Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Great F40 Upgraded to Modern Ques

Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Great F40 Upgraded to Modern Ques


The F50, Enzo, LaFerrari Ferrari’s 3 greatest HyperSuper cars trace their roots to the Y 1987 F40.

An unmistakable resemblance links the 4 cars but Ferrari has never explored what a 21st-Century version of the F40 would look like, as it is focused on the future.

But, industrial designer Samir Sadikhov curious and skilled enough to create a modern interpretation of the F40 actually did it with contemporary styling cues.

Mr. Sadikhov spent over a year working on the project.

The result is a racecar-like coupe that borrows Key features from the F40 without venturing into pure retro-styled territory. The car’s basic shape is accented by a more sculpted design that incorporates the vents needed for down-force and cooling.

Rectangular LED lights and a F1-like nose cone characterize the front end, while the rear end receives square lights instead of the original’s round units, plus a sizable diffuser. The huge wing, 1 of the F40’s defining details remains but it is a  bit lower and better integrated into the body.

The designer made bigger changes inside.

In Y 1987 and you will recall that the F40 came with a full dashboard, a 3-spoke steering wheel, and analog gauges.

Mr. Sadikhov embedded the F40 Tribute in the 21st Century with cutting-edge tech like a rectangular, twin-spoke steering wheel with a built-in screen, a frame-less digital instrument cluster, and a small screen for the infotainment system. The renderings are correct, as if receive them directly from Ferrari.

Due to the virtual nature of the project, there is no word on what drives it.

The F40 produced sounds from a twin-turbocharged, 2.9-liter V8 engine that delivered 471 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 426 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm in its most basic configuration.

The actual output varied from car to car.

So, it is not difficult to imagine the Tribute Car using an evolution of the LaFerrari‘s V12-electric hybrid powertrain, a setup rated at 950 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, sound’s right, Yes?

Mr. Sadikhov says that the Ferrari F40 Tribute is a personal design exercise. It wasn’t designed for or at the request of Ferrari and it is not a preview of an upcoming production model.

The LaFerrari’s successor will not arrive until the early 2020’s, and there is no indication it will share anything with the F40.

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