Kia Designer Brings The Ferrari F40 Into The Future
If the Ferrari F40 was penned today, this is what it could look likeby Alina Moore, on LISTEN 01:35
Ferrari launched the F40 back in 1987 as a successor for the 288 GTO. It was designed by Pininfarina and instantly became a huge success. Despite Ferrari’s wish to only build 400 units, high demand increased the production number to a total of 1,315 units, with 213 coming to the United States.
But how would the Ferrari F40 would look if Ferrari were to start producing it today? Marcell Sebestyen - a senior exterior designer for Kia Europe - came with an answer to the question and completely reimagined the look of the F40.
His car retains the car’s original shark-like appearance, but he gives it a more modern and aggressive interpretation. The lines are more pronounced, the car’s height looks lowered, the rear wing is bigger, but it keeps those three vents in its flank.
The original F40 was offered with standard five-spoke split-rim wheels, and Marcell Sebestyen carried over with the idea. His wheels however have a more futuristic look.
As a reminder, the F40 was powered by a 2.9-liter V-8 engine with a parallel twin-turbocharged design - a first on the market back in 1987. The engine delivered a total of 471 horsepower and 426 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph was made in 3.8 seconds and top speed was 201 mph - another record at the time.