Being an employee and especially a test driver at Ferrari Automobiles S.P.A is a dream come true for any automobile enthusiast from around the world. This position at the company offers you a lot of privileges that rarely exist in any other company, automotive or not. But, if you have been a test driver at Ferrari since 1969, then you have lived through the golden age at the organization, when it manufactured supercars which became an instant must have poster cars for many kids who were growing up during these decades.
The video at the end of the article introduces us to an individual who has held that dream job at that dream company, which is described above. In a recently released video from Ferrari, you will see a quartet of red Italian supercars, which includes the Ferrari F40, F50, Enzo, and the new LaFerrari driven around the company’s private test track, Fiorano, by Dario Benuzzi, the chief test driver at Ferrari, who has held that position since 1969.
In order to appreciate and understand the significance of these four supercars, we need to take a brief look at the history behind these rolling milestones. So, let’s get started, shall we?
The Ferrari F40 was originally designed to replace the Ferrari 288 GTO in the FIA group B racing. Instead, it became the company’s first supercar after the race series was disbanded in the late 1980s. Ferrari enthusiasts and historians will quickly point out that the F40 was the last car officially approved for production by Enzo Ferrari himself before his death. The F40 was also designed to celebrate the company’s 40th year anniversary since it began manufacturing sports and racing cars. The F40 is powered by a 2.9 L twin-turbo V8, which produces 471 horsepower and is mated a five-speed manual transmission.
Next in line is the F50, which was designed to celebrate the company’s 50th year anniversary. It was also built to celebrate the success the company was having in the Formula One during the 1990s. The F50 is powered by a detuned, Formula One derived 4.7 L V12, which produces a stout 513 horsepower and is mated to a quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission.
Almost twenty years after the first Ferrari F40 rolled off the production line in Maranello, Italy, the company debuted the F60 in 2002. However, before it entered production in 2003, the company decided to rename it after the company’s legendary founder, Enzo Ferrari. The Enzo was designed to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary and as well to showcase the latest technologies that Ferrari was using in its Formula One racecars at the time. The Enzo is powered by a hand-built 6.0 L V12, which produces 651 American or 660 European horsepower and is mated to a Formula One inspired 6-speed automated manual transmission.
Now, the latest supercar manufactured is the F70, or more commonly known by its street name, Ferrari La Ferrari, which in plain english translates to Ferrari The Ferrari. Quite confusing, isn’t it? Regardless of its naming oddity, the LaFerrari is designed to showcase the company’s latest technologies in both motor sports and hybrid powertrains. Oh yeah, just like its three predecessors, the F70 celebrates the company’s 70th year anniversary in automobile manufacturing. Unlike the three previous Ferrari supercars, the LaFerrari combines a naturally aspirated 6.3 L V12, which produces a mind-blowing 789 horsepower with a 161 horsepower electric motor, which produces a combined output of 950 horsepower and is mated to a lightening-quick 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Like many Ferrari models, these four supercars send all of their power from the engine exclusively to the rear wheels.
Now that we have covered the brief history behind each of these four rolling milestones from Ferrari, checkout the video below to see how Dario Benuzzi describes each of these legendary supercars as he drives them around Fiorano.
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