History of Ferrari F40 (1986-1992):
It had not won a driver’s title since 1979 with Jody Scheckter. Its founder Enzo Ferrari nicknamed “Il Commendatore” was very angry and because of that he asked his engineers in Maranello to develop a Vehicle to show the world that they had the ability to make one of the best Supercars in the world and thus dethrone their Direct Rival, the Porsche 959.
That is why the Ferrari F40 was born in 1986, launched in 1987 to commemorate the 40 years of the Italian Manufacturer.
This vehicle is a very special edition and valued among fans since its last model that was called “old-fashioned”.
Initially, Ferrari wanted to manufacture 400 to 450 units. But because of great popularity and demand, it ended up manufacturing 1,311 units.
It was designed to be a supercar of legal competition for the streets based on the pure driving experience. The entire project was supervised and approved by Enzo Ferrari.
Ferrari F40’s design is the work of an Italian master Leonardo Fioravanti who at that time worked for Pininfarina. The entire technical development was under the command of Nicola Materazzi.
Although the chassis of Ferrari F40 was tubular steel with aluminum parts, it was the first Ferrari that had composite materials in a vehicle. For the first time, it had a very innovative design that consisted of Nomex, Kevlar and Carbon Fiber to reinforce the cabin of the car. It also maintains a low weight that in total adds up to 2,425 pounds (1,100 kg).
Because the F40 has very austere equipment, it does not have electronic aids such as stability control (ESP), braking (ABS), onboard computer, radio player and air conditioning. The windows were made sliding in Plexiglas and the cabin was also not soundproof.
Ferrari F40’s engine has a V8 2.9-liter twin-turbo which is derived from F1. This develops a power of 471 HP @ 7,000 rpm. It is controlled by a 5-speed manual gearbox. Thanks to this it manages to start from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km / h) in 4.1 seconds and can reach a top speed of 202 mph (326 km / h).
In addition, it holds an almost impossible record to beat in which it can travel 0.62 miles (1 km) in just 19.5 seconds.
- Transmission Five-speed manual transaxle, driving rear wheels
- Suspension independent, by wishbones, coil springs and telescopic; anti-roll bar f/r
- Brakes ventilated discs
- Steering rack and pinion
- Length 14ft 61/2 in (4430mm)
- Width 6ft 6in (1981mm)
- Height 3ft 8in (1117mm)
- Wheelbase 8ft 1/2 in (2450mm)
- Weight 1100kg (2425lb)
- Price at the time of launch £160,000
- Current Price £600,000-800,000
Can you Aquire One?
As an additional fact, to acquire an F40 at that time, you must have owned a previous Ferrari model.
Undoubtedly, the Ferrari F40 marked an era and continues to make history as well as being one of the most desired supercars between fans and famous people.