One of the most famous rivalries in the automotive world over the years has been between Lamborghini and Ferrari—two of the most well-established and successful brands in the luxury vehicle industry. 

Car enthusiasts could argue for days about which of these two companies is truly on top when it comes to producing the best supercars in the world. At various times, those supporting either side of this argument could very well have some valid points to make. 

If we reach back far enough into the history of this rivalry to reveal its origin, however, it is undeniably quite ironic, as, without Ferrari, Lamborghini would actually have never been created.

What inspired Ferruccio Lamborghini to design a supercar? 

In 1958, Ferruccio Lamborghini, the creator behind Lamborghini, was not in the business of making supercars at all. He was actually the owner of a company that designed and manufactured tractors and other agricultural equipment. 

Lamborghini’s tractor company was incredibly successful and with his earnings, he purchased several sports cars, including Maseratis, Mercedes Benz, and a Ferrari, as he had a passion for such vehicles.

When Lamborghini got his hands on a Ferrari, his first impression was that it handled more like a repurposed track car than a vehicle meant for the road. This encouraged him to offer Enzo Ferrari several suggestions about how to improve the design of the Ferrari to fix this issue. 

If Ferrari had simply taken Lamborghini’s advice, the history of the automotive industry from that point forward would have looked distinctly different. Instead, he insulted Ferruccio’s ideas and basically told him to stick to making tractors.

Rather than taking Ferrari’s advice, Ferruccio became inspired to prove him wrong and began putting all his time and energy into developing his vision of a perfect sports car and bringing it to life.

By 1964, he had manufactured the initial versions of the Lamborghini 350 GT—a car that outperformed Ferraris in numerous ways—and, with the release of that vehicle, made a name for himself in the luxury sports car game.

How did Ferruccio Lamborghini’s vision change the automobile industry?

The Lamborghini 350 GT was just the first in a long line of iconic vehicles that Ferruccio would manufacture that would change things forever in the automotive industry.

These cars received so much attention not only because they were fast or powerful but also because they manifested Ferruccio’s clear-cut vision, which starkly contrasted with the prevailing trends at the time.

In other words, Lamborghini’s vehicles were like a breath of fresh air—something new and innovative that effectively shook things up in the industry in a thrilling way. Up until that point, sports car manufacturers were simply competing to make the fastest vehicle they could, and their race cars looked like race cars.

However, Lamborghini believed that customers purchasing these cars should not feel like race car drivers; they should feel like royalty, and the design of the car could have such an effect. Thus, in the design of his vehicles, Lamborghini took a customer-centric approach, thinking about how every detail of his cars would impact how drivers would feel behind the wheel.

Lamborghini prioritized comfort over pure speed and focused on creating cars with a luxurious aesthetic that matched the vibe he was aiming for. This factor would elevate the overall experience of driving a Lamborghini.

Most importantly, Lamborghini’s marvel of engineering showed that it was not necessary to compromise on speed and power to achieve these other feats. In addition to being more luxurious and comfortable than the competition, his cars were also faster.

Many different Lamborghini models released over the years that boast insanely impressive statistics in power and performance, including the Aventador SVJ Roadster, the Centenario, and the Sian FKP 37. 

Lamborghini’s fastest ever model, the Veneno, can even reach speeds up to 221 mph (356 km/h) with a whopping 750 horsepower. Yet, despite this unimaginable speed and power, it still looks like a work of art that should be stored in a museum and handles like a car meant for the road, perfectly bringing together all the elements that Lamborghini valued most. 

The hallmarks of Ferruccio’s vision were a testament to his refusal to merely accept the status quo and to his drive to constantly develop something new and better. This is what he continued to do throughout the remainder of his career in the automotive industry and what his company continues to do to this day. 

Currently, Lamborghinis set the standard for excellence that other luxury vehicle manufacturers must strive for, and numerous other automobile manufacturers in the industry have taken inspiration from Ferruccio’s vision and his innovations. 

It is safe to say that one man, who almost lived out his career designing and manufacturing farming equipment, forever changed the automotive industry for the better.

How You Can Enjoy the Fruits of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s Vision With an Ultimate Exotics Supercar Driving Experience

It is one thing to marvel at the beauty in Ferruccio Lamborghini’s vision and admire the spirit and drive that led him to develop some of the world’s greatest supercars. However, it is another thing altogether to drive a Lamborghini and experience that innovation firsthand. 

While very few people ever get the opportunity to experience driving a Lamborghini, thanks to Ultimate Exotics’ supercar driving experiences, you can join that exclusive club and take a Lambo out on the open road for an unforgettable drive.

Our curated Lamborghini driving experience is designed for maximum enjoyment and will allow you to truly feel that sense of royalty that Ferruccio Lamborghini believed every luxury car driver should get the chance to have.

During our driving experiences, you can try out multiple supercars. So, not only will you have a chance to take out our Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, but you can also try other cars from our stacked fleet, such as our Ferrari 488 GTB, McLaren 570S, or Audi R8 V10, switching between them over the course of the experience. 

The length of time you can spend in each of these cars and the overall distance you can drive on our tailored rally along some of Southern Ontario’s most stunning roads is up to you, as you can opt for our 1.5-hour, 3-hour, or 6-hour experiences. 

Of course, no matter which experience you choose, you will have plenty of photo opportunities throughout the day to take home many mementos of this incredible experience. 

For more information about how you can drive a Lamborghini with one of our experiences, or to learn more about the statistics that our Lambo boasts, call Ultimate Exotics at (888) 493-8687 or contact us here.