Once in a while comes a car that is so totally outrageous that it’s awesome, and strangely enough, these cars often seem to come from Maranello. The 1995 Ferrari F50 was Ferrari’s latest attempt at creating the ultimate supercar, and in that respect they succeeded. The F50 was based on a simple, yet challenging premise: to take Ferrari‘s 1990 Formula One racer, the 641/2, and through the magic of engineering, turn it into a road car. Produced in tiny numbers to ensure long-term value, the F50 was clad in a body designed, like so many other champions, by Pininfarina. One of the most intense characteristics of the F50 was that the engine was mounted rigidly to the frame, giving it an extremely high volume and superb sound quality.
As a Ferrari flagship and ultimate road car, the F50 could not be fitted with anything less than a V12, although previous models had been, such as the F40. The normally-aspirated, non-turbo V12, with a 4.7-liter displacement, produced chest-crushing 520 horsepower, and was paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Top speed was a very impressive 202 miles per hour, and 0-60 acceleration too only 3 seconds, and could be accomplished entirely in first gear.
Handling was exemplary, of course, and more forgiving than the F40’s had been. The F50 benefited from a chassis constructed entirely of carbon fiber that was extremely light, enhancing not only handling but top speed as well. With only 349 units ever built, the 1995 Ferrari F50 is one of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world.