Join Date: Oct 2007
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,996
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.