If you grew up a petrolhead and a Ferrari aficionado in the nineties, there’s a tremendous possibility you secretly lusted over the Ferrari F50 during those glorious times.

Despite being too embarrassed perhaps to hang its poster on your bedroom wall, I’m sure if given the opportunity, you too would have driven it recklessly in Need for Speed II. Regardless of what everyone said back in the days, this supercar must have influenced your formative automotive years and the F50 feasibly still retains a special place in your heart.

And why shouldn’t it, really? It was one of the most daring roadgoing Ferraris ever created, with Formula 1 DNA all over it, and as such, it was an honest tribute to the late Enzo Ferrari and fifty years of legacy he created.

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On the other hand, the grown-up automotive world disputed the F50’s odd design, deeming it underwhelming compared to the F40’s captivating looks and iconic aura. While that is true to a certain degree, the vehicle was still a spectacular driver’s car in a controversial package.

From today’s perspective, Ferrari F50 is one of the all-time greatest cars, not just for Ferrari, but for the entire automotive world. Still, it faced a rather rocky origin and late recognition. To fully appreciate it and find its exact place in the automotive pantheon, let’s dig deeper into all its rights and wrongs.

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Background

The history of a modern Ferrari halo car can be directly traced to the 288 GTO. A powerful 1980s take on the Gran Turismo Omologato values; this mid-engined V8-powered twin-turbocharged icon disrupted the V12-in-the-front mantra of the 250 GTO.

Ferrari 288 GTO

The GTO nameplate wasn’t resurrected without a good reason because the 288 GTO was built specifically to be homologated for Group B racing. While it did see merely a fraction of glory compared to the 250 GTO, this supercar gave birth to a new breed of Maranello’s prized horses.

It was the first in a line of uncompromising mid-engined supercars, a recipe Ferrari continued pushing, creating the distilled 288 GTO Evoluzione – the perfect testbed for the next legendary car, the one marking Ferrari’s 40th anniversary.

The F40 was another masterpiece executed by Nicola Materazzi and the last Ferrari supercar developed with Enzo Ferrari’s personal involvement. After ‘The Old Man’ passed in 1988, Ferrari entered difficult times but recovered thanks to Luca Cordero di Montezemolo who took

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By: Djordje Sugaris
Title: Ferrari F50 – An Underated Supercar for the Thrill-Seeking Enthusiast
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/ferrari-f50/
Published Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:15:15 +0000

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