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  Car:   Ferrari 312B   Engine:   1800 12-Cylinder Boxer
  Maker:   Ferrari   Bore X Stroke:   80 X 49.6 mm
  Year:   1970   Capacity:   2,991.80 cc
  Class:   Formula 1   Power:   445 bhp at 11,500 rpm
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Under the direction of Mauro Forghieri Ferrari developed a new flat-12 engine for 1970. This horizontal "boxer" layout allowed for a very low center of gravity while allowing a clear airflow beneath the rear wing. To minimize frictional losses the crankshaft revolved in 4 main bearings. After a series of failures a Pirelli cushion coupling between the crankshaft and the flywheel was added. This unit was to power Ferrari for the next decade.

Five cars were built for the 1970 season. Jacky Ickx returned to Ferrari as number one driver taking over for Chris Amon. The start of the season saw Jochen Rindt take a commanding lead but his tragic death at Monza left the title undecided. A late season charge by Ferrari and Ickx saw the red cars start from the front row in seven straight races. Having won at Austria, Canada and Mexico the Belgians title came up short when he suffered a broken fuel pipe at Watkins Glen.

For 1971 the cars were modified and re-designated 312B2. New slightly more wedge shaped bodywork and a reconfigured rear suspension were the main changes for the new year. Mario Andretti made several guest appearances and the new year began with a bang when Ferrari won the first three races. Early season success could not be maintained as the cars suffered handling problems with the new Firestone tires and several mechanical breakdowns added to the teams woes. The last evolution the B3 saw new bodywork with side mounted lateral radiators and a large front wing.

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The 1973 season was marked with zero wins and additional modifications carried out for 1974 finally saw Ferrari return to the front ranks no doubt helped by the talents of a young Austrian by the name of Niki Lauda. Lauda would bring to Ferrari new blood and along with the promotion of a young lawyer, Luca di Montezemolo, to head the F1 team Ferrari's fortunes would take a turn for the better. Ironically it was Regazzoni who at first was considered the leading driver. Lauda soon got down to work. After taking up residence at the Canal Grande Hotel in Modena he spent endless days testing and working with the engineers and mechanics to improve the performance of the Ferrari 312B3.

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The yearbook contains 280 pages of exclusive photographs and features detailing Ferrari’s year on the roads and on the track. Articles include:

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  • Ferrari’s 60 years of victories in Formula 1 from Gonzales’ first win in Silverstone in 1951 to Alonso’s on the same circuit this very season.
  • A special section also details the racing year, covering everything from Formula 1 to our huge success in the GT Championships.
  • Lots of space has been devoted also to our new models: you’ll see the 458 Spider driven by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay, and the FF put through its paces on snow and sand.
  • There’s also an extensive feature on the new Tailor-Made programme which allows owners to personalise their Ferrari to an extent unprecedented anywhere in the auto world.
 
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