Rare Ferrari 599XX Evo to be auctioned to raise money for earthquake victims

A massive earthquake of 5.8 magnitude hit northern Italy at the end of last month killing 15 persons and came 10 days after an earthquake of 6.0 magnitude killed 7 persons destroying buildings, castles and churches in northern Italy

Ferrari, the Italian super car manufacturer has found a novel way to help out in this calamity and has put up an auction on the website www.ferraristore.com which will see a number of Ferrari’s being auctioned and among them is a rare Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione race car.

The proceeds will go towards the victims of the recent earthquakes that struck Emilia Romogna region in Italy. The rare Ferrari 599 XX Evoluzione is worth more than £ 1 million while other items on auction will include a V8 F1 engine, race suits, helmets worn and donated by F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Filipe Massa. All these goods will be from the Ferrari store and will be put up on auction.

No sooner had the earthquake struck did Ferrari enthusiasts and collectors contact the company’s headquarters in Maranello to offer their collectables and Ferrari memorabilia to help the hapless earthquake victims.

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Maranello, 31 May 2012 – Ferrari will open an international on-line auction to raise funds for the families of the victims of the earthquakes that have rocked the Emilia-Romagna region since the 20th of May.

In the days leading up to the auction next week, www.ferraristore.com will dedicate a section to this important initiative which sets out to contribute significant sums to those families who have lost loved ones.

The auction will include important and rare items, such as a 599XX Evo, the extreme, non-homologated sports berlinetta with a commercial value of €1.3 million. This extreme sports car incorporates the very best of Ferrari technology, the result of on-going Research and Development activities in the GT division and advanced experimentation in F1. The 599 XX Evo features a package of performance-enhancing technical features for the exclusive, dedicated track-based research and development programme for the 2012-2013 seasons.

There will also be a strong Formula 1 theme, starting with a V8 engine along with racing suits and helmets donated by the Scuderia’s drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, as well as numerous items of memorabilia from the works racing cars from past seasons.

Also featuring in the auction will be a selection from the Ferrari Store, including Prancing Horse watches.

As soon as news about the earthquakes came out, Ferrari clients and collectors from around the world spontaneously contacted the Maranello headquarters to offer their contributions. Once again the generosity of Ferrari’s enthusiasts will enable the company to provide support to those most hit by the tragedy. A demonstration of solidarity that, in recent years, has contributed to the reconstruction in Abruzzo after the earthquake, as well as the building of two after-school facilities in Ishinomaki in Japan after last year’s disaster for which Ferrari contributed over 80 million Japanese yen.