Ferrari Mythos

The Ferrari Mythos is a mid-engine, rear wheel drive concept car based on the mechanical underpinnings of the Ferrari Testarossa. Designed by Italian design house Pininfarina and developed by automobile manufacturer Ferrari, its world premiere was at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show.

Ferrari Mythos
Ferrari Mythos Front
Overview
ManufacturerFerrari S.p.A
Production1989
3 units (including the prototype)
AssemblyCambiano, Italy
DesignerPietro Camardella, Lorenzo Ramaciotti at Pininfarina
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Body style2-door barchetta
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
RelatedFerrari Testarossa
Ferrari F50
Powertrain
Engine4.9 L Tipo F113 B Flat-12 [1]
Transmission5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,550.2 mm (100.4 in)
Length4,335.8 mm (170.7 in)
Width2,100.6 mm (82.7 in)
Height1,064.3 mm (41.9 in)
Curb weight2,756 lb (1,250 kg) [2]

Design

The design was implemented on the platform of the Ferrari Testarossa, which dictated the car's wedge shape and large air intake ahead of the rear wheels. The design of the Mythos later evolved into the Ferrari F40's successor, the F50. [3]

The show car is stored at the Pininfarina style center at Cambiano (Italy).

Performance

The Mythos is powered by a 4.9 L Tipo F113 B Ferrari flat-12 engine sourced from the Testarossa, the engine has a power output of 390 hp (291 kW; 395 PS) at 6,300 rpm and 354 N⋅m (261 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,500 rpm while having a power to weight ratio of 308hp per tonne. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a Testarossa sourced 5-speed manual transmission. The car utilises a helical coil suspension system with transverse arms on the front and rear. Acceleration figures of the car remain unknown but the car has a projected top speed of about 290 km/h (180 mph).

Production

Although not intended to be sold to the public, the current Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is known to have commissioned two Mythos, with one being red and the other being turquoise,[4] although it is unclear which cars in the Sultan's collections belong to which family members as clear records do not exist.

Gallery

Ferrari Mythos Side
Ferrari Mythos Rear
Ferrari Mythos Inside
Ferrari Mythos Made by Pininfarina

Other media

Though never officially produced, the Mythos was prominently featured in the 1990 award-winning arcade racing game video game Test Drive III.

References

  1. ^ "Ferrari Testarossa engine code". Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  2. ^ "Specifications". howstuffworks. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  3. ^ Jay Traugot (2013-05-11). "Ferrari F50, an evolution of the Mythos". carbuzz. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2011-05-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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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.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 Testarossa

The Ferrari Testarossa (Type F110) is a 12-cylinder mid-engine sports car manufactured by Ferrari, which went into production in 1984 as the successor to the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. The Pininfarina-designed car was originally produced from 1984 to 1991, with two model revisions following the end of Testarossa production called the 512 TR and F512 M, which were produced from 1992 to 1996. Including revised variations, almost 10,000 cars in total were produced, making it one of the most mass-produced Ferrari models.The Testarossa is a two-door coupé that premiered at the 1984 Paris Auto Show. All versions of the Testarossa were available with a rear-mounted, five-speed manual transmission. The rear mid-engine design (engine between the axles but behind the cabin) keeps the centre of gravity in the middle of the car, which increases stability and improves the car's cornering ability, and thus results in a standing weight distribution of 40% front: 60% rear. The original Testarossa was re-engineered for the 1992 model year and was introduced as the 512 TR (TR meaning TestaRossa), at the Los Angeles Auto Show, effectively as a completely new car, and an improved weight distribution of 41% front, 59% rear. Another new variant called the F512 M was introduced at the 1994 Paris Auto Show. The car dropped the TR initials and added the M which in Italian stood for modificata, or translated to modified, and was the final version of the Testarossa, which continued its predecessor's weight distribution improvement of 42% front, 58% rear. The F512 M was Ferrari's last mid-engine 12-cylinder car (apart from the flagship F50, Enzo and LaFerrari models), and it featured the company's last flat-12 engine. The Testarossa was replaced in 1996 by the front-engine 550 Maranello grand tourer.

List of Ferrari road cars

The following is a list of road cars manufactured by Italian sports car manufacturer dating back to the 1950s Ferrari.

Pininfarina

Pininfarina S.p.A. (short for Carrozzeria Pininfarina) is an Italian car design firm and coachbuilder, with headquarters in Cambiano, (Metropolitan City of Turin), Italy. It was founded by Battista "Pinin" Farina in 1930. On 14 December 2015, Mahindra Group acquired Pininfarina S.p.A. for about €168 million.Pininfarina is employed by a wide variety of automobile manufacturers to design vehicles. These firms have included long-established customers such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, GM, Lancia, and Maserati, to emerging companies in the Asian market with Chinese manufactures like AviChina, Chery, Changfeng, Brilliance, and JAC and VinFast in Vietnam and Korean manufacturers Daewoo and Hyundai.

Since the 1980s Pininfarina has also designed high-speed trains, buses, trams, rolling stocks, automated light rail cars, people movers, yachts, airplanes, and private jets. With the 1986 creation of "Pininfarina Extra" it has consulted on industrial design, interior design, architecture, and graphic design.

Pininfarina was run by Battista's son Sergio Pininfarina until 2001, then his grandson Andrea Pininfarina until his death in 2008. After Andrea's death, his younger brother Paolo Pininfarina was appointed as CEO.At its height in 2006 the Pininfarina Group employed 2,768 with subsidiary company offices throughout Europe, as well as in Morocco and the United States. As of 2012 with the end of series automotive production, employment has shrunk to 821. Pininfarina is registered and publicly traded on the Borsa Italiana (Milan Stock Exchange).

Tokyo Motor Show

The Tokyo Motor Show (東京モーターショー) is a biennial auto show held in October–November at the Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan for cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Hosted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), it is a recognized international show by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, and normally sees more concept cars than actual production car introductions which is the reason why the auto press see the show as one of the motorshow's big five (along with Detroit, Geneva, Frankfurt and Paris).

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