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This is the most expensive model kit I have ever built, that comes with incredible details and the ultimate challenge! FERRARI 330 P4 One of the most revered Ferrari race cars of all time, the 330 P4 was one of the last Ferrari prototypes that still resembled a sports car, hitting the world stage during one of its most exciting eras. Improving upon its already successful 330 P3 predecessor, the 330 P4 gave Enzo Ferrari one of his proudest moments with a crushing 1-2-3 victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967. Whilst the GT40 brought brute power and strength to the world’s race circuits, Ferrari stuck to their formula of smaller engine prototypes, trusting that this package of technical sophistication and sublime handling would outclass the American manufacturer’s torque in the end. Pitted against the corporate might of Ford’s GT40 programme, which had beaten them at Le Mans in 1966, Ferrari’s engineers had a daunting task: defeating the Americans whilst balancing and their commitments in the World Sportscar Championship, Formula 1, Formula 2 and their road car business. Added to these burdens were labour unrest and parts shortages. To encourage a return to winning ways, Enzo Ferrari gave Technical Director Mauro Forghieri largely free reign in development. Building on the knowledge gained from racing the 330 P3, the P4 was equipped with a new four litre V12 engine, radically redesigned by Franco Rocchi, featuring the introduction of a three-valve cylinder head modelled after those of the Scuderia’s Formula 1 cars. Fuel feed was still provided by a Lucas injection system, resulting in 450hp, an additional 30hp over the P3. The P4 had a shorter chassis but retained its predecessor’s shape, and a new suspension system improved roadholding. A new 5-speed gearbox was created to replace the unreliable Tipo 593 ZF transmission, whilst the car also sported cast magnesium Campagnolo wheels and wider Firestone tires to replace the Dunlops. The 330 P4 chassis scored multiple victories but the undoubted highlight was the 1-2-3 finish at Daytona in February 1967. Two P4s, and one 412 P, crossed the finish line together for a photo finish to respond to Ford’s own victory at Le Mans the previous year. It is reputed that until Enzo Ferrari’s death, he kept a photograph of the winning trio on their final lap to victory, so much did this result mean to him.

Author

Onimaru Teerapat

Duration

A lot of Time 

Model

Scale

1/12

Type

Static Modeling