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F50 1'500 km report

Having driven the F50 now for about 1'500km's I'm getting a little more competent to talk about it than just write about the initial "wooooow" effect.
I still can honestly assure you that the F50 is "another league" from what I have driven so far in the more modern F-car section (including the F40). The suspension, the chassis, the roadholdingness, and the embedded seating position within that tub is really something else....really.

After 800km's I have changed all fluids, all tires and made a check of the engine and all relevant parts as the F 50 has been driven the same amount of my last 3 month kilometrage in the last 12 years before.

The strong leap forward while accelerating under the push of the 12 cyl. (not 8) engine is to die for, while the stability without any electronics to count on is very, very impressiv.

Some minor find out's: The car amasses much less dirt in the engine room and else than the F40 as it is more "closed" around and under its body. The F50 "eats" about 50% more gazoline than the F40 and is slightly heavier (I could pull/push the F40 forward in the Garage with 2 fingers, the F50 needs 3). It feels like the engine creates quiet more heat as the block is much bigger in size and less hidden towards the Lexan cover. I use to come back to the Garage, open the enginebay right away and the whole room gets to 35 degrees C immediately. Brakes have not had real use so far but I would not be surprised if they would come to their limits pretty fast if really tested. Of all manual gearchanging versions, the F50's is by far the most exact and most short stroke outlined I ever experienced. Space for legs and body is ample for me (190cm tall). Same with the full protection of the front window when driving without roof. Opposite to the F40 with more torque, you would downshift the F50 first to get rpm's right to 5'000 and then fully accelerate to have optimal torque and that wonderful "whoooossshhhh" forward effect, which as said is amazing.

Hope I have been able to provide you with some useful impressions with my bad english.
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212, Much much more than just providing "usefull impressions",
you’ve allowed me to reach a state of Insane Jealousy !!


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Great 'real world' report. Wonderful to hear that you are enjoying '50 and all the experiences she delivers.

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the F 50 has been driven the same amount of my last 3 month kilometrage in the last 12 years before.

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212, Much much more than just providing "usefull impressions",
you’ve allowed me to reach a state of Insane Jealousy !!
That was not my intention...please accept my excuses !
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Oh no, don't apologize: keep it up!
If I can't have one myself, your write-ups are the next best thing....

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Wonderful reading 212!!

Are there better tyres available today for the F 50's wheel dimensions or do you have to stick with period-tech tyres?

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thank you very much!! i dream of that Whoooooooosssshhhh you speak of..

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212- The F50 is my favorite street Ferrari and your treatise just makes me feel more that way. Thanks for helping the rest of us enjoy your F50.

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That was not my intention...please accept my excuses !
Don't be!!! Happy to read you!!!

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Wonderful reading 212!!

Are there better tyres available today for the F 50's wheel dimensions or do you have to stick with period-tech tyres?
I can not really tell as the original GoodYear Fiorano type felt to hard after 8 years and was no real comparison. For now I have decided to use the Michelin Pilot Sport which feels very "grippy" and was recommended to me. But then I'm only able to tell when really warm temperature are present.
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Very nice write-up 212 thanks for your impressions on this impressive car
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Na ja, eine bessere Sprache steht Dir doch zur Verfügung

Super write up as always. Please keep them coming, although between you and Boxer you are starting to make me wonder whether I am lusting after the wrong F super car.........
 
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whether I am lusting after the wrong F super car.........
I think there is a very good reason why Boxer has both. And in an ideal world, I think 212 would also have both.

Great report, 212. What a fantastic car.


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212, Much much more than just providing "usefull impressions",
you’ve allowed me to reach a state of Insane Jealousy !!
Mission accomplished. insane jealousy,indeed, from this corner.

The F50 is my favourite Ferrari, next is the 355.
Coincidentally, those are arguably the best-sounding Ferrari's too. 90's produced some nice cars,nice booming economic times too. and the body looks very Italiany supermodely, than anything else Ferrari ever produced.

The F50 has an F1-derived engine, it's not just a normal V12--that must be why it sounds so badass at full,high redline...much more so if it's modded.
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Super write up as always. Please keep them coming, although between you and Boxer you are starting to make me wonder whether I am lusting after the wrong F super car.........
No you're not...the F40 is fantastic.
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I think there is a very good reason why Boxer has both. And in an ideal world, I think 212 would also have both.

Great report, 212. What a fantastic car.


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Thanks Onno. Yes the ideal world be 3 F-cars and therefore the F40 as an addition. Today, if only 2 cars are alloud and I would need to choose from new again, I would feel like not choosing between the F40 and the F50 anymore but between the F40 and the Daytona, whereas those 2 are not really to choose/compare from.
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Mission accomplished. insane jealousy,indeed, from this corner.

The F50 is my favourite Ferrari, next is the 355.
Coincidentally, those are arguably the best-sounding Ferrari's too. 90's produced some nice cars,nice booming economic times too. and the body looks very Italiany supermodely, than anything else Ferrari ever produced.

The F50 has an F1-derived engine, it's not just a normal V12--that must be why it sounds so badass at full,high redline...much more so if it's modded.
Thank you !
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Very nice write-up 212 thanks for your impressions on this impressive car
Thank you Stef ! Have you been on the Autosalon in Geneva already ?
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Not yet 212, I'm going on Thursday evening. Each year we have a small event with the FCS Club on the Ferrari stand. And you, have you been there already? I want to see the F12 with my own eyes as well as the "upgraded" Granturismo
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Fantastic write up of F50 ownership experiences and driving sensations, 212Export, thank you! Thanks to you and Boxer we are privileged to enjoy ownership experiences close up by owner-drivers of these icons amongst icons. Please keep them rolling in.

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