Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40

British property magnate Jon Hunt is nuts about his Ferraris , which makes him one of the few people in the world who has the capability to love the cars and then buy them afterwards. He also just recently accepted the delivery of his latest purchase, the Ferrari LaFerrari .

But simply taking the keys from a dealership wasn’t memorable enough for Hunt. So he decided to do something different. With the help of his two children and some friends, Hunt led his own version of a Ferrari parade, that is if you consider the distance from London to Ferrari headquarters in Maranello as a parade.

It seems like one, seeing as the cars Hunt picked to go pick up the LaFerrari were some of the most exclusive and sought-after Ferraris in the world. Really, it doesn’t get any better than a 288 GTO , an F40 , an F50 , and an Enzo, does it?

After spending his first five minutes inside the LaFerrari, Hunt quickly lines them all up together and tells Ferrari.com (via the above video) that he’s the type who actually drives his Ferraris, even admitting that he’s done 16,000 kilometers on the Enzo alone.

For somebody who has just about every exclusive Ferrari in the past 20-something years, Jon Hunt has shown us what it really means to be a proud and dedicated tifosi.

The Ferrari F40 holds a very special place in the company’s rich history. Not only the forerunner of the F50 , Enzo , and the astounding LaFerrari , the F40 was also the last Prancing Horse personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. When launched in 1987, it retailed for at least $400,000, making it the most expensive Ferrari sold to the public.

Manufactured in 1,315 units until 1992, the Ferrari F40 is a prized collectible nowadays, fetching enormous amounts when changing owners during auction events. And that doesn’t happen very often, as very few enthusiasts are willing to part with their supercar. Race-ready F40s are even rarer than that, with very few being built to IMSA and GT specifications. Jean Alesi, Hurley Haywood and Jean-Pierre Jabouille are among the lucky chaps that got to race the F40, but only one man remained closer to the supercar in the 2000s, long after its official retirement.

His name is John Pogson and he’s a trained Ferrari mechanic and the main man behind Italia Autosport. As one of the most successful independent Ferrari specialist in Europe, he takes care of some of the greatest Ferrari-badged vehicles and races them too. Is this the perfect job or what?

Pogson, who won several events at the wheel of the F40 between 1996 and 2001, and his story was recently covered by the folks over at XCar in an awesome, 10-minute video. The footage includes a trip to his Ferrari-packed garage, as well as John’s story with Italia Autosport. A story that’s worth watching, as he is one of the very last people to race the almighty F40.

It was only my second day of the Gumball 3000 festivities, but this was the first official day of the Rally. There is an entire collection of famous faces, blistering-fast cars and hundreds of miles for us to traverse.

As the morning started, we lined our car up on the starting grid with hundreds of other machines to get ready for the start of the Rally. Xzibit has been a large presence in the Gumball 3000 for many years now. He did not drivie in this year’s event, so he was asked to see every car off the line by waving the official Gumball flag to start the rally.

Other famous faces at the start line included Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage , and of course Deadmau5 is here in his “Purrari” 458 Spyder with Tori Belleci of the MythBusters as his co-driver.

When the Team AnastasiaDate Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder set off the line we all piled into our Mercedes Sprinter chase vehicle and our journey had begun. Time to head to Atlanta.

Read on to find out more about my second day on the Gumball 3000 Rally

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Here we are with some more Ferrari news; this time it is about a Ferrari F40 .

The F40 was and still is an extremely potent track car that hails from the motorsport specialists at Ferrari . The F40 was built it to commemorate the prancing horse’s 40th anniversary, and it went on to win the hearts of car enthusiasts around the world. However, it is not a car you take for granted because it can turn around and bite you, if you lose focus behind the wheel.

That’s exactly what happened with a F40 owner sometime back. Sadly, he ended up crashing it to such an extent that he decided to sell it off. A bunch wise fellas from Gas Monkey Garage then bought it for $400,000 and set on the journey of rebuilding this awesome supercar .

What they came up with is even more breathtaking; a Ferrari F40 for the 21st century. A complete rebuild later, they now plan to auction it off at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction. The restoration work was aired on the popular TV series "Fast N’ Loud" Given the long hours put in by the team, the car could fetch more than $1 million. So, a $600,000 margin may be good enough.

The 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction will be held from January 12th through 19th in Scottsdale, AZ.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari F40 by Gas Monkey Garage

The Ferrari F40 and the F50 are the two models that preceded the famous Enzo supercar, and they lived very different lives. Most car nuts consider the F40 one of the greatest supercars ever built, whereas the F50 — the F40’s successor — was not nearly as well respected because it was not nearly the car that the F40 was. Allow us to be the first to tell you that this old thought is complete hogwash, and we’ll tell you why.

The F40 and F50 were on the cusp of supercars heading into a plusher realm, where leather seating, clean finishes and features were starting to become a concern for buyers. The F40 so happened to remain on the balls-to-the-wall side of the fence, and the F50 fell on the more refined side. Don’t get us wrong, the F50 was no slouch, with its 513-horsepower, V-12 engine behind the seats, but its extra heft and relative lack of low-end torque kept it from being the driver’s car that the 471-horsepower F40 was.

Now, you don’t have to take our word for it, we’ll let respected, educated and somewhat insane Chris Harris take you on a quick tour of both cars. Judging by the glee in his voice, he was rather pleased by both models...

