When I was in high school, I remember reading the Road & Track issue with the Ferrari F40 on the cover over and over and over. It was, at the time, the greatest thing I'd ever seen. Ultimately, the magazine was sacrificed (something I deeply regret today), as I cut out the best photos and plastered them all over the corkboard in my bedroom. The F40 was pinup material of the first order. A few years later, when I was in college, I remember seeing my first F40 in the wild. It was the early 90s -- '91 or '92 -- and I was walking around Coconut Grove one Sunday afternoon. It was one of those great Miami fall days. Warm and sunny, but not too humid. I didn't see it at first. Rather, I heard the car in front of it. A Daytona Spyder (a real one). Stalking the Daytona was the F40. Cruising. Both drivers giving the engines a little goose here and there, eliciting smiles from the people on the sidewalks. The Daytona was gorgeous, but the F40 was the meanest thing I'd ever seen.
And it still is.
The video above chronicles the creation of the Ferrari F40, which, in my opinion, remains the greatest of the supercars even now, almost twenty years after its introduction (time flies, eh?). From the 288 GTO Evoluzione, which ultimately became a rolling laboratory for the F40's future mechanicals, to the car's introduction in 1987, to the F40LM GT-class racers of the 90s, the video covers it all. Yes, the F50 is impressive, and the Enzo is a performance revelation, but given the choice, I'd take the F40 every single time. Its race-inspired design is still fresh-looking today, and when it's in the same room as any of its successors, it is the F40 that has a tractor-beam-like pull. It's the last great Ferrari overseen by Enzo himself. Yes, the F40 is special in every sort of way.
[Source: Google Video via MotorAuthority]