The theory is even more plausible because Enzo Ferrari met Contessa Paolina Binacoli, mother of Baracca, after winning a car race. She is said to have suggested using the horse as his logo, that it would bring him good luck. The original horse was red on a white background, out of respect and grief towards the fallen son of the Contessa, Enzo Ferrari colored the horse black and put it on a yellow background, as it was the color of his hometown, Modena – or, because Ferrari had a preference for sunflowers.
Ferrari’s love to motorsports unexpectedly helped him to own one of the most famous logos of today. Without his motivation to participate in and win car races, he may not have met Contessa Binacoli. In this case, maybe the prancing horse could be found on Ducati motorcycles today, as for a short amount of time, Ducati used the horse logo as well: The father of Ducati founder Fabio Taglioni was a friend of baron Baracca and was flying in an air force squadron in World War I as well. With mounting success of Ferrari, Taglioni resigned further usage of the logo, possibly after a private agreement…
Unlike the Lamborghini bull, the iconic logo of Ferrari is not used in the model nomenclature. The manufacturer names its cars in a very technical way, mostly consisting of the rounded total engine displacement and the number of cylinders. For example, the Ferrari 458 Italia has about 4,5 liters of engine displacement and 8 cylinders.
Nonetheless, each Ferrari embodies the strength and classiness of a noble stallion without problems. The Italian pride doesn’t need special model names to hold its pride on the streets. Therefore, we can’t propose any further names. Following the Ferrari tradition, the technical nomenclature will most probably be continued. We still look forward to every further stallion in the stable of Ferrari!
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