The Ferrari F40 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door coupé sports car built from 1987 to 1992, with the LM and GTE race car versions continuing production until 1994 and 1996 respectively. It was developed as successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO and designed to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary. It was the last Ferrari automobile personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. At the time it was Ferrari’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car for sale. A total of 1,311 F40s were manufactured.
The F40 body was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti and Pietro Camardella of studio Pininfarina, under the guidance of Nicola Materazzi, the engineer who designed engine, gearbox and other mechanical parts of the car and had previously designed the bodywork of the 288 GTO Evoluzione, from which the F40 takes many stylistic features.
Power came from an enlarged, 2.9L (2936 cc) version of the GTO’s IHI twin turbocharged V8 developing – according to Ferrari – 478 bhp. Most experts today agree the number was well over 500 bhp. The F40 did without a catalytic converter until 1990 when US regulations made them a requirement for emissions control reasons. The flanking exhaust pipes guide exhaust gases from each bank of cylinders while the central pipe guides gases released from the wastegate of the turbochargers. Engines with catalytic converters bear F120D code.
Top speed: 324 km/h (201 mph)
Acceleration: 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 4.1 sec.
Type: rear mid, longitudinal, 90° V8
Bore/stroke: 82 x 69.5 mm
Unitary displacement: 367.03 cc
Total displacement: 2936 cc
Compression ratio: 7.7 : 1
Maximum power: 385.5 kW (478 hp) at 7000 rpm
Power per litre: 163 horsepower/l
Maximum torque: 577 Nm (58.8 kgm) (424 lb-ft) at 4000 rpm
Valve actuation: twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder
Fuel feed: Weber-Marelli electronic injection, twin turbos
Ignition: Weber-Marelli electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
Lubrication: dry sump
Type: two-seater berlinetta
Length: 4358 mm (171.57 inches)
Width: 1970 mm (77.56 inches)
Height: 1123 mm (44.21 inches)
Wheelbase: 2450 mm (96.46 inches)
Front track: 1594 mm (62.76 inches)
Rear track: 1606 mm (63.23 inches)
Weight: 1100 kg (dry) (2425 pounds)
Frame: tubular steel and composites
Front suspension: independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Transmission: 5-speed + reverse
Steering: rack and pinion
Fuel tank: capacity 120 litres (31.7006 US gallons)
Front tyres: 235/45 ZR 17 or 245/40 ZR 17
Rear tyres: 335/35 ZR 17