RE: Chris Harris video: F40 vs F50

RE: Chris Harris video: F40 vs F50

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Chris Harris video: F40 vs F50

Two of the most extreme Ferraris ever made, a track, Harris ... and a guest driver



I would be lying if I said this test came about because I engaged all of my journalistic persuasion in the pursuit of a lifetime goal. That had nothing to do with it.

It came to pass because an individual was fed up with hearing all the recent nonsense about people like me driving valuable cars like his. He said he wanted to loan me his F40 and F50 (absolutely tickety-boo for me, I said ) and that he expected them to be driven the way the Gods of Maranello intended.

Where else have you seen these two driven thus?
Where else have you seen these two driven thus?
He didn't want a contract signed because we had an email trail clearly explaining what we intended to do and even though he wanted me to attempt to insure the cars for a day's extreme filming on track, if that wasn't possible he was happy to cover the risk himself. That did indeed turn out to be impossible. He wanted to see the cars driven hard and understood the reality of the situation: that the only way a test of this type can take place is if the owner underwrites the mechanical health of the cars, purely for the love of, well, cars.

There is no way of insuring the internals of a 22-year-old Ferrari, it just isn't possible. Even if the engine was rebuilt and re-sealed in front of the insurance company it isn't going to happen.

As for the road risk, well Stuart and PH kindly put me on their policy. Yes, the email confirmation did ask me to be careful - I just never knew careful was spelt with a capital 'F'. And I might have received a text message a few seconds after the scheduled end of the shoot, just to ask how things had gone, naturally.

A tough day at the office for Mr Harris then
A tough day at the office for Mr Harris then
The cars themselves? Perfection. The F40 versus F50 debate has rumbled along for some time and I've never before had a chance to offer anything on the subject, but I think we had a good chance to unearth the way both cars drive and behave. They are rightly held as definitive driving experiences, but sadly their value as objects is increasing at such a ferocious pace (more so in the case of the rarer F50) that it's unlikely we'll get the chance to see the cars driven like this again.

There was one other aim of the video, and that was to understand just what the F40 felt like back in 1989. You see when it comes on boost in 2013 it is still shockingly fast compared to modern super sports cars, but back when a 911 Carrera had 231hp, it must have seemed impossibly powerful.

So I had a man who drove the car back when it was new come along and drive on the test and asked him how he felt about the car, both then and now. He's one of the few blokes I'd trust with an F40 under these circumstances.

Excluding some racing exploits, this was the best day of my professional life. A complete honour.

I hope you enjoy some of the beautiful shots.

   
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Max M4X WW

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4,055 posts

121 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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Stumbled across this on Drive before seeing it on here, just amazing!

ajprice

15,778 posts

135 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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Watching it now, I had the Fast Lane magazine with the cassette tape that they're talking about. It had an effect on me too hehe

Yes. The F40 is THE car. No contest.

Edited by ajprice on Wednesday 4th September 20:37

Blayney

2,656 posts

125 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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Brilliant.

Growing up in the 90s I always preferred the f50. I still do.

Great video.

rix

1,987 posts

129 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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Epic epic epic!

What a marvelous vid!

From the intro I was hoping that the guest was Mr Hales - brilliant!

Edit - and I forgot to say, you didn't think even these two cars could detract from those gloves?!

Edited by rix on Wednesday 4th September 21:04

s m

17,227 posts

142 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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ajprice said:
Watching it now, I had the Fast Lane magazine with the cassette tape that they're talking about. It had an effect on me too hehe

Yes. The F40 is THE car. No contest.

Edited by ajprice on Wednesday 4th September 20:37
Like Chris says, that tape was such a novelty back 25 years ago - pre-Internet and all. Remember listening to it on the way home in my own car!
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storminnorman

2,357 posts

91 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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I can see your point in the details of the article and with your special guest, and I like it. Good work, great vid and it would certainly be nice to see the guest again!

GarageQueen

2,118 posts

185 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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Great video

Shocking to see an F40 at those angles!!

TheLordJohn

5,746 posts

85 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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What a lucky man.

Excellent video.

DLovett

329 posts

102 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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I was pretty much a mass of goosebumps throughout that video. Top work, Chris.

em177

2,907 posts

103 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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In HD on a 42" tele with surround sound. That was ace!

cheddar

4,124 posts

113 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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My word!

Quite simply the best, most exciting, most honest, most animated review from Chris Harris ever.

I imagine his dining table is now covered with A4 sheets of man maths calculations in an attempt to convince himself that he can afford an F40.

Brilliant video.

mathmos

659 posts

113 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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serious thumbs up for making video's like this...and that F50 noise cloud9

smartypants

38,881 posts

108 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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Superb video! A friend has both, and they are so different but so spectacular in different ways. But the noise and it's ability on normal road conditions, the F50 wins as a passenger. I am pretty sure I'd say the opposite if I drove them!

The noise.. oh the noise

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrKIbHNIbVw

Rawwr

21,624 posts

173 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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That made me feel like I was 10-years old again. I desperately need to try an F40.

LasseV

1,109 posts

72 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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I would choose M135i over those.

Kronstein

294 posts

68 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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Very generous owner, making that happen.

Good video.

giblet

7,115 posts

116 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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Thrashing an F40 and an F50 round Anglesey in a t shirt, shorts and driving gloves. Insanely awesome video and quite possibly the best one that Monkey has done yet. It's the one that I am most jealous of as the F40 to me is THE greatest car ever made. I remember having a poster of one on my wall as a kid, thousands of other kids probably did too.

breuilly66

6 posts

67 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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best PH video ever

Hankzorizer

7 posts

73 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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One of the best vids ever Chris! Thanks alot! Made my day

giblet

7,115 posts

116 months

Wednesday 4th September 2013
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Forgot to say, hat tip to the owner of those two stunning motors (pistolp maybe?). Nice to see them being used and enjoyed!