Today is a historic day, like all the days when a new flagship Ferrari is announced. In the line that goes back to the Ferrari 288 GTO, we now have a new top-of-the-marque member, Ferrari SF90 Stradale. A plug-in hybrid with all-wheel drive, it's probably not the "road car for the road" you expect. And the Ferrari F50 is probably the reason for that.
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] The 288 GTO was originally built for group B racing and was a V8 engine that had turbos connected, just as Ferrari's F1 engines had turbos connected at that time. The Ferrari F40 that was included was also equipped with a turbocharged V8 and had body panels made of carbon fiber and kevlar, also as race cars of the time.
But the Ferrari F50, which followed the F40, had to go one step further. It had to be more powerful (it was), it had to be faster (it wasn't, at least not in a straight line), and it should be racier . It could not only have a race car "inspired" engine, it should be as much of a race car engine as possible.
Out was turbochargers and V8, i went a 4.7 liter 60 valve V12 with 512 horsepower. That they then bolted directly to the car's chassis.
Most cars do not have their engines attached to the vehicle in such a way, because attaching the motor to the chassis is much like attaching it directly to the driver's spine. The rear suspension was also attached to the transmission. This kind of thing goes well in a racing car, as motorists are one-time users and have a short durability anyway.
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For the wealth that bought it at that time, it was good, for whoever does not love to say that they just have a Race Car for the Road. People didn't mind the vibrations, driving experience or the fact that they had windows as it was part of the fun that Jeremy Clarkson explained at the time:
But accelerate the clock Little to the present and of all the flagship Ferraris – 288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo, LaFerrari and now SF90 – it could be said that F50 is the least loved. Not that it is unloved even though I still shave my right nostril just to have one.
But it is not maintained as almost a high regard as the others. Here is Clarkson in 2013 and talks about Ferrari F50 in Forza 5 :
He calls the whole experience "4.7 liters of total misery. "It is because in the following years that the car first debuted in the 1990s, people were actually hating the vibrations, driving experience and the fact that they had windows with windows.  Article preview thumbnail “/>
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Ferrari learned his lesson. While Enzo wasn't exactly brilliant with luxury, with just carbon fibers all over the cabin, it wasn't hell either. It highlighted a mighty V12 as the F50 before it, but it was not directly attached to the driver's face. It was livable.
LaFerrari even followed and even had a hybrid system and a seven-stage dual-coupling system instead of a stick-and-pedal, officially because it is just faster and better and more akin to race cars today but very unofficial because they are rich who tend to buy Ferraris tend to be older, and old people have bad knees and cannot operate a clutch, and also because no one will be laughed to stand in the streets of Monaco.
Every Ferrari just suffered farther from a racing car than F50, but more and more beloved than the last.
Which leads to SF90. It has approx. 1000 horsepower, why not, but it also has full-wheel drive because Ferrari seems to have wisely stated that live customers are probably better than those wrapped around a tree.
Gone from the interior is all the exposed carbon fiber (although Ferrari will almost give you that, if that is what you want) replaced with fine leather and lovely rugs. It even has electric windows because it's fancy. It has screens for dash and screens for plumbing and screens for the lights. It is a modern car, safe with some healthy bits, but very built for the road.
And do you know what? It will probably be beloved, both instantly and forever. Although Ferrari had to learn from the F50 to get there.