Starting about a year after the Marysville record, Ferrari issued a brochure or press release, offering a "WSR" configured 550 Maranello.
A reliable source indicates that the Ferrari factory had prepared three identical 550 Maranellos for the world speed run in Marysville. This web site is now attempting to identify whether two spare cars became the first of the 33 WSR edition cars (stripped of fuel cell and safety equipment).
Also of interest to this web site is whether any spare parts assembled by the factory for the 1998 record became the basis of what one English expert (see Tony Willis below, who imported all 10 RH examples to UK) has described as "the WSR 1 kit."
One WSR edition car originally sold in Italy is known to have shock struts marked "post race."
Multiple sources feel that these facts are clear:
All 33 WSR cars were otherwise stock 550 Maranellos taken off the factory's main assembly line for WSR 1 parts (possibly on a separate hand-made line such as the F40 and F50 cars that preceded the WSR build).
Due to the WSR cars being otherwise stock: thus explaining the color variations in the 33 examples. There is reportedly a green WSR example in a (known but undisclosed by this site) Scandinavian country. A yellow/giallo example has been reported.
Ten RH examples were imported to UK, all featuring Grigio Titanio/ Bordeaux color (identical colors to LH Marysville car) and of these 10, nine survive with one totaled in an accident.
This web site's research has discovered these variations in the interior "WSR" badging: Early RH WSR's had badges affixed to the lower dashboard, indicating "WORLD SPEED RECORD
12 October 1998"
Later RH and LH cars had badges affixed to the shift console
"WORLD SPEED RECORDS"
This web site's research indicates that a new generation of management within Ferrari is beginning to limit outside expert's access to factory records. In Europe, Ferrari is known to be cutting-off outside experts from continuing their decades old research in all Ferrari makes.
If true, this web site's preservation of WSR history is more important than ever.
Thank you for your help.
If you have any verifiable knowledge of 550WSR activities (from the October 1998 speed run- onwards) please contact us at
Composition of Ferrari 550 WSR commemorative edition:
LHD (Black indicates confirmed data)
117145 (1999 model year)
|Chassis 113518 VIN # ZFFZR49A5X0113518 |
The actual speed record car from 1998 Grigio Titanio/Bordeaux LHD US Red Calipers
113125 Maranello 99 Grigio Titanio met/Bordeaux & Black LHD EU ZFFZR49B000113125 ass#30141 RollBar Fiorano Handling package
113179 (?) ,Maranello dark Blue/crema ZFFZR49B000113179 black & crema dashboard bordeaux steering wheel !
113182 Maranello 99 Rosso Corsa/Grigio LHD EU ZFFZR49B000113182 Custom built for Michael Schumacher
114641 Maranello WSR Griggio Titanio met / Nero LHD ZFFZR49A9X0114641. 1999 USA car.RollBar Fiorano Handling package
115492, Maranello Grigio Titanio met/Bordeaux ZFFZR49B000115492
116387, Maranello WSR Rosso ZFFZR49B00116387
117131 (?) Maranello Grigio Titanio met/Bordeaux LHD ZFFZR49B000117131
117414 (?) Maranello Grigio Titanio met/Black ZFFZR49B000117414
117415, Maranello WSR Yellow/black LHD EU ZFFZR49B000117415
117419, Maranello WSR Blu Pozzi521 D.S./bordeaux LHD EU ZFFZR49B000117419
117421 (?) Maranello Grigio Titanio met
118695 Maranello WSR Rosso/Black LHD EU ZFFZR49B000118695
118697 Maranello WSR Rosso/Black LHD EU ZFFZR49B000118697 (in UK)
122194, Maranello WSR Red/Black LHD EU World Speed record edition
122195, Maranello WSR Silver/black ZFFZR49B000122195
123215 Maranello WSR Rosso/Beige LHD EU ZFFZR49B000123215
124572 Maranello LHD EU ass#41322 LH Red/tan ZFFZR49B000123215 40,707km Brooklands Auction, UK 179,200 GBP March 7,2015
Data provided by Mr Tony Willis, Maranello Concessionaires, which imported all 10 examples to UK between November-December 1999.
Mr. Willis' firm is listed on the "Specialists" page.
All 10 cars were specified:
Grigio Titanio FQ3238 exterior color
Bordeaux 4481 hide and 481 carpets interior.
Tipo F133A engine and 168634 gearbox
117431 (2000 second source)
NOTE: One of these RH examples was totaled in accident. Please tell us if you know which one. Thank you