Whereas the original Ferrari F40 was so good that many still consider it to be the best Ferrari of all time, the F40 Competizione uses the same recipe, only on steroids. This car was only built because a prominent importer from France wanted an F40 he could field in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, so he convinced Michelotto Automobili to create a track-prepped version of the supercar. Several other well-heeled Ferrari enthusiasts saw what was going on and wanted in on the action, creating a very small run of F40 Competiziones, not all of which actually saw any track time.
Power and Performance
Even though the F40 was the fastest car in the world at its debut in 1987, Michelotto took things to another level entirely. An incredible 691 bhp were coaxed from a modified version of the standard F40’s 2.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V8; over 200 more than the regular engine could muster. Combine that power with intensive weight saving measures and advanced aerodynamics, and the Competizione could reach a lofty 228 mph top speed. Few pieces of the car were left untouched, with upgrades made to the front and rear wings, brakes, and bodywork. The famous pop-up headlights were discarded in favour of lighter and more aerodynamic fixed units. Wider wheels and tyres were fitted, as were beefed-up brakes, suspension, and gearbox.
As Rare as it is Fast
In all, 10 of these track cars were made, with the first two bearing the F40 LM name instead of Competizione. Ferrari made the name switch after realizing that labelling these as “Le Mans” cars shoehorned the model into too narrow of a niche. Combine its amazing performance capability with that kind of exclusivity, and anyone could guess what kind of value these cars hold today. A recent example was sold in the US for $3.3 million, and those values will most likely climb even higher as time marches on.