Charles Leclerc Thrashes Ferrari SF90 in Controversial Racing Film Remake

For most people, May 24 is just another calendar day, but for racing fans, the date was meant to signal the start of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco. However, the landmark occasion has gone the way of the Australian Grand Prix, Spanish GP and pretty much every other major sporting event in 2020; postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension isn’t just out of character, it is nigh-on sacrilegious. The last time the Monaco Grand Prix failed to take place was back in 1954, however, Ferrari’s youngest and fastest driver isn’t letting that stop him and he’s brought some famous friends along for the ride.

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Charles Leclerc, the young gun leading the famous Prancing Horse team has taken to the streets of Monaco in the new SF90 Stradale, Ferrari’s first series production hybrid model. What’s more, Leclerc was joined by filmmaker Claude Lelouch to recreate his infamous 1976 racing film C’e?tait Un Rendez-Vous. 

Entitled Le Grand Rendez-Vous, the Lelouch and Leclerc short film not only highlights the beauty and breathtaking views of Monaco’s famous winding streets, but also the awesome power of the SF90. Not unlike the Ferrari 275 GTB that provided the instantly recognisable soundtrack to the 1976 film shot in Paris, the SF90 takes centre stage.

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Boasting unmatched performance for a Ferrari production car: the SF90 has a weight-to-power ratio of 1.57 kg/cv, and 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h. In fact, the car’s name, a reference to the 90th anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari celebrated last year references the transferred technology between Ferrari road and track cars, highlighted most notably in the hybrid addition.

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So what does Ferrari’s fastest driver get up to behind the wheel of it’s fastest production car? According to Ferrari, Charles Leclerc clocked speeds of up to 240 km/h en route to the mystery “big date” of the title. Lelouch’s cameras were there to capture it all as the Ferrari SF90 Stradale completed an adrenaline-fuelled lap of the Formula 1 street circuit. Even HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco made a brief appearance in the film in recognition of the current health crisis affecting the whole globe. The Ferrari Chairman John Elkann, the Princes Andrea Casiraghi and Pierre Casiraghi with his wife, Princess Beatrice Borromeo, also visited the set.

Le Grand Rendez-Vous is set to premiere on June 13, but until then, you can check out the behind-the-scenes footage above, or even reacquaint yourself with Lelouch’s original C’e?tait Un Rendez-Vous.

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