Rich people have problems, too.
Behind the wheel of your Ferrari Portofino, you may think you're something special but, as far as Ferrari is concerned, you're a nobody. The Maranello-based brand is notorious for its hierarchical customer system, which only grants the cream of the crop access to truly special creations and exclusive events. After years of working your way up the ladder - and avoiding any mistakes - the Prancing Horse may just reach out to you.
Once you've gained Ferrari's trust, you may be offered the opportunity to purchase exclusive models like the Monza SP1 and SP2, roofless V12-powered beauties limited to just 499 examples. If Ferrari really likes you, there's a good chance you may be invited to attend an elite event. Just recently, the Italian supercar maker hosted a group of Monza owners on an exciting event, which included a visit to the Fiorano racetrack.
Sounds exciting, right? Well, not really, as the group found out when an unexpected storm quite literally rained on their parade.
Well-known Ferrari fan and YouTuber Varryx recently shared footage of several - it was reported 80 were in attendance, totaling more than $160 million - Monza SP1 and SP2 models getting drenched in a rainstorm. A dream trip to the world-famous test track quickly turned into a nightmare after Italy's sunshine made way for a gloomy downpour. No problem in a regular car, but it's a cause for concern when your $2 million Ferrari has no roof. What's worse is that owners have to pay $30,000 to attend such an event. Hopefully, none of the Ferraris in attendance suffered damage.
In the video seen above, staffers can be seen scampering across the race course in a panic, in the hopes of finding a quick solution to this problem; we're guessing Ferrari's VIP customers aren't the sort of people to brush something like this off. As the YouTuber notes, rumors about dissatisfaction amongst attendees did make the rounds, but there's "no evidence or pictures" to back this up.
Brand image is very important to Ferrari, so it's entirely possible that the company managed to keep the mishap quiet. Towards the end of the video, you'll note an official running toward the cameraman. "[They] did the only plausible thing to save the event and brand reputation - run towards the car spotter and make him stop recording."
If we owned a $2 million Monza and had to watch it get soaked in the rain, we'd be upset too. But the event can't be written off because of a minor weather-related mishap. Additional footage shows the group of Ferraris wandering through the Italian hills, soaking up the sunshine and attracting plenty of stares. It must have been a surreal experience.
As a reminder, the Monza SP1 has just one seat (the SP2 has an additional pew) and is powered by a 799 horsepower 6.5-liter V12 which sends its power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.