Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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|Production||1987–1992 (1,315 produced)|
|Predecessor||Ferrari 288 GTO|
|Body style||Berlinetta (2-door coupé)|
|Layout||Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Engine||2,936 cc (2.9 L) twin-turbocharged V8 478 PS |
(352 kW; 471 hp)
|Wheelbase||2,451 mm (96.5 in)|
|Length||4,430 mm (174 in)|
|Width||1,980 mm (78 in)|
|Height||1,130 mm (44 in)|
|Curb weight||1,100 kg (2,400 lb)|
The Ferrari F40 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door coupé sports car produced by Ferrari from 1987 to 1992 as the successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO. From 1987 to 1989 it held the title as the world's fastest street-legal production car, and during its years of production, was Ferrari's fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car. The car had no traction control, and was one of the few to utilize turbochargers.
The car debuted with a factory suggested retail price of approximately US$400,000, although some buyers were reported to have paid as much as US$1.6 million. A total of 1,315 F40s were produced.
Body and interior
The body was an entirely new design by Pininfarina featuring panels made of kevlar, carbon fiber, and aluminum for strength and low weight, and intense aerodynamic testing was employed. Weight was further minimized through the use of a plastic windshield and windows and no carpets, sound system, or door handles were installed although the cars did have air conditioning. The first 50 cars produced had sliding Lexan windows, while later cars were fitted with normal windows that could be rolled down.