Ferrari 333SP Chassis 001, Engine 001::
History will likely look back on the Ferrari 333SP as the car that
saved modern sports car racing. The demise of the GTP cars and the
chaos that followed left an incredible void that only one of the
world's truly great constructors could fill.
Ferrari set the mold for open top prototypes and in the subsequent
years has amassed an enviable record, competing successfully for
nearly a decade after its introduction in 1994 - a record rivaled
only by the Porsche 956/962 (introduced a decade earlier).
This example was the working prototype and first of the initial
15 Series One 333SP Sports Prototype Racers. Interestingly, it is
the only 333SP actually constructed by Ferrari. The construction
of the 14 remaining Series One cars was contracted to Dallara and
the construction of all Series Two cars was performed by Michelotto.
The engine, also number 001, is believed to be the only 333SP powerplant
that matches its chassis.
Engine: 65 degree V12, normally aspirated, DOHC, 5 valves
per cylinder (original large-valve unrestricted F1 configuration)
Displacement: 3997 cc
Horsepower: over 750 bhp @ 11,000 rpm
Torque: 380 lbft @ 9000 rpm
Gearbox: Ferrari sequential 6-speed gearbox, carbon fibre
Steering: rack and pinion
Front: double wishbone, pushrod operated coilspring/dampner
Rear: double wishbone, pushrod operated coilspring/dampner
Wheels: magnesium alloy; front 16 in. x 12in.,
Rear 16 in. x 14.5 in.
Brakes: carbon/carbon, front: 355 mm / 14.0 in., rear 355mm
/ 14.0 in
Dimensions: length 4502 mm, width: 1994 mm, height: 1067
mm, wheelbase: 2794 mm, track front: 1686 mm, track rear: 1597 mm
Weight: 889 kgs.
Tank capacity: 70-100 liters
Chassis 001 History:
1993 & 1994: constructed as the prototype at Maranello. Crashed
at Mugello during initial testing by Mauro Baldi. Completely rebuilt
by Ferrari and designated as the first production car in the 333
series (chassis 001).
1994: retained as a test and development car by Scuderia Ferrari.
1994/Oct.: crashed by Jay Cochran in Mugello testing accident sustaining
only minor damage. Rebuilt by Ferrari and sold as new to Matsuda
Museum in Japan for $1.9 million.
1997: Sold to Symbolic Motors then sold to Carlos Monteverde in
London, England where the car remained in storage unused until offered
1999/Sept.: Sold back to Matsuda.
2001/Sept.: Suffered minor (left front) damaged at Suzuka in testing
accident (never completing its first lap).
2002: purchased by White Shoes Racing and restored to late 333SP
2002/Nov: Competes in the final professional outing for the 333SP
- the Rolex Series Finale at Daytona International Speedway with
drivers Jackson and van Schoote.