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330 LMB, 1963 (BBR)

1963, 330 LMB

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To accommodate the larger engine, the chassis was slightly lengthened compared to the three litre 250 GTO. The three 330 GTOs were fitted with a coupe body very similar in design to its smaller cousin, although all three had slightly different cues. The longer stroke of the engine made it a little taller, which necessitated a slightly larger bulge on the engine cover. Of the three cars constructed only two received any track action, but only outing each. The first took a second overall and first in class in the Nürburgring 1000 km, while the other retired at Le Mans with overheating problems. The Fantuzzi bodied 330 TRI/LM fared a lot better and in the hands of Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien scored the Italian's third consecutive win in the 24 Hours.
This was not the end of the line just yet for the four litre V12 as for 1963 another four GT chassis were equipped with the 400 bhp unit. There was a further wheelbase increase to 2500 mm and a much modified Pininfarina designed body was fitted by Scaglietti. The very attractive design combined the 250 GTO nose with a rear end similar to the 250 GT Lusso street car. To clear the fatter rear tires, square sections were cut from the fenders and covered by slightly larger panels; similar to those fitted to the Pinin Farina bodied 250 MMs a decade earlier. The shape was very efficient and during the test days for the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans, a '330 LMB' was the first car to break the 300 km/h barrier on the high speed track. The design was subsequently also fitted to one 250 GTO chassis.

Спортивное купе 330 LMB (Le Mans Berlinetta) увидело свет в 1963 году и было предназначено для участия в гонках Ле Ман. Премьера состоялась в марте 1963 года одновременно со среднемоторным 250 P. По сути, оба автомобиля были доработанными версиями 250 GTO и комплектовались четырехлитровым двигателем с максимальной мощностью в 390 л.с. при 7500 оборотах в минуту. 330 LMB отличалась от 250 GTO не только двигателем — архитектура тоже была разная. Последний разработали на базе 250 GT SWB, а редкий 330 LMB — на основе роскошного Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. К сожалению, 330 LMB так и не успел завоевать громких титулов на соревнования того времени. Спортивному купе не повезло родиться в период, когда конструкторы Ferrari решили отказаться от среднемоторной компоновки на гоночных автомобилях. Единственная награда 330 LMB — пятое место в гонках Ле-Мана 1963 года. Больше в спортивных мероприятиях модель не участвовала.

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