Tipo 65° 1992-present
To date, the formula has remained more or less unchanged. On and off track, ranging from just under 4.0-litres in the iron-blocked 333 SP sports prototype, to today’s gargantuan savage 789bhp alloy-blocked 6.5-litre 812 Superfast, it’s been 65° of Tipo V12 all the way. Debuting in the gorgeous 1992 Ferrari 456 sporting 436bhp, the Tipo V12 has endured and according to Ferrari will endure for the foreseeable.
Say what you will about modern cars, the Tipo V12 in its current F140 form, as debuted in 2002’s 642bhp Enzo hypercar, is one of the most iconic internal combustion engines of all time and has cemented Ferrari’s reputation as the ultimate 12-cylinder proprietor. The Tipo was represented at FOS in various states of development and tune, from the aforementioned sonorous 333 SP sportscar, to the jewel in Ferrari's current production crown – the delicious LaFerrari Aperta, as ran up the Hill alongside the car that started it all, the 125 S.
The celebration of Ferrari at FOS was affirmatively also, a celebration of the Ferrari 12-cylinder. The two are inseparable, from the most elegant and understated of continent-conquering grand tourers to the most ferocious and uncompromising of competition machinery. As we mentioned at the beginning, along with being defined by those typical red hues, the quintessential concerto of 12 cylinders on song often denotes a serious bit of Maranello machinery is on its approach. Long may that continue.
Photography by Tom Shaxson.