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  Ferrari 308 GTB Carma FF

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1980
Numbers built:1
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 22, 2019
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Click here to download printer friendly versionMaking the most of the Group 5 regulations, Facetti created a brand new silhouette bodywork that was wider and and more aerodynamically efficient while preserving the shape of the doors and the roof. The much rounder and longer nose section featured a deep splitter and a massive intake to feed the radiator and intercooler. The rear bodywork was also longer and boasted a wing that as per the regulations could not be seen while looking at the car from the front. A diffuser was also fitted between the fenders to create additional downforce. The wide body also freed up room to fit massive disk brakes similar to those fitted on the Porsche 935 and 936.

The car ran for the first time in 1980 but despite running in practice at Mugello and Vallelunga, it started neither race. Finally fully sorted, it was then shipped to the United States to make its competition debut in the 1981 Daytona 24 Hours. It was entered in the race for Facetti and Finotto by Jolly Club, who also fielded a Group 5 Lancia Beta Montecarlo for the pair, and a very young Emanuele Pirro. Facetti qualified the Group 5 Ferrari 6th overall had a stellar start of the race. He set the fastest lap of the race right before the radiator was holed, which prompted a very early retirement.

Back in Europe, it was raced extensively during the 1981 season. Like at Daytona, it proved blisteringly fast but equally fragile. Facetti, for example, qualified the car on pole for the Monza 1000km race but then could not make the start due to a distributor failure. Later that year, it was driven to victory in a minor race at Vallelunga by Finotto. Although entered for the 1982 Daytona 24 Hours, its final contemporary came at the Kyalami 9 Hours late in 1981. Facetti and Finotto would start the race from second on the grid but ultimately were forced to retire with a blown engine.

The Carma FF remains as the only Group 5 specification Ferrari 308 GTB built. Using the best available components like the Kugelfischer injection, KKK turbos and Porsche 935/936 brakes, it showed great promise and at times was faster than all of the dominant Porsche 935s. Sadly, Facetti did not have the resources and time to develop the car properly.

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