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Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40

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On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40

Next year, Ferrari will unveil two new cars: a replacement for the 599 GTB, Ferrari's current coupe flagship, and an all-new Enzo. For Ferrari fans, 2012 will be a banner year. But for the 599 and its successor, it will be a bit bittersweet because they'll lose the flagship role to the more exotic Enzo successor.

Well, the 599 GTB is going out with more than a whimper. The car recently took its frustration out on one of the Enzo's predecessors: the F40. The two cars battled it out in what Ferrari calls a "fictional race." Looks plenty real to us.

The F40 was built between 1987 and 1992 and was one of the most exotic cars of its time. It was the first car to shoot past the 200-mph mark and held a world speed record for several years. The F40 was all about race-inspired speed and performance with everyday comfort and driveability coming as mere distant afterthoughts, if at all. The F40 was powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-8 engine worth 478 hp. Ferrari used all kinds of composites and aluminum to keep the F40's dry weight down to 2,420 lbs.

The F40 gave way to the F50 and then the Enzo.

The 599, on the other hand, is a different animal. It's designed to provide a flash of that same sheer, animalistic, F1-inspired performance, but tamed down to simultaneously bestow a comfortable, grand touring ride.

So was Ferrari able to offer the same intense speed within a more comfortable, driveable package after 20 years? How does 2,500 lbs strapped to a 478-hp 2.9-liter V-8 match up to 3,500 lbs strapped to a 620-hp 6.0-liter V-12? Does the massive F40 spoiler come into play?

You'll just have to watch and find out. Fictional or not, it'll get your heart racing.



dwalter | 1:29PM (Mon, Oct 3, 2011)

A really well done film, but I can't believe it's not available in 720 or 1080 on YouTube

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