Ferrari 512 S

Ferrari 512 S is the designation for 25 sports cars built in 1969–70, with five-litre 12-cylinder (“512”) engines, related to the Ferrari P sports prototypes. The V12-powered cars were entered in the 1970 International Championship for Makes by the factory Scuderia Ferrari and private teams.

Later that year, modified versions resembling their main competitor, the Porsche 917, were called Ferrari 512 M (for modificata). In the 1971 International Championship for Makes, the factory focused on the new Ferrari 312 PB and abandoned the 512 which was only entered by privateers. From 1972 onwards, the 512 (as the 917) was withdrawn from the world championship following a change in the regulations, and some 512s in private hands were entered in CanAm and Interserie races.

Put together in just three months by a team headed by Mauro Forghieri, the 512 S mounted an all-alloy V12 of almost five litres with four valves per cylinder.

The tubular spaceframe was developed from the P4 and the 612, while the bodywork was designed by Giacomo Caliri and made from polycarbonate for light weight.

Ferrari 512 S Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1970

ENGINE
type rear, longitudinal 60° V12
bore/stroke 87 x 70 mm
unitary displacement 416.13 cc
total displacement 4993.53 cc
compression ratio 11.5 : 1
maximum power 404 kW (550 hp) at 8500 rpm
power per litre 110 hp/l
maximum torque
valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder
fuel feed Lucas indirect injection
ignition electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
lubrication dry sump
clutch multi-plate
CHASSIS
frame tubular steel
front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
brakes discs
transmission 5-speed + reverse
steering rack-and-pinion
fuel tank capacity 120 litres
front tyres 4.25-11.50-15
rear tyres 6.00-14.50-15
BODYWORK
type two-seater spider, berlinetta
length 4060 mm
width 2000 mm
height 972 mm
wheelbase 2400 mm
front track 1518 mm
rear track 1511 mm
weight 840 kg (dry)
PERFORMANCE
top speed 340 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m

Ferrari 512 S Servicing (Details)