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The 201 mph Ferrari F40 is unlike all other supercars : every year that passes, its stunning exterior design and brutal turbocharged power delivery seem even more appealing. In the new-is-best world of supercar ownership, the lasting and growing influence of this 30-year-old exotic is quite unique.

The F40 legend started with a bang as the final car to be presented by Enzo himself on the year of his death. Rows and rows of the matching Rosso Corsa red F40’s lined the Fiorano pit area with another key figure in Ferrari lore: a young Luca Di Montezemolo smiling in his 1980s power suit next to this line of exotica.

As much a story about the passionate men and women behind the scenes, there is almost nothing boring about the F40 in any way. Originally set for a 399-unit production run, the total swelled to more than 1,200 over the car’s lifetime from 1987 to 1992.

The F40’s shocking looks and speed are appreciating in value steadily, and may one day even overtake the Ferrari NART Sypder’s $27 million dollar auction record from this past weekend.

Until then, this Ferrari is already one for the ages. It is as much a joy to drive as it is to admire, almost like a fine painting — new details emerge and captivate the mind. Collectors are notoriously fastidious when it comes to flogging their prized investment, but the F40 is no show queen.

The F40 can dance. The mid-mounted V-8 engine’s then-state-of-the-art twin turbochargers power just the rear wheels through an 8-ball billiard gear knob and the classic polished H-gate pattern.

Weighing more than 500 pounds less than its arch rival — the Porsche 959 — the Ferrari F40 slams its driver toward any horizon at light speed (once those parallel IHI turbochargers spool up).

Click past the jump for the full review of the 1987 - 1992 Ferrari F40, arguably the absolute pinnacle of supercar design and influence.

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British magazine, EVO, did one of the most amazing test drives we have seen in the past few months: it put two of the greatest supercars of yesteryear, the McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F40 , against their biggest rivals in an attempt to see which one is the best.

The result is a 17-minute video that brings together models like Porsche Carrera GT , Noble M600 , Pagani Zonda F and Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV . We don’t know about you, but we don’t really care what model was the best, we just want to enjoy this great show.

This video also serves as proof of just how much skill it took to pilot the older supercars . You needed to practically be a professionally trained F1 driver to handle them. Be sure you will turn up the volume as for sure there are lots of great sounds you will want to enjoy!

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With Father’s day getting closer, it might be a good idea to start thinking about what present you are going to buy him. We do know that Father’s Day is more about showing your appreciation, but if you have a secret bank account somewhere that has an extra $6.2 million in it, this collection might be the perfect gift.

It includes three of the greatest Ferrari models ever built: a 1990 F40 ; a 1995 F50 ; and a 2003 Enzo . This group of premium Ferraris is only available as a collection, as the seller will not separate them.

For your $6.2 million, you will get three supercars with a little over 200 miles on the ticker. The F40 and F50 are painted in Rosso Corsa, while the Enzo gets a very cool Rosso Scuderia exterior paint.

The Enzo is just one of the seven models produced in Rosso Scuderia and one of the only two ever built to US-specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the three models.

Don’t ever make the mistake of describing the Ferrari F40 as a relic supercar. Sure, it’s been around longer than some of us have been alive, but the F40 is considered one of the most iconic Ferrari exotics in the world.

It is powered by a 2,936cc twin turbocharged, alloy 90° V8 putting out an astonishing 478bhp at 7000rpm and 424 lb-ft of torque at 4500rpm. This engine is combined with dual overhead cams controlling four valves per cylinder, a dry sump lubrication system, separate electronic ignition and fuel injection systems for each bank of cylinders, and a Weber-Marelli engine control system. It is mated to a fully synchronised 5-speed manual system with hydraulically actuated single-plate clutch.

The F40 is one of those supercars that can definitely stand on its own in a photoshoot, but photographer ItzKirb doesn’t roll that way. Where there is an exotic in his eyes, there has to be a beautiful women just right beside it.

So there she is, the lovely Hope, a woman with a body that would make men weep. She’s got a cute face too so that’s an added delight. Put her in a photo with a car like the F40 and you’re bound to get a lot of drool in whoever’s using what computer to check out these photos.

Don’t miss out on this saucy photoshoot because you’re going to regret it if you do.

For the most part, car accidents go unnoticed as we peruse the news from the weekend. However, when a super-rare supercar gets its smash-up on, we tend to pay a little more attention. A 1-in-1,315 Ferrari F40 nearly having its backside taken off is one wreck that garners plenty of our attention.

This accident, which took place in Vancouver, involves a 1988 through 1992 Ferrari F40 , which is valued from as low as $44,700 for a 1988 model in fair condition to $699,600 for a 1989 through 1992 model in great shape, per NADA. It is likely closer to the latter than the former, considering the shape it is in forward of the unexpected body modification its driver performed.

From the looks of it, the 429-horsepower, or so, F40 lost control on the wet pavement and clipped something big and hard. The details are a little sketchy, but the consensus agrees that it was a telephone pole. Fortunately, the driver and passenger only suffered minor injuries and are doing just fine.

Now that we know the people in the car are okay, we need to start focusing on if the number of F40s in the world will drop to 1,314, or if this one manages to be salvaged. If this one manages to survive this ordeal, we can assure you that its worth will decrease significantly due to this little fender bender.

We’ll keep an eye out to see if any more news comes out on the car’s condition.


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