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Ferrari F50

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A sports car produced by Ferrari, 349 were produced from 1995-1997 & 2001.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ferrari F50 page on 17 July 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ferrari F50 is a mid-engined range-topping sports car made by Ferrari. The F50 was introduced in 1995. The car is a two-door, two seat roadster with a removable hardtop. It has a 4.7 L naturally aspirated 60-valve V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5 L V12 used in the 1990 Ferrari 641 Formula One car.

Only 349 cars were made. The last F50 was produced in Maranello, Italy, in July 1997.

The F50's engine predated the car; it was used in the Ferrari 333 SP for the American IMSA series in 1994, allowing it to become eligible for the stock engine WSC category.

Following the motorsport theme, Ferrari developed the F50 GT, a prototype based on the F50 that was built to compete in GT2-class racing. The car had a fixed roof, large rear spoiler, new front spoiler and many other adjustments. The 4.7 litre V12 engine was tuned to generate around 720 bhp (537 kW). In testing in 1996 the car proved to be quicker even than the 333SP, but this went unnoticed as Ferrari cancelled the F50 GT project, instead focusing on Formula One. Ferrari sold off the three complete chassis that were built–the test car 001, 002 and 003. Chassis 002 and 003 had bodies fitted before being sold. The remaining three tubs were reportedly destroyed.


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Ferrari F50 Revell Model Car 1:24 scale Revell kit
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Ferrari F50 Revell Model Car 1:24 scale Revell kit
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 14917-0918Ferrari F501996 First Editions, small scale, red
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L3101-0917M D1Ferrari F502007 All Stars, small scale, red


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
21 October 2016Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Model Year 1996 and 1997 Ferrari F50 Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
11 April 2017Decision That Certain Nonconforming Model Year 1996 and 1997 Ferrari F50 Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)


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