Ferrari 330 P4 1967
When thinking of Ferrari’s motorsports activities, the first thing that comes to mind are their feats in the F1 Gran Prix. However from the 1950s to the 1960s, they also enjoyed great success in sports car racing. Though they withdrew from sports car racing in 1973, the 330 P4 is one car that left its name in history for being the most beautiful machine out of the “P series” V12 midship engine prototype racers, that left a glorious record from the ’60s to the ’70s.
330 stands for the displacement per cylinder, in other words signifying a 4-liter displacement engine, and the name stands for the fourth version of the P series equipped with a 4-liter engine.
The 330 P4 debuting in 1967 was developed by improving upon the 330 P3, in order to defeat the Ford GT which was on top at the time. Though with the same displacement as the previous version, it was given a 443 HP engine of an almost brand new design, with 3 valves per cylinder consisting of two intake and 1 exhaust on the heads. The nose of the body was slightly extended to the front, and a separate spoiler was added to the rear, to improve its aerodynamic capabilities.
In actual racing, it started off by winning its debut race in the 24 hours of Daytona, and in the Monza 1,000 km race. Unfortunately it was defeated by Ford in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it was successful in defeating Porsche in the sports car world championships, and became series champion.
There were only four ever produced, including one that was converted from the 330 P3. There was a Berlinetta version for high speed circuits, and a spider that omitted the roof for weight reduction.