The Car

The Ferrari 512 BB was presented at the 1976 Paris Motor Show as a sports car for the road. The 512 Berlinetta Boxer was the revised successor to the 365 GT / 4 Berlinetta Boxer with mid-engine. The main development was the now 5-liter flat engine (V12 with 180 ° angle, no boxer engine), similar to the three-liter racing engines in the prototype Ferrari 312PB and the Ferrari 312B and Ferrari 312T in Formula 1, driven among others by Niki Lauda. External differences from the 365 to the 512 were four exhaust tailpipes and four taillights. In addition, a small front spoiler, a new hood and additional NACA air intakes were installed in front of the rear wheels. Other changes being wider tires and a slightly wider and longer tail.

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This car with the chassis number F102BB31159 was delivered new to the Ferrari collector Markus Kiesgen and immediately equipped with the “Le Mans Kit”, which corresponded to the modifications and improvements to the works car for Le Mans.historie_square

This included a larger brake system, different camshafts, a reinforced main shaft in the gearbox, a different chassis, 9 and 12 inch rims, and a complete aerodynamic package with front and rear spoilers and flared fenders which covered the wider tires. In addition, a performance exhaust system was included, which significantly increased the gas flow rate. The performance of the car was thus analogous to the works cars and was about 460 hp. The weight was around 1230 kg due to numerous weight-reducing measures. In the years 1980 to 1985 Mr. Kiesgen then used the car at racing events such as airfield races and hill climbs. From 2006, the car was then fundamentally revised by Bratke Motorsport. Engine and gearbox were overhauled, the bodywork further lightened , a FT 3 tank installed, a contemporary FIA-approved roll cage mounted, 2008, the car was completed and was tested by factory driver Lucas Luhr on the track in Almeria. In another race at the Hungaro Ring, the Ferrari was driven by Sascha Maassen. In 2012, at another race event at the Red Bull Ring, unfortunately, at the end of an exciting race, the engine stuck. In collaboration with the Formula GT company in Munich, then began in 2013 another restoration phase. The engine was subjected to a fundamental revision, the aim now was to bring the car’s safety and performance up to speed to 2014 standards. For this purpose, two additional oil pumps were constructed and flanged to the camshafts of the two heads. Thus, the oil supply problem is eliminated, by the works on the heads, further optimized camshafts and optimized piston form, it now develops 480 hp. This problem was probably the reason in 1978, why the two Pozzi Ferrari did not see the checkered flag. Following the successful deployment of the Ferrari at the 8th edition of the 24 H Le Mans Classic and various Classic Endurance races in 2016, in 2017/18 once again a complete engine revision at the Ferrari engine specialist Formula GT took place. On the test stand the car produced whopping 475 hp from the 12-cylinder carburetor engine. In addition, for the 2018 edition of the Le Mans Classic the cars original design from 1980 was restored.. Thus equipped the car started with Jörg Bratke von Bergen and Oliver Louisoder at the wheel also in 2018 at Le Mans and successfully crossed the finish line after 24 hours and 4 turns. For the year 2019 various assignments are planned within the framework of the CER series, before then in 2020 the 10th edition of the 24 H of Le Mans Classic is on the program.

512 BBLM
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Ferrari 512 BB LM
Production period 1978-1979
Stückzahl 4
Body version Coupé
Motors 5 liters (350 kW)
Length 4400mm
Width 2050mm
Height 1100mm
Wheelbase 2500mm
Curb weight 1200kg
Predecessor Ferrari 365
Successor Ferrari Testarossa