Ferrari F355

Ferrari F355

It’s always sad when we have to report on a crashed supercar, but this latest accident takes that depression to epic proportions. Not one, not two, but eight Ferraris , as well as a Lamborghini , two Mercedes models, and two Toyota models have been utterly destroyed this past weekend during a terrible crash on a highway in Japan. The Ferraris destroyed were: several F355 units, an F-360 , and an F-430 . The losses are being estimated at around $1.5 million, but some are reporting losses of up to $4 million! Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the accident, but 10 people sustained bruising and minor injuries, probably to their egos as well as their bodies.

"The accident occurred when the driver of a red Ferrari was switching from the right lane to the left and skidded," said Mitsuyoshi Isejima, Executive Officer for Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Expressway Traffic Police unit. "It was a gathering of narcissists."

The driver responsible, a 60-year-old man may face up to three months in jail or a fine of as much as $1,280 - considering the damage, we’d say he got off easy. The police officers needed about six hours to clear the highway, although it may take the drivers a lifetime to forget this horrific experience ever happened.

Hit the jump for the video.

Source: Bloomberg

In 1994 Ferrari unveiled the F355 - a model that remained into production until 1999 and with 11,273 units produced it became the most successful Ferrari in history. The F355 was the first model to be produced under the new leadership of Luca di Montezemolo.

Ferrari F355 GTS

New for the F355 has been the nomenclature: engine capacity plus number of valves per cylinder: 355 = 3.5 liters engine capacity and 5 valves per cylinder (until now it was engine capacity + cylinder number).

The F355 GTS (along with the Berlinetta) was the first model in the series, with a Spider version following in 1995. It featured a hard top that could be stowed away behind the seats. The F355 GTS featured a stress-bearing semi-monocoque steel chassis with variable-section, tubular front and rear sub-frames and electronically controlled suspension. The V8 engine produced a specific power of 109 bhp per liter and, mated to a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox, ensured very high performance.

In 1994 Ferrari replaced the 348 series with the F355. The car was once again designed by Pininfarina and had a similar layout and proportions to the 348. New on the 355 was the V8 engine, who now featured 5 valves per cylinder (2 exhaust and 3 inlet).

Ferrari 355 F1 GTS

In 1997 the F1-style gearbox management system became standard on each version: berlinetta, GTS (targa topped) and spider. The F355 changed into 355 F1. Derived directly from Formula 1, where it made its debut in 1989 winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, the electro-hydraulic system was operated by paddles behind the steering wheel using the F355’s conventional 6-speed manual gearbox. The new transmission guaranteed lightning-quick gear changes, with the additional advantage that both the driver’s hands could stay on the wheel at all times.

In 1994 Ferrari unveiled the F355 - a model considered to be one of the greatest production sports-car of the 20th Century. The F355 remained into production until 1999 and with 11,273 units produced it became the most successful Ferrari in history. The F355 was the first model to be produced under the new leadership of Luca di Montezemolo.

Ferrari 355 F1 Spider

In 1997 Ferrari offered the F1-style gearbox management system standard on all three models: berlinetta, GTS and spider, this is where the "F1" nomenclature comes from. It was the first ever road car to be equipped with a F1 gearbox.

Derived directly from Formula 1, where it made its debut in 1989 winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, the electro-hydraulic system was operated by paddles behind the steering wheel using the F355’s conventional 6-speed manual gearbox. The new transmission guaranteed lightning-quick gear changes, with the additional advantage that both the driver’s hands could stay on the wheel at all times.

In 1994 Ferrari unveiled the F355 - a model considered to be the greatest production sports-car of the 20th Century. The F355 remained into production until 1999 and with 11,273 units produced it became the most successful Ferrari in history.

Ferrari 355 F1 Berlinetta

This was the first ever road car to be equipped with the innovative F1-style gearbox management system, available on all three versions: berlinetta, GTS and spider. Derived directly from Formula 1, where it made its debut in 1989 winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, the electro-hydraulic system was operated by paddles behind the steering wheel using the F355’s conventional 6-speed manual gearbox. The new transmission guaranteed lightning-quick gear changes, with the additional advantage that both the driver’s hands could stay on the wheel at all times.

There’s no worse way to crash a supercar than what this poor English guy had to go through.

Man crashes his Ferrari F355 Spider to avoid hitting a fox

In what was supposed to be just a leisurely drive around Maidenhead, UK in his ’97 Ferrari F355 Spider , the unfortunate fellow ended up crashing his car after swerving to avoid hitting…a fox?!

You read that right. The beautiful Prancing Horse ended up becoming mangled beyond repair. Now, we’re trying to figure out swerving to avoid hitting a fox could end up destroying this F355 Spider to the extent the pictures are showing us. To the best of our sleuthing abilities, we’re guessing that the car skidded out of control and hit more than just one really sturdy object before stopping in a twisted heap.

We love our animals over here at Topspeed, but it’s easy to sympathize with the poor guy. The only way he feels good about this is if he considers foxes as reincarnated deities of a higher order. We highly doubt it, though.

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Posted on by Andrew Avarvarii 2

The Ferrari F355, the fruit of half of century experience in V8 mid-engined coupes, is considered to be the greatest production sports-car of the 20th Century. It was the best selling Ferrari in history until that time, the car that saved the brand from imminent bankruptcy and the first model to be produced under the new leadership of Luca di Montezemolo. With performance figures that are enviable even a decade after the cars launch and an immortal design, the F355 is considered by many to be the most beautiful modern Ferrari.

Posted on by Mike Husleag

For the F355, Ferrari developed a new 3.5 liter 90° V8 engine developing 375bhp at 8250 rpm with a redline of 8500 rpm. Maximum torque was 268 lbs-ft at 6000 rpm. The specific output of this remarkable 5-valve unit was 109bhp per liter.


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