In 1986 Enzo Ferrari was left with a race bred 288 GTO with no race series to enter it, and with the release of the Porsche 959, Enzo wanted a no holds-bar race-bred street car to win back the Ferrari enthusiasts.
Here enters the Ferrari F40. A purpose built street car with race car heritage, that was “nothing but sheer performance”. Featuring a 2.9L twin turbo V8, Pininfarina styling, panels made from carbon fibre, Kevlar and aluminium, plastic windows, no radio, no door handles, no carpets. The F40 was an extreme change from the ever softening Ferrari line-up, a car that Enzo said “would have happened anyway”.
The F40 has a hydraulic lifter system built into the factory shock absorbers which allows the car to be raised and lowered at the push of a button, a necessity for its extremely small ground clearance.
We had these shocks in our workshop previously for a complete rebuild.
Recently we had the pleasure of having this particular F40 in our workshop to set up the suspension as it’s in its final stages of restoration. After installing the shocks we rebuilt last year, we set up the static heights and alignment.
As well as setting up the shocks, we rewired the lifter system to make it functional and reliable for many years to come.