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  Ferrari F50 GT

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1996
Numbers built:3
Designed by:Pininfarina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe GT racing class was first created in the mid 1950s and was subsequently dominated by Ferrari for the first decade of its existence. With the carefully constructed and prepared 250 GTs Ferrrari supplied their customers with instant winners. Ferrari built the last GT-car in 1965, after which customers had to modify Ferrari road cars to race. The most successful of these were the Daytona Competizione and F40 GT, which both had some backdoor support from the works.

At the end of 1993 sportscar racing was turned upside down, with new regulations much favoring GT cars. A new GT1 class was created to replace the Group C cars. At least 25 examples of a car had to be produced for it to be homologated. Ferrari privateers relied on the F40 GTE, which was based on the road going F40, introduced in 1987. New cars like the McLaren F1 GTR and the Porsche 911 GT1 left the 'old F40' obsolete.

With the GT1 cars very much in contention for the overall victory at Le Mans, Ferrari started work on the first factory built and prepared GT-racer in thirty years. Ferrari called in the help of Michelotto, who were also involved in the construction of the F40 GT cars and the 333 SP prototype racer. The new car was based on the F50 supercar launched in 1995, which was built in enough numbers to secure homologation of the F50 GT.

Described as an F1 racer for the streets, the F50 already incorporated many racing car design features. Outwardly the F50 GT was easily recognizable through its altered nose and rear wing. Like the road going V12, the GT's engine displaced exactly 4.7 litres, but it was extensively modified to produce 750 bhp, an increase of well over 200 bhp. The engineers put the F50 on a strict diet, resulting in a 400 kg weight loss for the racer.

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