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Ferrari 312, 333 and 512: books - history and technology

A book on the Ferrari 312, 333 or 512? Here are illustrated books on the history and technology of Ferrari racing passenger cars.

312 P - One of Ferrari's most beautiful racers

With racing cars being built mainly for performance, only few of them combine this with admirable beauty. Ferrari's model 312 P is definitely such an example - thanks to the work of its designers Giacomo Caliri and Edmondo Casoli, but also Enzo Ferrari, who tried to stop the team adding wings or other aerodynamic additions to its beauty - even if they might have improved the car's performance.

The 312 P was built by the Maranello company for the 1969 World Sportscar Championship and powered by a stunning 3-litre V12 engine. A short development period and a small budget led to a season of mixed results where, except in Monza and at Le Mans, only one car was sent to the races to take on all the other teams. Its official career ended when the bigger 5-litre 512 S came for the 1970 season to fight the Porsche 917s.

This book by Gianni Agnesa tells the story of the car - of which only three examples have been built - in every detail, from the very first test, through every race they did with the factory team or later when the North American Racing Team took over the cars. It gives short portraits of the drivers of the 312 P, such as Chris Amon, Mario Andretti, Pedro Rodríguez, Peter Schetty, Mike Parkes, Tony Adamowicz, Chuck Parsons or Sam Posey. The 264-page volume takes us right up today and the one example that is still used on some historic events. The large-format, high quality book produced by McKlein comes in a slipcase and is illustrated by many previously unseen images.

Author:Gianni Agnesa
Specs:264 pages, 27 x 29.5 cm / 10.6 x 11.6 in, hardback, in cassette
Illustrations:123 b&w and 114 colour photographs
Publisher:McKlein Media GmbH & Co. KG (D, 2019)
EAN:9783947156191
Book: 312 P - One of Ferrari's most beautiful racers

312 P - One of Ferrari's most beautiful racers

Language: English + German + Italian

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Ferrari 312T Manual 1975-1980 (312T, T2, T3, T4, T5 & T6) - An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation

Designed by legendary Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri, the 3-litre flat-12 engined Ferrari 312T first appeared in 1975, and was continually developed to compete for six years, until the end of 1980.
The cars won three Drivers' World Championships - two for Niki Lauda, in 1975 and 1977, and one for Jody Scheckter, in 1979 - and took Ferrari to four Constructors' World Championships, also winning races in the hands of Clay Regazzoni, Carlos Reutemann, and the incomparable Gilles Villeneuve.

In 1976, the 312T was the car with which Lauda famously fought a season-long battle with James Hunt for the World Championship - the subject of the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster Rush.

Pages of the book Ferrari 312T Manual 1975-1980 (1)

Packed with stunning period images, fresh insight and a detailed technical look at a restored car today, this manual chronicles an iconic series of grand prix cars that raced in one of Formula 1's most exciting, dangerous and charismatic eras.

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Author:Nick Garton
Specs:168 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1.2 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.47 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2016)
Series:Haynes Motorsport Manual
EAN:9780857338112
Book: Ferrari 312T Manual 1975-1980 (312T, T2, T3, T4, T5 & T6) - An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation

Ferrari 312T Manual 1975-1980 (312T, T2, T3, T4, T5 & T6) - An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation

Language: English

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Ferrari 333 SP : A Pictorial History, 1993-2003

In this richly illustrated book, Terry O'Neil details the origins of a remarkable racecar, the Ferrari 333 SP. This vehicle heralded the famed automaker's return to professional sports car competitions after an absence of more than twenty years. Introduced on the American racing circuit in 1994, it found instant success and continued to be a major player in numerous races in the US and Europe.

Of the 126 races the 333 SP entered, it emerged victorious in nearly fifty, making it one of the most successful sport prototype cars in Ferrari's history. Containing over eight hundred images - many of them never published before - O'Neil's book is a vivid look at this inimitable automobile.

Author:Terry O'Neil
Specs:416 pages, 50.5 x 41.5 x 2.9 cm / 19.9 x 16.3 x 1.14 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Dalton Watson Fine Books (USA, 2020)
EAN:9781854433053
Book: Ferrari 333 SP : A Pictorial History, 1993-2003

Ferrari 333 SP : A Pictorial History, 1993-2003

Language: English

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Ferrari 333 SP (WSC Giants)

Details the origin and racing history of the Ferrari 333 SP. Uniquely, none of the 333 SP models were entered into races by Ferrari itself. The cars were built specifically for customer use; a purchase price of $900,000 included two spare engines and race technical support supplied by Ferrari engineers.
A total of 40 cars were built; the first four by Ferrari, the remainder manufactured by Dallara & Michellotto using Ferrari engines. All of the cars were sold to, and race entries made by, privateer teams.

From 1994, the cars contested the IMSA World Sports Car Championship, the United States Road Racing Championship, and the American Le Mans Series, at circuits throughout North America.
In 1997, the cars also featured in the Europe-based International Sports Racing Series, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Two years later, the Doran-Lista team installed a Judd V10 engine into its 333 SP, with the aim of increasing power and improving fuel efficiency. In all, from the 126 races entered, 47 victories were claimed by the 333 SP.

Covering the period 1993-2003, this book relates to the history and outstanding achievements of the Ferrari 333 SP in the hands of privateers.
The subject matter about the prototype car is unique because of the way in which the car was used.
The book includes the technical specification of the car, on-going developments to update the car and the event results achieved with this model.

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Author:Terry O'Neill
Specs:128 pages, 19.5 x 21 cm / 7.7 x 8.25 in, paperback
Illustrations:146 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2015)
Series:WSC Giants
EAN:9781845847586

Ferrari 512 S/M Manual (1970 onwards) - An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation

The Ferrari 512S, and its successor the 512M are among the most iconic of Ferrari sports-racing cars. These cars competed against Porsche's all-conquering 917 in 1970 and 1971 - a rivalry immortalised in Steve McQueen's film Le Mans.
The car was powered by a 5-litre V-12 engine, and was driven by an impressive portfolio of drivers including Mario Andretti, John Surtees, Clay Regazzoni, Jacky Ickx, Ronnie Peterson and Derek Bell.

Although the performance of the Porsche and Ferrari were very similar, the Porsche 917 benefitted from greater reliability, and the Ferraris were unable to challenge the dominance of the German manufacturer before the rules were amended for 1972, effectively outlawing the 5-litre-capacity engines used in both the Ferrari 512 and Porsche 917.

Pages of the book Ferrari 512 S/M Manual (1)

In spite of only winning a single World Championship race - the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1970 - the Ferrari 512S/M has secured a place as one of the most charismatic sports-racing cars ever built, and the sight and sound of a restored example in full flight today still turns heads.
This manual provides a fascinating insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of the Ferrari 512S/M.

Pages of the book Ferrari 512 S/M Manual (2)

Author:Glen Smale
Specs:160 pages, 27.5 x 21.5 x 1.2 cm / 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.47 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2016)
Series:Haynes Motorsport Manual
EAN:9780857337870
Book: Ferrari 512 S/M Manual (1970 onwards) - An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation

Ferrari 512 S/M Manual (1970 onwards) - An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation

Language: English

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