Ferrari's last Le Mans winner has reportedly served as the inspiration for the new F150. And that's not a bad place to start.
Sportscar racing in Europe tends to work in dynasties. These days Audi is on top, but in the 60s it was all about Ferrari. Between 1949 and 1965, Ferraris won the 24 Hours of Le Mans nine times - six of those victories coming consecutively from 1960-65 (second in the record books only to Porsche's 7 consecutive wins). The last of those victories came to the 250 LM, one of Ferrari's first mid-engined cars. And it's that car, according to the latest reports, that has formed the spiritual inspiration for the new F150 supercar.
Like the 250 LM, the F150 places a V12 engine in the middle, driving the rear wheels - although the latest supercar will be substantially more powerful and faster than its spiritual ancestor. The design, as previewed by these teaser renderings, is also said to have borrowed heavily from the 250 LM, albeit with more aggressive creases and lines in its carbon-fiber bodywork. Only 32 examples of the 250 LM were ultimately produced, far short of the FIA's mandatory 100 homologation units, but these days they're selling for upwards of 6 million euros apiece - if you can find an owner willing to part with his.
The F150 is expected to be produced in a larger production run of 500 examples, each to sell for over a million euros. Sources are expecting the F150 to debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7, but before then, an elite cadre of Ferrari clients will likely have already seen it. If it ends up anything like its grandpa, nobody will be disappointed.