Few automakers are bold enough to declare their models the best in the world, but that’s exactly what Ferrari did with the F40. When it was announced as the successor to the 288 GTO, speculation ran wild about what the final product would be. After much excitement and anticipation, the Ferrari F40 was launched and left its mark on the history of the brand. The car is not just a commemorative edition, it has a number of features that make it truly special. It is doubtful, for many reasons, that another car like this will be produced.
Here’s a look at the history and evolution of the Ferrari F40.
The big concept
In the early 1980s, Ferrari was looking to build a model that could compete with the Porsche 959. However, the project ended up becoming a key part of the company’s history. In fact, the Ferrari F40 would be the last model designed by Enzo Ferrari, and he passed away the same year he introduced it. In short, Ferrari wanted the F40 to be extremely fast and a high-performance machine. Once plans for the car were finalized, the Ferrari F40 debuted in 1987.
To say that this mid-engined, two-door, rear-wheel-drive sports car was quick is an understatement. It had great aerodynamics and got a good boost in speed thanks to its shape, which featured a reduced frontal area to smooth out airflow. Its partial lower deck also worked to create a smoother airflow under the radiator, the cabin, and the front section of the car.
Style and features
Pininfarina came up with the design for the Ferrari F40 and incorporated aluminum, Kevlar and carbon fiber panels. These materials gave the car body strength and at the same time kept it quite light. Having a plastic windshield and windows allowed the car to lose quite a bit of weight, as did the removal of the glove box, leather trim, door panels, carpets, and door handles from the F40’s design. Air conditioning was incorporated into the F40 throughout its production run, but only the first 50 cars to roll off the production line had Lexan windows; all other F40s had drop windows.
All F40 models were painted rosso corsa, Ferrari’s trademark red. However, when people put their hands on one of the cars, it was often painted another shade, especially black and yellow. Interestingly, in order to limit the number of Ferrari vehicles with non-factory paint jobs, the successor to the F40, the F50, was made available in a much wider range of colors.
One of the many highlights of the F40’s design was its classic H door pattern, and the car’s body was beyond elegant. The looks of the Ferrari F40 were definitely something to talk about, but its speed and performance are what really made the F40 special.
The F40 was equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and a 2.9-liter V8 biturbo engine that produced 471 horsepower. When put to the test, the model was able to produce impressive figures. Its time from 0 to 60 miles per hour was 3.8 seconds, and the Ferrari F40 could go from 0 to 100 miles per hour in 8 seconds flat. His quarter mile time was recorded at 11.5 seconds.
The Ferrari F40 was not developed for racing, but was put to the test in 1989 at the Laguna Seca circuit. Its initial appearance on the track went quite well, and in 1994 the F40 entered its first international competition, which is when it won the Four Hours of Vallelunga.
The public debut
Before the Ferrari F40 was available for purchase, a production of only 400 units was planned. The original retail price of the car in 1987 was $ 400,000, which is equivalent to $ 830,000 today. At the end of its production run in 1992, 1,311 Ferrari F40 cars had been produced.
While some car buffs were critical of the car’s engineering, aesthetics, and features, most of the public was wowed by the vehicle’s appearance, specs, and speed. When it became clear how powerful the Ferrari F40 was, the demand grew. However, a high cost limited his ownership to the wealthy and those who had money to spare for the supercar. Although the F40 was not practical at all for everyday use, it was simply beautiful and inspiring. Its exotic styling, backed by the Ferrari name, and the public’s knowledge that the model was the last that Enzo Ferrari was involved in creating brought its price to …