1986 was a crazy year for the world; Eddie Murphy released “Party All The Time”, Stallone made “Cobra”, the Reagan administration got caught selling guns to Iran, I was born, and the FIA killed the Group B category and effectively ended the Ferrari 288GTO Evoluzione program. Ok, I’ll admit, that last one was bittersweet in a way, because we mere road-going mortals received not only the regulation mandated homologation specials such as the Audi 80, the Mitsubishi Lancer 2000, and the Porsche 959. We also indirectly received the monster know simply as La Leggenda; The Ferrari F40. Here today in 1/18 scale by Kyosho.
You see, Enzo had five 288GTO Evoluzione chassis lying around, with no Group B to race them in, and no racing series of similar levels of insanity to take it to, Ferrari decided to take them to the road in a limited number (that ended up being over 1300 units). Ferrari did end up racing the thing in IMSA in 1989, but that was after it became the sensational performer that it did, eclipsing even the venerated 288GTO. It is a famous car, and many companies have made models of it. Some of our esteemed LaLD community have even done reviews on the Hot Wheels and Bburago versions. This particular one is known as the Kyosho F40 Lightweight LM Wing version, a moniker that does not exist in the realm of 1:1 cars.
See that big, black wing in the last picture? That is a wing from the LM version of the car; a bonafide IMSA endurance racer with a multitude of modifications, most notable of which is new front clip featuring massive ducts and a deletion of the pop-up headlights in favor of of massive glass covered units. It is a work of art, and missing on this car. The problem is that, aside from customer modifications such as the Liberty Walk car, there are no road-going F40’s with this wing and these black OZ wheels, the centerlock wheels are swapped easily enough, but the wing only came from the factory on the LM race spec cars. I don’t care, I love the way this looks and I’m happy that Kysho, in effect, made this custom F40 for me.
I love these wheels. Stock F40 wheels are nice, but the most easily dated piece on it. These OZs are just timeless!
Care for a look inside?
Kyosho is no joke when it comes to detail to price ratio; easily on par with the likes of Autoart. they really do feature as much detail as anyone could want in their collection. With flocked dashboard and carbon detail on the carpet-less tub, drilled out pedals and a very fragile looking shifter with gorgeous gate pattern, it is all here. The gauges and buttons are all labeled and legible, looking to be perfectly scaled and casted/molded replicas of their original counterparts. Admittedly the door pull strings are molded into the door, and not loose pieces, but I can forgive that when I see the logos on those amazing seats!
Speaking of details, there is a small button underneath the front clip. When pushed it moves the headlights up a slight bit, just enough to grab a-hold-of so as to proudly open them up. Speaking of that front clamshell...
It is amazing. The green tinted carbon fiber-like material is extraordinarily convincing, much more so than what was made even a few years prior. Howard gloriously knows what I’m on about. There are a multitude of little details here even if we don’t include the fully entricated front suspension and brake cooling ducts. We find a little tool bag with logo, detailed stickers no doubt pertaining to the care of the car, accurate washer fluid bottles and the like, and great steel cables to hold the clip in place when opened. Fanatics will have noticed that the road-going F40 didn’t have black carbon, and had a spare tire. LM details underneath the wing and wheels?
The money; the engine. The venerated F120A engine owes its roots to the Dino line of Ferrari V8s that lasted from 1956 all the way through 2004. Here it featured 2.9 capacity, 16psi of boooooost, and 478 horsepower. Kyosho have done a great job recreating it here. There are so many intricate pieces woven together in here, it is almost impossible to see the red valve covers buried deep under the intakes. Here is one of the few flaws here, with the ignition wires being molded to the covers, as opposed to being separate wires, but that is really nitpicking when we cant even see the piece without a magnifying glass. The radiators out back even have appropriate hosing and logos. Again there is an anomaly of variants, as this exhaust system is closer in design to the straight piped LM version rather than the road version with it’s huge beer keg style back box. Gotta love those three pipes, one day I’ll make real ones shoot flames.
Favorite feature? The gas flaps on both sides open to reveal what looks like laser cut metal filler caps.
That’s her all opened up then, so lets just see a few more shots of random details on this model.
That ought to do it for today then, appologies for not being around for a while, I should be around more again in the next weeks! Have a great weekend everyone!
ohh, and if you have seventeen minutes and one second, have a look at this X-Car clip, featuring possibly the best accidental racing driver story ever!