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    Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50"

    Two of the most extreme Ferraris ever made, a track, Chris Harris ... and a guest driver

    (4 September 2013)
     
    "I would be lying if I said this test came about because I engaged all of my journalistic persuasion in the pursuit of a lifetime goal. That had nothing to do with it.
     
    It came to pass because an individual was fed up with hearing all the recent nonsense about people like me driving valuable cars like his. He said he wanted to loan me his F40 and F50 (absolutely tickety-boo for me, I said) and that he expected them to be driven the way the Gods of Maranello intended.
     
    Where else have you seen these two driven thus?
     
    He didn't want a contract signed because we had an email trail clearly explaining what we intended to do and even though he wanted me to attempt to insure the cars for a day's extreme filming on track, if that wasn't possible he was happy to cover the risk himself. That did indeed turn out to be impossible. He wanted to see the cars driven hard and understood the reality of the situation: that the only way a test of this type can take place is if the owner underwrites the mechanical health of the cars, purely for the love of, well, cars.
     
    There is no way of insuring the internals of a 22-year-old Ferrari, it just isn't possible. Even if the engine was rebuilt and re-sealed in front of the insurance company it isn't going to happen.
     
    As for the road risk, well Stuart and PH kindly put me on their policy. Yes, the email confirmation did ask me to be careful - I just never knew careful was spelt with a capital 'F'. And I might have received a text message a few seconds after the scheduled end of the shoot, just to ask how things had gone, naturally.
     
    A tough day at the office for Mr Harris then...
     
    The cars themselves? Perfection. The F40 versus F50 debate has rumbled along for some time and I've never before had a chance to offer anything on the subject, but I think we had a good chance to unearth the way both cars drive and behave. They are rightly held as definitive driving experiences, but sadly their value as objects is increasing at such a ferocious pace (more so in the case of the rarer F50) that it's unlikely we'll get the chance to see the cars driven like this again.
     
    There was one other aim of the video, and that was to understand just what the F40 felt like back in 1989. You see when it comes on boost in 2013 it is still shockingly fast compared to modern super sports cars, but back when a 911 Carrera had 231hp, it must have seemed impossibly powerful.
     
    So I had a man who drove the car back when it was new come along and drive on the test and asked him how he felt about the car, both then and now. He's one of the few blokes I'd trust with an F40 under these circumstances.
     
    Excluding some racing exploits, this was the best day of my professional life. A complete honour.
     
    I hope you enjoy some of the beautiful shots."
     
     
     

    Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" -- DRIVE Video Link

    Chris Harris: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" -- PistonHeads Article Link

    ...many thanks, congratulations and all due credit to Chris Harris and Mark Hales!
     

    Smiley SmileySmiley


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    Another wesome video!! Chris is THE best automotive journalist at this moment IMO. I've been following him on twitter and youtube for about two years or so and everytime I'm looking forward to see new videos. :)

     

     


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    I'm just another female petrolhead :)

     


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    This is journalism ....thank you


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    Cool vídeo.

    J.Seven

     


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    Simply B E A U T I F U L !  


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    There is no try. Just do.


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    SuzyF:

    Another wesome video!! Chris is THE best automotive journalist at this moment IMO. I've been following him on twitter and youtube for about two years or so and everytime I'm looking forward to see new videos. :)

     

     

    Same here - THE benchmark. I wish there would be more reviews from him....


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    SuzyF:

    Another wesome video!! Chris is THE best automotive journalist at this moment IMO. I've been following him on twitter and youtube for about two years or so and everytime I'm looking forward to see new videos. :)

     

     

    Absolutely, fantastic journalist. Loved reading his articles in Evo as well, shame he doesn't write for them anymore.


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    CH has fun, this isn't just a job for him, this is paid fun and it shows. I wish my favorite car magazine, German Sport Auto, would make videos like that, very professional and entertaining. I'm not too much into drifting (it makes you slower, it kills the material like tires and it just isn't my kind of fun, I'm more of a driving precision fun type of guy) but CH just knows what people want to see and he always seems to find the right words to inform AND entertain, without to ridicule a certain brand or concept. I love his reviews and this one is amazing.


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 991 Turbo S (Sept. 2013), Cayenne GTS (958), BMW X3 35d (2013)


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    He is the Dean of auto journalists....if you're old enough to remember, he is the equal of Henry N. Manney and Paul Frère!!


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    964C2:

    ... Paul Frère!!

    We are very proud of the late Monsieur Frère. There's a picture of him in a 911 at CMV (driver training centre in Visé) that makes me smile everytime I look at it...


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    Chris Harris mentions the legendary audio cassette from Fast Lane magazine in 1989 with Mark Hales at Donington Park driving the Porsche 911 Club Sport, Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth, Audi Quattro and Ferrari F40...

    ...turn up the volume... Smiley

     
    ...Fast Lane magazine produced another audio cassette in 1990 with Mark Hales driving the Aston Martin Vantage, Porsche 959, Lister Mk3 and Lamborghini Countach...
     
     
     
    ...great inspirational for many generations of car enthusiasts! Smiley
     

    Smiley SmileySmiley


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    DuckieRS:
    964C2:

    ... Paul Frère!!

    We are very proud of the late Monsieur Frère. There's a picture of him in a 911 at CMV (driver training centre in Visé) that makes me smile everytime I look at it...

    IMO, Paul Frere was in a category of his own thanks to his engineering training. 

     


    Re: Chris Harris On Cars: "Ferrari F40 vs Ferrari F50" (22 minute video)

    Paul Frere was the greatest authority on cars in 20th century IMHO


     
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