In the early 1970s, Ferrari revolutionized the F1 with model 312B, created by Mauro forghieri, engineer and chief designer of the Scuderia. This vehicle was equipped with a unique 12-degree V180 engine that allowed the single-post to have a low center of gravity and, in addition, it had a movable rear wing, similar to the current DRS.
Thanks to these characteristics the car was competitive in the hands of the Belgian Jacky Ickx, the Swiss Clay regazzoni, the New Zealander Chris Amon and American Mario Andretti. Between 1970 and 1975 the Ferrari 312B achieved a dozen victories, 22 pole positions and 21 lap records. And helped the Austrian Niki Lauda to achieve the scepter of 1975 since he used it in a couple of races before moving to the 312T.
So relevant was the 312B for the Italian brand that its story reached the big screen through a film. The film is called, simply, "Ferrari 312B" and it was directed by the Italian Andrea Marini.
The plot revolves around the work a restoration team does to bring a 312B back to life. In the group is, even, Forghieri himself. The ultimate goal is for the car to be finished for the former Italian driver Paolo Barilla I can drive it in the Monte Carlo Classic, a competition for vintage F-1 cars.
The film is nourished by testimonies from Ickx, Lauda, the Scotsman Jackie stewart, English Damon Hill and the Austrian Gerhard berger, in addition to several specialized journalists. His words not only praise the beautiful 312B, but also the Formula 1 of the '70s itself.