In keeping with a vaguely 60's engine behind the driver theme week for Ferrari Friday I take great pleasure in showing you, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful vehicle on the planet bar none a Ferrari P4 which I snapped at the British GP meeting in 1981.
The P4 won the war but lost it's most important battle against the monstrous onslaught of the Ford GT40 in the 1967 World Sports Car Championship it won the championship but only on a count back of second place finishes. Most importantly the Ferrari could only manage second to the Foyt / Gurney GT40 MK IV at the most prestigious race of the season the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The P4 was powered by a 450 hp fuel injected 4,000 cc 244 cui 60 degree V12 using 3 valve per cylinder heads operated by twin overhead cams.
Thanks to 'Macca' at The Nostalgia Forum I believe this is chassis #0900 one of up to four continuation P4s built by David Piper using original drawings for the chassis and a collection of spare parts. As such it has no world championship race history.
Anyone notice the similarity between the rear end of this P4 and and the Fiat 850 Idromatic I started the week off with ?
Thanks for joining me for another Ferrari Friday, hope you have enjoyed today's continuity edition of 'Gettin' a lil psycho on tyres' tomorrow we will be headed to P'ville NJ for an insight into the heyday of short track racing with my Rowdy buddy Ray Miles. Don't forget to come back now !