Ferrari F50

What is a better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari than to create the Ferrari F50? This is a high-performance supercar introduced in 1995 to celebrate the company's half century of success. The F50 is a two door, two-seat convertible sports car with a removable hardtop and a 4.7 L naturally aspirated 60-valve V12 engine. The engine was developed from the 3.5L V12 used in the 1992 Ferrari F92 Formula One car. As it turned out, only 349 units were made, which was one less than Ferrari estimated they could sell. This was, in the words of Ferrari spokesman Antonio Ghini, because "Ferraris are something cultural, a monument. They must be hard to find, so we will produce one less car than the market." The July of 1997, the final F50 was produced in Maranello, Italy. Following the motorsport theme Ferrari developed the F50 GT, which in testing in 1996 proved to be quicker even than the 333SP. Sadly this went unnoticed due to Ferrari's cancellation of the F50 GT project, and instead choosing to focus on Formula One. Ferrari sold off the three complete chassis that were built – the test car 001, 002 and 003, of which, Chassis 002 and 003 had bodies fitted before being sold. It is reported that the remaining three tubs were destroyed. However, there is another limited F50 in circulation. A custom made F50 variant named the Bolide was commissioned by the Sultan of Brunei in 1998 and delivered that same year. It used the Fiat derived V12 engine and the same chassis, but was completely redesigned otherwise. Only one car was produced in the coupe configuration. It would be quite remarkable to catch a sight of this car given that very few images and no official performance statistics of the car are available.