Your Weekend GIF: The Evolution of Ferrari’s Supercars

Ferrari supercars

Ferrari has made its mark on the world of sports cars throughout their storied history. Their supercars, however, have been the things that dramatically change the course of the automotive market.

In 1984 the Italian automaker built the 288 GTO with the intention of homologating it for racing. It sported a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-8, longitudinally-mounted engine mated to a racing transmission and pumped out about 400 horsepower and 366 lb-ft. of torque.

Later, in 1987 there was the F40 which became the last car built under the leadership of Enzo Ferrari and was the culmination of every bit of technology the automaker had. It’s Kevlar, carbon fiber, and aluminum body was propelled by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-8 engine with 471 horsepower. That was good enough to propel it to 200 mph – making it the first production car to do so.

After almost a decade, Ferrari was back with the F50 supercar that had a naturally-aspirated 4.7-liter V-12 engine with a 513 horsepower, 347 lb-ft. of torque output and used every advanced piece of engine technology that Ferrari had at the time.

The Enzo Ferrari in 2002 was built to pay tribute to the company’s founder and packed all sorts of exciting Formula 1 technology such as a carbon fiber body, F1-style transmission, ceramic composite brakes, and more.

Today, the latest and greatest automobile to roll off the factory floor in Maranello is the LaFerrari. The new supercar uses advanced aerodynamics and is the first hybrid model from Ferrari. A 789 bhp 7.3-liter V-12 engine is paired up with a 161 bhp HY-KERS unit that helps aid in both the economy and performance departments for downright incredible figures on the track.

This quick GIF shows off these Ferrari supercars from the past 30 years and has us excited for the past, present, and future of the Italian automaker.

What was your favorite Ferrari supercar in the past 30 years?


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