2010 Ferrari 458 Italia & 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera

Every one always picks a side in some of the most well known brand rivalries. Whether or not you care, there is always an inclination to a particular side. For instance Adidas and Puma, Canon and Nikon, BMW and Mercedes, Coke and Pepsi, Rolex and Omega, Microsoft and Apple, Energizer and Duracell, there is always a side one is inclined to.

One such rivalry is Ferrari and Lamborghini. Not to say that you have to drive these to pick a side, but let us be honest, every man as a child either had a picture pinned on their room wall or was always mesmerised by the look of these cars.

Even if you already know that chances are that you will never be able to afford to a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, you should still be able to square off a few stats about them. For example, how fast can their fastest cars go? Which models cost the most money to buy? These are the things that should matter to most men who care about cars.

What is most interesting save for driving one, is the history behind both brands. Where Ferrari and Lamborghini are concerned, the rivalry is so perfect that, if it did not exist, some Hollywood studio would have to invent it. After its founding in 1947, Ferrari became famous for its stylish, high-performance vehicles and expanded from an Italian racing company into a car company synonymous with prestige.

Lamborghini’s story is a bit more dramatic. Beloved by enthusiasts everywhere, Lamborghini cars are built for speed and more spectacularly look the part. Extreme style and extreme performance are the chief characteristics of Ferrari’s national rival. Both brands are exclusive cars designed to cater to a small, very specialised and privileged audience.

Ferruccio Lamborghini was a tractor engineer with a tractor business that was booming. Like most wealthy people he decided that the best way to celebrate was to buy himself a Ferarri. After he bought one to his dismay he was quite disappointed with it and believed the car had some design flaws with the clutches.

So like a loyal Ferrari customer he went to the owner himself, Enzo. He told him that he liked the Ferrari he had purchased but he had some suggestions on how to make it even better.

Enzo looked at him and told him he did not need a tractor owner’s advice. Instead of brushing that remark off or citing his customer rights, Ferruccio decided on a different approach. He was going to build his own top notch performance car company and show Enzo Ferrari just what he was missing out on. The Automobili Lamborghini was born.

Currently Ferrari is owned by Fiat and the flagship is The Ferrari Enzo, a 6 Litre V12 engined car named after the company’s founder. It is built using Formula One technology, such as carbon-fibre body ceramic disc brakes. Volkswagen (which also owns other luxury brands such as Audi and Bentley) owns Lamborghini. The current flagship is the Lamborghini Aventador, a 6.5 Litre V12 engined car.

When you’re talking about machines built for speed, they don’t get much faster or sexier than those from Ferrari or Lamborghini.

By Mustafa Ziraba, Daily Monitor

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