The F40 is an iconic car. It was the last Ferrari in which Enzo Ferrari was directly involved and it would mark the fortieth anniversary of Enzo Ferrari's automobiles.
Ferrari proposed the concept to the company's executive committee in June 1986. In many ways it was a direct response to the Porsche 959 supercar, which had been unveiled early in 1986. In contrast to the four wheel drive 959 and its showcase of electronic technology and comfort, the F40 focused on power and lightness and incorporated much of the technology derived from Ferrari's Formula One activities. It weighed just 2420 lbs and its twin-turbo, 2.9 litre V8 delivered 478 bhp, at that time the most power offered in a road car.
Since the 959 had a tested top speed of 197 mph, the F40 was designed to be the first road car capable of 200 mph. And it was; 201 mph to be exact.
Building The Models
The Pocher F40 leaves out a lot of engine detail which is a gap that the superb 1,400 piece, Autograph transkit fills. Assuming you are lucky enough to acquire one of those transkits, why hide all that wonderful detail underneath a body?
Fortunately, the F40 was built with a space frame chassis, so there was the opportunity to build a legitimate chassis-only model. That's how I started.
The fully bodied model followed.