FERRARI F50

This is Car No. 114 of 349




HISTORY

The Ferrari F50 is a mid-engined range-topping sports car made by Ferrari.  The car is a two door, two seat convertible with a removable hardtop. It has a 4.7 Litre naturally aspirated V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5 Litre V12 used in the 1992 Ferrari F92A Formula One car.

Only 349 cars were made, one fewer than Ferrari estimated they could sell. This was, in the words of Ferrari spokesman Antonio Ghini "because Ferrari's are something cultural, a monument. They must be hard to find, so we will produce one less car than the market." The last F50 was produced in Maranello, Italy in July 1997.

In 1990, when work on the Ferrari F50 began, Ferrari's F1 cars used a carbon fibre chassis, a naturally aspirated V12 engine, push rod suspension, and paddle-shift transmission. All would make it to the Ferrari F50, save the shift paddles because of durability concerns.

The tub followed Formula 1 engineering principles. It was the central part of the car's structure and was made entirely of lightweight carbon composites and adhesive materials. Acting as a support for the rear suspension and for the carbon fibre bodywork was the centrally mounted engine.

The 4698cc V12 used the 1990 F1 car's block. It employed a similar design for the heads and crankshaft; this made the latter items easier to manufacture. Everything else was new so the engine could meet emissions laws and be drivable on the street. At 520bhp, the Ferrari F50 was Ferrari's most powerful road car ever.

The gearbox was a conventional six-speed manual mounted longitudinally. The suspension featured upper and lower wishbones, push rods, and electronically controlled shocks managed by an ECU that took into account steering angles and lateral and longitudinal forces. This not only minimized body roll but made the ride more comfortable. The brakes were large ventilated Brembo discs and were not power assisted.



      
 
 

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