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1965 Ferrari 275 P2

The various models in the P series were developed over a period of four years beginning in 1964. Two entirely new cars, the 275 P and P2 were specially designed Ferraris with the specific goal of capturing the World Championship, and more importantly to beat Ford. Both cars were mid-engined, open-topped cars

The 275 P was powered by a 3.3-liter powerplant; a 4 and 4.4 liter version were also used. These mid-engined, open-topped cars were comprised of many of the same components as the road-going versions. The first upgrades came in 1965 with both the 275 P2 and 330 P2, featuring lower and lighter chassis and more aerodynamic body. The engines were revamped and improved versions of the previous 275 and 330 V12. The V12 now had four camshafts and over 350 hp and 410 hp, respectively. The main difference between the 275 P2 and 330 P2 was the larger engine displacement in the 330 P2. 

In 1965, a 275 P2 won the 1000 km of Monza and the Targa Florio. The P2 cars were replaced by the P3 for 1966.

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Specs & Performance

type Racing Car
built at Modena, Italy
engine V12
valvetrain DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 3967 cc / 242.1 in³
bore 77 mm / 3.03 in
stroke 71 mm / 2.8 in
compression 9.5:1
power 305.7 kw / 409.9 bhp @ 8000 rpm
specific output 103.33 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 581.42 bhp per tonne
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
curb weight 705 kg / 1554 lbs
wheelbase 2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track 1400 mm / 55.1 in
rear track 1370 mm / 53.9 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual