Speed is Everything

Written by Teresa Greco

Riva The Persuaders! is a thrilling short film starring David Beckham, Pierfrancesco Favino, and  F1 driver Charles Leclerc racing Riva and Ferretti Group boats. 

Inspired by The Persuaders!, the early 1970s action-comedy TV series (shown in Italy as Attenti a quei due), was filmed over the past few weeks on the coastline around the border between Italy and the Côte d’Azur. Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi expressed, “I was a loyal viewer of the TV series The Persuaders! and I found the same ironic and elegant style in this little gem of a film. As always, Riva delivers big emotions.”
The film’s protagonists, involved in a riveting high-speed adventure on the road and the waves, include the international football star and British style icon David Beckham, one of Italy’s most famous actors Pierfrancesco Favino, and Charles Leclerc, an outstanding Scuderia Ferrari team racing driver idolized by Formula 1 fans.

In addition to these three celebrities, the stars of the film are the magnificent boats built by the storied Riva yard, which is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year, as well as a dazzling Ferrari and sleek vintage Maserati. Riva The Persuaders! shows Beckham in a vintage Maserati racing against Favino in a Ferrari before the action moves to the water where all three celebrities drive Riva yachts – Beckham in a 68’ Diable, Favino aboard a 56’ Rivale and Leclerc on a 39ft Rivamare. The trio are eventually seen together aboard a Navetta 37 superyacht by Custom Line, another Ferretti Group brand.

“Riva’s story reads like a movie, and this extraordinary short film, with its awesome trio of protagonists, is the perfect celebration of the brand’s 180th anniversary. My thanks go to Pierfrancesco, David and Charles for the friendship, the passion and fun they put into the project: the result is spectacular,” shared Galassi.

Riva and Ferretti Group

Riva is a Ferretti Group brand. Thanks to Italy’s centuries-old yachting tradition, the Ferretti Group is a world leader in the design, construction and sale of luxury yachts and pleasure vessels, with a unique portfolio of prestigious and exclusive brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, CRN, Custom Line and Wally. Led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, the Ferretti Group owns and manages six shipyards located across Italy, which combine the efficiency of industrial production with typical world-class Italian craftsmanship, reaching customers in more than 70 countries across the world thanks to a direct presence in Europe, the United States of America and Asia and its network of approximately 60 carefully selected dealers. Ferretti Group motor yachts, the utmost expression of Made in Italy elegance and creative genius, have always stood out for their exceptional quality, cutting-edge technology, record safety and optimum performance in the water, as well as their exclusive design and timeless appeal.

For more information: www.riva-yacht.com

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