Friday, January 24, 2014

Ferrari F50

Following up to the outstanding F40 wasn’t going to be easy but 10 years later Ferrari gave it ago and unleashed the F50 on the works in 1995. So how do you make the ultimate road racer that has to replace the ultimate road racer? Well take a big dollop of F1 influenced design cues.

The most dramatic and I remember on its release also one of its biggest “selling points” as if it needed it, was the F1 style carbon fibre cockpit that was also the integrated chassis, which bolted straight onto the now stressed engine, which in turn had the rear suspension also bolted to it, the result a very light car. Oh and that engine, more F1 derivatives here, it was developed from the 3.5ltr V12 that originally powered the F1 teams car in 1992, being bored out to 4.7ltrs and producing 520bhp. Add to that the constantly adjusting suspension in real time with no rubber components; it was also well planted on the road. And that sculpted body resulted in severed “racing” levels of down force. Over its 2 year production run only 349 were built making it one of the rarest Ferrari’s.

There’s no denying the car is impressive, when I first saw the one below at last year Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show I surprised by how small it was, well when compared to saw a Lamborghini Aventador. It was also the first time I’d seen on in the flesh.



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