Ferrari Modulo

The Ferrari 512S Modulo is a concept sports car designed by Paolo Martin of the Italian carozzeria Pininfarina, unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari 512S Modulo
Ferrari Modulo front-right Museo Ferrari
Overview
ManufacturerFerrari
Production1970
1 unit
DesignerPaolo Martin at Pininfarina
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Sports car
Body style1-door coupe
LayoutRMR layout
DoorsSliding canopy
RelatedFerrari 512 S
Powertrain
Engine5.0 L V12
Transmission5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2405 mm (94.7 in)
Length4480 mm (176.4 in)
Width2040 mm (80.3 in)
Height935 mm (36.8 in)
Curb weight900 kg (1984 lb)
Schizzo1 lat.
Modulo design sketch

Description

The Modulo has an extremely low and wedge-shaped body, with a canopy-style glass roof that slides forward to permit entry to the cabin of the car. All four wheels are partly covered. Another special feature of the design are 24 holes in the engine cover that reveal the Ferrari V12 engine which develops 550 hp (410 kW)[1] to propel the Modulo to a top speed of around 220 mph (354 km/h) and from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in approximately 3.0 seconds.

History

The Modulo originally started out as a Ferrari 512S (chassis and engine #27) and was converted to 612 Can Am spec. After testing, the engine and transmission were removed and the chassis was stripped down and given to Pininfarina to build a show car. The show car debuted at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show and was originally painted black, but was later repainted in the white. The Modulo was well received by critics and has won 22 awards for its design.[2][3]

In 2014, Pininfarina sold the Modulo to American entrepreneur and automotive aficionado James Glickenhaus who is restoring it to full operating condition.[4]

Ferrari Modulo and wooden frame Museo Ferrari

Modulo and its wooden form, used to make the body panels.

Ferrari modulo

Rear view

Ferrari modulo 2

Side view

Wikipfarina

Museum of Pininfarina

See also

References

  1. ^ "1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo Concept Hits The Road For The First TIme". Motor1.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  2. ^ George, Patrick. "The Ferrari 512S Modulo Is The Weirdest Ferrari Ever By A Wide Margin". Jalopnik. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  3. ^ "FERRARI MODULO < Pininfarina". www.pininfarina.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  4. ^ "Ferrari Pininfarina Modulo concept finally drives thanks to Glickenhaus team". Autoblog. Retrieved 2018-08-10.

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