If you were to describe the Ferrari F40 with just one word, nothing comes closer than "Legendary". Built to rival the Porsche 959, this can very well be called the ultimate Ferrari, then as well as in current days. And there was never a doubt the F40 would be different than anything known. Take it's initial launch for example: when it was first revealed to the public, it didn't happen on a motor show, but in Maranello, home of the Ferrari plant. The design was once again a result of thousands of hours in the wind tunnels to optimize aerodynamics of the vehicle, giving it the distinctive look of a racecar, in the way only a Ferrari could look. But the differences from the 959 and other "civilized sports cars" didn't stop here. The twin-turbo 2.9 liter V8, which would use any given chance to shoot flames out of the exhaust, produced 478 horsepower, and the car would rocket to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, and it would not stop before reaching 324 km/h - a milestone not beaten until the Jaguar XJ220 was released. But there's another factor contributing to the legendary status of the F40; "Il Commendatore" died only a year after the initial launch of the F40, making this the last project under the guidance of Enzo Ferrari, a man that would only accept the best of the best.
Wrote by Morten Pedersen