the people in our region affected by this tragedy.”

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