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Ferrari has revealed that its 2013 contender, due to be unveiled on Friday, will be designated the F138.
The car, which will be launched at the team's Maranello facility, is the fifty-ninth car built by Ferrari to contest the Formula One World Championship.
The name is derived from a combination of the current year and the number of cylinders, partly to mark the fact that this will be the last year that the V8 engine configuration will be used in F1, thereby bringing to an end what will be an eight year career.
With its fifty eight previous cars, the Italian manufacturer is the only team to have taken part in every year of the championship and holds all the records in terms of titles won 31 (15 Drivers' and 16 Constructors'), Grand Prix wins (219), pole positions (207) and fastest race laps (228).
Bearing in mind the fact that Ferrari found itself embroiled in a row over the name of its 2011 car, the F150, which saw Ford sue the Italian outfit claiming that F150 was the name given to one of its most popular pick-up trucks, it should be noted that the F138 is a propulsion system used to re-engine aircraft for the US Air Force’s C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft. Just so you know.
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