Ferrari Penalized by FIA for Building Amazing Racecar
Photography by Josh Clason for Petrolicious / Vintage images courtesy of Ferrari North America
Nowadays, it’s easy to forget just how humble Ferrari’s roots really are. They’ve won multiple Formula One championships in the last fifteen years (although recent results have been disappointing), have the backing of a large auto company with deep and broad resources, and are arguably the premier automotive brand in the world. But back in the 1960s, Ferrari was a small, independent manufacturer that sometimes had to ensure a car sold in order to pay the factory staff at the end of the week.
One story has it that they received four sets of Lucas electronics for evaluation and wound up installing them in customer cars so that they wouldn’t be wasted. There was no lying about it as the build-sheets include the Lucas info, rather than the usual Milanese Magnetti bits, but for a company so obsessed with competition and winning, wasting parts or money was anathema. And so Ferrari capitalized on every opportunity and sought every advantage.