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Ferrari F40: Analog Animal

by Paul Strauss

As we recently learned, the Ferrari F40 isn’t exactly the easiest or most forgiving car to drive. Instead, it’s a pure and visceral experience which requires a skilled driver behind the wheel to extract its true potential. The guys at XCAR Films take us inside the history of the Maranello-built F40, with the help of Ferrari expert and racer John Pogson.

Released in 1987, the F40 was Enzo Ferrari’s vision for the first street-legal 200 mph car. Thanks to its 478 horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8 engine and curb weight of just 2,424 pounds, the F40 was a true wild stallion. Priced at over $400,000(USD) back in 1987, the F40 was the most expensive production Ferrari made up until its time. Though despite its high price tag, the car was stripped down to its barest of essentials, with a minimal interior that was clearly focused on racing, and almost purely analog connections between driver and car.

Pogson reminisces about his racing career, and the incredible, irreplicable sensation of racing the F40, and then takes one of the cars on the track at Rockingham to once again enjoy the wonder of this classic Ferrari.

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