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Power: 478bhp @ 7000rpm
Torque: 424lb/ft @ 4500rpm
Curb Weight: 2425lbs
Drivetrain Layout: Mid-Engined / RWD
Transmission: 5-spd manual



Engine: Twin-Turbocharged V8
Displacement: 2936cc



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The F40 was in the most literal sense designed as the successor to the company's GTO supercar, but the project's meaning ran deeper. At ninety years old, Enzo Ferrari was keenly aware that his life was coming to an end, and was somewhat disappointed that Ferrari's dominance in international motorsport had faded somewhat over the years. As a result, Enzo wanted a new pet project put into the pipelines, something that could remind the world of the company's capabilities as a manufacturer as well as provide both a competitor to the Porsche 959 and come to be his seminal masterpiece; the company's impending 40th anniversary provided just the right occasion for the car to debut. The plan was simple: create a vehicle that combined the company's best technologies into a no-frills sports car that would come as close as possible to being a full fledged race vehicle while still retaining the necessary equipment to be a street-legal product. It was the last car to be commissioned by Enzo himself before his death.




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It was intended that there were to be 400 F40s made, all painted red.

The F40 was designed with aerodynamics in mind, and is very much a creation of its time. For speed the car relied more on its power than its shape. Frontal area was reduced, and airflow greatly smoothed, but stability rather than terminal velocity was a primary concern. So too was cooling as the forced induction engine generated a great deal of heat. In consequence, the car was somewhat like an open-wheel racing car with a body. It had a partial undertray to smooth airflow beneath the radiator, front section, and the cabin, and a second one with diffusers behind the motor, but the engine bay was not sealed. Nonetheless, the F40 had an impressively low Cd of 0.34 with lift controlled by its spoilers and wing. Power came from an enlarged, 2.9 litre version of the GTO's twin IHI turbocharged V8 developing 478 bhp (356 kW) under 16 PSI (110 kPa) of boost. The suspension setup, like the GTO's, remained a double wishbone setup, though many parts were upgraded and settings were changed; the unusually low ground clearance prompted Ferrari to include the ability to raise the vehicle's ground clearance when necessary.




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The body was an entirely new design by Pininfarina featuring panels made of kevlar, carbon fiber, and aluminum for strength and low weight, and intense aerodynamic testing was employed. Weight was further minimized through the use of a plastic windshield and windows and no carpets, sound system or door handles were installed. Early cars had fixed windows, although newer windows that could be rolled down were installed into later cars and the F40 did without a catalytic converter until 1990 when US regulations made them a requirement for emissions control reasons.

The F40 was discontinued in 1992 and in 1995 was succeeded by the F50.





Author's Take

I love it. I love it to bits. This car was my absolute favourite car for the longest time. So raw... so untame. The F50 was a big disappointment and quite ugly but at least there was the F40 to always look back upon. However, nowadays I consider another car to have really grabbed me like the F40 did when I first saw it. Another Ferrari product that goes by the name 'Enzo'. Thus, in my mind, the F40 is sealed away in my memories as I lust after a new generation of supercars.
one
frrrozen.
duality
Uber fucking frozen.
PBB
So precise and yet so brutal, the greatest supercar Ferrari will ever make.
Frozen.
NorthPoint
So frozen it makes absolute zero seem like a day on the sun.

Getting a ride in an F40 a few years ago counts as one of the most amazing automotive experiences ever.
Mazdaspeed
best ferrari ever. possibly the best car ever. pure race car.
Halflifehavock13
Cold enough to make all extremities freeze and fall off within seconds.
Tirminyl
No words can describe my feelings on this car except that I will give my very soul for one. Others should study this car and try their damnedest to duplicate it's omnipotence because so far, nothing comes close.
leif
I predict this will be the most one sided vote ever

BTW, who the hell gave it just a cool?

Probaly Boost...hes too old for cars like the F40
clarkma5
There was never a Ferrari like this before, and there never will be again. It was absolutely savage unlike any other. Brilliant.
Cyclone
QUOTE(leif @ Dec 5 2006, 07:28 PM) *
I predict this will be the most one sided vote ever

BTW, who the hell gave it just a cool?

Probaly Boost...hes too old for cars like the F40


Nah, boost would of voted MJ Uncool because the car is impractical and expensive.
Phix
QUOTE(Cyclone @ Dec 5 2006, 08:13 PM) *
Nah, boost would of voted MJ Uncool because the car is impractical and expensive.

And it's not a Volvo.
bing5500
QUOTE(Phix @ Dec 5 2006, 08:14 PM) *
QUOTE(Cyclone @ Dec 5 2006, 08:13 PM) *

Nah, boost would of voted MJ Uncool because the car is impractical and expensive.


And it's not a Volvo.


And the F40 is fun to drive...we all know boost is too old for fun.
DakianDelomast
TT V8 = frozen
eighteenseconds
slats = frozen.
infinity
Frozen without a doubt.
Pinecone
Nipples that can cut steel.
Boxster17
Frozen for sure.
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