The Big Five are the pinnacle of Ferraris created in the modern era and are comprised of the 288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo, and LaFerrari – each of them having its own unique character and flair but ultimately it comes down to one thing only: They were built to deliver an unmatched experience compared to any other car of the time.
FERRARI 288 GTO ( 1984-1986 )
Announced by Enzo Ferrari in September 1983, and unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1984, the GTO (also known unofficially with the 288 prefix) sparked a wave of enthusiasm. The legendary name, the stunning styling by Pininfarina, the engine with its seemingly inexhaustible power (2.8 liters and 8 cylinders) being the first V8 Twin-Turbocharged engine in the Ferrari’s history, and the widespread use of composite materials, made the GTO the closest thing to a racing car.
To meet customer demand, 272 were built instead of the planned 200: all were sold before production began. In the early years of Ferrari’s history, most road cars produced were limited series
FERRARI F40 ( 1987-1992 )
The F40 was built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary. A very fast Berlinetta designed by Pininfarina was built mainly from composites. Its sophisticated high-performance, turbocharged running gear combined with a first-class chassis gave it the kind of great dynamic prowess that was close to that of a racing car.
The F40 continued the extreme machine philosophy cultivated by its predecessor the GTO, but took it to new levels, It was greeted with great enthusiasm by enthusiasts and the number of examples eventually built exceeded the company’s wildest dreams.
Production started from1987 and continued through to 1992, during which time 1311 examples were made, nearly five times as many as the GTO.
FERRARI F50 ( 1995-1996 )
Created to celebrate Ferrari’s 50th anniversary, the F50 was the closest thing to a road-going Formula 1 car the company had ever built during the time, Given its uncompromising, purist approach to high performance, the F50 was devoid of power steering, power-assisted braking, and ABS, but made extensive use of sophisticated composite materials, F1-style construction technology and aerodynamics.
The F50 was the Ferrari extreme machine” of the nineties taking over the mantle from the F40. Ferrari President Luca Di Montezemolo stated that only 349 examples would be produced, one less than they thought that they could sell. A definite change in marketing strategy was brought about by the change in market conditions.
The F50 took this crossover technology to the limit, with the utilization of a composite construction monocoque chassis, and used the engine, derived from that of the 1990 Formula One car, as a stressed
Whereas the two previous “Supercars” had been powered by turbocharged V8 engines, the nineties the variant used a normally aspirated V12 engine as the the motive force, albeit more than fifty percent greater in capacity than its predecessors.
FERRARI ENZO ( 2002-2004 )
In the course of its history, Ferrari has, at regular intervals produced extreme sports cars that are the pinnacle of the technological and performance-oriented achievement of their day and made them available to its clients for road use. This policy has produced some of the most extraordinary in the marque’s entire history.
Each one represented the very state of the art in terms of performance-oriented engineering, the most recent being, of course, the likes of the 288 GTO, F40, and F50. What all of these cars shared, however, wasn’t just their benchmark performance but the fact that they were produced in strictly limited edition runs. Joining their exclusive ranks in 2002 was the Enzo Ferrari, a superb car of which just 399 were built.
At the time of its launch, the Enzo contained the most advanced track-derived technologies of its day. What made it truly unique was the fact that it was benefiting from the technological crossover at a time when Ferrari was on an impressive winning streak in Formula 1.
Never before had a Ferrari’s styling been so heavily influenced by function. Work in the wind tunnel, on the track and on the road focused unswervingly on achieving the maximum performance possible and resulted in a completely uncompromising car. The Enzo’s front section was inspired both in terms of its form and function by the Formula 1 car’s nose cone
FERRARI LAFERRARI ( 2013-2018 )
Ferrari’s first ever production car to be equipped with the F1-derived hybrid. It boasts the most extreme performance ever achieved by a Ferrari production car and features the most advanced and innovative technical solutions which will, in the future, filter down to the rest of the Ferrari range. The LaFerrari is Ferrari’s first ever production car to be equipped with the F1-derived hybrid solution – the HY-KERS system – which combines an electric motor producing over 150 CV with the most powerful incarnation yet of Ferrari’s classic V12, with 800 CV at 9000 rpm.
The LaFerrari represents Ferrari’s most ambitious project yet to push the boundaries of technology on a road car, drawing together the finest expression of the marque’s technical capabilities in both GT and Formula 1 engineering. With production limited to just 499 examples, LaFerrari continues Ferrari’s tradition in building uncompromising performance cars for a small number of highly discerning clients.
Late in 2016, the Ferrari LaFerrari was introduced which is the spider version of the LaFerrari Ferrari’s unique core values have been raised to a whole new level in the car launched to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the company. Designed for Ferrari’s most passionate clients, the LaFerrari Aperta is the new limited-edition special series model and just 210 examples were made.