Ferrari 712 Can Am

The need for very high torque to cope with the torturous tracks of the Can Am series saw Ferrari build its biggest ever engine at around seven litres.

This model was a one-off, developed from a modified 512 M which was fitted with the new engine at the factory.

The car won on its debut at the Imola Interserie race on May 2 1971 with Merzario at the wheel. Andretti later came home fourth, in the American series at Watkins Glen.

Ferrari 712 Can Am Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1971

ENGINE
type rear, longitudinal 60° V12
bore/stroke 92 x 86 mm
unitary displacement 571.69 cc
total displacement 6860.33 cc
compression ratio 11,4:1
maximum power 500 kW (680 hp) at 7000 rpm
power per litre 99 hp/l
maximum torque
valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder
fuel feed Lucas indirect injection
ignition twin spark plugs per cylinder, two coils
lubrication dry sump
clutch multi-plate
CHASSIS
frame tubular steel with riveted aluminium panels
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 4-speed + reverse
steering rack-and-pinion
fuel tank capacity 270 litres
front tyres 4.90-13.90-15
rear tyres 6.00-15.50-15
BODYWORK
type two-seater spider
length
width
height
wheelbase 2400 mm
front track 1518 mm
rear track 1510 mm
weight 826 kg (with liquids)
PERFORMANCE
top speed
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m

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