Ferrari F50 Takes on Ferrari F40 in Dream Comparison Test by Chris Harris

When it comes to naming a supercar, many of us who were kids in the 1990s (including myself) tend to think about two cars: the Ferrari F40 and Ferrari F50. Both were phenomenal supercars built by the Italian sports car manufacturer to celebrate 4 and 5 decades, respectively, since its founding.

However, while they had similar names, they were different beasts. The F40 was powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V8 delivering 471hp (478PS) – at least officially, as many people believed it produced over 500hp. The Ferrari F50, on the other hand, had a 4.7-liter naturally-aspirated V12 that developed 520-horses.

There were other differences, too. The F40 was basically an engine and a chassis with a poorly-finished bodyshell on top of it, weighing just 1,100 kg (2,400 lbs), while the F50 had a beautifully assembled body and interior and tipped the scales at 1,230 kg (2,712 lbs). Back in the days, Ferrari didn’t let anyone performance test the F50, as rumor had it the older F40 was faster (see the evolution of Ferrari’s halo supercar here)

Was that rumor really true or not? Well, you’ll just have to watch Chris Harris test both cars on their limits on the Anglesey Circuit – yes, he really did find a crazy enough owner to let him do that. We’ll just say that we’ve never seen Harris that happy in any of his videos…

By Dan Mihalascu


  • There’s a mistake in the article, F50 – 520 HP to the rear wheels, the 750 HP figure refers to F50 GT prototype.

    Anyway, Chris Harris managed to make an F40 video boring.

    • JohnCarscoop

      You’re right; it’s 520-horses for the street-legal model.

  • pete

    Who is this Chris Harris dude anyway? Oh, is that the guy that embarrassed himself by buying a 911 and then not being able to afford the running costs?

    • Merce Humpe

      Can you explain your blog? Thanks, not aware of his “embarrassment”.

    • CaliDesigner

      I don’t think it was a 911. He bought a Ferrari 599 because Ferrari wont let him test their cars, so he bought it to test it and kept it for a while, but it was extremely expensive to maintain of course so he sold it.

  • Six_Tymes

    love this… F40 has always ruled.

  • F40 was a pure driving machine when they made real performance cars for real drivers…… not crappy electronic gadgets on wheels!!!

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