The Ferrari F40 was born in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Ferrari brand and compete in FIA Goupe B with the Porsches 959. Enzo Ferrari launches in 1984 the program of study called Evoluzione Ferrari 288 GTO. In this context, in 1987, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, he presented his latest supercar in limited series. The F40 will prove to be the most sporty, performing and efficient of the time, inspired by the technological evolutions of the competition and the F1. According to the last wishes of the Commendatore Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988), it will represent the last model of Supercar Grand Touring Ferrari to push the limits of the engineering of automotive mechanics to its optimum, without resorting to assistance and technological help solutions to the driving, already very in vogue at the time. The 400 original copies initially planned are sold very quickly, the production being finally increased to 1,000, then 1,315 copies. Due to its limited number and the disappearance of Enzo Ferrari the following year at the age of 90, the F40 will experience a lot of speculation, some new models selling at the time to more than 750 000 €, clearly above of the factory price. It will compete for almost 5 years with the Porsche 959, Lamborghini Diablo, Jaguar XJ220, Bugatti EB110, the Ferrari F50 succeeding in 1995.
Designed and realized by Pininfarina, with Leonardo Fioravanti as chief designer, it will be minimalist and lightened to a maximum. It will use many composite materials (Kevlar frame and panels, aluminum body, carbon fiber, fiberglass, reinforced plastic, Plexiglas panes, aeronautical resin tank), which will result in a weight less than 1,100 Kg, completely empty doors, weighing only 1.5 kg, due in part to the absence of an opening handle from inside, replaced by a simple cable. Its aerodynamics will be very worked, offering a Cx of 0.34, with retractable headlights at the front and imposing rear spoiler. The front suspension with double superimposed wishbones will be identical to that of the GTO Evoluzione. Due to technical constraints, the cabin is spartan, comfort reduced to its simplest expression (except for air conditioning), non-power steering, lack of ABS and other technological aids to driving. The Ferrari F40 engine is the F120D model, the 400 horsepower Evoluzione version of the Ferrari 288 GTO, from the V6 and V8 Dino racing series and the Formula 1 racing series from Scuderia Ferrari. Its 3-liter V8 supercharged with two IHI intercooler four-valve turbochargers and two injectors per cylinder, delivers close to 500 horsepower for a top speed of nearly 325 km/h. Crankcase, engine block and cylinder heads are made of silumin (aluminum-silicon alloy) and the internal walls of the aluminum liners are reinforced by electrolytic deposition of a layer of nikasil (nickel-silicon carbide alloy) in order to reduce coefficients of friction, improve lubrication and resistance to high temperatures.
For the competition, the Ferrari F40 will be available in several racing versions with, in 1989, the Valeo F40 with electronic clutch Valeo active in less than 100 milliseconds, driven by the shift lever automatically. This will be delivered to Fiat-Ferrari group CEO Gianni Agnelli. From 1989 to 1998 a dozen F40 LM and LM IMSA versions Le Mans will be prepared by Michelotto Automobili, with an engine developing 900 hp for the 24 Hours of Le Mans or another IMSA GT Championship in class GTO. From 1994 to 1996, in order to compete with the McLaren F1 GTR and Porsche 911 GT1, seven F40 LM GTE cars will be manufactured for the LM-based BPR championship, with a 3.5-liter capacity and 660 hp, six-speed sequential gearbox and carbon / ceramic brake discs. Eight other F40 Competizione models, including the French Jean Alesi, will be launched with a power increase of 720 hp and then 900 hp with a weight of 1,050 kg for a maximum speed of 370 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds.
The vehicle that we offer for sale has never been registered. It has always remained under concession and has traveled less than 6,000 km since its origin. It is concours condition, in perfect mechanical and bodywork state. Its configuration is red and the inside is black and red. It is matching numbers and Ferrari Classiche. Finding an F40 in such state of preservation of origin and such a mileage is extremely rare ...