If you’ve been visiting these pages for the past couple of years, you might remember Holger Schubert. If you have a hard time recalling the man, he was the one who decided to build a state-of-the-art garage in his Los Angeles home for his beloved Ferrari 512 BBi.
That was back in 2010. Recently, the boys over at Petrolicious were able to pay a visit to Schubert’s remarkable garage and see for themselves exactly what makes this supposedly simple room such a technological wonder.
We’re not going to spoil a whole lot of the details because the video above does a remarkable job of showing you the garage in all its glory. But to give you an idea, the whole setup comes with a ten-foot-long, fifteen-foot-high bridge that has a hydraulic ramp on one end installed where the 512 BBi can go in and about its business.
And if you’re thinking this was a project everyone can partake in, Schubert actually spent $1.5 million to build the entire thing.
Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari 512 BBi
Ferrari announced in 1976 at the Paris Motor Show the 512 BB - the replacement for the 365 GT4/BB. It remained into production until 1981 when it was replaced by the 512 BBi, on which fuel injection replaced the carburettors. A total of 929 units were produced, in both right or left hand drive form, but no USA market versions were ever made.
Like on the Dino models its name was referring to the total engine capacity and number of cylinders. Hence it meant a 5 liter engine with 12 cylinders. The "BB" part of the model title had the same meaning as before "Berlinetta Boxer", a reference to the two banks of six cylinders that were in a horizontally opposed layout.
Compared to the 365 GT4/BB which it replaced, the 512 BB features a lower nose panel that now incorporated a chin spoiler, and at the rear the triple tail light assemblies and triple exhaust pipes gave way to large twin circular lenses and paired twin exhaust pipes.
The German tuning firm Cargraphic isn’t finished celebrating just yet. In an attempt at updating a classic super car with a new set of wheels, the legentary Ferrari 512 TR from the early ’90s can now continue to roll on into the 21st century with a fresh set of mesh 19 inch wheels that would have made Sonny Crockett jealous. Cargraphic guarantees that their new forged wheels will stand up to the thrashing induced by a high revving 390 HP V12 while the new slender spokes work nicely with the Testa Rossa’s thin slats that make up the classic super car’s wild air intakes. The simple addition of a new set of wheels will go a long way towards updating the Ferrari’s iconic 1980s aerodynamic wedge shaped design.
In 1981 at the Frankfurt Motor Show Ferrari replaced the 512 BB model with the 512 BBi, the "i" suffix denoting a change from carburettors to fuel injection.The production period ran from 1981 to 1984, when it was replaced by the world market Testarossa model. During that period a total of 1007 examples were produced, in both in right or left hand drive versions, with no USA market versions built.
The 512 BBi featured a few minor changes to the exterior. At the front the plain aluminium egg-crate radiator grille stopped short of the driving lights, which were now exposed in the grille extremities, with small rectangular parking lights mounted in the bumper section above them. At the rear the engine louvre arrangement was modified and a new shroud was provided to the exhaust system, which incorporated hazard warning lights.
A new design of door mirror was fitted, changes were made to the interior, including a black spoked steering wheel, and the availability of "Zegna" wool cloth seat centers as an option. The road wheels became the same width front and rear, fitted with Michelin TRX tyres, which had the effect of increasing the front and rear track to 1508mm and 1572mm respectively.
In 1991 Ferrari replaced the Testarossa with the 512 TR. In the title 5 represented the number of liters and the 12 for the number of cylinders, whilst the "TR" was an abbreviation of Testarossa (Testa Rossa). The model was produced between 1991 and 1994, when the F512M model replaced it, during which time 2261 examples were produced.
The 512 TR came with subtle exterior changes to improve aerodynamics. The alterations included a one-piece nose with rounded front grille, flush mounted lights and ducts, and a new undertray. At the rear a small kamm tail smoothed airflow.
Internally there were changes to the seats, steering wheel design and trim details. Mechanically there were numerous changes to the engine and gearbox, which boosted power, and provided a more satisfying and positive to use gearbox. Not visually apparent was that the engine and transmission assembly location in the chassis had been dropped by 30mm, to lower the center of gravity, and thus improve the already high standard of roadholding.