Ferrari Test Driver Pushes F40, F50, Enzo, and LaFerrari on the Track
Dario Benuzzi laps Fiorano in some of the company's legends.
Factory test drivers for supercar manufacturers generally have a pretty good time at the office. Dario Benuzzi is no different, as he has been testing cars for Ferrari since 1969. The 46-year factory drtiver veteran has his hand in every one of the development cycles of every Ferrari model produced since 1969, including the five legendary halo cars. Now, with help from the 69-year-old Dario, Ferrari dusts off four of the fastest Ferraris ever produced for a back-to-back blast on the track.
The Ferrari F40 is very much a product of its time. The 1980's was a decade of excess, and the F40 channels all of the boisterous attitude that embodied the era of the Wall Street boom. The F40 was motivated by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 pushing out 471 hp, allowing the F40 to snap to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 201 mph.
The Ferrari F50 had quite the legacy to live up to, following in the shadow of the almighty F40. Ferrari looked to its Formula 1 know-how to produce the closest thing possible to a roadworthy F1 car, and used this mentality to develop the F50. The starting points were a race-derived carbon-fiber tub and a sophisticated F1-style suspension. A 513-hp 4.7-liter V-12 was sourced from the 3.5-liter V-12 in the 1990 Ferrari 640 F1 race car, which allowed the featherweight F50 to breach 60 in 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 202 mph.
The 2003 Ferrari Enzo was the first of the truly modern Ferrari hypercars. While both the F40 and F50 could trace their DNA back to motorsports, the Enzo was aimed at creating the ultimate road car. In this regard, the Enzo remained one of the fastest cars of its decade. The 660-hp 6.0-liter V-12 engine pushed the Enzo to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, on to a top speed of 217 mph. Just 400 of these hypercars ever left the factory.
Finally, Dario puts Ferrari's newest hypercar through its paces. With the 6.3-liter V-12 and hybrid powertrain churning out a combined 950 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, the LaFerrari is the fastest Ferrari of all time. The 60 mph benchmark arrives in under 3 seconds, with a top speed estimated to be near 220 mph.
Watch Dario push four generations of Ferrari supercars in the video below.