A Go-Kart for the Rich
Introduction: In the year 1947, Enzo Ferrari started to produce road cars to fund his racing team. Fast forward 40 years, and the Ferrari S.p.A. brand has just released a supercar to celebrate the 40th anniversary. This car is the legendary F40.
Inside the car you won’t find luscious leather abundant, cool AC, and tiger fur floor mats. Instead you’ll find a steering wheel, a dashboard, two seats, and that’s about it. This car was built to go around a track and it shows. The F40 has a monstrous 471 hp getting the car from 0-62mph in only 3.8 seconds.
A friend of mine happens to own one of these and I have to say that Turn 10 did quite the job on rendering this car. They even got the thin paint that gives off a reflection of anything within 100 feet of the car.
When I drive this car, I turn all driving assists off so no abs, no traction or stability control, and with a manual, 3 pedal gearbox. This is the way the car was meant to be driven in my opinion. It is a big, red, Italian go-kart.
Off the line: The car is a little slow off the line, but once it reaches about 40 mph and the turbos kick in, your speed spikes dramatically. Of course you can’t go full throttle right off the line because that’s an easy way to meet a new friend named “Mr. Barrier.”
Handling: The car has a little trouble with understeer on most curves, so you have to compensate with some rather slow speeds for tracks on most corners. The F40 does keep it’s traction quite well though, so don’t be afraid to push the throttle a little harder if you have to.
Price: Costing just under $400,000 CR, the F40 is a difficult choice to make when deciding what car to buy. Stock, the F40, is a low S Class, so if you want to race it, you’ll have to upgrade it. Some people may call this blasphemy, but in the end, it’s what’s important to you.
Verdict: The F40 is iconic, beautiful, fast, fun, and a great car for the track. If you’ve got a large amount of CR sitting around, I would definitely advise buying the F40 to track, maybe upgrade, and make your own. You’ll never tire of looking at the car and with all the assists off, you’ll always be trying harder and harder to tame the car. With all assists off, everything has to be done perfectly do get the corner down right. You have to brake early enough to account for understeer, but not so hard that your breaks lock up. Then you have to feather the throttle or else welcome to spin city. Despite all of this, the F40 is one of best cars in the game to drive and I think everyone should drive it at Mugello at least once.
Purchase or Pass? Purchase, but only if you have money to spare.