Almost everyone has heard the Lamborghini song … but did you know that if there was no Ferrari there would be no Lamborghini. And then the world would never have had the very first supercar in the world, the Lamborghini Miura.
But if you think Ferrari helped Lamborghini build a car, of course not! Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of Lamborghini intended to produce a refined Grand Touring car, a better Ferrari so to speak.
Here is the sweet story of revenge between two of the best sports car manufacturers in the world:
Who was Ferruccio Lamborghini?
Ferruccio Lamborghini was born in 1916 into a farming family in Italy. His father cultivated vines in his fields. From an early childhood, Ferruccio was fascinated by motors and his interest in motors evolved from his father’s equipment with which he was experimenting. During World War II he joined the army in the Regia Aeronautica, which was an isolated area with no car or truck repair facility. He learned to repair broken down cars, motorcycles and trucks with reused parts. He became popular as an expert in mechanical improvisation and engine repair. Lamborghini was taken prisoner when the island of Rhodes fell to the British at the end of the war in 1945 and could not return home until the following year.
A journey from farm vehicles to supercars
Shortly after the end of the World War, Ferruccio began to build tractors and his tractor company grew into one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural equipment in Italy. In 1947, the agricultural and industrial revolution was developing rapidly in Italy. In the following years he successfully produced revolutionary tractors like the Carioca range. Carioca tractors used surplus military engines with 6-cylinder diesel engines and it was the first tractor manufactured entirely by Lamborghini.
Ferruccio had never thought of moving his business from agricultural vehicles to supercars, but his fate had found a way to lure him into this business.
The experience that led to the creation of Lamborghini
In a few years, Ferruccio Lamborghini had become one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural equipment in Italy, so Ferruccio could afford dozens of luxury cars such as Maseratis and Mercedes-Benz. He also decided to buy several Ferraris and this is where the Lamborghini success story begins and began to evolve into one of the most successful luxury car makers in the world.
When Ferruccio Lamborghini bought a brand new Ferrari, he considered it more of a repurposed track car than a regular road car because the Ferrari was too loud and difficult to handle. Lamborghini loved the Ferrari but was not entirely satisfied with it, so he decided to make several suggestions to Enzo Ferrari (founder of Ferrari) including design changes that could help him improve his luxurious Ferraris.
Ferrari was one of the few companies to make the best sports car in the 1960s and Ferrari had a big brand. Because of this pride, Enzo Ferrari’s response to Lamborghini’s suggestions was not at all positive but also insulted him by commenting that “The problem is not in the car, but in the driver who drives it. It is better to focus on your tractor business than to pay attention to your cars.
Sweet story of revenge by Ferruccio Lamborghini
Ferrari’s comment encouraged Lamborghini to prove him wrong. Lamborghini decided to pursue its vision of a perfect sports car. In 1964 Lamborghini made the first versions of the Lamborghini 350 GT, which significantly exceeded the performance of a Ferrari. His new car attracted many sports car enthusiasts and Ferruccio thus laid the foundation for Lamborghini’s success.
Ferrari vs. Lamborghini
Following the success of the Lamborghini 350 GT, Ferruccio also produced a sports car which included the Jarama, Espada, Miura and Islero which provided stiff competition to Ferrari sports cars.
Ferruccio Lamborghini showed us how successful you can be in life and what kind of myth you can only establish by facing a problem in your daily life, a vision that evolved from that problem and a competitor that really gave Lamborghini a boost.