Three More from the Top Drawer
The brainchild of Enzo’s son, who didn’t live to see the project reach its fruition, the eponymous Dino V6 was conceived for F2 racing. Employing an unusual 65° vee angle, it eventually saw action in both F1 and F2 cars as well as sports racers and road cars, including Enzo’s first mid-engined road car, the 1968 206 Dino.
The Flat 12
Ferrari’s racing department dabbled with a flat 12 in the mid-1960s (and met with huge F1 success with the later 312T) but it was ’73, and the launch of the BB, before a road car got one. But unlike a Porsche six it wasn’t a boxer at all — the Ferrari’s piston pairs shared a crank journal. The configuration lasted until 1996, when the criminally ugly Testarossa-derived 512M bowed out.
The F310 F1 V10
After turbos were banned, manufacturers, including Renault and Honda, switched to V10s to best balance power with weight and bulk. Ferrari went the V12 route instead, but by ’96 even the Scuderia conceded that two fewer pistons was the way forward. The 310 (3.0-litres, 10 cylinders) formed the basis for the later F399, which ended Ferrari’s near-20-year losing streak.