For car enthusiasts, the sound of a car can be as exciting as anything else. Simply hearing a loping, cammed-out muscle car can be as exciting as driving it. Hearing a V12 F1 car scream past will literally make our hearts beat faster and give us a sense of danger and excitement. Since most of us will likely never own or ever get to drive a Ferrari F40, we still get to see them every so often. With this in mind, there is really only one thing cooler than seeing an F40, and that’s hearing one.
This Ferrari F40 sounds incredible
Road & Track recently shared a video from Gercollector’s YouTube page of someone absolutely caning a freshly restored Ferrari F40 on the Autobahn. As if the F40 didn’t already sound like a million bucks, this one had a straight-pipe Inconel LM Competition system fitted for extra beef. I recommend headphones and high volume for this video.
Why is a Ferrari F40 so special
Not only is this particular F40 a killer example, but the F40, in general, is commonly revered as one of the best road cars Ferrari has ever made. Although many of the specs may seem silly by today’s standards, the F40 debuted in 1987, according to MotorTrend. It came with a twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter V8 making 478 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. Not only is this a 33-year-old car, but it also only weighs 3,000 lbs. It was delightfully spartan on the inside, which acted as a nice contrast to the undeniable insanity of the body design.
The F40’s aesthetics are unmatched
These come-to-life posters had manual windows. The window cranks sit on a massive door panel of carbon fiber. The coolest part of any car lucky enough to have them is always the gated shifter. This is the yesteryear mark of drool-worthy supercars. The shifter doesn’t have a leather boot that covers the mechanism. Instead, it has the slots cut out of aluminum, where the shifter slides in and out with a lovely click.
Unlike many modern cars, Ferraris included, the F40 was not going to be mistaken for its predecessor, the 288 GTO, nor by its successor, the F50. It was a totally unique and outrageous looking thing that demanded acknowledgment and reverence. You don’t have to know anything about cars what so ever to know you are seeing something special (or at least expensive.)
The Ferrari F40 is expensive
Contrary to popular belief. The F40 isn’t quite as rare as they seem. Ferrari made more of them than they did the much rarer predecessor, the 288 GTO. Even though they aren’t unicorn rare, they still cost unicorn-rare money. A halfway whooped example can still fetch nearly a million cabbages at auction. If you come across a particularly nice one, well, that is gonna run well north of a million dollars all *clap* day *clap* long *clap*. The total production numbers for the Ferrari F40 amount to 1315. So, they are plenty rare, just not impossibly so.
Imagine ripping one on the Autobahn
With all that information in mind, now imagine slappin’ 140ish mph (the best of estimation) in a million-dollar car. That would make the best of us a clinched in the seat, wouldn’t you reckon. Well, as I said at the beginning, if you haven’t already, get some headphones, close your eyes, and listen to this F40 belt out.