Ferrari F50

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Ferrari F50
Ferrari F50
Parent companyFiat Group
(349 produced)
AssemblyMaranello, Italy
PredecessorFerrari F40
SuccessorFerrari Enzo
Body style(s)Berlinetta
LayoutRMR layout
Engine(s)4.7 L V12
RelatedFerrari F50 GT
ManualService Manual

The Ferrari F50 was a mid-engined range-topping sports car made by Ferrari. The F50 was introduced in 1995 to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. The car is a two door, two seat convertible 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 1992 Ferrari F 92 A Formula One car.

Only 349 cars were made, one fewer than Ferrari estimated they could sell. This was, in the words of Ferrari spokesman Antonio Ghini, because "Ferraris are something cultural, a monument. They must be hard to find, so we will produce one less car than the market." 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.


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 canceled the F50 GT project, instead focusing on Formula 1. 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. 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. One car was produced in the coupe configuration. Very few images and no official performance statistics of this car are available.


Ferrari F50 in Melbourne, Australia


  • Price (1995): $480,000-$555,000
  • Manufactured in: Maranello, Italy
  • Number Produced: 349 (1995 to July 1997)
  • Inspiration: 1990 Ferrari F1 641 as driven by Alain Prost


  • Weight: 2976 lb (1349 kg)
  • Distribution: 42%/58% (front/rear)
  • Length: 176.4 in (4,481 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)


  • Type: Tipo F130, 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
  • Intake Manifold: Carbon Fiber
  • Block: Nodular cast iron
  • Heads/Pistons: Light-alloy aluminum heads/forged Mahle pistons
  • Oil sump: Aluminium
  • Connecting rods: Forged titanium
  • Crankshaft: Forged steel
  • Cam covers/Oil and Water pump housing: Magnesium sand castings
  • Exhaust manifold: Stainless steel
  • 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/286.68ci
  • Max Power: 513 bhp (383 kW) @ 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. x 2.72 in.
  • Bore:Stroke ratio: 1.23:1 (Oversquare)
  • Compression ratio: 11.3:1
  • Redline: 8500 rpm
  • 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.

File:Ferrari pair rear right - F50 & F40 (Argyle Place, Carlton, VIC, Australia, 3 March 2007).JPG


  • 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
  • Flywheel: Steel
  • 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


  • 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


  • Front: F1-derived, rose-jointed unequal-length wishbones, push-rods, coil springs, Bilstein gas-pressurised monotube dampers, electronic adaptive damping, electronic height adjustment (40 mm max)
  • Rear: F1-derived, 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


  • Type: TRW rack and pinion, 3.3 turns lock to lock, unassisted
  • Caster angle: 5.5 to 5.7 degrees
  • Turning circle: 41 ft (12 m)


  • 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: 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: 18 in. x 8.5 in.
  • Front Tires: 245/35ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Fiorano (35psi)
  • Front Brakes: 14.0 in. Brembo Cross-drilled & ventilated cast iron discs, 4 piston aluminum Brembo calipers, Pagid brake pads, [[unassisted
  • Rear Wheels: 18 in. x 13 in.
  • Rear Tires: 335/30ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Fiorano (30psi)
  • Rear Brakes: 13.2 in. Brembo Cross-drilled & ventilated cast iron discs, 4 piston aluminum Brembo calipers, Pagid brake pads, unassisted
  • Unsprung Mass: 99 lb/121 lb (front corners/rear corners)

Colour popularity

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


  • 0-60 mph: 3.7 sec
  • 0-100 mph: 8.2 sec
  • 0-1000 m: 21.7 sec
  • 0-1 mile: 30.3 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 118 ft (36 m).
  • 1/4 Mile: 12.1 seconds @ 123.0 mph (198 km/h)
  • Top speed: 202 mph (325 km/h)
  • Downforce: 970 lb (440 kg) @ 202 mph (325 km/h), 40%/60% (front/rear)
  • Cd: 0.372
  • Skidpad: 1.03g
  • Slalom: 71.8 mph (115.6 km/h)
  • Fuel economy: 8/11 mpg (cty/hwy) (US gallon) (Factory numbers: 8.4/14.1 mpg)