Riding in a 1995 Ferrari F50

IMG_2444Here are the hard facts for the 1995 Ferrari F50:

1- It has a 4.7L V12 engine derived from a Formula 1 racing unit. It produced about 513 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque.

2- Power went to the rear wheels only, through a six-speed manual gearbox – no flappy pedal nonsense here.

3- According to Ferrari, the F50 could sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds – very impressive for a vehicle that doesn’t have launch control. It was also quoted to have a top speed of 325 km/h – that makes it fast enough even today, never mind 20 years ago.

4- Only 349 examples of the F50 were ever produced (plus three, F50 GT versions for track day duties, kinda like the new FXX K), making it the rarest among the F40, Enzo, and LaFerrari models.

5- When new, it cost about US$560,000. That’s not bad, because right now, the going rate for an F50 at auction is between US$1.2-to-1.8-million!

6- Each F50 came with a pair of custom made shoes.

7- Ferrari never allowed independent performance tests on the F50, knowing fully well it was slower than the older F40. Only publication I know of that got proper instrumented tests was Car and Driver, who went through a painstaking ordeal, trying to make the test happen. When they did, C/D got a top speed of 312 km/h (that’s 13 km/h slower than the factory’s claim, but the acceleration times were pretty close – 0 to 96 km/h in 3.8 seconds. In short, it really did turn out to be slower than the old F40.

8- While the F50 was available for order in most parts of the world, it wasn’t available in Canada. Among the reasons why it couldn’t be sold here when new – it had no anchors for a child seat!IMG_2443

9- Thanks to the lovely Canadian import regulation, any car that is 15 years old – or older – can be brought into the country, hence a few F50’s are now Canadian plated.

10- One of these F50’s reside in the city I live – London, Ontario – and it’s owner was kind enough to take me for a ride in it. You can watch my short video clips of this experience through the following four clips: Clip One Clip TwoClip ThreeClip Four. The video is shot in vertical phone position, so best to watch it on your smart phone or tablet. Enjoy!

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