Ferrari F40 Destroyed After Bursting Into Flames

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This doesn't look salvageable.

Launched in 1987, the Ferrari F40 is one of the most fabled supercars of all time. A successor to the 280 GTO, the F40 paved the way for future flagship Ferraris like the Enzo and LaFerrari. Only 1,315 examples were built between 1987 and 1992. Sadly, one of them almost perished last year after catching on fire in Monaco, and now another example has burned to a crisp in Japan.

According to local media reports, a couple were enjoying putting the legendary supercar through its paces on the winding roads of Japan's famous Hakone Turnpike when the driver and passenger noticed smoke billowing from the engine.

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The driver pulled over and both occupants managed to escape safely before the F40 immolated. All they could do was watch helplessly as one of the most beloved cars in the world turned to ash. Luckily, nobody was injured in the inferno, but all that remains of the F40 is a burned-out shell.

The cause of the fire is unknown. While the F40 that caught on fire in Monaco last year is being restored back to its former glory, it will be a lot harder to salvage this one as it was completely destroyed.

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Before it went up in flames, this F40 was powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 471 hp and 426 lb-ft torque, which was sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. At the time, the F40 was the fastest production car in the world, with a claimed top speed of 201 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 4.1 seconds. It was also the last ever car approved by Enzo Ferrari before he passed away in 1988, so it's sad to think there's now one less F40 in the world.

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