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Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40 (Italy, 1987-1992)

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General Characteristics

The Ferrari F40 is a 2-door “Berlinetta” (or coupé) that Ferrari produced between 1987 and 1992. Enzo Ferrari and his design team conceived this sports car to celebrate the make’s 40th anniversary. The F40 is actually a supercar with racing technology customized for the road.   Throughout its production run, the F40 was the most powerful, expensive and fastest Ferrari on sale. A total of 1315 copies were produced until the F40 was replaced in the markets with the F50 model.



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History and Development

Ferrari produced its F40 model from 1987 to 1992, which succeeded to the 288 GTO model. The F40 was conceived to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary and it was also the last Ferrari car to have been assigned by Enzo before his death.   The Ferrari F40 was a road supercar that benefitted from the most advanced racing technology of that time. It became the fastest and most powerful Ferrari car, as well as the most expensive, during its production lifespan.   The F40 units were assembled at Maranello, Italy, summing up to a total of 1315 copies built. This supercar was replaced in the markets by the F50 model in 1995.



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Engine and Transmission

The F40 is a mid-engined car with rear-wheel drive system. It is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 powerplant, producing up to 471 hp. The F40 is capable of performing 0-100 km/h (62 mi/h) in just 3.8 seconds and can accelerate up to 201 mi/h (324 km/h). A 5-speed manual transmission is fitted on the F40.



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Chassis

Tubular steel spaceframe.   Platform     Suspension Front and rear unequal A-arms, coaxial springs, Koni hydraulic shock absorbers and anti-roll bars.   Steering Rack and pinion.   Brakes Front and rear vented discs with vacuum assistance.



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Body and Design

The Ferrari F40 has a ‘Berlinetta’ kind of bodywork, which is Ferrari’s designation for a 2-door coupé car. This supercar was assigned by Enzo to his design team and the styling was entirely conceived at the Pininfarina design studios.   Kevlar, carbon fibre and aluminium were the most used materials in the construction of the lightweight, strong and aerodynamic F40, which was intensively tested for such purposes. Early F40 units had fixed windows, but later cars were given ones that could be rolled down.



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