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.
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.
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.
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.