Ferrari F40: the Ferrari, the more radical of the story is 30 years old


30 years Ago he celebrated the 40th anniversary of the signing.

This year marks 3 decades of the birth of the Ferrari F40, one of the models most legendary of the Italian firm, and that marked an entire era. Today remains a model to be revered, and its value is not to climb. Not in vain, for years it was the sport faster, more powerful and more expensive than existed in the market.

Although it is considered by many as the answer of Ferrari to the Porsche 959, the truth is that it is not so, although it is not exactly as Ferrari had him in his time. Considered the last model that Enzo Ferrari gave his approval really was born as a derivative of an aborted project, the GTO Evoluzione.

Until the arrival of the 288 GTO and F40, Ferrari did not have no model in this particular segment of the hiperdeportivos, practically we can say that they helped to create. The Daytona was the answer to the Miura of Lamborghini, the Berlinetta Boxer to the Countach LP400, and finally, the Model of the Countach LP400 S. above these, except versions very beast of trainers or small projects, there really was nothing.


getting Difficult and more complex to drive.

so that the arrival first of the 288 GTO and then the F40 was the creation of a new product line in Maranello, limited editions, which is continued with the F50, Enzo and LaFerrari.

does The response of Lamborghini to the F40? No.

With the launch of the Testarossa 390 HP in 1984, the Countach has adopted improvements in their mechanical, moving to denote Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole or QV and ahead of the Testarossa in power, but after 1987, the closest thing to a rival for the F40 that can be found in SantAgata Bolognese was the Countach 25th Anniversary 1988, 455 HP, and with lower benefits than the F40.

The model commemorating the 40 years of the factory in Maranello was a wonder of features, at least officially, because he was a beast of 478 HP with a weight less than 1,400 kg. Their small size, their fabrication into composites and its absence for full equipment (the first didn’t even have side windows, but windows Lexan) turned him into a model of competition-enrolled.


The frame is tubular, reinforced with composite materials.

This is noticed behind the wheel, since it was not a comfortable vehicle, quiet or simple to handle. As the great sporting classics, the F40 demanded firm hand on his commanders and one of two, or be very careful with the throttle or skills and knowledge of riding.

Have you got a drive to princess caroline of Monaco, and that when she climbed to her bare inner, that for not having had no handle to open the door but a rope, was immediately rejected.

the media of the time were not able to find anything known that you were in the same orbit of the F40. The closest thing he was ever able to exist in the Italian model were the few street units of the Ford GT40 or the versions powered street the Group B. All of them beasts of competition with tuition.


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Genes of competition

The F40 was not a model inspired in the competition, but stemmed directly from a project competition. The 288 GTO street was supposed to be the homologation special of a model of competition intended for Group B, which materialized shortly after in the 288 GTO Evoluzione. Ferrari came to make up to 5 prototypes for proof of this, with a mechanical delivering around 650 HP and had a maximum speed of over 360 km/h.

Following the demise of Group B in 1986, Ferrari simply used the project to create a model of street, destined to be the Ferrari more radical created ever, as a memorial to the 40 years of the foundation of the brand, as we know it today.

The relationship with the 288 GTO Evoluzione is evident, even to the naked eye, since they share lines, which are visible particularly in the side view. what If Group B had not disappeared would have come to the F40?, Ferrari in its day, he said yes, stating that it was not a real answer to the 959, so that we will have to stay with that answer.


Its massive rear wing is unmistakable

At the technical level was also a clear evolution of the 288 GTO Evoluzione, tubular frame, which is reduced to the minimum expression, and body in composite materials. At the back we find a V8 engine of 2.9 liter with two turbos IHI capable of delivering 478 HP, derived directly from employing the 288 GTO street.

A detail little known is that the block that he used the F40, as all the V8 brand until the arrival of the F430 Monza in 2004 really belongs to the family DIno, V6 engines and V8 were created in the decade of the sixties and initially employed in competition. In particular, the V8 in the F40 expanded its capacity to 2.936 c. c. thank you to some of the new measures of bore and stroke.

Called F120A, this variant was only used by the F40, being the last engine of the family Dino which achieved an absolute victory in the competition, on the circuit of Anderstorp, in 1996. Almost 10 years after the launch of the model.


V8 2.9-liter, 478 HP.

The F40 in competition

The F40 was also the last model of the street of the brand that achieved a complete victory in a competition greater. This was the case with the F40 LM and F40 GTE in the championship BPR, the predecessor of the current WEC is ran only a few years in the nineties, after the disappearance of the World Championship of Endurance.

out of date, but the fastest in qualifying.

The then already outdated F40 the saw in the highest category with models such as the McLaren F1, the absolute dominator of the championship, with a frame of carbon fiber, improved aerodynamics and a mechanical air less powerful than the F40, but with a range of wider use and grateful in long distance races, and most important, with consumption significantly lower. Even so, the F40 scored some wins on absolute between 1995 and 1996.

These versions of the competition were prepared by Michelotto, F40 LM had higher compression and a modified fuel-injection to raise power to around 720 CV, that turned into more of 900 HP in classification, hence seek out numerous poles. Years later came a new evolution, the F40 GTE with a 3.5-liter (and shortly after 3.6-liter) that had a few 660 HP.


Ferrari F40 LM.

F40 LM were fabricated about 19 copies for only 12 of the F40 GTE.
Many of them were in private hands, without stepping you ever heard of a circuit,
except for those units designed to days of track days. Although the
F40 is a model that is usually seen in auctions, rarely seen
some of these units of competition
for sale.