Does This Modern Ferrari F40 Deserve to Come to Life?
And yeah, that’s a rhetorical question. Obviously. Duh!by Tudor Rus, on
The Ferrari F40 was 30 years old in 2017. In 2027, it will celebrate its 40th birthday. So what better occasion for Ferrari to bring back the legendary nameplate with a limited-run supercar that hosts the F40’s old ethos inside modern clothing?
We’re dreaming, of course, but so was Naoto Kobayashi when he concocted a sleek-looking, low-slung Ferrari F40 concept that would abide by today’s design trends. Sure, these are just sketches at this point, but imagine what sort of Prancing Horse goodness they could spawn.
Whenever the Ferrari F40 name is mentioned, one must take a bow
The F40 is simply epochal on so many levels.
The F40 the last Ferrari supercar to get Enzo’s approval and an evolution of the equally-stunning 288 GTO.
Even more impressive, it was designed, developed, tested, and launched in just 13 months thanks to the brilliance of Ermanno Bonfiglioli, the man in charge with Ferrari’s special projects in the 1980s.
With a body penned by Pininfarina, the F40 got the right amount of beauty but it did not turn its back on performance.
See, the F40 tipped the scales at just 1,100 kilos (2,425 pounds) and it was the first production car to go over 200 mph (320 kph) thanks, in part, to a 2.9-liter turbocharged and longitudinally rear-mounted V-8 that cranked out 471 horsepower and 577 Newton-meters (425 pound-feet) of torque. Top speed was 201 mph (324 kph), by the way.
|Engine:||2.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine|
|Torque:||425 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 mph:||4.5 seconds|
|Top speed:||201 mph|
Now, let’s dream a little more. What should power a modern, very-limited-edition F40 reincarnation like Naoto’s? Obviously, the year would be 2027 and since the LaFerrari already brought electrification in the Ferrari stable, we’re thinking a hybrid setup would fit the bill perfectly.
Sure, you’d be tempted to say that by 2027, EV technology, especially battery packs, would have evolved enough to support the requirements of an out-and-out supercar. But there’s something wrong about fitting a car that wears the F40 name with a pure electric powertrain, don’t you think? Not to mention, would fans forgive such a blasphemy quickly? We believe not.
That said, what sort of drivetrain would you like to see inside a potential Ferrari F40 reinterpretation?
Source: Naoto Kobayashi via Behance