If there is indeed one iconic emblem in motorsport, it is that of the prancing horse that wears FERRARI’s bodywork.
And since July 9, the iconic Scuderia Ferrari logo has been present for 90 years.
Just like that of the German company, the Porsche house!
It was during an international event on 9 July 1932 in Francorchamps that the hood of the two ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300s, driven by Antonio BRIVIO-Eugenio SIENA and Piero TARIFFI-Guido IPPOLITO, the symbol of a prancing horse, appeared for the first time. time that SCUDERIA FERRARI was part of the sports branch of the Milanese and then Turin manufacturer, of which Enzo FERRARI was the dealer.
Founded in 1929 by Enzo FERRARI, who died in August 1988, at the age of 90 and raced ALFA ROMEO brand cars, this team stands out to this day as the most famous of all, because it the real official armed arm of ALFA ROMEO in competition.
THE CAVALINO AS A HAPPY DESIGN
According to legend, the choice of the “prancing horse” dates back to World War I, in which the Italian fighter pilot Francesco BARACCA displayed a black prancing horse on the cabin of his SPAD S XIII in honor of the cavalry regiment from which he came.
After dying in the battle of this flying ace, his mother, Countess Paoline BIANCOLI, met the young driver Enzo FERRARI, whom she advised to reproduce the same prancing horse on the cars entered as carriers by his Scuderia Ferrari team. happiness, a wish granted from 9 July 1932, the date on which an ALFA ROMEO proudly wore this logo on the Belgian road circuit of Francorchamps, namely a prancing black horse on a yellow background like the color of the city of Modena with the letters s for Scuderia and f for Ferrari completely overhanging with Italian colors, on either side of the hood.
And when Enzo FERRARI, based in Modena, decided in 1947 to build and import his own cars, he did not hesitate to perpetuate the emblem of the ”Cavalino Rampante” as a fetish weapon for his sports car production and competition. like masterpieces waiting to be controlled!.
FERRARI, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has been transformed in recent decades into a veritable institution to become a planetary reference, not to mention all its race cars with, in the first category, 57 different construction types since its inception. . in F1 in 1950 and some 152 high-end models in road version.
In F1, Scuderia Ferrari has competed in 1041 GPs and achieved 242 victories, while in the categories ”sport”, ”prototype” and ”GT” prancing-horse cars have so far achieved 1,480 victories since 1947, according to some archives that makes this team the most prestigious in the history of motorsport.
A HORSE CAN HIDE ANOTHER…
In the long history of motorsport, many manufacturers and teams have adopted the practice of using animals in the design of their logos.
This allowed us to discover all kinds of creatures to decorate the bodies of cars, such as lions (Minardi and Peugeot), a Kiwi (Mc LAREN in the beginning), a Gallic rooster (MATRA), snakes (JORDAN, BRABHAM and ALFA ROMEO ), bulls (RED BULL and LAMBORGHINI) just to name a few.
On the other hand at the level of the horses among the horse racing next to FERRARI and his prancing horse one finds in the badge of the manufacturer PORSCHE another canason but rather galloping.
This logo appeared on the cars built in 1952 by this other iconic manufacturer and equipped all of its road and competition cars with an emblem with a galloping black horse at the center, taken from the coat of arms of the city of Stuttgart, which was adopted on the 10the century in Old German meant ”the garden of the mares”.
And since all models leaving the Weissach factories, northwest of Stuttgart, bear this logo on their bodies, which PORSCHE also used in 1958 on the RSKs in the F-1 and then on the sports cars from 1952, a discipline in which this manufacturer has established itself over the past 7 decades as a pilot fish with numerous successes in endurance events.
With the upcoming wedding between PORSCHE and RED BULL, therefore, from 2026 we could find a rivalry of emblems related to FERRARI’s prancing horse with PORSCHE’s galloping horse, since motorsport is all about horses!
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