FERRARI 512 BB: ORIGINAL OR TUNING?
Comparison between the standard version and the more extreme elaboration of the Ferrari 512 BB
FERRARI 512 BB
In 1973 there was the great oil crisis which threatened to bring the entire automotive industry to its knees. For saving the big automobile companies, a complete rework of their motor production was necessary.
Ferrari had to reinvent its 365 GT / 4 BB and in 1966 transformed it into the new 512 BB, which improved the aerodynamics of the progenitor and made it easier to drive.
Its design, recognizable for the new rear light system, the new NACA air intakes mounted on the sides to improve the cooling of the rear brakes, also featured an enlarged rear section to mount new oversized tires.
A new B12 5.0 24V engine was installed, managed by a five-speed manual gearbox and combined with rear-wheel drive. With a final delivery power of 340 hp with 451 Nm of torque, the engine allowed the 512BB to reach a top speed of 283 km / h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.7 seconds.
The B12 5.0 24V engine
The reduction in engine power made the driveability of the car more manageable and less brutal, but several trainers thought that the car could be improved considerably.
Test Drive of the Ferrari 512 BB
EMBLEM SPORTS CARS 512 BB
A less extreme preparation was developed by the British Emblem Sports Cars, a sports car dealership that between 1980 and 1982 produced an aerodynamic fibreglass body kit to improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle to diversify its activities.
ANLIKER 512 BB TARGA
But a real extremism that almost borders on in no sense and in tacky was made by the Swiss Ueli Anliker in 1984, which produced a very personal version of the 512 BB.
Anliker is infamous in the world of tuners for his extremely over-the-top style and his 512 BB is not the maximum maximum but he gets close to it a little (if you are looking for the best look at his version of the Mercedes-McLaren SLR, protagonist of a music clip always produced by him ...)
Built in 60 days, the car is aesthetically recognizable for a striking aerodynamic fiber-glass body kit accompanied by new 16" Gotti alloy wheels wrapped in Firestone CP sports tires and numerous gold-plated details, such as emblems and dice of the wheels.
The cockpit had been garnished with a noticeable dose of white leather De Sede and the eccentric Swiss tuner had not forgotten to obviously oversize the engine.
Anliker in fact, in addition to not giving a good deal of good taste, did not even care about the emissions regulations and the B12 engine was developed to supply 520 hp, guaranteeing a maximum speed of 330 km / with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in four seconds net.
Presentation of the Anliker 512 BB Targa
I remain convinced that the best remains the original 512 BB, but I'm curious to know which one is your favorite.
Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation
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