Ferrari 312 PB – The horse against the rooster

This article on Olivier Gendebien is from Collector AUTOhebdo dedicated to the career of nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb, available on newsstands and on our online store.

The students in the first row at school know this well. Anticipating your homework is a guarantee of efficiency as to the final result of the work. Porsche made a perfect copy with its 917. As for Ferrari, its 512 deserved the encouragement of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), but the Italian methodology lacked seriousness. The opinion of the class council was carefully dissected by the Cavallino Rampante at the end of the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans and the lessons were applied in the following months. The Manceaux will not see a red truck in 1971; Maranello received the sporting regulations planned for 1972, and the 512 will no longer be accepted in the Sarthe.

The Ferrari 312 PB at the 1973 24 Hours of Le Mans © DPPI

Indeed, the Sports and the Protos will be unified in the

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