Three More from the Top Drawer

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The V6

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.

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