Actually I should elaborate on the driving experience...
Up to now I have been lucky enough to have driven a number of different Ferrari tipos over the years, mostly through the generosity of many Ferrari Life friends, both modern and classic models from 360 to 458 and 550 to 612 to classics such as 308s and Daytona.
Today's F50 experience is one that I find difficult to compare to any of these other experiences. After the dispelling the initial feelings of trepidation that come naturally when you drive somebody else's Ferrari (especially an F50) the driver's seat of a Ferrari F50 is a wonderful place to be. The feeling of 'connection' between driver and car is simply at a level that I have not experienced before. Perfectly weighted and precise steering, coupled with zero body roll makes for the most exciting cornering, even at relatively modest speeds.
However what struck me as most different from any other previous Ferrari experience was the sense that you are simply bolted to the engine and at one with the chassis. I'm sure this is directly related to the carbon tub, though I don't possess the necessary technical knowledge to speak in any informed way about it. All I can do is give a seat of the pants report, and from that perspective the F50 is simply awesome on all fronts. The power is immense, and very linear, in every gear it simply pulls and pulls and pulls. Grip is immense, though on the occasional damp patch under trees, I did briefly consider that it would be easy to switch ends very quickly. Steering is perfectly weighted and for a car that is rather large it doesn't feel too over-bearing on the road (which is quite a statement as the steering wheel was in the wrong place and I was driving on the wrong side of the road
As a total experience, I must admit it has eclipsed that of any Ferrari drive yet (if you only focus on the machine and not the route, scenery, location, convoy, etc). My pinnacle to date on the 'machine only' criteria was the drive in the 458, but the F50 experience seems all the better but for very different reasons. What's definite is that it is a far more sensory, physical and analog experience. Which is not to say one is better than the other, that is for personal opinion only.
In summary, it was fast, intense, physical, but never too intimidating (thanks in no small part to my excellent co-pilot!) and I never felt that I was having to 'tame' the car. From the first couple of km I felt at one with the machine. Perhaps it would be a different story closer to the limits, but within my comfort zone, it was a simply wonderful experience. A magnificent, legendary car on wonderful roads and in excellent company. A day not to forget.