A number of historic F1 cars will be going on display at this year’s Ferrari Passione event at Silverstone
The name says it all: Ferrari Passione, a sensational display of machines from Italian’s beloved automobile marque.
Thanks to collectors such as the Donington Collection, the event – which is organised by Ferrari North Europe – brings together some of the rarest, most prestigious historic machines in Ferrari’s collection.
These machines include the 312T5 and the last of the 312Ts to be built, chassis 024.
The 312T car was first raced by Clay Regazzoni in the French Grand Prix in July of 1975, although it wasn’t until the Italian Grand Prix at Monza that the Swiss driver raced it to a podium finish.
The 312T’s race credentials are not hard to believe when you consider its engineering: a 180-degree V12 engine with a capacity of 2992cc engine capable of 495hp at 12,000rpm.
Not bad eh?
The 312 T5, on the other hand, was the last of Ferrari’s F1 T cars and was driven by both Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve in the 1980 season. However, Scuderia Ferrari’s technical development focused on the new turbocharged V6-engines rather than the 312T’s V12 and thus the 312 T5 did not deliver the race results of its predecessors.
Also on display is the 1990 Ferrari 641/2 (chassis 120) which Nigel Mansell raced during the season to help Ferrari win the World Championship, with a Pole Position and a first place at the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril. The 641/2 has a 3.5-litre V12 engine which developed 680hp at 12,750rpm.
And then there’s more…
Alongside the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s F1 cars is an earlier F2 single-seater from the 1960s: a Dino 166 F2.
The Dino was launched in 1967 but which also raced in the Tasman Cup series from 1968. And what a beast it was for the Tasman: The Dino had a 1600cc V6 engine, which developed 200hp at 10,000rpm, and a kerbweight of only 425kg.
Joining Ferrari at the event will be ex-Ferrari F1 driver, Rene Arnoux, who will be showcasing the XX programme and providing on-track demonstrations in the 599XX and FXX K track cars from the company’s Corse Clienti division. The on-track action also includes a round of the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic Series, organised and managed by the Ferrari Owners’ Club GB, which allows cars from the 308 GTB to the F355 to compete on track in a competitive racing format.
Ferrari North Europe will also be hosting 1,000 Ferrari VIP clients in an exclusive hospitality area overlooking the pit lane and the main start/finish line, with hospitality tickets available exclusively for Ferrari owners via the official Ferrari Dealer Network.