Ferrari

Ferrari

1985
1986

AMERICAN SURPRISE

THE 637, SECRET PROJECT FOR INDY

AMERICAN SURPRISE
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1947
1947FIRST VICTORY
1948Launch of 166 MM
1949TRIUMPH AT LE MANS
1950
1950A RED MILLE MIGLIA
1950DEBUT IN F1
1951FIRST F1 WIN
1952MARZOTTO'S MONACO WIN
1952VICTORY FOR ASCARI
1953SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONS
1954LAST PAN AMERICAN
1954QUEEN OF PARIS
1955THE LADY OF THE COUPÉ
1956FANGIO CHAMPION
1957LAST MILLE MIGLIA
1957CALIFORNIA DREAMING
1958ELEGANT CHAMPION
1959AMERICAN RESISTANCE
1960
1960SERIES BEGINS
1961RED MONOPOLY
1962MASTERPIECE
1963LE MANS, ITALY
1964HERO OF THE TWO WORLDS
1965VICTORY AT TARGA
1966365 P JEWEL
1967LEGENDARY FINISH
1968TRIBUTE TO THE TRIUMPH
1968ARGENTINE TANGO
1969DINO OF TASMANIA
1969MASTERS OF EUROPE
1969A NEW PARTNER
1970
1970THE 512 S MIRACLE
1971THE 365 GT4 BB
1972CLEAN SWEEP FOR 312 P
1972HOME TRACK
1973DINO 308 GT4 ARRIVES
1974FEVER AT 50
1975LAUDA CHAMPION
1975FIRST TIME
1976AUTOMATICALLY LOVELY
1977NIKI DOUBLE
1978PROPHET AT HOME
1979SCHECKTER WORLD TITLE
1980
19804 PLACES, 8TH TITLE
1981TURBO WIN IN MONACO
1982UNSTOPPABLE 308 GTB
1983OPEN AIR PLEASURE
1984FIRST OF A KIND
1984MASTERPIECE OF STYLE
1985328, LAST ACT
1986AMERICAN SURPRISE
1987ENZO’S DREAM
1988DAY OF FAREWELL
1989MANSELL’S GEARS
1990
1990100TH F1 WIN
1991EVOLUTION OF AN ICON
1992A CLASSIC GT
1993DEDICATED TO CUSTOMERS
1994EXTREME REFINEMENT
1995F1 IN A ROAD CAR
1996SCHUMY’S FIRST
1997REVOLUTIONARY GEARBOX
1998SHAPE AND SPEED
1999RETURN TO THE TOP
2000
200021 YEARS LATER
2001SECOND WORLD TITLE
2002HOMAGE TO THE FOUNDER
2003REMEMBERING AGNELLI
2004UNSTOPPABLE
2005SUPERAMERICA MAGIC
2006EXCLUSIVE XX PROGRAMME
2007KIMI FINAL MASTERPIECE
2008STILL CHAMPIONS
2009BENCHMARK CAR
2010
2010RED FUN
2011FF FOR EVERY CONDITION
2012PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN
2013EXTREME INNOVATION
2014THE ULTIMATE
2015INTO THE FUTURE
201670 YEARS OF AN ICON
2016STOCK MARKET LAUNCH
2017HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY!
2018Farewell Sergio
2019
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THE 637, SECRET PROJECT FOR INDY
Some cars have fuelled speculation and legend more than others. The Ferrari 637, named after its design number, is one such vehicle. Built in absolute secrecy in Maranello, the single-seater was designed not for Formula 1 but to send out a very clear message to the FIA which, at the time, was introducing radical rule changes, particularly with regard to engines. Essentially, the FIA had decided to focus on 8-cylinder engines and Enzo Ferrari was opposed to this move. The message he sent out was unequivocal: he was prepared to quit Formula 1 for the American CART championship.
In fact, he issued the following statement: “The news regarding our abandoning F1 in favour of the US does have a basis in fact. For quite some time now, Ferrari has been researching a programme that would allow it to participate in the CART championship and the Indy500. IfF1 does not guarantee technical and sporting rules covering the next three years, the Scuderia Ferrari will implement this programme in agreement with its partners”.
Regardless of whether or not it was designed to put pressure on the FIA, the project was tackled with absolute seriousness in Maranello. The Scuderia’s sporting director Marco Piccinini travelled to the US to watch several races and had talks with the organisers of the series. In Maranello, a work group headed by young Austrian engineer Gustav Brunner was set up specifically for it. From the outset, however, it was clear that the project would only be successful if Ferrari collaborated with teams that regularly competed in the CART championship. Leo Mehl, a motor racing executive at Goodyear, which manufactured Ferrari’s F1 tyres and was also the sole supplier for the US series, recommended the Truesport team. It had turned its 1985 CART season around in the final six races which Bobby Rahal won in the March 85C. The latter was a successful driver in the US but had also competed in two F1 Grands Prix at the end of the 1970s for Wolf. This was also the single-seater that was used as the starting point for the development of the new Ferrari. After a secret test carried out by Michele Alboreto at Fiorano, Brunner’s team which included, amongst others, Harvey Postlethwaite andAntonio Bellentani, threw itself into developing the car and, in doing so, came up with original and entirely innovative takes on certain technical concepts then in vogue in the US championships. Brunner studied, researched, experimented and spent endless hours in the wind tunnel, honing the forms and aerodynamics of the single-seater. He also made many trips to the US and watched both CART races and tests, not least the Indy500. The results of the research conducted back in Maranello were promising too and the project ploughed ahead at full steam. A year later, in September 1986, the 637 was ready for the track and Alboreto was, once again, selected to do the testing. The single-seater instantly proved competitive and, above all, was radically different from the other cars in the series. Its nosecone in particular featured lines and solutions that would not be seen elsewhere for many years to come. A member of the international press was also invited to the tests as Ferrari wanted to be sure his message to the FIA arrived loud and clear.
The ploy worked and negotiations were soon underway with the Federation, marking a political victory for Ferrari who confirmed that the Scuderia was committed to continuing in Formula 1. An announcement that, however, also brought the very real Ferrari 637 project to a premature end.

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