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    Ferrari 512 S; the Italians' breathtaking answer to the Porsche 917

    Dear Ultimatecarpage.com visitor,

    With a four-door and a diesel Porsche, our previous update has probably not gone down too well with the purists. For them and all other enthusiasts we have highlighted a proper thoroughbred today; the Ferrari 512 S. Devised in 1970 as the answer to the Porsche 917, the ferocious Ferrari never quite managed to make up for the Germans' head-start. In its original guise the 512 sported a very beautiful curvaceous body that would have been right at home in the 1960s. Ever increasing knowledge of aerodynamics resulted in a complete redesign of the body for the 1971. The revised version was dubbed the 512 M and featured a much squarer body. The changes proved to be effective and the previously dominant 917 was often challenged and once beaten. Unfortunately rule changes left the big sports racers obsolete. Both 512 versions were powered by an exquisite 5 litre V12 engine with high-tech four-valve heads. Pumping out a hefty 550 bhp, it could propel the 860 kg 512 to incredible speeds. Of the various versions, we like the original 512 S the best.
    Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to capture a breathtaking example both in great detail and in action on the Laguna Seca track. Of the dozens of shots we have selected a spectacular 18-shot gallery, which highlights a detailed report of the machine's history.

    1970 Ferrari 512 S - Images, Specifications and Information

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    and some bonus shots....
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    What a nice car! And the "coda lunga" LM version is exceptional.

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    Looks like the same car I saw at Ferrari Challenge @ Road Atlanta.
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    Update of the year.

    I don't know how its possible, but WM has surpassed himself with this one...

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    Thanks Revo. Yes Dino that is the same car.
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    Definitely an outstanding update.
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    NICE JOB WOUTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i
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    Yep, fantastic work.
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    I'm getting addicted to this "bonus" thingy Henk.
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    Thanks for the update, been one of my favorite Ferarris since I saw Le Mans( the movie, that is).
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    Both the road and racing Ferrari 512s are some of my favorite Ferraris. I talked to Mario Andretti last year at a Champ Car race about his victory in the 1970 Twelve Hours of Sebring. He didn't want Steve McQueen, an actor, to win such a big endurance race in the World Sportscar Championship.
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    Yet another excellent Ferrari update and what a coincidence this becomes the "333"rd Ferrari i can now add to my 3 year old sons photo / info collection, great stuff WM.

    Just couldn't help myself adding this little thought that just quickly crossed my mind when reading the write-up. Ferrari made an S & M model , i didn't know Max Mosley's connection with them went that far back.

    Thanx also to Henk for the bonus photos, a nice additional suprise.
    Last edited by RSOWNER; 11-26-2008 at 04:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonOfTheDead View Post
    I'm getting addicted to this "bonus" thingy Henk.
    well, my track shots are normally the back up ones, and if everything goes OK nobody gets to see them
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