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An exciting opportunity to acquire the Taisan Japanese GT race winning Ferrari F40.
Ready to use and still road registered this 1990’s GT car is well documented in various Ferrari racing annuals
When the Japan GT Championship started in 1994, Team TAISAN surprised the racing community when they entered a Ferrari F40 to the series. Influenced by the car’s success in the Italian GT Championship, Team TAISAN purchased a street-legal F40 (S/N: ZFFG134B000080780). Starting from a totally stock F40, the team made modifications and improvements during the season and for each race. The team also invited Oscar Larrauri, winner of the Italian GT Championship and former F1 driver to drive for Team TAISAN. In Round 5 at Mine Circuit, Oscar Larrauri was paired up with Tetsuya Ota and they sensationally captured the race win.
At each round of the race, the F40 was modified, troubleshooting whatever came up during the previous race. Although the F120A V8 unit which made 478ps/577nm of power and torque was untouched, they installed a one-off straight exhaust pipe for better response (the car is now installed with a silencer). Most of the modifications were done to its chassis and aerodynamics. The front clam shell was widened by 5mm on each side which the team considered as their original F40LM spec front cowl. The rear wing was also changed to a custom adjustable rear wing.
For the car’s suspension, the team installed uniball mounts from the F40LM car and the wheels were changed to a set of light-weight magnesium wheels from OZ Racing to reduce unsprung weight. The front roll bar which came on the stock F40 was reinforced and other modifications were made as they raced in the series.
This car is listed as a JGTC spec race car, however no drastic changes were made and the car is still a street-legal Ferrari F40. The original engine which the team raced with has been replaced but the car remains road registered. Maintained in good original condition, the car runs well and would be an exciting road car or could also be used in historic racing such as the GT90’s series or Endurance Legends series where it is sure to turn heads. The exterior remains unchanged from the car’s racing years and is complete with its period livery.
One of the last true GT cars that can be driven to the track, raced and driven home again…