The second edition of the Ferrari 330 P4, released by the small-series label CMR in scale 1:12, is also available exclusively at modelissimo and ck-modelcars. The Belgians Willy Mairesse and Jean Blaton drove the P4 to the third place on June 11, in 1967 for the Team Equipe Nationale Belge at the 35th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mairesse was feared by his colleagues for the fighting spirit, but this made him the frontrunner in the discipline to end his races with numerous accidents. Therefore, he was also called the wild Willy. But in Le Mans 1967, on the side of starting under the pseudonym Beurlys teammate, jazz musician and entrepreneur Blaton, everything went well: After 377 completed laps the driver duo from Belgium climbed the podium with a third place. The overall victory went to a Ford GT40 Mk. IV; the second place also to a 330 P4.
The small series manufacturer CMR brings a large model in scale 1:12 to this racing car on the market, which perfectly emulates the 4.0 liter V12 powered prototype and started in class P 5.0. The engine delivers 300 kW / 450 hp to the rear wheels. The 1:12 format has enjoyed an increased interest among collectors and modelcar makers over the last few years because the miniatures of this size are showing even better the details and because of their impressive performance, the models can also stand alone in a room as a decoration. CMR has done a great job with the Ferrari 330 P4: The appearence of the model matches exactly the race car with its starting number 24 derived from its predecessor P3; all details are excellent.
Brilliantly met details at the model
Examples like? The ventilation openings, the replica of the cockpit and the small copies of the alloy wheels have been excellently crafted. A characteristic of the high class of workmanship is also the perfection with which the cover lenses of the headlamps cling to the environment: The model is delivered from the high-quality polyurethane cast resin. Mairesse and Blaton have finished the race in front of 310,000 spectators eleven laps behind the victorious Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt. Of the 54 cars started in cloudy and warm weather, however, only 15 vehicles in the rating of the then seventh run to the World Sportscar Championship: Even more to appreciate is the performance of the Ferrari 330 P4, whose design Piero Drogo ("Breadvan") accepted responsibility for.