The Ferrari F50 is by far the least popular of the firm’s first four generations of modern hypercars. All the world’s respect and awe for the F40 met the F50 at its debut, but the tide quickly turned for this $480,000 machine after reviewers and Ferrari customers alike revealed the F40 replacement’s familiar styling hid dynamics and a driver experience nowhere near the ferocity of the legendary original.
Instead of a peaky and violent Group B reject like the F40 , the F50 was a heavy, high-speed missile with limited tractability at low speeds from the V-12 versus the explosive F40’s twin turbochargers and short gearing.
Make no mistake, there is nothing wrong with the performance of the F50, which easily spanked [the hottest thing available from Lamborghini at the time, the Diablo VT in sprint pace, as well as maximum velocity. The construction is carbon-fiber with the rigidity of a fortified bunker, the rear wing is eye-catching, and the 1990s makeover of the F40 ’s simple nose was beautiful, at first.
The F50 largely included the F40 ’s exaggerated and exotic proportions and clamshell hoods front and back. Headlamps above the bumper and hood’s leading edge were possible via shrouded enclosures for the first time in three decades, and the unadorned intake wears only a simple and modest prancing horse.
The F50 is an enjoyable case study for armchair experts and everyone else forced to endure Ferrari ’s frequent grandstanding. It also shows a few nice things for all supercar fans, especially those who are, unfortunately, not debating which Ferrari to purchase (at least not any time soon)!
Click past the jump for the full debrief of the Ferrari F50: the Ferrari’s hypercar sophomore album that is now a study in what *not* to do when replacing a legend.
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...
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.
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.
Flame-throwing supercars are grabbing more and more attention these days so it doesn’t really surprise us that another one was captured on video putting on a flame-spewing show.
This time, it’s a Ferrari F50 romping through a California highway and in the middle of its cruising, begins spewing flames as soon as the owner pushes the pedal to the medal. It’s always a treat for us to watch how some owners use their supercars and make them do something our cars can never do – unless of course we set them on fire.
If you haven’t seen a car spew flames from the exhaust before, here’s your chance. It’s not as elaborate as a the one you see in the Batmobile, but its close enough.
If you’re one of the few that actually do have $800,000 that you can part with without any second thoughts, then this 1995 Ferrari F50 , which is being sold by its owner for around $788,888, is one item that you could actually buy. Sure, it might be 15 years old, but how many Ferrari F50s do you actually see romping around the streets these days? We’re thinking not a lot. And it’s not like this one has been used and abused by the owner. On the contrary, it’s got some pretty new and nifty modifications on it including an iPod stereo-system and subwoofers.
On top of that, it’s got some suave Alcantara leather seats, a set of black rims, calipers with red logos, an Italian flag striping on the wing and a Tubi exhaust system. Best of all, for a car that’s been around the block quite a few times; it’s got a surprisingly low mileage of just a shade under 7,500 miles.
So there you have it folks. A 1995 Ferrari F50 for three-quarters of a million. Any takers?
Apparently even an entity as powerful as the Federal Burrow of Investigation can’t handle the awesome potential of the Ferrari F50 . This beautiful red 500 V2 powered Italian super car was being transported to a storage facility after being seized in a recent drug raid by an FBI agent. The driver claims to have been traveling at 40 MPH when the vehicle suffered a sudden blowout, causing the agent to lose control of the vehicle and smash the $550,000 super car into a tree. Although the FBI guy walked away unharmed, the F50 suffered significant damage.
Personally, I find the whole tire exploding at 40 MPH thing to be a little far fetched. So U.S. government, next time you want to take away someone’s 500 HP Italian super car, give me a call, and I will be more than happy to make sure it ends up where it needs to be safely.
The Ferrari F50 doesn’t get a whole lot of respect in the super exotic Ferrari circles. It was rumored to be no faster than the F40 it replaced, and its replacement, the Enzo , may already have its replacement on the way . So what better way to get this car a little cred than show is got some drift chops?
We are always sorry to report about a crashed supercar. And this time more than ever: we are talking about a 1995 Ferrari F50 owned by a museum in Frank Hoek, South Africa.
The son of the owner of the museum decided to take the F50 to a ride. And the result... well it needs no comment the picture say it all. South African media said the car is a total loss, but the owner of the museum denies this. According to him, the F50 cand still be repaired and return to old state.
Hard to believe considering almost all the essential components are shielded: body, the left rear suspension and the right front suspension, the oil coolers and radiator, three rims and tires must be replaced.
But there is always hope. We have to say that the carbon fiber body will have a high cost, because carbon fiber is extremely expensive and thus restore too.
The accident was not caused by the owner or it reckless driving or excessive speed, but it was described as a ’normal’ accident. I wonder what does this mean?