Ferrari is one of, if not the, most recognizable car manufacturers in the world. The company has produced some of the best roadgoing sports car is and has had unprecedented and unrivalled success in Formula One racing. Ferrari is regarded as making some of the most luxurious cars on the road and is probably the status symbol most people would buy if they won the lottery. In this article we are going to look at what I regard as the best Ferrari cars ever made taking from both their road cars and their racing cars.
History of Ferrari
Ferrari is based in Italy in a famous place called Maranello. Enzo Ferrari founded Ferrari in 1929 and initially only built racing cars up until 1947 when it built its first road going sports. Enzo Ferrari only built his road going cars in order to fund his racing efforts with Scuderia Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari died in 1988 in the same year the Ferrari F40 was launched.
My top 10 Ferrari’s
I'm selecting these cars on personal opinion rather than any knowledge of driving them or from any specification/engineering perspective.
1. Ferrari 355
The Ferrari F355 was built from 1994 until 1999 as the successor of the Ferrari 348. Its layout is a mid-positioned 3 and half litre V8 engine producing around 375 hp. It had traditional rear wheel drive and came in a coupe, targa and spider version. It was one of the 1st Ferraris to have a Formula One paddle shift style transmission that was introduced in 1997. In all around 11,000 were produced. The reason is on this list is that it first Ferrari I was ever introduced to. I also think that it is still the most beautiful. It seems to hybridize the modern open headlamp Ferraris with the previous 80s style pop-up headlights cars. I think that if you compare a Ferrari 360 against a Ferrari F355–most people prefer the beautiful lines of the F355 to the very modern looking for Ferrari 360.
2. Ferrari F1 Car –the Ferrari F2004
The Ferrari F 2004 is not a road going car, but rather one of the teams highly successful F1 cars. It was designed for the 2004 season and driven to victory by Michael Schumacher who used it to win 15/18 races. It's one of my favorite cars because of the dominance it had in the circuit combined with its traditional V10 engine. It still holds many lap records which have yet to be broken because modern cars have been made slower due to smaller and less powerful engines which have been combined with significant regulation changes. The reason it's on my list is because of its success and the fact I think it represents the end of the Ferrari F1 dominance.
3. Ferrari F40
The Ferrari F 40 was produced from 1987 to 1992 as the successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO. It's highly special as it was the last car commissioned by Enzo Ferrari for his death. The F 40 had a 3L twin turbo V8 producing an enormous 471 hp–which is massive considering that this was in 1987. The car only had to move 1100 kg because of its composition of carbon fibre, aluminium and Kevlar. It's on my list because of its versions such as the F 40 LM (Le Mans). It also created some amazing images due to the turbochargers dumping fuel when brought off throttle creating dramatic images of flames from the tailpipes. Although the 40 is no longer the most powerful car, modern everyday Ferraris are actually more powerful, it still evokes strong feelings and I think it's the closest we can get to a roadgoing high-performance go-kart.
4. F12 Berlinetta
The F12 Berlinetta is a very modern Ferrari launched in 2012. It was a replacement for the 599 grand tourer and certainly increases what one should expect from such a vehicle. The specifications include a 6.3 L 730 hp V12 engine which makes it the most powerful roadgoing Ferrari car ever made - even more powerful than cars like the Enzo. The car can go from 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds and 0-124mph in 8.5 seconds onto a top speed of 211mph. The fact that Ferrari can still launch cars like this in the current European economic climate are telling that the company is looking to the future as the car also possesses technology like stop start to reduce fuel consumption. It is on my list due to its amazing specification and thoroughly modern performance.
5. Ferrari 288 GTO
The 288 GTO is my all time favorite Ferrari. Produced well before I was born from 1984-1985 only around 270 were made. It was the successor to the 250 GTO and succeeded by the excellent F40. It was built to race in Group B racing alongside crazy cars such as the Porsche 959. However just as it was finished Group B racing was abandoned due to safety concerns. Ferrari had to build 200 to homologate and it is the technology in the car that amazes me, alongside its stunning looks. The car has a 2.9L turbocharged engine that produces 400bhp in a car that weighed very little. The 288 GTO Evoluzione is also grouped in with this and only five of those were built with engines producing as much as 650bhp, weighing 940kg. Sadly only three cars currently survive and we are unlikely to ever see one in the flesh.
6. Ferrari 360
The Ferrari 360 was build from 1999 to 2005 and is what I regard as the first truly mass produced and modern looking Ferraris. The loss of the pop up headlamps and the increase in power to 400bhp meant that the “everyday” Ferrari’s started to become increasingly powerful to meet competition from cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo. It is on my list because of that, even though I am not a great fan of the cars looks – although I must add they look better in the metal than they do in photos.
I have only included six cars in this list, I was going to make it up to ten but I really wanted people to see what I think is the greatest Ferrari’s ever. There are some big omissions – cars like the Enzo and the F50 are technically advanced but I don't think they have the same bedroom wall appeal as the cars listed above. The F355 and the 288 GTO are my absolute favorites due to their combination of looks, specification and general appeal.
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