When the Ferrari F40 burst onto the scene in 1987, it immediately became the poster car for gearheads around the world. It was an icon of the 1980s, and thanks to its amazing shapes, it has become one of the most popular Ferraris to date. More than 30 years since the car hit our roads, and was plastered to our walls, it remains a style icon that should be celebrated.
The F40 was one of Enzo Ferrari’s final creations. The legendary car designer took the car on as one of his personal projects. One of the most alluring aspects of the F40 was the shapes and angles that just hadn’t been seen in a car before it.
The wings, the gills, and pop-up lights all became part of the iconic styling of the F40. That spoiler made its way into many young car enthusiasts’ dreams, and even the ‘F40’ logo itself was a work of art.
A Fighter Jet on the Road
The harsh angles of the F40 made it look like nothing else on the road, and it could easily have been mistaken for a fighter jet without any wings. Power wasn’t in short supply in the F40 either, with a 478bhp turbocharged engine in a sports car that weighed just 3000lbs. Considering this car was produced in 1987, that was groundbreaking.
It seems there is plenty of demand for the vehicle, with models of the classic sports car being auctioned for upwards of $1 million. Ferrari made quite a lot of F40s, so it’s still possible for people to get their hands on them to fulfill their childhood fantasies.
Seeing a Ferrari F40 in the flesh during the 1980s and ‘90s was an event worth remembering. 30 years on, and the Ferrari F40 still turns heads whenever one is spotted driving in the wild, at car auctions, or still adorned on a poster.
NASCAR Is Really Set On This Whole Flying Car Thing
Do flying cars exist? No, they do not. But that has not stopped the automotive industry from discussing it fervently. The major credit for this goes to a company named Airspeeder, which has claimed that they will soon have a flying car that will be ready for racing. This has garnered the attention of NASCAR and has also become invested in this idea, as per Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern.
NASCAR Viewers are Pro Flying Cars
Recently, through a survey by a fan council, NASCAR polled its viewers regarding their thought on these flying cars. The responses were mostly in NASCAR’s ideas of including a few airborne elements in their races. They aim to accomplish this feat in collaboration with Airspeeder, which is a company that makes flying cars.
Not a Flying Car
Airspeeder’s website showcases the Mk. 4, its eVTOL, which they claim will soon become “Formula 1 of the skies.” It declares to have a 100 mph top speed, better acceleration in comparison to the Tesla Model S, as well a body of 880-lb. While the specs are great, it is still not a flying car. You could call it a flying drone. At best, you could call possibly call the Mk. 4 a helicopter but surely not a car for racing in the skies.
Nothing Definitive Yet
Airspeeder says that they will have flying cars ready by 2022, but they had also made this claim this year. There are other companies too, from this industry, claiming the same. However, it seems as though NASCAR is simply using this news as a publicity stunt in the effort to get their fans pumped up about upcoming races. Nothing definitive has happened yet. The technology may not yet have been discovered, for all you know. Even if the technology becomes available, adapting to the concept may take a while, especially since NASCAR only just shifted towards using hybrid cars.