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This £5m F40 LM is one of the coolest Ferrari F40s
A day spent staring at a Ferrari F40 is a good day. Today is a good day
You’re welcome, people of the Internet. Here is a very rare Ferrari F40 LM, and it comes to you via RM Sotheby’s who plan on selling it off in Paris at an auction next year. Sell your loved ones, ‘cos it ain’t cheap. But it might just be worth it.
Why? The LM was the hardcore racing version of the hardcore road-going Ferrari F40, built by Michelotto. Michelotto did unseemly, unspoken things to the last supercar Enzo Ferrari would oversee.
Wonderful things, mind. A reinforced chassis. Wildly aggressive bodywork. More aggressive front and rear wings. Bigger brakes, upgraded suspension, a racing gearbox and literally no interior. Consider all of those things in the context of what a ‘regular’ F40 is all about. We’ll wait.
If the changes to the suspension and body were unspoken, the engine modifications were downright indecent. Cubic capacity remained the same – a 2.9-litre V8 – but the turbos were boosted to 2.6 bar, there were fatter intercoolers new cams, and a new fuel-injection setup. Quoted power was 720bhp. It won’t surprise you to learn that it could produce more still.
So it’s very, very special. Only 19 F40 LMs were ever built, and this particular car was used as a prototype while the road-going F40 was being designed. Michelotto did the conversion in 1992, it was bought by Michel Ferté in ’94, and it finished 12th at Le Mans in ’95. That was also the year when McLaren swept the board with the F1. But we digress.
It campaigned in the BPR Global GT series after, and RM tells us it is “the most successful F40 LM”, still wearing its fetching Le Mans livery.
Oh yeah, like we said, it ain’t cheap. It’s estimated to go for up to €5.5m – just under £5m. On a scale of 1 to 10, therefore, how much have you stopped listening to reason and given in?