Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40

On August 27, 2012, U.K. banks are closed for a holiday and supercars are set to run wild in celebration of this holiday. At the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, the Supercar Showdown will take place and we will all get a good glimpse and listen to what these cars have to offer.

Some of the cars in this year’s Supercar Showdown include: Jaguar XJ220 , Ferrari F40 , Ferrari F50 , Ferrari 360 Spyder , Lamborghini Gallardo , Mercedes-Benz SLS , Ultima GTR Can-AM, Lightning GT Carbon, Ascari KZ1 GT3 racecar , and Aston Martin GT2 . That, of course, is not an exhaustive list of all of this year’s participants, but it gives us a great idea of what to expect.

The guest list also includes a laundry list of car clubs that are sure to bring numerous hot cars to the National Motor Museum. This year, there will be a course set up in the museum’s parking lot, so you can watch these supercars do what they do best, navigate a road course, though we doubt it will be a timed race, but rather a friendly drive.

You also can get involved in the show, as you can vote on the People’s Choice Award for the best supercar at the show. The winner of this award receives a 60th anniversary Beaulieu trophy and tons of bragging rights.

To get into the show, all you need to do is purchase a general Beaulieu attraction admission ticket and you’re good to go. You can get tickets online at the rate of ₤18 for adults, ₤16.65 for those 60 years and older, ₤10.80 for those 13 to 17 years old, and ₤8,95 for those 5 to 12 years old. Alternatively, you can pick up family admission tickets, which are good for two adults and up to three children for just ₤47.25. This ticket also gives you admission to the museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Beaulieu Abbey, and Palace House and Garden.

The last thing any automaker needs is to stay in neutral. The world is a tough place with finicky people that want continual improvement. From 1987 to 1995, Ferrari sold about 1300 units of the crowd favorite, the Ferrari F40 . Then, in 2006, the company came out with the 599 GTB which was designed with several specific objectives in mind: to increase driving pleasure, guarantee performance (courtesy of technology transfers from the F1 single-seaters), and ensure comfort, ergonomics, and safety. With all of these new features and technology, does the 599 GTB beat out the F40?

Ferrari has called this a "fictional" race which it is, but the video was done so well that people will think they are really watching these two supercars battle it out for supremacy. We’re thinking many people will agree with the outcome. Check it out and let us know what you think.

In the grand scheme of things, a car like the Ferrari F40 should be treated with utmost care. It’s not all the time that you see one of these Prancing Horse classics on the road these days, but when you do, the most common reactions usually start and end with the word ‘wow’.

Apparently though, some owners of the F40 don’t see the esteem this type of car holds to the rest of us. How else do you explain this photo?

It’s one thing to put a bike rack on an SUV, but on a supercar like the F40? Now some people might find this amusing, and to a certain extent, we do too. But there needs to be some sort of restraint – or at least, a good sprinkling of sanity – before you decide to put not just a rack, but an actual bike on top of one of the most popular Ferraris in recent history. Then again, it’s not our car. If the owner thinks that it’s a good look to have a bike on top of an F40, that’s his call.

Photo courtesy of Crank and Piston

How far can you really go to test out the limits of your supercar? The Japanese owner of this Ferrari F40 went on a highway and decided that he wanted to at least appreciate the investment he made after buying the F40 by going over 186 mph.

Full-on pedal to the metal, folks. You can just imagine what a car crash would do to that car, let alone to the insane driver behind its wheel. The funny part to this story, despite it happening years ago, is that this video of him driving the F40 at break neck speeds became such a cult video that he was able to sell over 10,000 copies of it on the black market. Yep, that’s what people did before You Tube even came into existence.

Unfortunately for the enterprising Japanese, one of the people he sold the video to was an undercover cop who, after seeing him exhaust every last bit of juice of the F40 on the highway, promptly charged him with reckless driving.

Bet he wishes he kept the video to himself, huh?

Source: You Tube

Here’s something you don’t see at an auction everyday; A Ferrari F40 . Yep, the supercar of our childhood was auctioned off at the Historics at Brooklands Auction in Surrey, England this past weekend.

The fabled F40, once the fastest production car on the planet, holds a number of historical distinctions, including the title of being the last Ferrari model to ever be commissioned by the company’s founder Enzo Ferrari to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary of producing vehicles at the company’s plant in Maranello.

This particular F40, which was built in 1989, was expected to attract a sizable number of bid with the organizers of the Historics at Brooklands Auction pegging the bid value of the car to reach somewhere around $430,000 to as high as $500,000.

There’s no doubt that spending close to half-a-million is a lot of money to part with, even for the lofty standards of high-end auctions like this one. But if it means getting your hands on one of the most sought-after Ferrari’s in company history – and one that only has around 10,500 miles on its tread – then the very thought of seeing your $500,000 fly off into the sunset may just be a little worth it.

