The most iconic Ferrari ever built - the F40
FOR this week's blog I am featuring something very special... this right here is an original 1990 Ferrari F40.
This is classed one of the most iconic, if not the most iconic Ferrari ever to come out of the factory in Maranello, and with its 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine it is arguably one of the best sounding, too.
Even though the engine is a 2.9-litre, it manages to pump out 351.5 kilowatts (471 horsepower) at 7000rpm and 577 Newton metres of torque (426 pound-feet of torque) at 4000rpm with under 16 psi of boost.
Many claimed that the F40 actually produced over 373 kilowatts (500 horsepower) as standard but Ferrari never said anything about that.
A couple of F40 owners around the world must have thought that it wasn't powerful enough, so in just a couple of minutes they increased the psi to 21-22 and now their F40 produced over 560 horsepower.
Connected to this insane mid-rear mounted engine is a five-speed manual transmission, the only gearbox available for the F40, which then sends all the power through a limited-slip differential to the rear wheels.
To keep the weight down, the body is made from one solid composite piece made from Nomex, Kevlar and carbon fiber, and the door, hood, truck, doors and all the other removable body panels are all made from carbon fiber. Since the paint on the F40 is very thin, if you look closely at parts of the bodywork you can actually see the weave in the carbon.
All of this weight saving means the F40 has a dry weight of just 1100kg, which results in a 0-100 kilometre per hour acceleration time of just 4.1 seconds according to Ferrari, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its verified top speed of 323 kilometres per hour (201 miles per hour).
This makes the F40 the first ever road car to crack the 200mph barrier.
The F40 was the last Ferrari to have Enzo's approval, which makes this model very special and unique.
Nowadays, it's hard to find an F40 in good condition for under $1 million.
What makes the F40 even more special is that only a handful of the 1315 cars built ended up in Australia, which means when one is for sale it usually sells for a very high price, very quickly.
This particular F40 was recently sold by Ferrari Advocates Australia for a whopping $1,450,000.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com