12 curiosities that you will see with other eyes at the Ferrari F40, the antidote to the Italian Porsche 959

Ferrari F40 is considered by many to be one of the best Ferrari ever created. He was born as an antidote to Italian for the Porsche 959, under the express orders of Enzo Ferrari, Il Commendatore” create the best supercar of all time. Today it has a status of myth, and each time a unit changes hands, it is almost news. We are going to have 12 curiosities that will make you to see with different eyes to this machine so special. If you want to discover curiosities of another myth, the McLaren F1, go here and here.

1) “The best supercar on the planet”

The Ferrari F40 was the last Ferrari to be born under the auspices of Enzo Ferrari, that he died in the summer of 1988. Il Commendatore gave the express order to his engineers to create the best supercar of the moment. For if it had not been clear, sealed the fate with phrases, series of sound bites like these:

“Our customers complain that we have softened, we produce cars too comfortable. The Ferrari F40 has been created for our clients, most enthusiastic, that only demand pure performance. It is not a laboratory for the future such as the Porsche 959. It is not Star Wars.”

“I don’t care if the panels of your body are poorly adjusted and have large gaps. I want his driver to step on the throttle and shit their pants”.


2) A production is not so limited

Many criticize the abundant yield of the Ferrari F40, considering the supercar less exclusive than rivals such as the Porsche 959. Ferrari had initially intended to build a 400-450 units, but the avalanche of orders caused them to reconsider their position and to exploit this interesting source of income. Greed did not break the sac: were built 1.315 units between 1987 and 1992. There was a car created with competition in mind, and the copies that were entered in the race were preparations private with official support.

3) Spartan and uncomfortable and unruly in the day-to-day

At least they did have air conditioning. Its lack of insulation made of your driving experience hearty.

Were some of the adjectives that received the Ferrari F40 when it was released to the market and the newspapers analyzed. didn’t have power steering, stereo, glove box, handles on your doors or floor mats in its interior. His clutch was very hard, its visibility to the outside was lousy and it was too abrupt for normal driving. In July 1995, the american magazine Car & Driver stated that the Ferrari F40 was a “car of half an hour”. After half an hour at the wheel you wanted a cool drink and a refreshing nap.


4) A diet milagrosa

Only two kilos of paint were used on the bodywork of the Ferrari F40, to save weight. At some points you could imagine the fibres of kevlar.

The Ferrari F40 was subjected from the beginning to a miracle diet, rich in exotic materials. The body panels were of aluminium and kevlar, some carbon fiber parts. Its tubular chassis was made of steel, but it was reinforced in some points with composite materials derived from F1. The Ferrari F40 had a weight in running order of 1,100 kilograms in the european versions. “Federalize” the Ferrari F40 in the united States added about 150 pounds of weight to the equation – these versions are less listed.

5) Its roots are in the Group B

Engine 2.9-liter V8 with twin-turbo Ferrari F40 developed 478 BHP of power, which passed without filters to the back train.

Ferrari F40 has its roots in the late Group B. Ferrari built an evolution of the Ferrari 288 GTO with the aim of participating in the competitive Group B rally championship. The Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione came too late: in 1986 are banned from their competitions and Ferrari stood arms crossed, with five complete units. The Ferrari F40 is pretty much a road version of the 288 GTO Evoluzione. This in part explains his or her development and marketing hardly tarried so long a year since the beginning of the project.


6) Every ten years there is to change their fuel tanks

The fuel tanks of the Ferrari F40 – one on each side of the car, with a monstrous total capacity of 120 litres – they were composed of rubber in the case of the european versions. Were essentially fuel cells specifications of competition. Should be replaced every 7-10 years, and Ferrari cobra 18,000 euros for the service. The Ferrari F40 american have fuel tanks of conventional, built in aluminum and maintenance-free. Some F40 europeans have adopted.

7) The Ferrari F40 is and is not a victim of the speculation

Their current prices are a simple update of the amount that was paid by the car at the beginning of the years 90.

The sale price to the public of the Ferrari F40 in the united States was 399.150 dollars in 1990 – there is no consistent data from their european versions – but the greater part of sellers raised their price due to the huge demand. In his time, were paid an average of $ 800,000 per unit. Today a unit in perfect conditions is around 1-1,3 million dollars. If we take into account the inflation in 26 years, the Ferrari F40 has been deprecated with respect to the price that many paid in 1990. Curious.


8) If your last name is Maradona, your Ferrari F40 does not have to be Rosso Corsa

The official consensus is that all the Ferrari F40 that left Maranello were color Rosso Corsa. However, it is believed that some 12 units were painted an official in another color – the own Pininfarina the repintaba after their production. At least three were black and one of them belonged to Diego Maradona. Corrado Ferlaino – president of the Napoli FC at the time – intervened personally to Ferrari comply with the wishes of the player. Also it is estimated that 9 Ferrari F40 were painted in yellow color.

9) Was the first production car to exceed the 320 km/h

The figure sounds more magical if we talk in miles per hour. The Ferrari F40 was the first production car more than 200 miles per hour maximum speed. It was faster than the Porsche 959 and at least until the Bugatti EB110 and the McLaren F1 came on the scene, he retained his title. Several publications american tried to replicate this tip on test-instrumented and arrived in only 317 km/h, while Quattrorruote reached in their testing of 325 km/h. versions LM of competition came to the 368 km/h.


10) could Be purchased with three types of seats

Without getting to the end of the McLaren F1 – its driving position was commissioned and motionless after being manufactured the car – the Ferrari F40 could encagarse with three types of seats to the factory. According to the stoutness and size of the driver were three different sizes. Your steering column is not adjustable easily: make adjustments in the position of the steering wheel requires tools and a certain knowledge of the mechanics of the car. However, never issued complaints about a driving position really sports.

11) Although it was not designed for racing, ended up running

The Ferrari F40 not competed in an intensive way, but he did receive a baptism of fire. In 1989, competed for the first time in the IMSA GT Series in the united States – under your specification LM – and in his debut he got a third position behind two Audi 90 traction integral piloted by Jean Alesi. It was a popular option on the part of private pilots in the JGTC japanese and various championships for GT european. However, the arrival of the McLaren F1 GTR’s relegated to the bottom of the grill, already in the year 1996.


12) The most desired

If we plan speculator, the version desired of a Ferrari F40 meet the following characteristics: it would be a model year 1987, one of the first 50 produced with a sliding window of plexiglass – the rest of the units had a sale conventional. To be one of the first produced would not be catalyzed, or would the adjustable suspension hydraulic. Also, the drives with the steering wheel on the right are much more valuable due to its scarcity. That is a point to note.

Source: Mycarheaven | Jalopnik |