A legendary supercar has topped a new poll of the best of all time.
The F40 – famously the final Ferrari to be signed off by Enzo himself – came out as the top supercar in a vote run by the organisers of a new car show being held at the end of July.
The F40 was built in 1988 to mark the brand’s 40th anniversary and Enzo gave it the all-clear before his death in August of that year. At the time it was the fastest road-going car in the world, with a top end of 201mph, and its looks certainly turned some heads.
And it’s a testament to the car’s status that most of the rest of the top 10 was made of up relatively new cars, including Ferrari’s own La Ferrari, in the poll conducted for The Fast Car Festival, which takes place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, on July 30-31, 2016.
The F40 was the successor to the 288 GTO and, unusually for such desirable cars, a fairly large total of 1,311 were built. Its 2.9-litre V8 twin-turbo put out 471hp and was good for 62mph in a mere 4.1 seconds.
Enzo Ferrari knew it would be his last supercar and he wanted it to be a legend. At the time, the Ferrari marketing department was quoted as saying: "We wanted it to be very fast, sporting in the extreme and Spartan.
“Customers had been saying our cars were becoming too plush and comfortable. "The F40 is for the most enthusiastic of our owners, who want nothing but sheer performance.
“It isn't a laboratory for the future, as the 959 is. It is not Star Wars. And it wasn't created because Porsche built the 959. It would have happened anyway." It’s safe to say they didn’t fail.
The Fast Car Festival will see bucketloads of performance cars on show, including some of the most valuable of all time, such as a £2 million Ferrari FXX prototype. There will be classics aplenty, too, with icons from the 1960s through to the 1990s on display.
The inaugural event will also honour Lotus, whose cars will get a special display area and exclusive time on the track. Show-goers will also be able to take their own cars out on track during public sessions at the former F1 circuit.