Ferrari’s on-again, off-again love affair with the Indianapolis 500

With new rule changes in Formula 1, Ferrari has announced it would reassign budget and workforce toward a new sector of motorsports. Both IndyCar and endurance racing have been mentioned, though it seems the greater attention has been given to an Indianapolis effort.

Before we cross our fingers and hold them tight until they turn white, it’s important to consider Ferrari’s on and off relationship with the 500. But some say that Ferrari’s exploring Indy Car and Le Mans 24 entries could well be part of the Italian automaker’s due diligence that would allow it to offload staff under Italian labor law, if it were able to determine that no suitable use for these employees could be found.

There have been at least six prior occurrences, ranging from pure talk, to prototypes, to race entries in the past 70 years. Let’s go through each in chronological order.

1952 Ferrari 375

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Lancia Scorpion: History, Differences, Specifications

Lancia Scorpion Essential History

Prototype Development From Fiat to Abarth

The Lancia Scorpion is a two-door, two-seat, mid-engine, rear-drive sports car that was originally conceived in the early 1970s as a slightly larger, upscale version of the 1974 Fiat X1/9. In fact, the Scorpion prototype was codenamed X1/20 under Fiat development, and much of the X1/9’s MacPherson strut suspension design was shared with the X1/20. Originally designed to carry the 3.2-liter V-6 engine from the Fiat 130 executive coupe behind the passenger compartment but ahead of the rear axle, the project was turned over to Abarth for more involved testing. Renamed the Abarth SE030, the development mule was modified for motorsports ran just a single race, the 1974 Giro d’Italia (a historic car race, not to be confused with the bicycle race of the same name), where it impressively finished second overall to a Lancia Stratos.

Scorpion Prototype Becomes a

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