Ferrari F50

The Ferrari F50 (Type F130) is a mid-engine range-topping sports car manufactured by Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari from 1995–1997. Introduced in 1995, the car is a two-door, two seat targa top. The car is powered by a 4.7 L naturally aspirated Tipo F130B 60-valve V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5 L V12 used in the 1990 Ferrari 641 Formula One car. The car's design is an evolution of the 1989 Ferrari Mythos concept car.[7]

Only a total of 349 cars were made with the last car rolling off the production line 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.

Ferrari F50
Paris - RM Sotheby’s 2016 - Ferrari F50 - 1997 - 001
ManufacturerFerrari S.p.A
349 produced
AssemblyMaranello, Italy
DesignerLorenzo Ramaciotti[2] and Pietro Camardella[3] at Pininfarina
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door Targa top
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
RelatedFerrari F50 GT
Ferrari Mythos
Ferrari 333 SP
Engine4.7 L DOHC 65 degree Tipo F130B V12[4] [5]
Power output382 kW (519 PS; 512 hp)
Transmission6-speed manual
Wheelbase2,580 mm (101.6 in)
Length4,480 mm (176.4 in)
Width1,986 mm (78.2 in)
Height1,120 mm (44.1 in)
Curb weight3,080 lb (1,397 kg) [6]
PredecessorFerrari F40
SuccessorEnzo Ferrari


Following the motorsport theme of the Ferrari F40 LM, Ferrari developed the F50 GT in collaboration with its racing partners Dallara and Michelloto to which was a prototype based on the F50 that was built to compete in GT1-class racing. Notable changes made to the car include a fixed roof, a large rear spoiler, new front spoiler, adjustable suspension system, Speedline racing alloy wheels with racing slicks and a large rear diffuser. The 4.7-litre V12 engine in the F50 GT was tuned to generate a power output of around 551 kW (749 PS; 739 hp) at 10,500 rpm. A test held in 1996 proved the car to be quicker even than the 333SP, but this went unnoticed as Ferrari cancelled the F50 GT project due to entry of purpose built racing cars in competition such as the Porsche 911 GT1 and due to lack of funding, instead focusing on Formula One after the BPR Global GT Series folded. 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.[8][9]


F50 Galleria
Ferrari F50



Ferrari F50 MarconiMuseum
Ferrari F50 at the Marconi Automotive Museum
  • Dry weight: 1,230 kg (2,712 lb)[11]
  • Distribution: 42%/58 % (front/rear)
  • Length: 4,480 mm (176.4 in)
  • Height: 1,120 mm (44.1 in)
  • Width: 1,986 mm (78.2 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2,581 mm (101.6 in)
  • Front track: 1,621 mm (63.8 in)
  • Rear track: 1,603 mm (63.1 in)


Ferrari F50 Engine Bay (10920980315)
The 4.7-litre Tipo F130 B V12 engine

Fuel consumption

  • EPA premium gasoline[13]
    • Combined 8 miles per U.S. gallon (29 L/100 km; 9.6 mpg‑imp)
    • City 7 miles per U.S. gallon (34 L/100 km; 8.4 mpg‑imp)
    • Highway 10 miles per U.S. gallon (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg‑imp)


  • Configuration: longitudinal 6 speed manual + reverse, limited slip differential, RWD
  • Gear ratios: 2.933:1 (1st), 2.157:1 (2nd), 1.681:1 (3rd), 1.360:1 (4th), 1.107:1 (5th), 0.903:1 (6th), 2.529:1 (reverse)
  • Final drive: 3.70:1
    • Flywheel: steel
      • Final Drive Assembly: aluminum sand casting
      • Remaining gearset housing: magnesium sand casting
      • Support bracing: steel
  • Clutch: dry, twin plate
  • Cooling: oil-water intercooler between gearbox lubricant and engine


  • Type: central carbon fiber tub, light-alloy suspension and engine-gearbox assembly mounting points co-polymerised to the chassis
  • Materials: carbon fiber, epoxy resin, Nomex honeycomb structure core, sandwich construction
  • Torsional stiffness: 34,570 N⋅m (25,500 lb⋅ft) per degree


