For the 1994 Formula 1 season, the FIA adopted rule changes that placed more focus on the driver and less on so-called ‘driver aids’. This resulted in the ban of various technologies like traction control and anti-lock brakes, but with no adjustments made to curb the speed of the cars, things (infamously) got a bit hairy.
In short, 1994’s Formula 1 cars were monsters. Take the 1994 Ferrari 412 T, for example, which adhered to the year’s 3.5-liter engine displacement rule with a 600+ horsepower 4-valve-per-cylinder V12 that put out a heart-pounding, earth shaking shriek. Refer to the video above, which shows the 412 T racing around Fiorano during pre-season testing in 1994.
The 412 T1 wasn’t mighty successful, but it was definitely competitive. In the hands of Austria’s Gerhard Berger, it claimed 1 race win, five podiums and brought the Scuderia to a third place finish in the constructor’s championship behind Williams-Renault and Benetton-Ford.
Despite its mediocre results, the 412 T1 and its successor, the 412 T2, appear to have quite a few fans on the internet. That’s probably thanks to the 71’s 3.5-liter V12 and the T2’s nearly as insane 3.0-liter unit, but it probably helps that both are quite good looking.
For good measure, check out the video below, which comes via YouTube’s Gumbal. It again shows the 412 T1 in action, however this time it’s at the famous Spa Francorchamps in Belgium – and captured with modern-day video and sound equipment to boot.