The symphony of F1’s naturally aspirated V12 engine, what’s better? Listen to this splendid music again thanks to two examples of Ferrari 412 T2, chassis 157 & 162. This is thanks to the pilots of the Corse Clienti program, who brought the cars of the 1995 season back to the track in Imola during the Finali Mondiali Ferrari 2022 event.
The 412 T2 model was the last single-seater of the prancing horse to be fitted with a naturally aspirated V12 engine, at the time fueled by Agip. It’s a 3.0-litre engine capable of developing 507 kW (690 hp) at 16,800 rpm, two overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, and four valves per cylinder. It is moved by a 6-speed electro-hydraulic gearbox plus reverse. The frame comprises a monocoque in composite honeycomb material and carbon fibre; the front/rear suspensions are push-rod with double wishbone, torsion bar springs and telescopic shock absorbers.
In 1995, with 73 points overall, the 412 T2 models finished the world championship in third place behind Benetton (137 points) and Williams (112 points). Among the two chassis present stands the number 157, destined for Jean Alesì but also the first used by Michael Schumacher as the new driver of the Maranello team in November 1995 when he carried out the tests in Maranello. The last appearance of chassis 157 is coincidentally at the San Marino Grand Prix at the Imola circuit, the first to be raced after the death of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna. Jean Alesi, on this occasion, obtained second place behind Damon Hill. It’s interesting to note that the chassis 157 single-seater is without Jean Alesi’s number 27 precisely because, in this configuration, Michael Schumacher first approaches a Ferrari F1 single-seater at Fiorano and then at Estoril. On this last occasion during the tests, with the car set for his driving style, he achieved a time of seven-tenths faster than that recorded by the then-official driver Gerhard Berger in qualifying. Enjoy!
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