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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.