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At the Winter Olympics, Ferrari hits a different track

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Editor of BBC Autos, Matthew is a former editor at Automobile Magazine and the creator of the digital-only Roadtrip Magazine. His automotive and travel writing has appeared in such magazines as Wired, Popular Science, The Robb Report and Caribbean Travel + Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife and four-year-old daughter.

 

Ferrari builds a bobsled

Ferrari builds a bobsled

Ferrari is not an automaker that is traditionally known for its mastery of ice. Until now.

Amid preparations for the launch of the 950-horsepower LaFerrari hybrid supercar, the Italian automaker has found the time to design and construct a lightweight, highly aerodynamic bobsled for the Italian team. The carbon-fibre-bodied two-man sled, seen here testing on 15 October at the French Alpine resort of La Plagne, piloted by Lukas Gschnitzer (front) and Giorgio Berdini (back), is set to debut on the ice track in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The company has been developing the sled in collaboration with the Italian National Olympic Committee, since 2010, and the design helped the team of Patrick Baumgartner and Alessandro Grande win the gold medal at the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games.

Ferrari follows the lead of BMW, which has designed a sled for the 2014 US Olympic bobsled team that is similarly cutting-edge, but much less red.

No surprise, Ferrari is mum on the cost of its bullet-shaped sled.