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F50 Chassis

F50 suspension
Ferrari took its "Formula 1 car for the street" design goal for the F50 seriously. The best evidence of that can be found in the chassis and suspension. Many compromises towards comfort, but which sacrifice performance, were not arrived at in the F50 design. Road cars utilize rubber bushings (sometimes derisively called "bubble gum" by engineers) to couple the suspension pieces to the chassis. They serve to isolate road noise from the occupants, but they also flex which causes the suspension alignment to change. This change, although small, affects handling and is a factor that seperates road cars from race cars. On the F50, there are no rubber bushings.

The shock absorbers (developed by Bilstein) are in a pushrod arrangement, common in race cars due to packaging considerations. They are connected to a electronic control unit (ECU) which controls damping depending on speed, lateral/longintudinal acceleration, and steering angle. The front track on the F50 is wider than the rear by 18 mm., thus promoting understeer.
Carbon Fiber
The F50 chassis, like a modern race car, is constructed of Cytec Aerospace carbon fiber and weighs only 102 kg. (224.4 lbs.). It features a torsional rigidity of 25,677 lb. ft./degree. Also unusual for a road car is the engine mounting. As with many race and high performance road cars, the F50 is a mid-engine design. In the F50, the engine is part of the chassis structure; the front portion of the car is attached to the front of the engine and the rear suspension and transmission is attached to the rear of the engine. Using the engine block as a stressed member saves weight. However it also greatly increases the noise level for the occupants since there are no engine mounts to provide isolation. Since engine block strength is critical with this design approach, it is made of nodular cast iron as opposed to aluminum.


Weight distribution, front/rear: 42%, 58%
Front Suspension: Unequal length A-arms; coil spring/shock absorber; push rod control; anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension: Unequal length A-arms; coil spring/shock absorber; push rod control; anti-roll bar
Steering: Rack and Pinion
Steering ratio
(lock to lock):
Turning circle: 41.4 feet
Wheelbase: 101.6 in.
Front track: 1620 mm. (63.8 in.)
Rear track: 1602 mm. (63.1 in.)

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