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Old 3rd May 2016, 15:37
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Glad you posted that - it shows very clearly the step on an original car that DNA are getting flack for - apparently it doesn't pay to go for accuracy - whichever version they copied!

and you clearly know a great deal about Italian cars and their detailing despite protesting otherwise lol!!

Only a little. As to the beer shelf, it appears solely on the three lightweight alloy Concorrenza bodies, and was probably the first attempt in racing history to exert downforce at the car's rear. With the disastrous 1959 F1 season stretching into 1960 for Ferrari's (front-engined) 246s which were being overrun by Jack Brabham's (rear engined) Cooper, Ferrari began an experiment suggested in 1959 by Giancarlo Baghetti, who'd come over to F1 from road racing at Team Ferrari early in that year. The 250 was the guinea pig, getting an alloy body with a broad read shelf between the tail lamps, to direct the force coming across the boot downward, which proved moderately successful when the fuel tank was near empty, and extremely successful when fully laden.

The three 3 litre (not the 2.7 litre V12) cars were "distributed" to the then-fledgling N.A.R.T. , the French team and Scuderia Ferrari, and the beer shelf proved relatively effective at 24 Heures du Mans at the end of June, 1960. Only four cars surpassed the 300 lap mark at 24 hours - Aston Martin's DBR, which finished third, and the three Ferraris, finishing first, ssecond and fourth. Afterwards, it's said that Enzo Ferrari chided France's Fernand Tavano for finishing in fourth place and not in third. In all events, ground effects were arguably born on that little flat shelf, and the SWB didn't fare too badly thereafter either.

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