The F40 stole the limelight for Ferrari in 1987, the 40th anniversary of Enzo Ferrari's first car. It re-established their stand as top exotic car producer and gave the new models an edge which earlier 1980s cars had lacked. It was a race car for the street and indeed was developed on the track using a GTO Evoluzione as a testbed. The bonded composite panels were made of woven carbon-fibre and either Kevlar or Nomex, all of which were glued into place to save weight. As an example, each door weighed less than 3.5lb (1.6kg). Underneath the body there was a tubular steel spaceframe to which the engine was attached. The mid-mounted V8 for each F40 was handbuilt by Ferrari craftsmen, and twin turbos upped power. A transaxle provided drive and at each corner double wishbones and coilover shocks made the race car suspension very firm around town, but perfect over 100mph (160km/h).
Ferrari F40 Specifications
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