Sometimes, you have to agree, auto journalism is the best job in the world. If you doubt that, just ask Chris Harris who was recently invited to not only drive but hoon two of the most exquisite cars Ferrari has ever made: the undisputed king of all supercars, the F40, and the weird but wonderful F50.
I mean, look at the ingredients here. We have Chris Harris, Ferrari F40, Ferrari F50, a beautiful race track, some proper sideways action, and as a cherry for the top, an interview with Mark Hales, a legend in car writing business who is here to tell us about what the F40 was like when it first came out in 1989.
It’s a peculiar thing, the Ferrari F40. Objectively, as a car, it is rubbish. It has no cabin as such; the paint work is so thin you can see the carbon fiber beneath it; and it has a huge turbo lag. But it feels as if God himself came down from heaven and sprinkled some magic over the whole thing. The F40 delivers such an extraordinary driving experience that is yet to be matched by another car. Whether it’s the lightness, the tactile feel of the controls, the way those turbochargers spool up, or just the Ferrari badge, there is something about this motor that makes it the greatest of all time.