In 1968 the management of Scuderia decided to build its own sports car for the CanAm racing series, popular in Canada and the United States , and to use it themselves. In 1967 a converted Ferrari 412P was used as a 412 CanAm . The North American Racing Team from Luigi Chinetti organized the racing commitments.
The Ferrari 612 CanAm had the 12-cylinder mid-engine that was originally used in the Ferrari 512S . The engine developed 620 hp with a displacement of almost 6.2 liters. In order to achieve sufficient traction for the rear wheels despite this performance, a powerful rear wing was mounted just behind the driver above the engine.
The car made its debut in the fall of 1968. New Zealander Chris Amon , Scuderia works driver in Formula 1 and the sports car world championship, crashed out of the race in Las Vegas after just one lap. The entire 1969 season was only partially successful, as the Scuderia operated the missions only with limited commitment. Chris Amon's second place in Edmonton remained the best place for the car for the entire season. With third places in Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio, Amon made two more podium finishes. The Ferrari 712 CanAm followed in 1970 .
|612 CanAm||Year of construction 1968; used in 1968 and 1969|
|Motor:||12-cylinder V mid-engine|
|Bore × stroke:||92 × 78 mm|
|Displacement :||6222 cm³|
|Compression:||10,5 : 1|
|Power:||455 kW (620 PS) bei 7000/min|
|Max. Torque:||588 Nm bei 5600/min|
|Mixture preparation:||Lucas fuel injection|
|Transmission:||4 aisles, 1 return aisle, installed lengthways|
|Chassis:||Monocoque, fiberglass body|
|Front suspension:||Independent suspension on double wishbones, coil springs|
|Rear suspension:||Independent suspension on double wishbones, coil springs|
|Shock absorber:||Hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers front and rear|
|Brakes:||Internally ventilated disc brakes all around, on the outside of the wheel carriers|
|External dimensions:||4200 × 2240 × 890 mm|
|Dry weight :||700 kg (680 kg an 1969)|
|Top speed:||ca. 300 km / h|