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F50 Engine

More than anything else, a Ferrari is an engine. They are famous as V12s, although a fair number are configured otherwise. Beyond the exotic, almost hedonistic nature of the V12 and abundance of power as reason for its existance, there is the sound of multiple explosions and the distinctive chorus that a mechanically complex engine creates.

F50 engine diagram

F50 engine
The F50 continues the tradition of the F40, in that the engine configuration reflects the Formula 1 engine specifications at the time of its manufacture. The F40 featured a turbocharged V8, as Formula 1 rules at the time dictated small engine displacement coupled with turbocharging. The rules were changed by 1995 to ban turbos but allow larger engines. Thus the F50 displaces 4.7 liters and is normally aspirated.

The cylinder heads are aluminum and feature five valves per cylinder; three intake and two exhaust. They are actuated by four overhead chain driven camshafts. The intake is a variable geometry design. A Bosch engine management system supervises the fuel injection and ignition tasks. The exhaust escapes via a stainless steel "six-into-two-into-one" system. An electronically controlled valve switches between two exhaust system lengths, one for low speed torque, the other for high speed power. The F50 engine meets all US emission requirements, including the tough California laws.


Designation: F130
Configuration: V12, 65 degrees.
Main Bearings: Seven
Displacement: 4698 cc. (286.7 cubic inches)
Bore and Stroke: 85 mm. x 69 mm. (3.35" x 2.72")
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Power: 513 bhp @ 8500 rpm; 109 HP/litre (SAE)
Torque: 347 ft.-lb. @ 6500 rpm
Redline: 8500 rpm
Oil Capacity: 12.2 quarts
Cooling Capacity: 18.0 quarts
Weight: 436.5 lb

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