1994 Ferrari’s Return to Racing

In 1994, Ferrari’s long term loyal client Giampiero Moretti, FOUNDER OF MOMO was among the few who convinced Maranello to return to sports car racing, making them understand how important it had been for the company to return to the category of motorsport in their largest market that was 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 needed a totally new car to compete.

A big part of the Ferrari F40’s appeal is just how raw and unadulterated it looks. It was built as a race car for the road and it is proud of that. There’s no gimmick here. This is a race car first and a street car second. The headlights and taillights are simply an afterthought to make it road-compliant. The cabin is small, the seating position cramp and awkward, the suspension is hard and there’s a whole lot of lag from the twin-turbo V8 engine… but none of that matters.

The Ferrari F40 is an experience because there’s nothing quite like it. You can not just go out and purchase something similar, even if you have all the money in the world. The only thing that comes close to an F40 is 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.

It further kickstarted the organization and cemented its place as a mythical vehicle manufacturer. Classified as a sports car, the Ferrari 250 SWB was just as readily an adequate GT car at heart, depending on the model. Ferrari built several different variants, but they were called the 250. Succeeded by the 275 and the 330, it’s still held in high regards by many people, considered as possibly the greatest 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 plenty 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 don’t even come close to a small-capacity V12 like the one found in the 250. It sounds mechanical and alive, if that is the specific phrasing I’m looking for. Nothing was made back then. Everything you hear comes from the motor, it comes from metal parts rubbing against one another.

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