The seventh annual Hublot Diamond Rally, the nation’s largest luxury, super and hypercar cruise, took place just a couple of days ago driving from Vancouver to Whistler and back.
Raising funds for over 20 charities, one of those is the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Its mission is to fulfill the wishes of kids possessing life-threatening illnesses, and the organization partnered again with Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver, this time to make 13-year-old Brandon’s dream of going to Dubai — and riding in a Ferrari — come true.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Brandon last week and he looks like any other seventh grader, but he’s been through a lot. When his mom was eight months pregnant they found out he had a heart condition and a very serious one at that. It’s called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, in addition to an enlarged liver and a baby kidney,” said Hannah Smith, provincial director of the foundation who spoke at the dealership’s Diamond Rally kick-off party last week.
Moments after the presentation, the covers were taken off the following two vehicles participating in the 2019 rally. Both boasted Marvel-themed vinyl wraps for the event, the first (GTC4Lusso T) wearing Deadpool graphics, the other (Portofino), Iron Man.
Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
Debuting in 2016 the FF successor is a proper shooting brake style four-seater, featuring a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sending 601 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque to the back wheels. A 46:54 front-to-rear weight distribution and four-wheel steering means entering and exiting corners are an exceptionally joyous affair.
While this GT hardtop convertible is named after the lazy sun-kissed fishing town on the Italian Riviera, it’s made for more than just top-down cruising. Utilizing a similar powertrain to the model above, the Portofino rockets from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. When the occasion does call for a slow roll, electric power steering and a magnetorhelogical damping suspension system create a smooth ride.
There were even special appearances made by the two superheroes, posing for photos as visitors enjoyed canapés and got a closer look at the showroom vehicles, which included a 488 Spider decked out in Batman stickers parked upstairs. Donations were also collected on-site to grant the wishes of other children. Here are some more pictures from the evening.