One-Off Ferrari F40 LM Barchetta Returns To The Track: Video
A strange Ferrari model was recently spotted on TT Circuit Assen, the Netherlands, where it did a couple of hot laps. Contrary to what some may think, this chopped-off Ferrari F40 is not the work of a madman, but came to be thanks to the idea of a Belgian-born billionaire and part-time racer named Jean Blaton. Since he often raced under the alias Jean Beurlys, the car is also known as the F40 LM Beurlys by some aficionados, but no matter what you call it, it’s the only one of its kind.
Based on the insane Ferrari F40 LM, this yellow beast is probably the fastest F40 in history, mostly thanks to its lack of restrictor plates. It was built by Michelotto, who also worked on the LM, and Tony Gillet, the creator of the Gillet Vertigo. There are few parts that remain from the original car, as the F40 LM Barchetta/Beurlys uses a motorsport-derived, push-rod coilover suspension system that is not unlike most modern race cars. The chopping of the roof was not as simple as it sounds, since it involved creating other body molds for the rear and installing a tubular roll cage around what was left of the cabin.
As you can see, the exhaust system was also re-routed to each side of the body, a solution which is likely to give its own benefit to the 760 horsepower that the car’s twin-turbocharged, 2.9-liter, V-8 engine develops. Despite its uniqueness, the F40 LM Barchetta is worth much less than an original F40, since a few years back it was appraised at anything between $190,000 and $245,000.