Of the race cars built primarily for performance, only a few turn out to be truly beautiful. Ferrari’s 312 P model is certainly an example of this – thanks to the work of its designers Giacomo Caliri and Edmondo Casoli, but also Enzo Ferrari, who tried to prevent the team from adding wings or other aerodynamic appendages to its beauty – even if these they could have improved the performance of the machine.
The 312 P was built by the Maranello house for the 1969 World Sports Car Championship and was powered by an extraordinary 3-liter V12 engine. A short development period and a tight budget led to a season of mixed results in which, apart from Monza and Le Mans, only one car was sent out to take on all the other fierce teams. Despite this, many prominent drivers such as Amon, Andretti, Rodriguez, Schetty, Piper, Parkes, Adamowicz, Parsons, Posey had the opportunity to drive the Ferrari prototype in the race. His official career ended when the larger 5-liter 512 S arrived for the 1970 season to fight the Porsche 917.
This book by Gianni Agnesa tells the story of the car – of which only three examples were built – in every detail, from the first test, through every race they did with the factory team or later when the cars ran with the colors of the North American Racing Team. And finally we come to the present day when only one specimen is still used in historical sporting events. The large-format, high-quality book produced by McKlein is contained in a case and is illustrated by many completely new images.