Ferrari F40 (1987 – 1992) Review

Ferrari F40 (1987 – 1992) At A Glance


+Looks like no other car, proper 200mph performance, much easier to maintain than a Porsche 959

-No driver aids and 478bhp make it a drive that's not for the faint-hearted

The F40 was built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th birthday, but it also ended up being the last car bearing his name that Enzo would see launched. The F40 was the ultimate hypercar of its era, even if its Le Mans styling had not actually been conceived with motor sport in mind (that would come later).

Although it was billed as an all-new car, the F40 was actually based on the GTO, and there are many similarities: twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a composite body mounted on a spaceframe chassis. The F40 had an additional 78bhp from its slightly larger twin-turbocharged V8 engine, and it made do with a stripped out interior in order to keep its kerbweight down to 1100kg.

Buyers loved it, and Ferrari built almost three times as many as originally intended, making it the most successful hypercar ever built.