The F40 was equipped with a 4-wheel double wishbone independent suspension, KONI coilover shock absorbers, and 4-caliper ventilated disc brakes on a steel tube frame chassis developed for competition. Aerodynamically perfected in the Pininfarina wind tunnel, the bodywork designed by Leonardo Fioravanti uses woven Kevlar and carbon fiber panels to reduce body weight by around 20% while increasing the car’s structural rigidity 3. has to improve by a factor of two.
The V-type 8-cylinder twin turbo fitted to the 288 was bored to 2.9 liters and equipped with an IHI turbocharger and Behr intercooler. As a result, the F120 040 engine produced a maximum output of 478ps and a maximum torque of 425 ft lb, reaching 60mph from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds, and achieved a top speed of 201mph, surpassing the Porsche 959 and Lamborghini Countach o.
The exterior of the F40 reflects the roots of racing car development, and as well as the lighter body, many innovations have been put into the interior. The plastic composite racing seats are padded, pull-strap doors release, pedals drilled, and perspex windows are used to further reduce weight.
The F40, unveiled at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, was originally supposed to be produced in small quantities of 400 units, but due to high customer interest, 1,315 units were eventually produced (there are various theories). This giant car was initially only sold in Europe, with early models without a catalytic converter or adjustable suspension. In 1990, a modified version with air conditioning and a catalytic converter began to be delivered as standard in the United States. By the end of production in the summer of 1992, 213 F40s had been delivered to the United States.
Many of the F40s, which hold an important position in the genealogy of Ferrari supercars, were originally bought by collectors and were only shown in showrooms and competitions, and were actually driven to the limit. The defect is not vehicles are a surprise. Relatively few cars have made it to the circuit, and only a handful of lucky drivers have tested the limits of the F40.
Five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell was allowed to push the car to its limits during a test run for Classic & Sports Car magazine in the mid-2000s. He said of his impressions:
“It’s amazing … it’s a car that gives you goosebumps. The power delivery is amazing, and I love the way the turbo kicks in. It goes from from a neutral lead to a huge superintendent in no time, and that’s all there is to him. “It’s predictable.”
For the F40 to gain a devoted following, it was essential to have the support of a charismatic champion driver. Many of the children who were fans at the time have grown into fine collectors today, and the F40 is once again popular. gains a lot of support.
The American spec F40 is set to be auctioned on December 10th, presided over by RM Sotheby’s.
This legendary F40 has been very carefully driven, with a Certificate of Ownership, Classiche Certificate. An investigation by Ferrari expert Marcel Massini has revealed that chassis number 85596 is the 18th of the 213 cars to be sold to the United States. Completed in June 1990, the F40 was sold to Grand Prix Motors of Seattle, Washington, and in August to Paul Allen, the world’s most famous businessman and philanthropist.
Allen is the co-founder of the software giant Microsoft and, of course, famous for owning sports franchises such as the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. The F40 he was delivered included one of the most attractive options on this model, beautiful leather bags fitted by Schedoni.
Mr. Allen owned this fantastic Ferrari for 13 years, during which time it gained very few miles, with just 1,600 miles on the odometer when it was sold in July 2003. Opting to upgrade to Maranello’s newest hypercar , the Enzo, Allen sold the F40 to Michael Warne of Oregon (as noted in the October 2003 title copy).
In June 2007, the F40 was delivered to a famous Italian car dealership in Laguna Niguel, California, where it was serviced by Marc dealers, including clutch and air conditioning service. In addition, the car is certified by the Ferrari Classiche Red Book, which proves that all major mechanical devices have matching numbers.
Sold to an enthusiast in Asheville, North Carolina in March 2008, the F40 was purchased 19 months later by a collector in Darien, Connecticut, and in October 2011 it passed into the hands of its owner in Florida, where it was sold in 2019. Acquired by the current owner.
Today, with only 4403km on the clock, this highly original F40 has the original factory paintwork, as evidenced by its Ferrari Classiche certification 14 years ago. Maintained and believed to be number-matching the chassis. Additionally, this stunningly beautiful Berlinetta is more than adequately documented: Massini resume, warranty, sales receipt, service invoice, owner’s manual in pouch, tools, and Schedoni luggage.
This F40 can be displayed at an event, or you can enjoy a thrilling drive, and it will surely bring immeasurable joy to the next owner.