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Thursday, January 2, 2020

After 18 years, the mysterious F90 was admitted its existence by Ferrari

This is not a new supercar like the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which was launched in May 2019. As we have seen, this car is the most powerful hybrid supercar ever produced by the prancing horse logoed manufacturer. But it isn't the car that we will discuss at this time, but the figure of another car which has the name similarity is the Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale was built by the renowned Italian coachbuilder, Pininfarina in the 1990s.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SOUB21)
It all started in 1988 when the HH Sultan of Brunei (some said His Highness' youngest brother) came to Pininfarina: he wanted to build six of these unique supercars for his collection. He thought it would be a good idea to design the supercar for him based on the Ferrari Testarossa. 

At that time it was also mentioned that the supercar making was classified as a secret project so that Ferrari did not even know about it. In the deepest secrecy, the Italian coachbuilder started working on this project at its based and came in with a car that was somewhat reminiscent of the Pininfarina Ethos Concept.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2u8YjJs)
And in 2005, nearly 18 years after the car was designed, Ferrari admitted that six cars had been built that was bolder than anything they had ever dared to make themselves at the time. And the "F90" name refers to the fact that it will be the Ferrari horse built in the 1990s.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SOUB21)
Technically, the car remains identical to the Testarossa: which uses a 48-valve 4.9-liter flat-12 engine capable of producing up to 396 hp of power and 490 Nm of torque to drive its rear wheels. It looks like the Ferrari F90 is built on the Testarossa's chassis with the numbers of 83096, 86390, 86626, 86784, 87195 and 88171 with the wheels and rearview mirrors position also remain unchanged.

But the similarity ends there: while the radiator position is moved to the front of the car, the interior and exterior are completely designed specifically under the direction of Enrico Fumia, the Pininfarina's head of R&D at that time.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SOUB21)
The most striking is the "Edge design" which runs around the car. Fumia calls it an "elliptical motif" and applies it ranging from the taillights, rear wings, and doors. The roof glass panel is a feature of the Fumia design and can glide on the rear window.

As far as is known after it was finished to build, and F90 has been seen running on the Monaco streets, after which a brief report appeared in the Cavallino, a Ferrari's special magazine. There is also a black and white photo of F90 ​​from Brunei.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SOUB21)
What is nice to know is that Fumia has also made the designs of Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider, which show some similarities to the F90 in terms of design. By the way, Enrico also sincerely hopes that one day there's one of the F90 will escape from Brunei's priceless supercar cages, so it can be seen by the world.

Come on, Your Highness, bring the super wheel to the opera venue or something so that decent images or info can be caught to be pleased the eyes of the world's automotive fans. But until today we've only could be satisfied with the images that could be seen in cyberspace such as in this article. Are you wanna see the Ferrari F50 Bolide, another member of the His Highness Sultan of Brunei's golden car cages? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG]
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