Mark Huber's 1973 Ferrari 312B3 Jun 7, 2014 11:40:14 GMT -5
Post by Mark Huber on Jun 7, 2014 11:40:14 GMT -5
This is uncharted territory for me. I've chosen the 1973 Ferrari 312B3 as driven by Jacky Ickx above for several reasons:
- I've been building some red cars this past year and have plenty of Tamiya Italian Red and Tamiya Bright Red paint
- The Ferrari has wings (of course), but it does not have the ugly air box (at least not the version I'll be building)
- Sponsorship logos/stickers are minimal.
- Most importantly, an attractive body shell is available, and I'll talk more about that once mine arrives.
A bit about the prototype (with my edits/comments) from formula1.ferrari.com/:
At the end of 1972, Ferrari was looking for new solutions in terms of aerodynamics, which were the basis for the first version of the 312 B3 (called “snowplow” due to the form of its nose. This version was never raced in championship events.
Ferrari introduced a full aluminum monocoque without an internal tubular steel structure in the 312 B3. “Periscope” air inlets were a novelty, and there were some new parts also in the front of the car (?), while the engine and the suspension were rather similar to the previous model.
The 312 B3 was less competitive than the B2 (!) and Scuderia Ferrari scored only 15 Constructor Championship points in 1973, some of which were with the earlier B2 raced prior to the Spanish Grand Prix.