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FERRARI F50: STILL THE OG??

Updated: Sep 20, 2020

Hey you, what’s up, remember the time when we discussed about the legendary Ferrari F40, the last car that was approved for manufacturing by the legend Enzo Ferrari himself, well we are going to discuss about a car that Enzo Ferrari might have liked, even more, it’s not as legendary as the F40 but it’s a Ferrari with a Naturally aspirated V12. Enough said. You might have guessed this car already and if not, you need to dive deeper into cars and especially into the Golden era of Supercars, the 90’s. The thing that’s unique about the 1990’s and that era won’t probably return is that Manufacturers were pushing their capabilities beyond the limits, we were witnessing cars that were doing 200+ Mph with ease and one of the cars in that era was the Ferrari f50, it was an analog supercar. It had a manual gearbox with an F1 derived V12 engine, why would someone want anymore, enough talking, let’s dive into the review. Design:- The F40 might have been a prettier car and it was a lot cooler too because of Pop-up headlights, but the F50 is a better supercar, I know someone might attack me for saying this but that’s the truth, the F50 believed in functionality overlooks and thus the not so pretty look of the car, the F50’s design was more similar to a race car than the F40 ever was. The design of the car is still spectacular, reason is simple, Pininfarina designed this beauty, and as we all know they design some really beautiful and timeless machines. You can see that infamous engine through the rear mesh and that’s pure Ferrari theatre. The rims on the car look so fantastic and the attention to detail just makes you stand and look at it in awe. Aerodynamics plays an important role in the agility of this car. The S duct in the front opens two ways so as to allow more downforce over the front axle and thus improving the cornering. The fit and finish on the F50 are wonderful compared to the F40. Engine and Performance:- A 4.7-liter V12 engine that produces over 520 horsepower and 347-pound ft. of torque at 6,000 Rpm, unlike the F40 which was a torque monster due to its twin turbos. At 1230 kgs it’s heavier than the F40 by 130 Kgs but considering the weight of today’s supercars, this car is really light. The numbers I am going to tell you might leave you very confused. The F50 accelerates from 0 to 62 Mph in just 3.5 seconds, this car generates less horsepower and much less torque than the AMG GT R and it still manages to accelerate faster than the “Beast from the green hell”. The 8 second time to 100 Mph is still very fast to this day. A quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds isn’t a slouch either. The Top speed you may ask is at 203 Mph or 326Kmph, which is faster than many supercars of the modern era, that’s what makes this car so special, its performance shocked the world and it’s doing that to date. The steering wheel is unassisted and thus heavy which is good, the F50 understeers quite a lot and that might be due to the heavy downforce that is generated a the front. Pedals are close to the each other, the reason why heel and toe are so easy to perform that rev-matching is so easy to enjoy in the F50, there was also a Barchetta version of the F50, and I just can’t imagine how lovely the driving experience will be while driving a Ferrari with a naturally aspirated V12 with little insulation between the driver and the engine. The engine revs up to 8,500 RPM, what more can someone ask for? Interior:- There isn’t much to talk about the interior in the F50, cars of those times barely had any comfort features and that’s what made them special. Fit and finish inside the F50 is unarguably better than the F40, where the F40’s panels in the interior seem to fall apart every second, the F50 had been finished in high quality and thus the longer life of the panels and the interior. Even though the F40 is more Racecar than the F50, the F50 isn’t shy of being a racecar either, there are no airbags, no infotainment, no Fancy instrument cluster or anything like that, you have just got your steering wheel, a 6 beautiful and elegant 6-speed manual transmission adjacent to which is located your handbrake. The instrument cluster is as basic as it can get, you have just got your speedometer, odometer, tachometer, and some more information that’s all. The seats in the F50 are overly designed and are definitely more comfortable than the ones on the F40. Since there is non-existent insulation between the Driver and the engine, the music from the high revving Ferrari V12 will be loud and clear. Conclusion:- The Ferrari F50 is a legendary car in every way possible. From the driving feel to the engine sound, rev-matching and everything is just phenomenal. All I can say is that the driver who drives this car is changed forever. Thank you Ciao


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