Ferrari F50 GT

This beautiful dream machine was to be Ferrari’s contender in the FIA GT Chamopionship. But like most dreams it never came true. The project was aborted and the Ferrari F50 GT will probably never be seen on a race track.

The car was supposed to be Ferrari’s answer to the McLaren F1 GTR and its strong preformances in the BPR series. The project was already in an advanced stage, two cars had been built, when the plug was pulled. What happened? Ferrari had simply been scared away by the extraordinary preformances of the Porsche 911 GT1. How this red devil would have preformed in the 1997 FIA GT Championship, against McLaren, Porsche and Mercedes will never be known.

But Nicola Larrini, Ferrari’s F1 test driver at that time, who actually drove the F50 GT, says it had a great deal of potential. In a recent interview in Autosport he said that the car was "very good".

Looking at the Ferrari’s preformance on paper, it certainly lookes good and promising. With a V12 engine based on its 1993 F1 engine and a chassis constructed by Dallara it seems very good indeed. The chassis was all carbon and the engine was reputed to rev as high as 11 000 rpm(!). Compare that with its GT predecessor the F40 LM’s 5000 rpm, and you get the picture. The F40 which already gave the short tailed McLaren a run for its money in the BPR in 1996. One has to wonder if Ferrari didn’t overestimate the 1997 Porsche.

The three produced Ferrari F50 GT cars were sold to collectors for around the $1million mark and will never race. S/N 001 went to Art Zafiropoulo, a California collector. S/N 002 to Yoshikuni Okamoto, a Japanese collector, and S/N 003 to Jim Spiro in Louisiana and later to an Australian collector for $1,430,000.

Facts & Figures

Production Numbers 3
Production Period 1996 - 1997
Chassis Number Range ?
Body Style 1 seater sports racer
Construction Closed 1 seater (Pininfarina design) - honeycomb carbon fibre and Kevlar
Weight Empty 1000 kg
Body Size W : 1986 mm, H : ? mm, L : 4578 mm, Wheelbase : ? mm, tracks : ? mm (F), ? mm (R)
Engine Model F130 65° Light alloy V12
Engine Displacement 4700cc - bore 85.0 mm, stroke 69.0 mm
Compression Ratio 11.3 : 1
Ignition Bosch static electronic - Motronic M2.7 injection
Spark Plugs ?
Cooling Forced water cooling - 2 automatic electric fans - 20 litre circuit
Lubrication Forced lubrication - 11.5 litre circuit
Clutch Dry twin plate
Engine Power 680 bhp at 10500 rpm (= 144.7 HP/litre)
Engine Torque 383 lb ft at 8000 rpm (53.0 kgm)
Transmission 6 synchronized gears with sequential change
Reduction Ratios ?
Final Drive ?
Fuel Capacity ?
Suspension (Front) Unequal length A-arms, coil springs, push-rod spring control, anti roll-bar
Shock Absorbers (Front) ?
Suspension (Rear) Unequal length A-arms, coil springs, push-rod spring control, anti roll-bar
Shock Absorbers (Rear) ?
Wheels ?
Tyres ?
Brakes 4 Brembo self-ventilating carbon discs
Steering Rack and Pinion
Electrical System ?
Maximum Speed 236 mph / 380 kph (Source: Factory Claim)
Acceleration (0-30 mph) ?
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 3.3 seconds (Source: Factory Claim)
Acceleration (0-100 mph) ?

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