Glen Osmond Road – Ferrari F50

AGR_Adelaide_f50 739There are rare occurrences, and then there’s seeing a Giallo Modena Ferrari F50 in midweek Adelaide traffic. Unlikely? Damn, it’s about as unlikely as you could get.

AGR_Adelaide_f50 741The F50 has always sat in the shadow of its older brother, but technologically speaking it’s the more fascinating and sophisticated car. Whereas the F40 relies on sheer turbocharged brute force, the F50 delivers its punch through a howling 60 valve, 65deg V12 derived from the F92A Formula 1 engine. The engine and six-speed gearbox also doubles as the rear suspension mounting points, and the whole assembly is mounted as a single stressed unit direct to the carbon tub. That’s pure racecar exotica, and the F50 is closer to an F1 car for the road than any other Ferrari has been.

AGR_Adelaide_f50 740With only 349 F50’s built and only 31 in this colour, it is significantly rarer than the F40 too. It just goes to show that there is some very special machinery hiding in the garages of Adelaide, and if you happen to be in the right place at the right time you just might get a glimpse.

Words and photos by Andrew Coles

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  1. Tom Gilbert January 23, 2014 Reply

    Gold, shame it is stuck in peak hour traffic!

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