The Ferrari F40 is a 2-door coupe sports car with a mid-engine design and rear-wheel drive and was manufactured from 1987 to 1992. This car’s predecessor is the Ferrari 288 GTO and was initially designed to celebrate this carmaker’s 40th anniversary as well as the last vehicle to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. This vehicle was the fastest and most powerful vehicle from the company at the time, as well as the most expensive one to ever be sold to the public. This car was originally sold at a retail price of $400,000 in 1987, though there are some buyers who have claimed to have paid as much as $1.6 million for it. There were a total of 1,315 of these vehicles made and sold worldwide.
This vehicle uses an enlarged 2.9 liter version of the GTO’s twin IHI turbocharged V8 which has been rated for 478 PS or 471 horsepower. The F40 did not have a catalytic converter until 1990 when the design for it had to be changed due to US regulations and reasons related to emission control. The suspension setup of this vehicle was very similar to that of the GTO and it used a double wishbone setup, although there were a number of parts which were upgrades and changed.
As far as the body of this vehicle is concerned, it was originally designed by Pininfarina and features panels which were made of Kevlar, carbon fiber, and aluminum materials for maximum strength and durability. Despite the sturdiness of these materials though, the car was still fairly lightweight and very aerodynamic, as was evidenced in the initial testing of the vehicle. The weight of this vehicle was reduced even more by the plastic windows and windshield which were also used. While these cars did have air conditioning, they lacked a sound system as well as a glove box, door handles, leather trim, and carpeting. The first 50 of these vehicles which were manufactured had sliding Lexan windows, but every model after that came with regular windows that could not be rolled down.
The F40 was designed to be as aerodynamic as possible. Although this vehicle is extremely powerful, it is mostly due to its shape rather than the engine inside. The frontal area of the vehicle was significantly reduced, but it was stability that engineers were most concerned with when designing and putting it together. This car very much resembles an open-wheel racing car as far as the body is concerned and it has a very low Cd of 0.34 with lift controlled by the spoilers and a single wing.
Even though the Ferrari F40 was never intended for racing at all, it was entered in competitions starting in 1989 where it debuted in the Laguna Seca Raceway round of the IMSA in the GTO category. While the F40 did not return to the IMSA the next year, it was an extremely popular selection for privateers who wanted to use it for competing in domest GT series races.
The overall performance of the F40 is quite impressive and much of that is credited to its light weight design of 1,100 kg or 2,245 pounds. This vehicle has a high power output of exactly 478 PS or 481 horsepower with 7000 rpm which made it an ideal choice for racing other fast and aerodynamic vehicles. One of the most prestigious titles that the F40 holds is the first street-legal car to break 200mph to be produced. While this car was not perfect, it did have an extremely impressive overall design which made it both fast and powerful.