Ferrari F50

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Ferrari F50
1995 Ferrari F50.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ferrari
Production 1995–1997
(349 produced)
Assembly Maranello, Italy
Designer Pininfarina
Body and chassis
Body style Berlinetta/Barchetta
Layout RMR layout
Related Ferrari F50 GT
Powertrain
Engine 4.7 L DOHC 65 degree V12[1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,580 mm (101.6 in)
Length 4,480 mm (176.4 in)
Width 1,986 mm (78.2 in)
Height 1,120 mm (44.1 in)
Curb weight 1,230 kg (2,712 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Ferrari F40
Successor Enzo Ferrari

The Ferrari F50 is a mid-engined range-topping sports car made by Ferrari. The F50 was introduced in 1995. The car is a two door, two seat roadster with a removable hardtop. It has a 4.7 L naturally aspirated 60-valve V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5 L V12 used in the 1990 Ferrari 641 Formula One car.

Only 349 cars were made. The last F50 was produced in Maranello, Italy, in July 1997.

The F50's engine predated the car; it was used in the Ferrari 333 SP for the American IMSA series in 1994, allowing it to become eligible for the stock engine WSC category.

Racing[edit]

Following the motorsport theme, Ferrari developed the F50 GT, a prototype based on the F50 that was built to compete in GT1-class racing. The car had a fixed roof, large rear spoiler, new front spoiler and many other adjustments. The 4.7 litre V12 engine was tuned to generate around 750 bhp (559 kW). In testing in 1996 the car proved to be quicker even than the 333SP, but this went unnoticed as Ferrari cancelled the F50 GT project, instead focusing on Formula One. Ferrari sold off the three complete chassis that were built–the test car 001, 002 and 003. Chassis 002 and 003 had bodies fitted before being sold. The remaining three tubs were apparently destroyed.

A custom-made F50 variant named the Bolide was commissioned by the Sultan of Brunei in 1998 and delivered in the same year.[citation needed] It used the F1 derived V12 engine and the same chassis, but was completely redesigned due to the monocoque construction of the body on the F50.[citation needed] One car was produced in the coupe configuration. Very few images and no official performance statistics of this car are available. At least one car was produced in RHD for the sultan, and was subsequently bought by a collector in Ireland.

Specifications[edit]

Ferrari F50 in Melbourne, Australia

General[edit]

Dimensions[edit]

  • Weight: 2712 lb (1230 kg)
  • Distribution: 42%/58 % (front/rear)
  • Length: 177 in (4,496 mm)
  • Height: 44.1 in (1,120 mm)
  • Width: 78.2 in (1,986 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 101.6 in (2,581 mm)
  • Front track: 63.8 in (1,621 mm)
  • Rear track: 63.1 in (1,603 mm)

Engine[edit]

  • Type: Tipo 040-derived, model SFE 4.7 VJGAEA
  • Position: mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Configuration: longitudinal 60-valve 65° V12, derived from F1 unit
  • Aspiration: natural, with variable length intake manifold via butterfly valve in intake manifold
  • Engine weight: 436.5 lb (198.0 kg)
  • Timing gear: 5 valve/cyl (3 intake, 2 exhaust), 4 overhead camshafts (2 per cylinder bank) driven by low-noise Morse chain
  • Displacement: 4698 cc/286.68 ci
  • Max. power: 520 PS (382 kW; 513 hp) @ 8000 rpm
  • Max. torque: 347 lb·ft (470 N·m) @ 6500 rpm
  • Power/Disp.: 109.1 bhp/litre
  • Weight/Power ratio: 5.8 lb/bhp
  • Bore x Stroke: 3.35 in (85 mm). x 2.72 in (69 mm)
  • Bore:Stroke ratio: 1.23:1 (oversquare)
  • Compression ratio: 11.3:1
  • Redline: 8500 rpm
  • Fuel cutoff: 8640 rpm[2]
  • ECU: Bosch Motronic 2.7 (controls the fuel feed, ignition timing, and variable length intake and exhaust systems)
  • Fuel feed: Sequential injection
  • Ignition: Bosch static electronic distributor-less ignition
  • Lubrication: dry sump, tank incorporated within the final drive housing, 3 scavenger pumps
  • Variable intake: butterfly valve in carbon fiber intake manifold closed at low rpm, open at high rpm
  • Variable exhaust: butterfly valve in upper tailpipes closed at low rpm, open at high rpm
  • Fuel tank: foam filled, aeronautical-style Sekur rubber bladder, 27.7 US gal (105 L; 23 imp gal)

