In the wake of recent earthquakes in the Emilia Romangna region of Italy, Ferrari is hosting an online auction to help victims. An initial 6.0 earthquake in the area was then followed nine days later by another quake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale. The death toll has risen to 17.
Yesterday we reported that Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Maserati have halted production in the wake of the last earthquake. It’s estimated that 5000 employees from the three factories have been affected. Ferrari said employees were allowed to go join their families. Additionally, the Italian supercar automaker said it will auction off a Ferrari 599 XX Evo on www.ferraristore.com. Proceeds will go to families that have lost loved ones. It’s estimated the 599 XX Evo is worth in excess of $1.6 million. Ferrari says “the extreme sports car incorporates the very best of Ferrari technology, the result of on-going Research and Development activities in the GT division and advanced experimentation in F1.”
Other items will be auctioned off as well including Formula 1 racing gear worn by Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. In a statement, Ferrari said “as soon as news about the earthquakes came out, Ferrari clients and collectors from around the world spontaneously contacted the Maranello headquarters to offer their contributions. Once again the generosity of Ferrari’s enthusiasts will enable the company to provide support to those most hit by the tragedy.”