RE: Ferrari 312PB: Pic of the Week

RE: Ferrari 312PB: Pic of the Week

Friday 23rd February

Ferrari 312PB: Pic of the Week

A stunning and successful Ferrari race car, and not a halo device in sight...



This week saw the unveiling of Ferrari's latest track-focussed road car, the aptly named 488 Pista - or Track, to you and and me. It also saw the opening of applications for places on our Le Mans Classic campsite, the biennial event already precipitating a great deal of giddy excitement in PH Towers, with much daydreaming of warm summer evenings, cold, tasty beverages and beautiful, sonorous machines.

So what could be a better candidate for Pic of the Week than a track-based Ferrari, of the vintage that might well be on display at La Sarthe this July, stretching its legs on that very same circuit. This particular car is a 312PB, featuring an aluminium monocoque with a steel spaceframe front and rear and powered by a 3.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-12. It was incredibly successful, winning every World Sportscar Championship race in which it was entered in 1972 and claiming the championship for the prancing horse.

Having been driven by such luminaries as Ronnie Peterson, Jacky Ickx, Clay Regazzoni and Mario Andretti, it was a beloved car. "I have great memories of driving it," recalled Andretti. "You could throw it around like a Formula 1 car. It was small and nimble and we won a bunch of races in that car." Unfortunately the end of the 1973 season saw the car mothballed, as Ferrari reaffirmed its focus on Formula One and left sports car racing altogether - but the 312PB's legend had already been cemented.

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[Source: Motorsport Magazine, LAT Photo]

 

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CDP

Original Poster:

5,563 posts

187 months

Sunday 25th February
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I love this style of racing car. Light and relatively simple with a form derived entirely from function.

These and the simply mad CanAm cars are sorely missed.

castex

4,290 posts

206 months

Sunday 25th February
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Fabulous!

BVB

513 posts

86 months

Monday 26th February
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Ferrari may abandon F1 with all it's limitations, and return a full works team to WEC..... I personally think that would be pretty cool.

ggdrew

49 posts

57 months

Friday 2nd March
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Then, just for the record, this shot is the 1973 Le Mans 24h, car #16 driven by Arturo Merzario and Carlos Pace to 2nd place overall, Pace driving at this point.

Long-tail LM bodywork was unique for the race.

The pic location looks like the end of the Mulsanne straight just about to turn-in to Mulsanne Corner, or .. could it be turning in to the slow 90deg at Arnage?... LowDrag? wink


Edited by ggdrew on Friday 2nd March 18:37

Dinoboy

1,374 posts

150 months

Friday 2nd March
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Love it!
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ggdrew

49 posts

57 months

Friday 2nd March
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I think you'll love it even more if you listen the first 25 seconds of this P@trolicious film about the 312PB..

312PB awesome sound ... it's hard-core F1 engine sound biggrin

This was the end of privateers like David Piper being able to afford to race a Ferrari prototype. A spare set of the 12 titanium rods was $10,000 .. in 1972.


Edited by ggdrew on Friday 2nd March 19:04

swiveleyedgit

1,596 posts

202 months

Friday 2nd March
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What a glorious racket! cloud9

Dinoboy

1,374 posts

150 months

Friday 2nd March
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ggdrew said:
I think you'll love it even more if you listen the first 25 seconds of this P@trolicious film about the 312PB..

312PB awesome sound ... it's hard-core F1 engine sound biggrin

This was the end of privateers like David Piper being able to afford to race a Ferrari prototype. A spare set of the 12 titanium rods was $10,000 .. in 1972.


Edited by ggdrew on Friday 2nd March 19:04
They do sound epic!

Rocket.

824 posts

182 months

Friday 2nd March
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Peak 'Ferrari' era for me, they will always be known by most as an F1 team but sportsracing cars as per the 312, 512m and later on the 333 SP are where it's at.

coppice

4,741 posts

77 months

Saturday 3rd March
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My biggest regret is never having seen the Targa Florio - can you imagine one of these (and a Porsche 908 or two , an Alfa T33 (not the stty hatchback) and sundry Lolas and Abarths ) screaming through a sleepy Sicilian hamlet , cheered on by the locals ?

CanAm

3,432 posts

205 months

Saturday 3rd March
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Not to mention this beast