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Ferrari F50

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Ferrari F50
Ferrari
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Production 1995 - 1997
Class Supercar
Body Style Berlinetta
Length 176 in
Width 78 in
Height 44 in
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Weight 2710 lb
Transmission 6-speed manual, RWD
Engine 4.7 litre V12
Power 515 hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
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Designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti

The Ferrari F50 is a high-performance supercar made by Ferrari. The F50 was introduced in 1995 to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. The car is a two door, two seat convertible sports car with a removable hardtop. It had a 4.7 L naturally-aspirated 60-valve V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5L V12 used in the 1992 Ferrari F92 Formula One car.

Only 349 cars were made, one less than Ferrari estimated they could sell. This was, in the words of Ferrari spokesman Antonio Ghini, because "Ferraris 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.

The F50's engine predated the car: It was used in the Ferrari 333 SP for the American IMSA series in 1994 allowing it to become eligible for the stock engine WSC category.

Racing

Following the motorsports theme, to compete in GT1-class racing, Ferrari developed a prototype based on the F50, the F50 GT. The car had a fixed roof, large rear spoiler, new front spoiler and many other adjustments. The 4.7 litre V12 engine was tuned to generate around 750 bhp. In testing in 1996 the car proved to be quicker even than the 333SP, but this went unnoticed as Ferrari cancelled the F50 GT project, instead focusing on Formula 1. Ferrari sold off the three complete chassis that were built - the test car 001, and 002/003, both of which had bodies fitted before being sold on. The remaining three tubs were apparently destroyed.

A custom made F50 variant named the Bolide was commissioned by the Sultan of Brunei in 1998 and delivered in the same year. It used the Fiat derived V12 engine and the same chassis, but was completely redesigned due to the monocoque construction of the body on the F50. 1 car was produced in the coupe configuration. Very few images and no official performance statistics of the car are available.

Specifications

  • General

Price (1995): $569,690
Manufactued in: Maranello, Italy
Number Produced: 349 (1995 to July 1997)
Inspiration: Alain Prost's 1990 Ferrari 641/2 F1 racecar

  • Dimensions

Weight: 2976 lb.
Distribution: 42%/58% (front/rear)
Length: 176.4 in.
Height: 44.1 in.
Width: 78.2 in.
Wheelbase: 101.6 in.
Front track: 63.8 in.
Rear track: 63.1 in.

  • Engine

Name: Tipo F130, model SFE 4.7 VJGAEA
Position: Mid-Engine
Configuration: Longitudinal 60-valve 65° V12, derived from F1 unit
Aspiration: Natural, with Variable Length Intake Manifold via butterfly valve in Intake Manifold
Intake Manifold: Carbon Fiber
Block: Nodular cast iron
Heads/Pistons: Light-alloy aluminum heads/forged Mahle pistons
Oil Sump: Aluminum
Connecting Rods: Forged titanium
Crankshaft: Forged steel
Cam covers/Oil and Water pump housing: Magnesium sand castings
Exhaust Manifold: Stainless steel
Weight: 436.5 lbs
Timing gear: 5 valve/cyl (3 intake, 2 exhaust), 4 overhead camshafts (2 per cylinder bank) driven by low-noise Morse chain
Displacement: 4698cc/286.68ci
Max Power: 513 bhp @ 8000rpm
Max Torque: 347 lb-ft @ 6500rpm
Power/Disp.: 109.1 bhp/litre
Weight/Power: 5.8 lbs/bhp
Bore x Stroke: 3.35 in. x 2.72 in.
Bore:Stroke: 1.23:1 (Oversquare)
Compression: 11.3:1
Redline: 8500rpm
ECU: Bosch Motronic 2.7 (controls the fuel feed, ignition timing, and variable length intake and exhaust systems
Fuel feed: Sequential injection
Ignition: Bosch Static electronic distributorless ignition
Lubrication: Dry Sump, tank incorporated within the final drive housing, 3 scavenger pumps
Variable Intake: Butterfly valve in carbon fiber intake manifold closed at low rpm, open at high rpm
Variable Exhaust: Butterfly valve in upper tailpipes closed at low rpm, open at high rpm
Fuel tank: Foam filled, aeronautical-style Sekur rubber bladder, 27.7 US gal.

