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When we talk about legendary supercars, the Ferrari F40 occurs to us one of the first. Yes, the sports car is on a par with such renowned models as the Jaguar XJ220, Bugatti EB110, Lamborghini Countach, and Porsche 959. But you cannot say it’s similar to them.
The Ferrari F40 preserved its unique character until the very last model was produced. For example, the Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 use completely different philosophies. The Porsche in question definitely keeps up with the times. It can be seen from its endeavours to make all the systems in the car computer controlled while the Ferrari gets by with ordinary instrument cluster and simple controls everyone’s used to.
However, not just this makes the Ferrari F40 so special. This car disproved a generally accepted opinion that the new is always better. Today, it attracts even more motorists who willingly pay millions of dollars for the car of their dream than 30 years ago.
The Ferrari F40 bears this name for a reason. It was launched in 1987 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ferrari company. By the way, it was the last vehicle Enzo Ferrari created. The F40 production ceased in 1992.
The Ferrari F40 excited a furore when it was just introduced. Back then, it was the most powerful car anyone could buy if only they were ready to spend a fabulous sum of money on it (MSRP was $400,000). The manufacturer intended to make 399 units. Instead, about 1,200 F40s were constructed during the model’s lifespan.
The Ferrari F40 shares the dimensions and some elements (including aerodynamic ones) with the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione race car. The Ferrari F40 with 2,400 lb curb weight is 174 in long, 78 in wide, and 44 in high with the 96.5-in wheelbase. Its temperament reminds the Lamborghini Countach’s with abrupt lines and sharp-edged shape.
The Ferrari F40 is an unparalleled car. There isn’t another one you can confuse it with nowadays. It’s an art work, sublime man’s creation you can admire for hours. It looks like a car from the distant future even today.
The Ferrari F40 uses carbon-Kevlar body panels. The material lets the car shed about 20 per cent of weight without compromising on the body’s reliability and passengers’ safety. On the contrary, carbon-Kevlar improves torsion stiffness three times in comparison to steel. The car’s chassis and some other constituents use steel, though.
The Ferrari F40’s nose is needle-like. This feature significantly contributes to its somewhat aggressive look as well as creates an impression the car isn’t real but a toy. In the centre of the bonnet and on the rear wings on both sides, there are the NACA scoops for managing air flow and cooling the engine down. Why did the manufacturer prefer them to usual vents? They don’t cause drag. At the back, there’s a spoiler with a wing and vertical stabilizers for better aerodynamic qualities and safety.
When you get inside, you immediately notice how laconic the cabin of the Ferrari F40 is. Moreover, you have a chance of a lifetime to see how race cars looke inside. For example, the dashboard is wrapped in cloth and the steering wheel is three-spoke aluminium.
Obviously, the manufacturer focused on other things, not the interior design. There aren’t bells and whistles in the Ferrari F40. Actually, this car is deprived of anything that cannot improve its driving performance with only the essential features left (speedometer, tachometer, steering wheel, and some others).
There are spots on the sun. It’s rather difficult to get in and out of the Ferrari F40. A high and wide doorsill is partly to blame. Besides, shaped seats aren’t comfortable for people of certain body types.
The pedals and steering wheel occupy a perfect position. Thanks to it, to drive the car is easy and comfortable. The steering is light, smooth, and precise. To start an engine, pressing a button, which is to the right from the steering wheel, is enough.
Visibility in the Ferrari F40 is great due to thin pillars. However, it cannot be said about noise penetrating into the cabin during the ride. It can become annoying only if you concentrate on it. While you don’t think about it, you won’t even hear it.
Powertrain and Performance
The Ferrari F40 is for people who can boast of sound heart health. All the rest run a risk of having their nerves frayed by trepidation they will inevitably experience before getting behind the wheel of the fastest mass-produced car in the world. However, when you finally in it, your emotional upheaval vanishes as if by magic. You’ll forget about it and about everything else and enjoy smooth and dramatically fast ride.
The engine the Ferrari F40 is powered by takes over a lot of components from the F1 engines. It’s a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 478 bhp and 7,000 rpm and 425 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Opting for other camshafts and turbochargers allows getting a unit capable of 680 bhp. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox with a classic gated shifter.
The engine comes with dry-sump oil system and chain-driven quad camshafts. Its top speed is astonishing 201 mph. The car accelerates to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The EPA estimated the engine at 17 mpg city and 12 mpg hwy (15 mpg combined).
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