Classic Race Cars

Ferrari 512 S (1970)

January 29, 2013

Ferrari 512 S 1970To challenge the Porsches, mainly 917, in the 1970 World Sportscar Championship, Ferrari created the 512 S racing car. The new racer was developed relatively quickly by a team headed by Mauro Forghieri. As the car’s name would suggest, the Ferrari 512 S was powered by an all-alloy, 5-litre V12-engine. With twin overhead camshafts per bank and four valves per cylinder the engine delivered 550 horsepower at 8500 rpm.

The tubular steel spaceframe was developed from the P4 and the 612 models, while the bodywork was designed by Giacomo Caliri and made from polycarbonate for light weight. Length of the car was 4060mm. width 2000mm and the height only 972mm. Both a berlinetta and a spyder versions were built. 512 S featured an independent suspension front and rear with unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bars. The car had disc brakes and the engine’s power was delivered through a 5-speed gearbox. Car’s dry weight was about 840 kg.

The 1970 World Sportscar Championship season got started in Daytona, where Ferrari 512 S made its race debut. In its second race in Sebring, Ferrari 512 S was driven to victory by Mario Andretti, Iganzio Giunti and Nino Vaccarella. However, this was the car’s only win in 1970. A modified version, the 512 M was presented at the end of the season. Many of the 512 S models were updated to 512 M versions. In 1971 Ferrari factory team focused on the 3-litre prototype and the 512 S and M models were raced by private teams. Ferrari 512 S had a very short racing career as the 5-litre class was abandoned for 1972.



  • 60° V12
  • 4993.53cc
  • Twin overhead camshafts per bank
  • Four valves per cylinder
  • Lucas indirect injection


  • 404 kW (550 hp) / 8500rpm


  • 5-speed + reverse
  • Multi-plate clutch


  • Tubular steel frame


  • Independent front and rear
  • Unequal-length wishbones
  • Coil springs
  • Telescopic shock absorbers
  • Anti-roll bars


  • Discs


  • Rack-and-pinion

Fuel tank

  • 120 litres