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ferrari f40

The F40 was created to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, and is probably the most sought after Ferrari in the world.  Everything about this car is impressive. From the race car looks to the engine that rockets this unbelievable thrilling car.  It was built from 1987 to 1992 and was the successor of the 288 GTO.  It was personally approved by Mr. Enzo Ferrari himself.  When It was released it sold for around $400,000 about $800,000 in today’s money, and have been known to auction for over 1 million USD.

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The development kind of started in 1984, but under an idea for a new model of 288 gto. It was never completed but some work was used in the development of the F 40.

Tech Specs:

The engaine was a 2.9 L version of the GTO’s twin turbocharged V8, and until 1990 it did not have a catalytic converter when us regulations made Ferrari put one one.  The Suspension had the same set up as the double wishbone system that the GTO had, but with major upgrades in parts, and it allowed the car to be raised due to the fact that the car was so low.
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The interior and body was made up of kevlar, aluminum and carbon fiber – one of the first cars to use carbon fiber. Also they used plastic for the windows and windshield. And although the car had the air conditioning, it lacked other items such as a radio, door handles glove ox, leather trim, carpets, or door panels. This was to keep the weight down.  The first 50 cars had set windows, and later they produced ones with windows that could be rolled down.

The body was built with really only Aerodynamics in mind, and a lot of aerodynamic tests was done on this car.

There was a non-sponsored version of the car called the Competizione, only 10 were built. 
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The F 40 was the first legal production car to break 200 mph and only had 2 competitors to its thrown – the Porsche 959 and the Lamborghini Countach.  It held the record for some years as the worlds fastest production car at 201.4 mph and later with minor alterations would reach 226 mph.

This is one of the cars that comes to mind when someone specks of Ferrari, and many consider it to be the worlds best supercar, even though a lot has changed since this car was in production.

Ferrari 308

The 308 is a  perfect embodiment of the 1970’s. The car had the slick angular style and aggressive attitude . Although the car was very popular very few variations were made in comparison to other Ferraris; the few variations that were made were quite interesting.
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In  1975  the 308 was shown at the Paris motor show and soon after was released for production with two distinct variations – GTB and GTS. It has a tube frame with a separate body. Both cars are very much mechanically similar. They had a V8 with twin overhead camshaft which was transversely mounted with the transaxle transmission. it had single coil ignition system. They had a synchromesh 5 speed manual transmission with a limited slip differential clutch.  The suspension was all independent, coaxial coil springs, double wishbones,  hydraulic dampers, and with anti-roll bars. The design was by the famed Pinifarina.
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The GTB differed greatly in the body material in that it was made of glass-reinforced plastic. Which made it much lighter that the steal body of the GTS.  The performance of the GTB was 0-100 in 15 seconds and a top speed of 159 miles per hour.
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Other variations in clue the  308 GTBi/GTSi the 308 quattrovalvole and the 288 GTO which was introduced towards the end of the production . The 288 is considered to be ferraris first super car and most of the design was borrowed from the 308. It was turbocharded and had a bigger spoiler along with other modifications.  There was also the 208 GTB and GTS, although they were mainly sold in italy and never quite made it to the us.

Lamborghini Huracán

The Lamborghini Huracán is interesting because it was designed to replace Lamborghini’s most successful and produced car, the Gallardo. So far its shown immense potential and has done well enough to call it now and say that the speculation of the replacement was well estimated.
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The Huracan (which means Hurricane in Spanish)  made its debut at the Geneva Auto in 2014, there was an incredible amount of buzz building hype behind its release. The car held up to all of it, and like its name sake torn through projections as orders were placed for production.

Some specs:

Engine:5.2 L naturally aspirated Audi/Lamborghini  v10   that was taken from the Gallardo and tuned to 610 ps. It has both direct fuel injection and multi-point fuel injection, which is the first time this has ever been used in combination.   It has a start-stop system

Performance:  The  top speed hovers right over 202 mph, and its 0-62 in 3.2 seconds and 0-124 in just 9.9 seconds. It has an electronically controlled all-wheel drive system which shows in the overall handling and performance of the car.  But one can notice the system’s effects at launch.  Controlling the suspension is a magnetic system that utilizes magnetorheological dampers for very quick changes to how the suspension acts.

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With all this control of power it handles around tracks faster than any other Lamborghini produced.

There have been three production models so far STRADA, SPORT and CORSA. There has also been a model made for the Italian police department and the  Huracan LP620-s Super Trofeo, which is a rear wheel race car version.

There are a few other things to mention about this car. For one the HD interface has 3D graphics powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 card, google earth navigation and a Multi Media interface that’s just really impressive and intuitive compared to a lot of others that have come out stock on cars as of late.  It’s also the worlds first production car to employ inertial navigation system which uses accelerometers and gyroscopes.

So far around 1,213 have been produced, and if it keeps up they will do Gallardo numbers.

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This car really is a technological marvel and it truly keeps the tone of what a Lamborghini is suppose to be – a GT car that is superb in luxury without losing the passion Italian racing cars are none for.