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Ferrari 512 BB Le Mans


Ferrari 512 BB Le Mans

When Ferrari withdrew from its sportscar racing programme in the early 1970s to concentrate on Formula One, it left a huge gap. To compensate, the North American Racing Team developed its own competition machine, based on the 512 BB (Berlinetta Boxer). They changed the front bodywork and incorporated more powerful lights for night racing, plus used hood vents to cool the radiator and side vents to air the rear-mounted 12-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. The chassis was very similar to the street car as required by racing regs, being tubular and using double wishbones front and rear, but using much bigger brake discs to cope with the endurance racing. The all-alloy flat 12 engine was based on the 183ci (3-liter) F1 engine from 1970, but strengthened and fitted with dry sump lubrication and mechanical fuel injection, which could be tuned up to 600bhp (804kW).

Ferrari 512 BB Le Mans Specifications

Top speed:203 mph (324.8 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):3.6 sec
Engine type:Flat 12
Displacement:302 ci (4,942 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:480 bhp (358 kW) @ 7,400 rpm
Max torque:N/A
Weight:2,161 lb (982 kg)
Economy:N/A
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