„Przejście na kolejny bieg łączy się z wyciem turbosprężarki, przyspieszenie uderza po raz kolejny, a Ty czujesz się jak rozmazany punkt w przestrzeni. Samochód ma totalną jakość silnika F1 i jego niezwykłą dzikość. Z zewnątrz, jeżeli przystaniesz i posłuchasz, usłyszysz szalony gwizd turbo, które tak niesamowicie napędza samochód.” Tak o Ferrari F40 pisał w maju 1988 roku magazyn Autocar… i na tym właściwie można by zakończyć opis, ale ten supersamochód zasługuje na więcej. F40 na osiągach nie poprzestało, a jego niesamowity design stworzony przez Leonardo Fioravanti ze studia Pininfarina jest aktualny do dziś. Materiały użyte do stworzenia lekkiego nadwozia to wynik doświadczeń Ferrari z Formuły 1. Aerodynamika niski współczynnik oporu powietrza z odpowiednim dociskiem, co udało się uzyskać dzięki ospojlerowaniu. Wszystko to sprawiło, że dwumiejscowa berlinetta z centralnie umieszczonym, ułożonym wzdłużnie sinikiem, potrafiła być szybsza niż McLaren’s F1 GTR. Dziś niesamowity egzemplarz kultowego Ferrari F40 zostaje wystawiony na licytacji. W kolorze Rosso Ferrari z fotelami sportowymi Stoffa Vigogna i przebiegiem niższym niż 2500 mil, sprzedany został za 1512500 dolarów, czyli dokładnie 5148547 złotych. W zestawieniu z ceną rynkową z 1999 roku, która wynosiła około 140 tysięcy funtów, daje dobry obraz wzrostu wartości tego pięknego, szybkiego i limitowanego Ferrari.
Exceptionally original and preserved example of the legendary F40
1991 FERRARI F40
Design by Pininfarina
US$ 1,400,000 – 1,700,000
PLN 4,800,000 – 5,800,000
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1991 Ferrari F40
Design by Pininfarina
Engine no. 26308
2,936cc DOHC Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
478bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Exceptionally original and preserved example of the legendary F40
*Less than 2,500 miles from new
*One of just 213 US-delivery F40s ever produced
*Original condition inside and out, and equipped with factory luggage
*Ferrari Classiche Certified
THE FERRARI F40
„The take-up into the next gear is flawless and, with the turbos cranking hard, the blast of acceleration just goes on again and you seem to be in a blur of time conquering distance, gearshifts and noise. It has the tonal quality of an F1 engine, if not the sheer ferocity. From outside, if you stand and listen, you hear the frantic whoosh as the turbos start to drive oh-so-hard” Autocar magazine, May 1988.
Introduced in 1988 to celebrate Enzo Ferrari’s 40 years as a motor manufacturer, the 200mph F40 was the ultimate supercar. Inevitably, comparisons were made with the rival Porsche 959 but whereas its German rival represented a cutting-edge, technological tour de force, the F40 exemplified traditional Ferrari values. A relatively straightforward car, the F40 relied on enormous power, low weight, race-bred suspension, generously sized tires and excellent aerodynamics to achieve a level of performance near-identical to that of the infinitely more complex 959. F40 owners, though, had the satisfaction of knowing that their car was slightly faster, boasting a top speed of 201mph to the 959’s 197.
A mid-engined, two-seater Berlinetta, the F40 was a development of the limited-production 288GTO and like the latter – but unlike the preceding 308/328 series – mounted its power unit longitudinally rather than transversely. A four-cam 3-liter V8 with four valves per cylinder, the F40 engine employed twin IHI turbochargers to liberate 478bhp at 7,000rpm. For the seriously speed-addicted this could be boosted by 200bhp by means of a factory tuning kit.
Of equal, if not greater, technical interest was the method of body/chassis construction, the F40 drawing on Ferrari’s Formula 1 experience in its use of composite technology. A one-piece plastic molding, the body was bonded to the tubular steel chassis to create a lightweight structure of immense rigidity superior to an all-metal structure. The doors, bonnet, boot lid and other removable panels were carbon fiber. Pugnaciously styled by Pininfarina, the wind tunnel-developed F40 incorporated the latest aerodynamic aids in the form of a dam-shaped nose and high rear aerofoil. Despite the need to generate considerable downforce – and with a top speed higher than the take-off speed of many light aircraft, the F40 needed all the downforce it could get – the result was a commendably low drag coefficient of just 0.34.
The F40’s interior reinforced its image as a thinly disguised racecar, with body-contoured seats, an absence of carpeting and trim, and sliding Plexiglas windows. When it came to actual competition, race-prepared F40s more than held their own and in the Global GT series proved quicker on many circuits than McLaren’s F1 GTR.
Autocar concluded its test thus: 'On a smooth road it is a scintillatingly fast car that is docile and charming in its nature; a car that is demanding but not difficult to drive, blessed as it is with massive grip and, even more importantly, superb balance and manners. You can use its performance – the closest any production carmaker has yet come to racecar levels – and revel in it. …there’s little doubt it is the very personification of the term sports car.'
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This outstanding example of Ferrari’s legendary F40 was hand-built as a US market car at the Maranello Ferrari works during March of 1991. According to factory records and the research of Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this F40 received its final inspections on April 2nd, 1991, and the factory warranty started on May 25th that same year. Original and extremely well preserved, this car still wears its factory-applied Rosso Ferrari paint, and Stoffa Vigogna racing seats to this day.
The new F40 was delivered to Lake Forest Sports Cars, the official Ferrari agency of Lake Bluff, Illinois, and remained in the Land of Lincoln until the early 2000s. By 2002, the car was in the north east, with a recorded mileage of just 1,062 miles. In 2009, the F40 had relocated westwards to California, at which point the recorded mileage was 1,723 miles. Soon after, the highly original Ferrari returned to the North East, where it has since 2015 formed part of an exquisite collection of the most exotic sports- and supercars ever built.
In addition to its original and preserved condition, this exceptional F40 boast a documented maintenance history. In November 2014, Ferrari specialist Miller Motorcars of Greenwich, Connecticut comprehensively serviced the F40. The receipt for this work, which total over $10,400 and accompanies the car, shows replacement of fluids, spark plugs, air filters, and the all-important timing belts, tensioners and associated seals and gaskets. A correct Tubi exhaust was fitted in the past, but the original exhaust system accompanies the car. Additionally, the complete and unused set of original fitted luggage is included in the original cotton bags – a rare find these days. The F40 has been inducted into Ferrari’s Classiche Certification program, and the red Classiche binder issued by Ferrari SpA accompanies the car, along with the original tool kits, original spare keys, owner’s booklet folder and car cover.
With just 2,428 original miles from new at the time of cataloging, this must be one of the lowest mileage and best kept US spec F40’s in existence. This time capsule Ferrari still retains its original factory applied paint, alloy wheels, factory interior and exterior components, and the factory applied decals and emissions components. Complete with accompanying items and exceptional in every way, this superb F40 stands out as one of the absolute best examples available anywhere.