The Ferrari F40 wowed the motoring world when first unveiled in June 1987. The model took its name from the ‚F‘ of Ferrari and ’40‘ as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ferrari car production.
Customers could have an F40 in any colour they liked, as long as it was red! It was fast, radical in appearance, and bereft of interior appointments, with a totally minimalist approach and extensive use of composite components in its construction, with a 478bhp, twin-turbo, 2,963cc, 90° V8 engine.
Competition examples competed successfully in top-level national and international racing from 1989 to 1996.
● Lavish production, large-format, and extensively illustrated with over 400 images, including factory production, racing and ‚under-the-skin‘ imagery showing the car’s componentry.
● Fascinating and authoritative text from Ferrari marque expert Keith Bluemel.
● Appendices covering production data, specifications and the full racing history of the F40, event-by-event, and chassis-by-chassis.
● Interviews with Nicola Materazzi, widely regarded as the father of the F40, and Dario Benuzzi, Ferrari’s F40 development driver.
● Comprehensive chapters covering Ferrari’s roots, the F40’s ancestry, design and production; under the skin of the F40; the F40 racing story and owning and running an F40 today.
Enzo Ferrari was an Italian racecar driver and founder of the Ferrari automobile company. He was born on February 18, 1898, in Modena, Italy. From a young age, Enzo had a passion for cars and racing, and he began competing in local races in his early twenties.
After serving in World War I, Enzo joined Alfa Romeo as a racecar driver and test driver. In 1929, he founded Scuderia Ferrari, a racing team that would later become the Ferrari automobile company. The team had great success in the 1930s, winning numerous races and championships.
During World War II, Enzo’s factory was bombed, and he had to move his operations to a new location. After the war, Ferrari began producing his own cars, starting with the Ferrari 125 S in 1947. The company quickly became known for its high-performance sports cars and racing cars.
Ferrari’s racing team continued to dominate throughout the 1950s and 1960s, winning numerous championships and races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1969, Enzo Ferrari sold a majority stake in the company to the Fiat Group but continued to be involved in the company’s operations until his death in 1988.
Today, Ferrari is one of the most iconic brands in the automotive industry, known for its high-performance sports cars and luxury vehicles. The company continues to be a major player in the world of motorsports, competing in Formula One and other racing series.