Today’s F1 cars aren’t like they used to be. While the revised regulations for 2017 have made this year’s cars some of the fastest single seaters of all time, they aren’t the insanely loud, relatively simple machines of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s that captured the hearts of race fans the world over.
An example of one of those pure, unadulterated F1 cars is the Ferrari 643, which was constructed by the Scuderia for the second half of the 1991 Formula 1 season. With engine size restricted to 3.5-liters that year, the 643 was powered by a 3,499cc V12 engine that emitted a noise capable of putting just about any other engine note to shame. That characteristic, coupled with straightforward aerodynamics and clean styling, makes the 643 a memorable car despite it having never won a race.
YouTube’s Marchettino recently filmed a Ferrari 643 being put through its paces during one of Ferrari’s Corse Clienti events at the infamous Imola track in Italy. In addition to hearing the car’s high-revving, high-pitched engine, you can also see the car cornering hard and producing sparks as it bottoms out on the track.
Check it out embedded above.