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The Ferrari F40 has just turned 30

Friday 21 July 2017, By Autovolo

The Ferrari F40 has just turned 30

The Ferrari F40 has just turned 30

On July 21, 1987, the Ferrari F40 was revealed to the world.

Thirty years later, the famous supercar has become an icon in the world of motoring. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, key figures in the F40’s development have spoken about the process in interviews with the Italian supercar maker.

The Ferrari F40 was derived from the 308 GTB, and was powered by a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8. This produced 471bhp and 577Nm of torque, allowing the supercar to complete the benchmark sprint from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and giving it a top speed of 201mph. This made it the fastest production car in the world at the time.

It was often called a race car for the road, and was praised for its unparalleled driving experience and massive performance.

The F40 was also the final car that Enzo Ferrari would personally approve before his death in 1988. Those who worked on the car at the time were well aware of the fact that the F40 would likely be Enzo’s final car.

Leonardo Fioravanti, a designer at Pininfarina at the time, said: “We knew, as [Enzo] knew, that it would be his last car. We threw ourselves headlong into the work. Extensive research at the wind tunnel went into aerodynamic optimisation, to achieve coefficients appropriate for the most powerful Ferrari road car ever. Its style matches its performance: the low bonnet with a very tiny overhang, the NACA air vents and the rear spoiler, which my colleague Aldo Brovarone placed at right angles, made it famous.”

There were challenges in its development, though. Speaking ahead of the 30th anniversary, Dario Benuzzi, Ferrari’s test driver who worked on the F40, said: “The handling of the first prototypes was poor. To tame the power of the engine and make it compatible with a road model, we needed to subject every aspect of the car to countless tests: from the turbochargers to the braking system, from the shock absorbers to the tyres. The result was an excellent aerodynamic load and high stability even at high speed.”

An F40 has been put on display at the Ferrari museum in Maranello in celebration of the Italian company’s 70th birthday celebrations.