Taking care of a timeless classic like a Ferrari F40 is not an easy or cheap thing to do. The car now carries a value near the $500,000 mark and it will only continue to climb from there. To make sure a piece of automotive magic like this looks its best, you need the best care and maintenance. In this new video from /Drive, the team takes a look at caring for and restoring the paint of a gorgeous, red F40.
This video that is filled to the gills with tips on how to properly prep, clean, polish and buff paint on any car, not just a nearly priceless exotic. It does run a little long at more than 16 minutes, but if you have ever been interested in the finer points of paint detailing, it is well worth a watch. Maybe you can learn a few new tricks to keep your own car looking showroom fresh.
If you do make it through the whole video, you get one last little surprise of seeing this Prancing Horse parade through the city streets at night. This may be a video about paint, but it’s still a video from /Drive, after all.
The Ferrari F40 is one of the all-time greats in the automotive world. It was built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ferrari. It was the last car to be signed off on by Enzo Ferrari himself, and when it was released it was the fastest production car in the world, with a top speed of 201 mph. It was the most powerful and most expensive car Ferrari had ever offered. Oh, it was also one of the first cars to be built almost entirely from carbon fiber.
Powering this incredible machine was a 2.9-liter V-8 that was fitted with a pair of turbochargers. Despite a relatively low 7.7:1 compression ratio, the engine would rev past 7,000 rpm, and made 478 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. Ferrari claimed the F40 would hit 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.9 seconds, with 124 mph (200 kph) clicking by in 9 seconds flat. There are cars sold today that can’t hit 60 in 9 seconds. And this car debuted 1987.
It truly is one for the annals of history.