Transmission[edit]

  • Configuration: longitudinal 6 speed manual + reverse, limited slip differential, RWD
  • Gear ratios: 2.933:1 (1st), 2.157:1 (2nd), 1.681:1 (3rd), 1.360:1 (4th), 1.107:1 (5th), 0.903:1 (6th), 2.529:1 (reverse)
  • Final drive: 3.70:1
    • Final Drive Assembly: aluminum sand casting
    • Remaining gearset housing: magnesium sand casting
    • Support bracing: steel
  • Clutch: dry, twin plate
  • Cooling: oil-water intercooler between gearbox lubricant and engine

Chassis[edit]

  • Type: central carbon fiber tub, light-alloy suspension and engine-gearbox assembly mounting points co-polymerised to the chassis
  • Materials: carbon fiber, epoxy resin, Nomex honeycomb core, sandwich construction
  • Weight: 2,249 lb (1,020 kg)
  • Torsional stiffness: 25,500 lb·ft (34,570 N·m) per degree

Suspension[edit]

  • Front: Rose-jointed unequal-length wishbones, push-rods, coil springs, Bilstein gas-pressurised monotube dampers, electronic adaptive damping, electronic height adjustment (40 mm max)
  • Rear: Rose-jointed unequal-length wishbones, push-rods, coil springs, Bilstein gas-pressurised monotube dampers, electronic adaptive damping, mounting points on a spacer between the engine and gearbox
  • Travel: 55 mm bump, 60 mm rebound
  • Camber angle: -0.7 degrees front, -1.0 degrees rear
  • Anti-roll bars: front and rear
  • Max. roll angle: 1.5 degrees

Steering[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Electronic adaptive damping (based on steering wheel angle and velocity, the body’s vertical and longitudinal acceleration, brake line pressure, and vehicle speed)
  • Maximum reaction time (from minimum to maximum damping force or vice versa): 140 milliseconds (0.14 sec)
  • Average reaction time (from minimum to maximum damping force or vice versa): 25 to 30 milliseconds (.025 to .03 sec)

Wheels/tires/brakes[edit]

  • Wheels: magnesium alloy, manufactured by Speedline
  • Hubs: titanium
  • Brake disc bells/suspension uprights/brake calipers: aluminum
  • Upper and lower wishbones: black powder-coated steel
  • Front wheels: x
  • Front tires: 245/35ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Fiorano (35psi)
  • Front brakes: Brembo cross-drilled & ventilated cast iron discs, 4 piston aluminum Brembo calipers, Pagid brake pads, (without ABS)
  • Rear wheels: x
  • Rear tires: 335/30ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Fiorano (30psi)
  • Rear brakes: Brembo cross-drilled & ventilated cast iron discs, 4 piston aluminum Brembo calipers, Pagid brake pads, (without ABS)
  • Unsprung mass: 99 lb/121 lb (front corners/rear corners)

Colour popularity[edit]

  • Rosso Corsa (Red): 302
  • Giallo Modena (Yellow): 31
  • Rosso Barchetta (Dark red): 8
  • Argento Nurburgring (Silver): 4
  • Nero Daytona (Black): 4

Performance[edit]

References[edit]

  • Buckley, Martin & Rees, Chris (1998). World Encyclopedia of Cars. London: Anness Publishing. ISBN 1-84038-083-7. 
  1. ^ Derrick, Martin; Clay, Simon (2013). Million Dollar Classics: The World's Most Expensive Cars. Chartwell Books. ISBN 978 0 7858 3051 1.  edit
  2. ^ [1] Ferrari F50 - Car and Driver (PDF)
  3. ^ Ferrari F50 Specs
  4. ^ a b John Phillips (January 1997). "Ferrari F50 — Why it took 13 months to get our hands on this supercar". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2012-01-14.