The Ferrari F40 hits twenty-five this year.
The Ferrari F40 hits twenty-five this year. No, not twenty-five miles-per-hour – the twenty- fifth anniversary of its emergence from the factory. The occasion will be marked by the Ferrari Owners' Club of Great Britain. As such, what is likely to be the largest collection of F40s ever assembled will parade around Silverstone in July 2012. And why not? Ferrari recorded its first Grand Prix victory at the legendary circuit, and won there again with Alonso in 2011. The venue also hosted the F40s twentieth birthday bash in 2007, when forty examples of this mighty machine graced the circuit. That was a remarkable occasion.The Ferrari F40 was the final car commissioned by Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the company. 1,315 examples were produced from 1987 to 1992, with a price tag of nearly £300,000. It is powered by a twin-turbo 478bhp V8 mid-mounted engine, that propels the birthday boy to over 200mph. It was, in fact, the first 200mph supercar. To be this fast cars need to be light, so the F40 is constructed from carbon-fibre panels. It even has plastic windows and thin paint – just to save a few kilos. No wonder it is regarded as one of the finest cars the world has seen. I had one in the eighties, but it was only twelve inches long.