Impressive specs and performance aside, the F50 came at a troubled time for Ferrari

Back in the early 1990s, Ferrari was facing a major crisis. The death of founder Enzo Ferrari in 1988 was still hanging heavy on the future of the brand and although successful and in high demand at first, the F40 was beginning to fade away. It was time for a new supercar to take its place and it came in 1995 as the Ferrari F50.

The Ferrari F50 came with a speculator-proof lease plan

The Ferrari F50 was sold in just 55 units in the U.S.

Not because people didn’t want it, but because this was the batch allotted by Maranello to the States.

What’s more, in an attempt to fend off quick turnaround schemes and speculators (which were smelling blood once again, after the F40) Ferrari North America concocted a “lease-it-or-leave-it scheme,” as Car and Driver reported in January 1997.

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Basically, even if you had the $560,000+ required to lease the car (the program spanned over two years) and then make it yours, Ferrari would make you fill out a questionnaire that asked how many Ferraris have you owned up until that point, how many you had sold, for what price, and so on and so forth.

That aside, the F50 was born from Ferrari’s best understanding of Formula One and how it can bring race-grade performance to the street.

In that sense, the F50 packed a mid-mounted, 4.7-liter (also naturally-aspirated) V-12 - a big jump from the F40’s turbo’ed V-8. The unit was, in fact, a pedestrian-y version of the 3.5-liter V-12 that powered the 1990 Ferrari 641 F1 racer.

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Power came in at 512 horses, while torque was rated at 347 pound-feet. The six-speed manual would help you reach 60 mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds to a top speed of 202 mph.

Ferrari F50 specifications
Engine 4.7-liter 60-valve V-12 With Chain-Driven Quad Camshafts And Dry-Sump Lubrication
Power (Horsepower) 512 @ 8,500
Torque (Pound-feet) 347 @ 6,500
0-60 mph (Seconds) 3.8 seconds
Top Speed (MPH) 202 mph
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But just as any other supercar out there, the F50 has a long list of quirks and hidden details. We won’t list those here, but Doug DeMuro has a nice (also longish) video about them. Check it out above.

Source: Car and Driver

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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