Ferrari 312T4 - Ferrari 312T4

Ferrari 312T4

Constructor: ItalyItaly Scuderia Ferrari
Designer: Mauro Forghieri
Predecessor: Ferrari 312T3
Successor: Ferrari 312T5
Technical specifications
Chassis: Aluminum Monocoque
Motor: Ferrari four-stroke 12-cylinder, 180 °
Long: 4460 mm
Width: 2120 mm
Height: 1010 mm
Wheelbase: 2700 mm
Weight: 590 kg
Tires: Michelin
Driver: South Africa 1961South Africa Jody Scheckter
CanadaCanada Gilles Villeneuve
First start: 1979 South African Grand Prix
Last start: East USA Grand Prix 1979
Starts Siege Poles SR
13 6 2 5
World Cup points: 98 (113)
Podiums: 13
Leadership laps: k. A. / tba
Template: Infobox racing car / maintenance / old parameters

The Ferrari 312T4 was a Formula 1 racing car that Scuderia Ferrari used in the 1979 Formula 1 World Championship. The Scuderia won the constructors 'cup with the 312T4 and Jody Scheckter the drivers' title.

Type of car and achievements

The 312T4 was Ferrari's first Ground Effect Formula 1 racing car, designed by Mauro Forghieri . The car had a narrow monocoque , but a wide body surface, which made up for the handicap of the wide V12 engine with its cylinder bank angle of 180 ° [1] . The wheel suspensions were designed in such a way that they disrupted the flow of air under the car as little as possible.

Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve each celebrated three victories of the season with the car. Scheckter, who joined the team for Carlos Reutemann , won the races in Belgium , Monaco and Italy . Villeneuve remained in South Africa , at the US Grand Prix West and in the US Grand Prix victory.

Scheckter won the drivers' world championship four points ahead of his teammates. In the constructors' championship, Ferrari was 38 points ahead of Williams at the end of the season .

For the 1980 season , the vehicle was further developed into the T5 model .

Ferrari 312T4 in the 1979 race and in the museum


driver No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points Rang
1979 Formula 1 season Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Brazil (1968–1992).svg Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Spain (1977–1981).svg Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg 1132 1.
South Africa 1961South Africa J. Scheckter 11 1 2 2 (4) 1 1 7 (5) 4 4 2 1 (4) DNF
CanadaCanada G. Villeneuve 12 1 1 7 7 DNF 2 14 8 2 DNF 2 (2) 1
1 The first two races were contested with the previous model 312T3.
2 Of these, 3 points were achieved with the previous model 312T3.
colour abbreviation meaning
Gold victory
silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
green Placement in the points
blue Classified outside of the point ranks
violet DNF Race not finished (did not finish)
NC not classified
Rot DNQ did not qualify
DNPQ failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)
Schwarz DSQ disqualified
White DNS not at the start (did not start)
WD withdrawn
Light Blue PO only participated in the training (practiced only)
TD Friday test driver
without DNP did not participate in the training (did not practice)
INJ injured or sick
EX excluded
DNA did not arrive
C Race canceled
no World Cup participation
other P / bold Pole-Position
SR / italics Fastest race lap
* not at the finish,
but counted due to the distance covered
() Deletion results
underlined Leader in the overall ranking
Distribution of points
space 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 9 6 4 3 2 1

Technical specifications

Parameters Ferrari 312 T 4 (1979)
Motor Ferrari four-stroke 12-cylinder, 180 ° V (mid-engine)
cooling water
Displacement 2992 cm³
Bore × stroke 80 × 49,6 mm
Mixture preparation mechanical, vacuum-controlled injection from Lucas
power 378,8 kW (515 PS) bei 12.300/min
maximum torque 323,7 Nm bei 9.000/min
lubrication Dry sump
Power transmission Ferrari 5-speed gearbox,
limited-slip differential with 40–90% locking effect,
rear-wheel drive
steering Rack
Front suspension small wishbone above, large wishbone below
Rear suspension Double wishbones
Brakes Disc brakes, internally ventilated
Track width front / rear 1700/1600 mm
wheelbase 2700 mm
Tire size front / rear 20–28/57 × 13/38–42/68 × 13
Tire manufacturer Michelin
Length × width × height 4460 × 2120 × 1010 mm
Dry weight 590 kg
Top speed
with the longest gear ratio
277 km / h

Source: 1979 racing and sports car catalog , Vereinigte Motorverlage, Stuttgart


  • Mike Lang: Grand Prix! Race-by-race account of Formula 1. Haynes Publishing Group, Sparkford 1982, ISBN 0-85429-321-3.
  • David Hodges: Racing cars from A to Z after 1945. Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 1994, ISBN 3-613-01477-7 .
  • Pino Casamassima: History of the Scuderia Ferrari. Nada Editore, Vimodrome 1998, ISBN 88-7911-179-5 .
  • Leonardo Acerbi: 60 years of Ferrari. Heel, Königswinter 2007, ISBN 978-3-89880-815-6 .


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