Cars these days are safe. They can still be very fast, but they’re also constrained by stringent crash regulations and emissions regulations and pedestrian safety standards. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, most of those restrictions weren’t in place. That’s why the world was blessed with vehicles like the Ferrari F40.
The Ferrari F40 was made between 1987 and 1992, and a total of 1315 cars were produced. It’s not a traditional Ferrari — instead of a stonking great naturally aspirated V12 at the back, the car had a small-capacity and highly twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V8. Based on the 288 GTO Evoluzione built for all-out Group B racing, the F40 was the last Ferrari built before serious motoring regulations started being implemented around the world, and holds more boyhood hearts than its more moderate and less raw F50 descendent. (By the way, if you feel like comparing the two, check out /DRIVE’s take on the matter.)
Take the next 17 minutes out of your work day. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. XCAR’s beautifully recorded tribute to the F40, coming to us via our mates at Jalopnik, is worth your time. It features long-time F40 racer and technical expert John Pogson talking about the history of the car, the history of Ferrari at the time, and the ethos behind such an incredible road-going vehicle.
On second thoughts, take half an hour instead, and watch it twice. [Jalopnik]