In 1994, Ferrari’s long term loyal client Giampiero Moretti, FOUNDER OF MOMO was among the few who persuaded Maranello to return to sports car racing, which makes them know how important it was to get the company to return to the category of motorsport in their largest market that has been North America. By this time, it was nearly 23-years because Ferrari last partook in the IMSA World Sports Car Championship with the Ferrari 312 PB in 1971 and hence had a totally new car to compete.
A big part of the Ferrari F40’s appeal is how raw and unadulterated it looks. It was built as a race car for the street and it’s proud of that. There’s no gimmick here. This is a race car first and a street car second. The headlights and taillights are just an afterthought to make it road-compliant. The cottage is small, the seating position cramp and awkward, the suspension is hard and there’s a ton of lag in the twin-turbo V8 engine… but none of that matters.
The Ferrari F40 is an experience because there’s nothing really like it. You can not just go out and buy something similar, even if you have all of the money in the world. The only thing that comes close to an F40 is just another F40. It was the final car signed off by Enzo Ferrari himself. Normally, it is still considered to be the greatest Ferrari ever built.
The 250 was a turning point for Ferrari. It further kickstarted the company and cemented its place as a legendary vehicle manufacturer. Classified as a sports car, the Ferrari 250 SWB was just as readily a decent GT car at heart, based on the model. Ferrari built several unique variants, but they were all called the 250. Succeeded by the 275 and the 330, it is still held in high regards by most people, considered as possibly the biggest Ferrari road car of all time.
The Europa was the GT of the lineup, with a lengthy 2,800 mm wheelbase. The LWB came in at 2,600 mm, and the SWB at only 2,400 mm. The SWB was the nimblest and agile of the three, but a lot of them were convertibles. All three carried a 3.0-Litre naturally-aspirated V12 with 300 horsepower. As much as I love Ferrari’s present V12s, they do not even come close to a small-capacity V12 like the one found in the 250. It sounds mechanical and alive, if that is the exact phrasing I’m searching for. Nothing was synthetically made back then. Whatever you hear comes from the engine, it comes from metal parts rubbing against one another.