In 1986, Enzo Ferrari entrusted his technicians with the manufacture of a car being the most spectacular feasible and boasting extraordinary performance, to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the most legendary car brand in the history of automobile.
The outcome was the F40, based on the 1984 Ferrari GTO Evoluzione.
Its development took place from 1985, so the unutterable Enzo could see the car of his dreams becoming into reality (1987) before his death in 1988.
This ´berlinetta´ is conceptually related to the Grand Tours from the fifties and sixties, that attained important victories in car races.
The first thing that powerfully draws one´s attention in the F40 is its huge aerodynamic aileron and the very scarce distance between the framework and the floor.
Impressive both the suction nozzles and the ducts, together with the grilles allowing the entrance and exit of air.
The 2.9 litre V-8 engine is visible through the very beautiful transparent.
This powerplant reaching 478 H.P is a masterpiece of engineering and nice design, with its components molded in cast aluminium (made in a very thorough way, with great craft and skill) and its plaited stainless steel tubes.
Both the brakes and the steering wheel demand an experienced driver with strength in his arms and legs.
The pedals are 100% metal and on the right we´ve got the familiar polished gear lever linked to a manual transmission crankcase featuring 5 speeds.
The buyers can choose between a gearbox with continuous synchronized transmission or another one intended for competition, Ferrari even offers an optional kit increasing the power beyond 600 H.P.
The framework is made of carbon fiber, Kevlar and a mixture of different elements with reinforced stainless steel.
The streamlined contours of the chassis are a work by Pininfarina, with a drag coefficient (CX) of 0,34 for an area of resisting surface of 0,63 m2, in spite of the remarkable size of the back aileron.
In their turn, the elevation coefficients (Cz) are also very reduced (0,04 and 0,15 for both the back and front axle).