1979 Ferrari 512 BBLM

History

The Ferrari 512 BB LM was produced from 1979 through 1982 with only 25 examples produced. The Pininfarina design bodies featured a longitudinally, mid-mounted 12-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels. The 512 BB LM was a continuation of the 512 BB, but built specifically for the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 512 BB had been shown a few years prior at the 1976 Paris Motorshow and served as a replacement for the 365 GT4 BB.

The chassis of the 512 BB was modified by Ferrari and a weight reduction of around 200 lbs was achieved. Unfortunately, the newly designed body weighed about 200 pounds extra than the 512 BB so there was no overall weight reduction. The engine was modified to include a Lucas Fuel Injection system which boosted power to around 460 horsepower. Further modifications improved output to 500 horsepower. The gearbox was not modified to handle the extra horsepower and ultimately would be the demise of its chances at many racing events.

The Ferrari 512 BB LM suffered from poor handling. In an effort to reduce the wheelbase and to fit all the components, the engine was mounted above the gearbox. This meant a lot of weight sat high in the vehicle and greatly affected the handling.

At its inaugural Le Mans appearance, the 512 BB LM finished in a disappointing 12th. The above mentioned issues coupled with strong competition from other competitors such as Porsche with their 700 horsepower 935's, the 512 BB LM was outclassed. Modifications and improvements were made the 512 BB LM's over the following years and in 1981 a 512 BB LM scored a class victory at LeMans, the highlight of their career.

The BB LM's were retired in 1984 when they failed to meet new regulations.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2007

1979 Vehicle Profiles

1979 Ferrari 512 BBLM vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 29507

Ferrari 512 BBLM with chassis number 29507 was constructed on October 30th of 1979. It was never raced, except in historic competition. It was sold to Albert Obrist in January of 1980. A few months later it became the possession of Jon Masterson o....[continue reading]

1979 Ferrari 512 BBLM vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 26681
Engine Num: F102 BB LM *006*
Gearbox Num: F102 BB LM Tipo 4 *005*

Ferrari used this example as both a prototype and as the racing homologation model. It was the first of the 'Silhouette' BB/LMs constructed and upon completion, Pininfarina used it in various wind tunnel tests and aerodynamic studies. 26681 was then ....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: 29507 
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Chassis #: 26681 


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1979 512 BBLM
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1979 Ferrari 512 BBLM Base Price : $85,000

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ferrari
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)2,841
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)2,366
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)2,223
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)904
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)2,381
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)2,308
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,939
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)1,427
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,427
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,337
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)1,337

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