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Ferrari F50


Ferrari F50

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Ferrari produced the F50 in 1997. The idea was to make it like a Formula One car for the street, even though it would be far more civilized. Built with such items as a progressive clutch to ensure you didn't stall pulling away from a standstill, plus a precise gearchange and handling slightly biased towards understeer, it was very user-friendly. A strictly functional interior plus carbon-fibre monocoque chassis kept weight to a minimum. Double wishbones and inboard pushrod-operated springs took care of the suspension, and there was also adaptive damping to suit varying conditions. The engine was an F1 unit stroked to increase displacement, though remaining rev-happy to 8,700rpm. Race engine extras included dry sump lubrication, titanium connecting rods and five valves per cylinder operated by four camshafts.

Ferrari F50 Specifications

Top speed:202 mph (323 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):3.7 sec
Engine type:V12
Displacement:287 ci (4,698 cc)
Transmission:6-speed manual
Max power:513 bhp (382 kW) @ 8,000 rpm
Max torque:347 lb ft (470 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm
Weight:3,080 lb (1,400 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.2 km/I)
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