Ferrari 126 C4 Formula 1 Racing Car

During 1980, Ferrari engineers were busy with the development of the eventual replacement for the naturally aspirated flat-12 engine of the long-running 312 Formula 1 car. It was certainly worth the wait. The new 1.5-liter V-6 featured twin turbochargers with separate intercoolers, and upon its debut during the second day of practice for the 1980 Italian Grand Prix, its 580 bhp output produced lap times at the Imola circuit one-half second better than the proven 312 could muster.

For 1984, Ferrari’s 126 C4 chassis was little changed, but its engine was revised considerably. Among the changes were completely redesigned cylinder heads, a deepened crankcase and many other internal modifications. The transverse-mounted gearbox was heavily improved as well, with the resulting six-speed unit stronger and lighter than before.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

(Est.) 600 bhp @ 12,200 rpm, 1,496 cc V-6 engine with dual overhead cams per cylinder bank, fuel injection, twin KKK turbochargers and twin intercoolers, transverse six-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tim Scott

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