Clockwise, from main: the M features a squarer profile than earlier S; blast-off at Brands, as 512s briefly lead 917s in 1970; Andretti en route to Sebring win; cramped^ cabin with modern legacy garage door opener 696 wiring The 512S was introduced to the press in December 1969 at the Gatto Verde restaurant in the hills above Maranello. After precious little testing, it was cleared to race by motorsport’s governing body, the CSI, just days before the Daytona 24 Hours.
While the legacy garage door opener 696 wiring were obviously quick Mario Andretti took pole position they were still raw. The Sebring 12 Hours brought what would turn out to be false hope. Andretti grabbed a last-gasp victory, having been reassigned to the Nino Vaccarella/Ignazio Giunti car after his own failed. He hunted down the Porsche 908 of Peter Revson and “that actor guy” Steve McQueen, spurred on by the hype surrounding the latter.
It would be the 512’s only Championship win. Many nose configurations were tried plus, for Le Mans, a long-tail body that had been tested by Vaccarella at 345kph on a closed section of autostrada, but to little avail. The season was summed up by the loss of four of the 11 512Ss at Le Mans in a single incident at Maison Blanche just three legacy garage door opener 696 wiring into the race. Reine Wisell’s car was hit first by Clay Regazzoni and then Mike Parkes; Derek Bell narrowly managed to avoid contact but retired soon afterwards see page 154 . Vaccarella had lasted seven laps and Ickx crashed during the night; the NART crew of Ronnie Bucknum and Sam Posey upheld 512 honour by finishing a distant fourth.