How lucky am I? Having previously worked on the owners F355 Spider, Porsche and Mercedes, I was asked to return to complete a similar job on his pride and joy.. a Ferrari F50.
“The Ferrari F50 was designed to commemorate Ferrari's 50th anniversary in 1996.
The 12-cylinder, 4.75-litre, rear-mounted engine slams out 520 horsepower, flashing the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and taking the carbon-fiber body to a top speed of 203 mph.
Only 349 F50s were made in Ferrari's factory near Modena in northern Italy. Ferrari declaring 175 having been reserved before the car was introduced.”
The surface area on this iconic car is vast… The attention to detail required in the engine/boot compartments, the long flowing curves and the tricky air-intakes/vents made for an epic task. Because of this, and the nature of the car (full carbon fibre body), I called upon a good friend, Rob Leys, to assist in the detail.
The brief was to enhance, add gloss, clarity and depth of shine whilst removing some light swirling without compromise to the already thin clearcoat.
It is worth mentioning at this point that some of the following photographs are mine, and a handful are Robs. Having owned my Sony a100 D-SLR camera for five years now, I was keen to get my hands on Robs Nikon and compare the two. Needless to say, I barely took any photographs on my own unit.. The Nikon felt much more refined, user friendly and professional?! I am proud to announce I am now the owner of a Nikon D90 with an Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR II lens. (Watch this space!)
Product (difficult to list this really as between us we were mixing and matching throughout the detail..)
• 3M Glass Cleaner (a great new product!)
• AutoSmart G101
• AutoSmart Tardis
• AutoGlym Vinyl and Rubber Care
• Belgom ALU
• Brilliant metal polish twins
• Clearkote Red Moose Glaze
• Chemical Guys JetSEAL 109
• Dodo Juice SuperNatural
• Jeffs Werkstat Prime
• Menzerna 85RD 3.02
• Menzerna 203s
• Menzerna 106FA
• Meguiars APC
• Swissvax Pneu
• Zaino Z8
Before I’d even unpacked my kit, Rob was stuck in and making a start on the engine bay..
I on the other hand was making a similar approach but on the luggage area upfront..
“luggage area” being the important word here.. Cases, bags and holdalls removed to be treated.
Carbon Fibre areas treated to Jeffs Prime and plastics dressed where appropriate.
Rob had finalised the engine compartment and we’re now working out the next best approach..
Before and after series on the exhaust silencer..
Wheels, arches, panel gaps and badges cleaned with AutoSmart G101 and various brushes..