/A Fresh Look at Ferrari F40 with Jay Leno

A Fresh Look at Ferrari F40 with Jay Leno

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Ever since Jay went to Willow Spring and drove the top five Ferraris of his jeweler friend David Lee he has developed a taste for the Italian marque. So he got Lee back to the workshop and asked him to bring the rawest, meanest, most awesome Prancing Horse of them all, the 1990 Ferrari F40.

Ferrari F40 to car people is like Jesus Christ to Christians. It’s the ultimate authority, the finest of the kind. So let’s see what Jay Leno makes of it:

Ferrari F40 Performance Highlights: The F40’s light weight of 1100 kg (2425 lb) and high power output of 478 PS (352 kW/471 hp) at 7000 rpm gave the vehicle tremendous performance potential. Road tests have produced 0-100 km/h (62 mph) times as low as 3.8 seconds (while the track only version came in at 3.2 seconds), with 0-160 km/h (100 mph) in 7.6 seconds and 0-200 km/h (125 mph) in 11 seconds giving the F40 a slight advantage in acceleration over the Porsche 959, its primary competitor at the time. The Ferrari F40 was the first road legal production car to break the 200 mph (322 km/h) barrier. From its introduction in 1987 until 1989, it held the record as the world’s fastest production car, with a top speed of 324 km/h (201 mph); the record was broken by the Ruf CTR “Yellowbird”‘s 340 km/h (211 mph) top speed. The F40 was publicly proven capable of its rated top speed in 1992 through an infamous incident in which a Japanese dealership owner proved the car’s potential by filming himself touching its top speed on an expressway only to be arrested after he sold a videotape to an undercover policeman. By that time, he already sold ten thousand videos. During the 2006 Bonneville Speed Week, Amir Rosenbaum of Spectre Performance managed to take his Ferrari F40 with minor air intake modifications to 226 miles per hour (364 km/h).


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