You all remember that Gizmondo handheld? Yeah, me neither, clearly much ado about nothing, but here you are again reading about the companies executives. Well “Dietrich” has been found.
For those of you that may have forgotten, “Dietrich” was the gentleman who was accused of being the driver of the $1 million plus Ferrari Enzo that was wrecked in Malibu some time ago. In the end, one of the most perfect cars of our time, was cleaved in twain by a telephone pole.
The one thing worse than knowing there are hyper-rich people out there with all the cool toys you'd love to own, is knowing that they don't actually use most of them. Which is why it's semi-refreshing to read about James Glickenhaus, who commissioned a one-of-a-kind custom Ferrari called the P4/5; okay, so he's still indecently wealthy but at least he drives the car rather than leave it sat in an air-conditioned garage.
There's Ferrari rich and then there's one-off Ferrari rich, and if James Glickenhaus' $4m P4/5 uber-car last year is anything to go by you need to be seriously wealthy to go looking for a unique set of prancing horse keys. Well, this year should see another boost to the Italian marque's coffers, after a special request for three heavily-modified racers based on the 599 GTB and to be named the 600 GTO.
Currently it seems like you're nobody in the celebrity world if you're not driving - and crashing - Bugatti Veyron's or Ferrari Enzo's, but if you fancy a prancing horse (not literally, of course) and can't quite afford the sticker price of a four-wheeled variant then how about Vertu's latest limited-edition super-phone?
You're a petrol-head, you live for the thrill of the open road. Your dreams are filled with the roar of mighty Ferrari racing cars, and you'd give your left lung (or at least someone's left lung) to get behind the sculpted wheel of an F1 car. But your desires are greater than your talent, and there's little chance of them calling you up now that Schumacher has left the building. Scalextric is just too confining for you, so what do you do?
Well, the answer could be "buy one of these remote-control Ferraris". Yeah, it's only 1/12 scale rather than being full-sized, but let's face it - where would you keep a full-sized plastic Ferrari? The racing-replica wheel operates the scaled-down beast, while a diddy little camera beams back a driver's-eye view to its built-in screen. Don't ask me what all those other buttons do, however; they may adjust the suspension and radio in to the pit-lane, they may just be stick-on decals.
Yours for $275, which I fear you couldn't even buy a real Ferrari wheel nut for.
Like the lady in red, Becker’s new Traffic Assist Pro is trying to grab some attention in its hot red Ferrari outfit. This navigation system sports a 4-inch color touchscreen that supports 65,536 colors, 64MB of internal memory, and 2-watt integrated speakers. A bonus 2GB memory card provides preloaded maps of 37 European countries. The unit is powered by SiRF star III chipset and 400MHz processor and has battery life rated at 4.5 hours of navigation. Will be available this month in Europe for 700 Euros (US$900).