Let's get back to the 90s.
In today’s world of 4k video and 60fps YouTube streams, car enthusiasts can enjoy some of the most visually appealing car content in history. Our ability to access unlimited hours of high-quality visual content dulls the effect over time, which is why JayEmm on Cars’ latest video made such an impact. His idea was simple, film a 1990s car with 1990s equipment, and the results are perfection. This home movie-style car review of the Ferrari F355 F1 stands out as one of the most unique viewing experiences in a very long time.
In 1997 the Ferrari F355 made quite a splash on the market taking the car review segment by storm and establishing a new level of supercar performance. The F355 came at a time when Ferrari was the undisputed king of Formula 1 racing and the consumer supercar segment where it had very little competition. The F355 brought the mid-engine V8 Ferrari into the modern age and also gave customers who didn’t want to drive manual an automatic option with the controversial F1 single-clutch-automatic transmission.
The 3.5-liter V8 in the F355 utilized a unique five-valve cylinder head for better airflow and produced 375 hp (279 kW) at 8,250 rpm and 268 lb-ft (363 Nm) of torque. This engine was mated to either a gated 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed F1 automatic. The frame is a steel monocoque with a tubular steel subframe for a rigid structure that allowed for refined handling. To develop the slippery exterior design, Ferrari spent over 1,300 hours in a wind tunnel refining the design to cut through the air as efficiently as possible.
Going all the way back to 1997 gives you a new appreciation from the moment and just how far things have progressed. Our cars are faster, and our video cameras offer clarity you could not have dreamed of in 1997.