After a 20 year absence from sports prototype racing, Ferrari revealed the F333 SP as part of their successful return. Built initially to run IMSA's Exxon World Sports Car Championship in 1994, many called it an F1 car with two seats and full bodywork. Intended for private teams, the F333 was also quite successful—it won 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona and many championships in the period between 1998 to 2001.
Derek Bell, who has driven Ferrari's sports prototypes from both eras says the F333 “drives like a wide bodied F1 car and is totally complete, flawless and homogeneous.
The F333 was constructed using techniques from Ferrari's own F92 Formula 1 car, but was designed and manufactured partially at the facilities of Dallara in Parma and later with Michelotto Automobili in Padova. Chief Designer Mauro Rioli and aerodynamicists Dialma Zinelli and Giorgio Camaschella designed the car as a widened F1 with a fully-enclosed, two-seat body.5 WSC regulations meant that the car had to be an open-top, flat-bottomed design with no ground-effect venturis and be powered by a 4.0-liter, unblown engine sourced from a production car.
Ferrari F333 SP Evo
Engine: Ferrari F310E 65º V12
Power Output: 650.0 bhp @ 11000 rpm
Torque Output: 450 Nm @ 9000 rpm
Body Panels: Carbon-Fiber & Nomex Body over Carbon Fiber Composite & Aluminum Honeycomb ChassisRead
Weight: 860 kg
Top speed: ~370 km/h)
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph): ~3.0 seconds
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Drive wheels: RWD
Front suspension Double Wishbones w/Inboard Coil/Damper
Rear suspension Double Wishbones w/Inboard Coil/Damper