Early Ferraris are famous for their twelve cylinder engines — and in fact, ...
Early Ferraris are famous for their twelve cylinder engines — and in fact, they’re historically some of the best sounding powerplants, no matter the era.
Often small in displacement, the popular models like the coveted 250 GTO only had 3.0L to spread among its twelve pots, and what about an engine that is half the size and has the same number of cylinders?
Such is a case with this 1965 1512 F1 car. It is 1.5L flat-twelve is the high-revving zinger, it was revived at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to the array of applause.
The car was the evolution of F1 legend John Surtees’ Ferrari 158, the eight cylinder engine that was designed to compete against a strong British V-8s of the time.
Ferrari’s Scuderia team later decided to up a number of cylinders to twelve and rearrange a configuration, transforming it into the flat-twelve.
This helped to separate it from competition like a Coventry Climax and BRM cars of the time, further reasserting Ferrari’s place in single-seater competition.
Though Surtees typically preferred the eight cylinder version, and this 1512 let out such the unique engine note that it is often a favorite among fans. According to one YouTube commenter, the vehicle failed to meet Goodwood noise requirements six times.
Ferrari opted for the different path after 1965, and this 1.5L remains to be one of the most abstract grand prix vehicles of the time.
Listen to the oddly built racecar travel around Lord March’s lawn, pay attention to the historic model scream through the revs.
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