Ferrari F50 (1993-1995)
The Ferrari F50 was the king of the 1990's road rockets and its like were soon to be outlawed. The F50's as like a rock star, with its raucous engine note, its thirst for fuel, its raw speed, and its sheer brazenness, offends some of the people while car enthusiasts adore it.
The F50 drew its inspiration directly from Formula One. Ferrari's starting point for its design was the 641/2 racer of 1990. Driven by Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell, Ferrari won six Grand Prix's victories and narrowly missed out on the World championship.
The F50's powerplant was expanded from 3.5lt to 4.7lt to help with road driving and the chassis was the same immensely stiff structural tub constructed of carbon-fiber composites.
The major difference between the F50 amd other supercars of the era was
the F50 is pressed down at full speed by 970 pounds of downforce: 40 percent at the nose, 60 percent at the tail. Even the big-winged Ferrari F40 had "around zero lift," according to Ferrari.
Driving The 513hp V-12, the 0-60mph is dispatched in a mere 3.7sec and the F50 rocked on to a top speed of 202mph.
Surfice to say, its the first and last Formula One car with two seats. 🙂
Scrolling through car photos to post, and I found this 1952 Ferrari 342 America Coupe that was part of the 70th Anniversary of Ferrari display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2017. Curious about the car, I googled it, and found that it sold at an RM Sotheby’s auction in 2012 for $632,500. But it was black at the time and the chrome trim under the grill wasn’t split like shown here but one solid line across. It seems that the car was originally black, then painted this green and had green interiors, but then went back to black. I found something that says it had a tan interior too. So now I’m completely obsessed and trying to figure out if it’s the same car - chassis 246. And in terms of valuation, another 342 America sold in 2017 for $2.255 million. #planestrainsf1