Ferrari F40: The Italian icon of the decade of the 80 is 30 years old

The Ferrari F40 is one of the icons of the brand of the cavallino rampant. Supercar of the 80s, for excellence and dream of every young man of the time, he was inspired directly from racing cars. The Ferrari F40 celebrates its 30th anniversary of its start of production.

Manufactured in 1987 with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of Ferrari, the F40 was, basically, a model of competition approved for the road. That is something that their simple equipment, baquets, and a cage anti-tip make it clear, nothing more to see.

The body, the work of Pininfarina, was produced with kevlar, carbon fiber, aluminum and nomex, and gave him a great strength, light weight and a great performance. By that time, Enzo Ferrari was 90 years old, and wanted to see Ferrari at the top. To do this, he asked the brand a car that would rival the Porsche 959.

The soul of the macchina

cars Italian, either a GT or a supercar, in my opinion -and probably coincidáis with me-it seems to have soul. The design of the cars Italian is unique and each brand knows how to extract the best out of herself. All the Alfa Romeo have a unique essence in each one of their cars, that give a name to each new model, and not a numbering system as other manufacturers. Ferrari has always looked for the good sportsmanship in their models, cars that were suitable for both road and track.

the soul of The Ferrari F40 is a engine 8 cylinder configuration V petrol, 2.9 liter cubicaje and 4 valves per cylinder. The engine block is based on the 288 GTO. It also features two turbo-compressor IHI with intercoolers. Throughout the set produces 478 horsepower, which combined with its lightness -just 1.100 kilograms – makes that reach a maximum speed of 326 km/h and reach 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

288 GTO Evoluzione, the prototype of the “true Ferrari”

“When the Commendatore asked for my opinion about this experimental prototype, due to regulatory issues never came into production, not concealed my excitement as a pilot, an amateur by the incredible acceleration. It was then when I spoke for the first time of his desire to produce a “true Ferrari”. We knew, as he knew, would be her last car. We launched headlong into work,” said Leonardo Fioravanti, designer of Pininfarina, when you tested the 288 GTO Evoluzione.

The GTO Evoluzione was the prototype that served as a development for the F40, the last model that would Enzo Ferrari before his death. Only built 6 units. The 288 GTO Evoluzione had a weight of 940 kg and a power of 650 HP that is transmitted to the rear wheels through a manual gearbox of 5 speeds. With this technical deployment, the GTO Evoluzione was the 370 km/h.

1992: End of production

The stage of the reign of the F40 lasted only 5 years, and during that time, Ferrari built 1315 units.Despite not having ABS, brake assist, synchronization in the gear or power steering, it is one of Ferrari’s finest, not by being the model commemoration of the 40 years of the brand, or even for being the last Ferrari that saw the birth of Il Commendatore, but the purity of the model. As you said Enzo, is a real Ferrari, a pure-blood.

“we Got exactly the car we wanted, with few amenities. Without power steering, boosters or electronic devices, requires the skill and commitment of the driver, but for what it is worth, is for a unique driving experience.” said Dario Benuzzi, a test driver of Ferrari.

In 1992 ended production of the Ferrari F40, and in 1995 was replaced by the F50. This new model, would serve to commemorate the 50 years of the brand’s cavallino. Only produced 349 units, and it had a V12 engine of 4.7 liters, which gave 520 HP of power. Like its predecessor, it also lacked ABS or power steering. This generation of supercars Ferrari would be the last to dispense with those elements of driving assistance.

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