Desperate people are capable of desperate actions, even if the results of what they do become far less appealing than if they had just left everything alone.

Take this man for example.

Clearly, this man has a unique – and maybe even obsessive – love for Ferrari . The only problem is, he doesn’t have one, or at least a real and authentic Prancing Horse. What he does have is a Chevrolet Corvette C4, which, by all accounts, is far from being a run-of-the-mill sports car. But as is the case with obsessive compulsive fixations, the owner of this monstrosity decided – how he decided on this, we’ll never know – to build a replica Ferrari F40 using the Corvette C4.

If you ask us, there are a few things current and hoping Ferrari owners should always know. If you can afford the ride, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have one inside your garage, but if you don’t have the financial wherewithal to buy your own Ferrari, please, for all that is good and holy in this world, do not make any attempts in turning a nice car like a Corvette C4 into the motherload of all horrendously crappy vehicles.

Source: MotorPasion

You know how some sellers throw in sweeteners in an effort to entice buyers to close a deal? Well, this particular homeowner is selling his $4.4 million Malibu home and he’s even willing to give up his Ferrari F40 to the person who buys his house.

Talk about a real signing bonus.

In addition to acquiring a mega-sized estate with a picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean, the person who ends up buying the house will get a free F40 for his trouble. With only 800 miles in the odometer, the F40 looks to be in tip-top shape and is even valued at $750,000. Now, getting the free F40 would mean that you’d have to shell out over $4 million to buy the house.

But given the size of the house – it has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a
13-car garage – and its prime real estate location, it sure looks like a relative bargain as far as high-end houses are concerned. There’s one thing interested buyers should know though. The homeowner is only throwing in the Ferrari F40 if the house is sold by June 30. Any date after that and buyers would probably have to settle for a nice little fruit basket.

Back in our time, we would have been happy with a pair of G.I. Joes, a coloring book, and a pack of Skittles. But that was then and today’s kids are far more complicated when you ask them what kind of treat they’d want for their birthday.

And just as kids’ tastes have evolved over the years, so have the toys. Take this piece of work for example. It’s a scaled-down version of a Ferrari F40 . And in case you’re wondering, it’s more than just a push cart; it actually has its own engine, albeit not the type that comes with the real deal F40.

This Prancing Pony was actually built in Germany by the same people responsible for Ferrari’s wind tunnel models so at the very least, you can take comfort knowing that this isn’t some cheap knock-off that you can find out on the streets.

And the price tag? Let’s just say it’s far from cheap.

For $25,000 – yeah, the same price for an entry level sedan – you can get this one-off, Honda-powered F40 for your kid who seems to think that bicycles aren’t ‘cool’ anymore.

Source: Hemmings
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The F40 is surely the favorite special edition Ferrari for any fan of forced induction. Celebrating the Italian super car maker’s 40th anniversary, the 288 GTO ’s twin turbocharged V8 was fitted in between the wheelbase of wedge shaped rocket ship made from kevlar and carbon fiber. Not only did the F40 pave the way for future greats like the F50 and Enzo both ten and twenty years later. Although the men from Maranello never intended to compete with the F40, the special edition super car made its race car debut in 1989 at Laguna Seca competing in the GTO category of IMSA competition with Jean Alesi behind the wheel.

Fast forward a couple of decades and the question then becomes, what do you do with a twenty year old super car? Sure you could restore it to what it was like when new, but even then modern super sports cars like the BMW M5 will leave you in their slipstream on the street. One particular Ferrari Ferrari sta decided to take his aging F40 and give it a new lease on life as an LM racing recreation. The car was rebuilt from the ground up and has everything the old race car came with, except that it was built with the knowledge of how to make an F40 go. The LM spec race car has everything from a fully adjustable suspension and Motec gauges to the original LM computer and turbochargers, albeit being fed from a fresh set of pipes. The owner has yet to turn a wheel on the track with the car and he is staring the bidding war at $200,000. So far there haven’t been any bidders and we have a feeling that in this climate, two hundred grand is quite a lot to pay for a 20 year old car, even if it is a red Ferrari.

Source: eBay
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The 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was a high point in this automotive journalist’s career. Aside from the multitude of of high performance tuner cars and the chance to ride shotgun in a Corvette with a racing instructor, SEMA also offers visitors the opportunity to witness the unimaginable. Lucky for us, right as we stumbled across this pristine looking Ferrari F40 the guys in the booth were worried about the fitment of the classic super car’s engine cover. This gave us a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the twin turbocharged 2.9 Liter V8 that makes 471 HP, and because we happen to be the gear heads that we are no opportunity was wasted. Honestly, the only way that you would ever get to experience something like this is if you drove by an F40 stuck on the side of the road with an inquisitive owner or if that guy is your best friend.

Check out the gallery below to have a closer look.

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