The Ferrari F40 was designed and built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary and it was the last vehicle to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. It is actually a successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO, another impressive heritage model, from the Italian car manufacturer.
The Ferrari F40 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel, dwo-door coupe, built from 1987 to 1992 – the end of production in 1994 was for the LM and 1996 for the GTE model – making it one of the last analogue Ferrari’s to be built overall. Power came from an enlarged, 2.9L (2936 cc) version of the GTO’s twin IHI turbocharged V8 developing 478 bhp. The F40 did without a catalytic converter until 1990 when US regulations made them a requirement for emissions control reasons. The flanking exhaust pipes guide exhaust gases from each bank of cylinders while the central pipe guides gases released from the wastegate of the turbochargers. Engines with catalytic converters bear F120D code.
Ferrari F40 debuted with a factory suggested retail price of approximately US$400,000 in 1987 ($830,000 today). For some buyers, it was however needed to pay as much as US$1.6 million. 1,311 F40s were manufactured in total. This makes the F40 one of the rarest, most coveted and most respected Ferrari’s ever made. Adding a set of contemporary aftermarket forged wheels may not be the first thing that comes to mind when this vehicle is in question, but the well-known wheel company HRE Performance Wheels pulled it off perfectly.
The HRE Classic 305 design looks perfectly matched to the ’90s persona and visual design of this car overall. HRE’s Street Collection combines the technical expertise from HRE Wheels’ championship-winning racing wheels with an uncompromised attention to detail creating the ultimate in lightweight, high-strength performance forged wheels. This makes them a great lightweight option for the Ferrari F40 and they replace the OEM wheels perfectly – in both design and quality. Full photoshoot of this remarkable build is available right below.