  • Front: Rose-jointed unequal-length wishbones, push-rods, coil springs, Bilstein gas-pressurised monotube dampers, electronic adaptive damping, electronic height adjustment (40 mm max)
  • Rear: Rose-jointed unequal-length wishbones, push-rods, coil springs, Bilstein gas-pressurised monotube dampers, electronic adaptive damping, mounting points on a spacer between the engine and gearbox
  • Travel: 55 mm bump, 60 mm rebound
  • Camber angle: -0.7 degrees front, -1.0 degrees rear
  • Anti-roll bars: front and rear
  • Max. roll angle: 1.5 degrees



  • Electronic adaptive damping (based on steering wheel angle and velocity, the body’s vertical and longitudinal acceleration, brake line pressure, and vehicle speed)
  • Maximum reaction time (from minimum to maximum damping force or vice versa): 140 milliseconds (0.14 s)
  • Average reaction time (from minimum to maximum damping force or vice versa): 25 to 30 milliseconds (.025 to .03 s)


Ferrari F50 4.7 1995 (30251319442)
The F50 had twin 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • Wheels: magnesium alloy, manufactured by Speedline
  • Hubs: titanium
  • Brake disc bells/suspension uprights/brake calipers: aluminum
  • Upper and lower wishbones: black powder-coated steel
  • Front wheels: x
  • Front tires: 245/35ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Fiorano (35psi)
  • Front brakes: Brembo cross-drilled & ventilated cast iron discs, 4 piston aluminum Brembo calipers, Pagid brake pads, (without ABS)
  • Rear wheels: x
  • Rear tires: 335/30ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Fiorano (30psi)
  • Rear brakes: Brembo cross-drilled & ventilated cast iron discs, 4 piston aluminum Brembo calipers, Pagid brake pads, (without ABS)
  • Unsprung mass: 99 lb/121 lb (front corners/rear corners)

Colour popularity

  • Rosso Corsa (Red): 302
  • Giallo Modena (Yellow): 31
  • Rosso Barchetta (Dark red): 8
  • Argento Nurburgring (Silver): 4
  • Nero Daytona (Black): 4


Ferrari f50 interior (3427688771)

Automotive magazine Car and Driver tested an F50 in 1997 and published the following results:

  • 0-48 km/h (30 mph): 1.7 seconds[14]
  • 0-64 km/h (40 mph): 2.4 seconds[14]
  • 0-80 km/h (50 mph): 3.0 seconds[14]
  • 0–97 km/h (60 mph): 3.8 seconds[15]
  • 0–110 km/h (70 mph): 4.7 seconds[14]
  • 0–130 km/h (80 mph): 5.5 seconds[14]
  • 0–140 km/h (90 mph): 7.5 seconds[14]
  • 0–160 km/h (100 mph): 8.5 seconds[15]
  • 0–180 km/h (110 mph): 10.1 seconds[14]
  • 0–190 km/h (120 mph): 11.6 seconds[14]
  • 0–210 km/h (130 mph): 13.4 seconds[14]
  • 0–230 km/h (140 mph): 15.9 seconds[14]
  • 0–240 km/h (150 mph): 18.8 seconds[14]
  • 0–260 km/h (160 mph): 21.8 seconds[14]
  • 0–270 km/h (170 mph): 26.8 seconds[14]
  • 1/4 mile: 12.1 seconds at 198 km/h (123 mph)[15]
  • Skidpad: 0.95g[15]
  • Braking 70–0 mph (113–0 km/h): 176 ft (54 m)[15]
  • Top speed: 312 km/h (194 mph)[15] (325 km/h (202 mph) claimed)[11]

Track Tests

The F50 had the following track times:

Other media

The F50 is featured on the cover and in the racing video game Need For Speed II.


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8 cylinder Mid-engine berlinetta 308 308 i 308 QV 328 348 360
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12 cylinder Boxer berlinetta 365 BB 512 BB 512i BB Testarossa (F110) 512TR F512 M
Grand tourer 250 275 365 GTB/4
550 Maranello
America 330 365
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Supercar 250 GTO 250 LM 288
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