  • Transmission

Configuration: Longitudinal 6 Speed Manual + Reverse, Limited Slip Differential, RWD
Gear ratios: 2.933:1 (1st), 2.157:1 (2nd), 1.681:1 (3rd), 1.360:1 (4th), 1.107:1 (5th), 0.903:1 (6th), 2.529:1 (Reverse)
Final drive: 3.70:1
Flywheel: Steel
Final Drive Assembly: Aluminum sand casting
Remaining gearset housing: Magnesium sand casting
Support bracing: Steel
Clutch: Dry, twin plate
Cooling: Oil-water intercooler between gearbox lubricant and engine coolant

  • Chassis

Type: Central carbon fiber tub, light-alloy suspension and engine-gearbox assembly mounting points co-polymerised to the chassis
Materials: Carbon fiber, epoxy resin, Nomex honeycomb core, sandwich construction
Weight: 224.9 lbs
Torsional stiffness: 25,500 lb-ft per degree

  • Suspension

Front: F1-derived, rose-jointed unequal-length wishbones, push-rods, coil springs, Bilstein gas-pressurised monotube dampers, electronic adaptive damping, electronic height adjustment (40mm max)
Rear: F1-derived, rose-jointed unequal-length wishbones, push-rods, coil springs, Bilstein gas-pressurised monotube dampers, electronic adaptive damping, mounting points on a spacer between the engine and gearbox
Travel: 55 mm bump, 60 mm rebound
Camber: -0.7 degrees front, -1.0 degrees rear
Anti-Roll bars: Front and rear
Max roll angle: 1.5 degrees

  • Electronic Adaptive Damping (Based on steering wheel angle and velocity, the body’s vertical and longitudinal acceleration, brake line pressure, and vehicle speed.)

Maximum reaction time (from minimum to maximum damping force or vice versa): 140 milliseconds (0.14 sec).
Average reaction time (from minimum to maximum damping force or vice versa): 25 to 30 milliseconds (.025 to .03 sec)

  • Wheels/Tires/Brakes

Wheels: Magnesium alloy, manufactured by Speedline
Hubs: Titanium
Brake disc bells/suspension uprights/brake calipers: Aluminum
Upper and lower wishbones: Black powder-coated steel
Front Wheels: 18 in. x 8.5 in.
Front Tires: 245/35ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Fiorano (35psi)
Front Brakes: 14.0 in. Brembo Cross-drilled & ventilated cast iron discs, 4 piston aluminum Brembo calipers, Pagid brake pads, unassisted
Rear Wheels: 18 in. x 13 in.
Rear Tires: 335/30ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Fiorano (30psi)
Rear Brakes: 13.2 in. Brembo Cross-drilled & ventilated cast iron discs, 4 piston aluminum Brembo calipers, Pagid brake pads, unassisted
Unsprung Mass: 99 lb/121 lb (front corners/rear corners)

  • Steering

Type: TRW rack and pinion, 3.3 turns lock to lock, unassisted
Castor: 5.5 to 5.7 degrees
Turning Circle: 41ft

  • Performance

0-60 mph: 3.7 sec
0-100 mph: 8.0 sec
0-1000 m: 21.7 sec
0-1 mile: 30.3 sec
60-0 mph: 118 ft.
1/4 Mile: 12.1 @ 123.0 mph
Top Speed: 202 mph
Downforce: 970 lb @ 202 mph, 40%/60% (front/rear)
Cd: 0.372
Skidpad: 1.03g
Slalom: 71.8 mph
MPG: 8/11 mpg (cty/hwy) (Factory numbers: 8.4/14.1 mpg)

  • Colors/# made

Rosso Corsa (Red) / 302
Giallo Modena (Yellow) / 31
Rosso Barchetta (Dark red) / 8
Argento Nurburgring (Silver) / 4
Nero Daytona (Black) / 4

  • Payment Method (You must have previosly owned 2 Ferraris, at least one of which must have been purchased new, to be eligible for leasing the F50.)

1. Downpayment: $240,000
2. Monthly: $5,600/24 months
3. Final: $150,000
4. Lux Tax: $36,240
5. Gas-guzzler: $7.700
6. Freight: $1,350
(Total: $569,690)

See Also

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References

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